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Would a Shorter Work Week Lead to More Sustainable Lives? [VIDEO]

September 2, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Shorter work week.

This TED talk takes a radical approach to shortening the work week as a way to address natural resource consumption… as well as deal with elements of social and economic sustainability. Anna Coote first proposed this concept in a 2010 report for the New Economics Foundation; she gave the talk below at TEDxGhent in 2012.[read more]

Untapping the Potential of Science-Government Partnerships to Benefit Urban Nature 

September 2, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Promoting urban nature.

Promoting urban nature is a significant challenge for local governments. It is evident that it consists of much more than simply protecting areas of high biodiversity from human activity; it is about enhancing and even creating novel forms of ‘nature’ to promote the environmental and social sustainability of cities for decades to come.[read more]

L.A. Hanging on as a Top Global City

September 2, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

Los Angeles.

For more than a century, Southern Californians have dreamed of their region becoming host to a great global city. At the turn of the 20th century Henry Huntington, who built much of the area’s first mass-transit system, proclaimed that “Los Angeles is destined to become the most important city in the world.”[read more]

Can Markets Make for a Better Future Cape Town?

September 2, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Markets.

Spanish markets are an integral part of some communities. In a recent tweet Future Cape Town shared an interesting fact. Markets in Barcelona were ranked as the 2nd most valuable public service after libraries. Having just returned from Spain enjoying these markets, it made me wonder why Cape Town does not have similar “fresh produce” markets.[read more]

The Top Ten Best Busking Hotspots in the World

August 31, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Life

In 2011 I went to forty major cities in thirty countries on five continents to film street performers. Traveling like that, it doesn’t take long to start to feel that city centres are nothing but a tool set up to help people get from point A to point B via a Starbucks. Only one thing continued to stand out: the buskers.[read more]

Who Are Our Streets For?: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen

August 31, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Madeline Brozen and the Meaning of Streets

 

Madeline Brozen is a Program Manager within UCLA’s Complete Streets Initiative and a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on urban design policy, with an emphasis on how cities can shift from car-oriented streets to infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking.[read more]

Make No Little Plans

August 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Water in Chicago

I’m a big fan of Chicago. Having now visited, I can say that everyone was right when they told me that I was going to love it. But I don’t want to talk about any of these things today. I want to talk about something much more specific that stood out to me last weekend: Chicago’s relationship to both the water and the street.[read more]

How Would You Get Around Your City With No Gasoline?

August 31, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Gas Shortages and Transit Options

The fuel crisis that occurred in the 1970's led to a renaissance for the bicycle. There had been hopes the renaissance would be long-lived, but when the oil started flowing again and the streets filled with cars the bicycle boom was quickly over.[read more]

Public Consultation is Broken

August 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

For new developments, the process works more or less like this: The developer makes an application to the city. The city reviews it and then agrees to move towards a public/community meeting. Once a date is set, notices go out, and the developer secretly hopes that no one will show up.[read more]

A Must-Read: The Updated Urban Bikeway Design Guide

August 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Biking, Design, and Urbanism

 

In the year 2000, the District of Columbia had three miles of bike lanes. Today, the district has roughly 80 miles of bike infrastructure, including the first lanes in historically underserved Ward 8. Many other U.S. cities have made similar investments.[read more]

Building for BRT: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Erik Vergel-Tovar

August 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Building Bus Rapid Transit

Erik Vergel-Tovar, no stranger to TheCityFix, is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he researches the rich relationship between bus rapid transit (BRT) and the built environment.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]