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Stop Working, Start Walking

December 22, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Walking and Urbanism

Getting lost in the city isn’t just for dandified intellectuals with time on their hands. There are reasons why we should all do it, seeing, smelling and discovering the places where we live. We should do it especially if our jobs involve planning, strategizing and looking after the city.[read more]

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Harbor Renewal in Ireland

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment.[read more]

Celebrating the Wilderness Act of 1964, and Celebrating Wildness in Cities

December 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Green Space Legislation

September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing into U.S. law of the Wilderness Act. A watershed act and a cornerstone of contemporary environmentalism, it put into place new and important safeguards on the protection and development of some of the nation’s most impressive wild areas.[read more]

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Living the One Planet Life at the UK's 15 year old Sustainable Community

December 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dream home?

Hockerton housing cooperative is one of the UK's best-known example of one planet living. Five households have been forging a new way of living there for 15 years that is more sustainable than most, and self-sufficient in energy, water, sewage treatment and much food. They also run courses, both online and offline, and accept site visits.[read more]

A Playful Plaza: Bringing Imagination and New Life to Downtown Providence

December 19, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Playful Public Plaza in Providence

How Burnside Park was reinvented by a project that knitted together disconnected spaces to fill them with a diverse range of uses and activities, and a new identity for the entire district, begun by giving it a new name: Greater Kennedy Plaza.[read more]

Restoring Food's Value Through Urban Refrigerators

December 18, 2014 by This Big City

Food, Value, and Access

It is estimated that about 40% of the food produced in the world is discarded for reasons as outlandish as a failure to meet aesthetic standards such as size, shape or colour. According to estimates by the European Commission, more than 100 million tonnes of food will be wasted this year in the EU zone alone.[read more]

Lighting Lyon: How Innovative Partnerships are Transforming the City

December 17, 2014 by This Big City

Every year, around December 8th, the city of Lyon, France, transforms into a life-size art installation. This is the Festival of Lights, a world famous event showcasing in-situ art installations using light as a material and medium to transform buildings, streets and public spaces all over the city.[read more]

Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin

December 16, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Parks and Communities in Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. The occasion? A consultation on the management strategy for Tempelhof Park.[read more]

The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place

December 16, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Colorful Plaza Placemaking

Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver’s West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. And VIVA Vancouver initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.[read more]

Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context

December 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Renewal and Industrial Milan

Reinventing Milan’s industrial past is bringing great benefits to the city’s cultural and artistic endeavours. The municipality seems to be focusing its attention on the re-use of old factories to increase cultural opportunities for its residents. Large spaces that once hosted manufacturing work are now being restructured into multi-cultural spaces that can host workshops and events.[read more]

Recent Protests in Public Space: It's All About Equity

December 8, 2014 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Public Space and Public Protest

The reactions in the last two weeks over the grand jury decisions on the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson have started both online campaigns and important conversations about equity under the law. But it also brought people outside in ongoing protests.[read more]