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Are Shipping Containers the Sustainable Building Blocks We Need?

April 27, 2015 by Claire Smith

Housing Construction and Innovation

The first shipping container home, in the US, was built nearly ten years and since then shipping container homes have seen their popularity skyrocket. In-fact you’ve probably seen post’s like this form True Activist, showing just how many of these homes have been built in recent years.[read more]

From Stadiums to Public Parks, the Impacts of Space for Sports in Cities

Cities Need Places to Play

Professional sports typically take place in expensive stadiums, which are expected to draw crowds of fans and consumers. On the other hand, amateur sports happen at a much more local level. Sports often play a large role in cities and frequently receive a lot of attention from both elected officials and the public.[read more]

Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk

April 24, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Inspired by walking activist Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May is Jane's Walk weekend! Read this Walking Story by Jane's Walk Vienna organizer Andreas Lindinger about the ideas behind the global Jane's Walk movement and what motivates him to run the show in Vienna.[read more]

"Downtown East" Project Revitalizing Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reviving Downtowns

The Downtown East Development project in Minneapolis, Minnesota is revitalizing an aging portion of the city. Situated between the city’s Central Business District and the Mississippi Riverfront in the Mills District, this mixed-use development sits in a prime location.[read more]

Vienna vs. London: Differences while Walking the City

April 22, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Walking in Vienna and London

How can very different cities be experienced while moving through them on foot? We present to you here a Walking Story about two different cities and experiences: Walking in London versus walking in Vienna, by Walk21 Ambassador Eugene Quinn.[read more]

Heated Debate Persists Around Geneva, Switzerland's Carless Sundays

April 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

A Car Free Debate

Controversy rages about banning cars from city centres. Two opposing views about the proposal for carless Sundays in the centre of Geneva: from a Green Party Councillor and a representative of Switzerland’s Chamber of Commerce. What do you think?[read more]

Tell Us Your Walking Stories – for a Healthier and Sustainable Future Urban Environment

April 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Urban Walkability

In October 2015 the city of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto "stepping ahead“. The "Walking Stories" by the Walk21 Network touch upon current issues in the field of active transport, urban quality and sustainable urbanism.[read more]

The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space

April 9, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Open Spaces and City Growth

Smart growth emerged as a way to save nature and preserve open space. Draw a growth boundary and on one side is human development, nature on the other. Natural lands seemed too threatened by the growth of roads, subdivisions and roadside businesses to let it go on forever. Of course, it has gone on anyway.[read more]

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Nottingham: The City Where People Continue To Live In Caves

April 8, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Going underground

Nottingham, England, famous for Robin Hood, is a city built on a system of caves that have been expanded by the city's occupants over the centuries for living and working space. Some of them are available for the public to tour, others continue to be used by homeless people.[read more]

Urban Edges, and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

April 8, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe
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Cities, Borders, and Spaces

I doubt that before today, any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy, to explain the particular wonder of certain city street-ends. The term, 'finibus terrae,' meant one end of the Earth to the Romans; the edge of the known extent of the land.[read more]

Chinese Urban Green Areas: Classic Gardens to a Globalized Landscape

April 7, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Spaces in China

In October of last year, we had a wonderful opportunity to explore many different green areas of several Chinese cities. It was particularly interesting to see different types of greenery that reflects the development of planning structure in urban China.[read more]