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How Vertical Farming Can Make You a Better Eater

May 5, 2015 by Evan Bromfield

Growing fresh, clean, and local produce that reduces pollution

Healthy, or sick, which would you choose? Though the data has been there for years, there is a growing awareness in America about how powerful the relationship between our diets and our health is. That’s obvious, but what might not be so obvious is how much easier it’s going to be to support that relationship.[read more]

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The UK Sets New Record For Wind Energy Sector

April 29, 2015 by Anja Duric

Wind Energy in the UK

The UK blew its previous record of 13% set in 2013 by achieving 14% of all electricity generated by wind power. New figures from the Global Wind Energy Council and GreenMatch reveal an annual market growth of 44% and significant contribution to the UK's energy needs.[read more]

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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]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

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7 Opportunities for Green Buildings in China, According to Developers

April 23, 2015 by CC Huang

Green Building Potential in China

China’s low-carbon future may very well depend on green buildings. With nearly two billion square meters of new floor space added in the country each year, China’s building sector offers tremendous opportunities for the country to move toward a cleaner economy.[read more]

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]

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Are Communities Born or Can They Be Designed?

April 15, 2015 by Tyler Caine

The Origins of Community Development

There's a school of thought that believes the deft hands of designers and planners can toggle the many spatial levers they have at their disposal to create a sense of community in a public or private space. But how much power do they really have?[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]

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Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]

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67 Examples of Cities Showcasing Energy Efficient Building Policies

April 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

Tthe first hospital in the world to earn Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system. Photo courtsey of McConnell Photography

Approximately 74% of 67 cities examined in a report published last week are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61% have enacted green building policies for municipal buildings and 49% are pursuing sustainable community policies.[read more]

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The Businessman Who Wants Biodiesel in Every Car in Dubai

April 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

Training in the collection of used vegetable oil for biodiesel conversion.

One day, Dubai and the rest of the oil-rich Middle East will no longer be able to take oil from the ground. The economy instead will run on biofuels and renewable electricity. One man knows this and is already succeeding in creating a demand and a market for biodiesel. Let's hear what he has to say.[read more]

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A Short History of British Housing and Planning 1800-2015

April 1, 2015 by David Thorpe
Before and after 100 years of house building.

A beautiful, free and highly informative new booklet about the history of housing and planning in a social context in Britain since the 19th century has been published by the NHBC Foundation in Britain and can be downloaded in PDF form.[read more]

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There's No Plan B for the Retail Chain That's Making Its Stores and Supply Chains More Sustainable

March 31, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's all part of Plan A. There's no Plan B

A major retail chain is making exceptional efforts to revamp its stores so that they are much more sustainable. It's just unveiled the latest of these, in Newcastle. The chain is Marks & Spencer (M&S) and the policy behind the campaign is called Plan A designed to make the whole corporate effort sustainable right down the supply chains.[read more]

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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

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Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

March 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

News from the Pacific Urban Forum 2015 

The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges.[read more]

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Nine Lessons from the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia

March 25, 2015 by Florian Lorenz

Fourth World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All" at www.fmb4.org

The World Bicycle Forum (#FMB4) in Medellín, Colombia was recently held. The FMB4 is the world’s largest discursive event on bicycling mobility and urban cycling cultures. Here are nine lessons from this amazing and transformative event.[read more]

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New Project to Develop Training for Tomorrow's Leaders of Sustainable Cities

March 24, 2015 by David Thorpe

How to train tomorrow's sustainable city leaders?

A new three year educational program called ESSENCE is to create innovative international training materials for tomorrow's leaders of smart, sustainable cities using blended learning techniques. It involves five universities from different European cities and enrolment is open now.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

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Crash Remedies: The Road to Traffic Safety

March 19, 2015 by Fanis Grammenos

Roads and Traffic Safety

In order to cut traffic deaths, is it necessary to redesign the urban form? This academic paper takes a historical approach to answer the question.[read more]