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New Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas Formed

November 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

In Spanish it's called RAMA.

The metropolitan authorities of South, Central and North America – together containing one third of the population of the Americas – have united in a new network. The Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas will promote understanding and cooperation, and coordinate action up to the landmark UN Habitat III conference in 2016.[read more]

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The Road to One Planet Living Starts Here

November 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

The One Planet Life

The idea of the ecological footprint is a brilliant communication tool for promoting genuinely sustainable living and development and gives rise to the idea of One Planet Living. Read about its potential and power to transform lives and cities, a challenge some are already taking up. And take advantage of a 20% off offer on a new book on the subject![read more]

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WEBCAST: Stéphane Dupas on Making European Cities Low Energy

November 19, 2014 by David Thorpe

Stéphane Dupas and the IMAGINE brochure

Stéphane Dupas is the project manager for the project “IMAGINE low energy cities”. In this wide-ranging interview, Stéphane talks about the cities that are involved, eight of them from different European countries. One of the key aims of the project is to engage local people, households and businesses in the mission to gain energy security, to aim at 100% locally-generated renewable electricity and implement energy efficiency measures.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

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This 3D Weaver Could Change the Face of Architecture

November 18, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Textiles as Building Materials

Textiles have already changed the face of urban architecture. With the advancements in digital manufacturing, textiles are playing an even stronger role providing material that can be made on demand to spec with very little waste, changing how textile composites can be used as new building materials.[read more]

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678 Green Roofs Counted in Central London – But Are There More?

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

The greening of central London

A map has been compiled of all the known green roofs in central London, and discovered almost 700 – but there are probably more. Their estimated total area is 175,000 m², equivalent to around 25 football pitches. Viewers are invited to submit others not already logged to make the map more complete.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Herbert Girardet on Regenerative Cities Part 2

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council.

This is the second part of an interview with Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council and author of 11 books on sustainable cities. In this part he discusses the second half of his book Creating Regenerative Cities and explores the concept of Ecopolis, a fictional city which embodies these ideals.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Herbert Girardet on Regenerative Cities Part 1

November 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council

In this first of a two-part interview Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council and lifelong activist for sustainable cities, talks about his new book Creating Regenerative Cities. He discusses the new concept of regenerative cities, the existing state of affairs defined by the idea of Petropolis, and urban metabolism.[read more]

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The Voice of Children in Cities Must Be Heard For the Sake of Our Future

November 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

The four aspects of making cities work for children

The day is fast coming when the majority of the world's children will grow up in cities. Will their living conditions be satisfactory? Will they have to live on the streets and be forced into child labour? Will their important voices be heard? World Visions is working to make sure that it is, and here are their recommendations – together with the real voices of children. Listen to them.[read more]

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East Asian Cities Set to Become 100% Renewable Energy-Powered in 15 Years

November 7, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dezhou solar city, China

 

Cities in East Asia have begunEnergy-safe Cities East Asia Conference an ambitious new program to help them become 100% renewable energy-powered in just 15 years. The initiative has been launched by ICLEI, the global network for sustainable local government, together with the Wuppertal Institute.[read more]

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It's Road Layouts Not Cyclists Who Are To Blame When They Die

November 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Governors Highway Safety Association is pointing the finger at the wrong people.

If you had seen the headlines in some American newspapers recently you might be forgiven for assuming that bicycle fatalities had risen in several states in recent years and therefore that cycling has become more dangerous. But, as the Alliance for Biking and Walking was quick to point out, the contrary is the case.[read more]

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Using Comics To Communicate Sustainable Cities

November 5, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 4th Future of Cities Forum used cartoonists to log in real time what delegates were debating

Cartoons are a great way to facilitate decision-making, and help the creative process. They reach the places other forms of communication cannot. So all credit to the 4th Future of Cities Forum for using cartoonists to log in real time what delegates were debating and concluding in their workshops last week.[read more]

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The #FutureOfCities Imaging Project Wants Your Photos

November 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Adam Dean: Beijing Subway

Users of this website are invited to participate in the #FutureOfCities social documentary photography initiative, about urbanism. It was launched at last week's #FutureofCities Forum held in Munich. Sustainable Cities Collective was a media partner.[read more]

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The 'Smartest Week' in Toronto

November 4, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

The idea is not buying technology, the meaning for Toronto is channeling the good that the technology produces to the society in general and if there exists a machine that hybridizes with humans, it is almost certain that it will be created around here.[read more]

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Will Leaders Think Losing 0.06% of Growth Is Worth It To Beat Climate Change?

November 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

The world without additional mitigation

It is possible to curb climate change without damaging the global economy, but the overriding task is to stop burning fossil fuels by the end of the century, according to the most comprehensive report on global warming yet published by scientists for the IPCC.[read more]

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Named and Shamed: the Banks Most Responsible for Increasing Global Warming

October 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 'Banks Quit Coal' campaign needs you!

Can a city claim that it is working for sustainability if the bank it uses invests in the coal industry? A new report identifies the banks which contribute most to this climate-destroying activity, enabling public financiers to switch their business to clean banks.[read more]

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South Australia Reaches 100% Renewables Electricity Supply If Only For a Day

October 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

South Australia's Sustainable Industries Education Centre.

On the day when the Australian government announced it had reached a deal on curbing climate-warming gas emissions from industry, the state of South Australia provides a glimpse of a renewable energy-powered future for the whole continent.[read more]

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Why Don't Sustainable Technologies Automatically Lead To More Sustainable Lives?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe
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 Unilever's idea of behaviour change

A new study has found that people use domestic energy-saving systems in unexpected ways – often cancelling out any savings. it's not the first to do so, raising the question: how can we encourage people to lead more sustainable lives? I'm wondering whether it is to do with our beliefs. What do you think?[read more]

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Who'd Have Thought an Insurance Company Could Write a Manifesto on Managing Sustainable Cities?

October 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Street in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy

"We believe sustainability is fundamentally about risk management", says one insurance company. And it's not alone.[read more]

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Cities Should Provide Children with More Opportunities for Play to Counter Health, Social Problems

October 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Play is not only vital, but providing facilities encourages families to move to a city.

An appeal has been made for cities to make more space for children to play in order not just to counter the many health, learning and social problems that are due to today's kids playing less than people's generations, but to make cities themselves more attractive and safe places for young families to move to.[read more]