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It's Official: Promoting Cycling Creates Jobs and Saves Lives

April 17, 2014 by Florian Lorenz
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The Bicycle Urbanism Column

Over 76,600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10,000 lives would be saved if major European cities reached the current cycling modal share of Copenhagen, according to the new Paris Declaration: City in Motion - People first”, endorsed by WHO, the UN and the European Commission.[read more]

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Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]

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ICLEI Says Smart Cities Need Citizen Buy-In

April 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Do people want their cities wired?

“A smart city is a city which can provide - with fewer resources - more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.” A fine ideal, but is this just for big business, or can citizens have a say? This was a hot topic at ICLEI's Global Town Hall 2014 last week.[read more]

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UK Announces £1bn for Three New Garden Cities

April 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The first ever garden city at Letchworth.

The UK government has announced that it wishes to see three new garden cities built in the south of England. It has pledged £1 billion of funding and created a new body, the Urban Development Corporation to drive forward their development, along with another garden city announced last month at Ebbsfleet, east of London.[read more]

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"There is no Plan B": Business Leaders Label New IPCC Report "A Wake-Up Call"

April 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Greenpeace's response to IPCC report

Urgent action by governments around the world is required to prevent the average global temperature from reaching a disastrous 4.8°C (8.6°F) by the end of the century, according to a new report endorsed by governments, from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a one week meeting in Berlin.[read more]

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The Benefits of Placemaking Go Beyond Urban Beautification

April 13, 2014 by Michael Edwards
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Cardiff Bay, Wales - a great example of placemaking.

Every city has something unique to offer. Whether it’s exceptional food, historic sites, or exciting nightlife, there’s something distinctive that draws in tourists, attracts businesses, and makes current residents want to stay. But all that potential can go to waste if it isn’t recognized and supported.[read more]

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Imaging Medellín From Above During the World Urban Forum

April 10, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Medellin from Above

These images taken during a helicopter flight this week over Medellín tell the story of rapid urbanization, of still persisting urban inequality and of recent urban development projects manifesting change towards a more equitable Medellín.[read more]

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European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]

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San Francisco Inspires Mobility in European Cities

April 10, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

San Francisco and Mobility

Tenacity, persistence and a lot of patience are the attributes that Timothy Papandreou, Director of Transport Planning of San Francisco, considers essential to take forward some of the most important developments in the mobility sector not only in American cities but also throughout the world.[read more]

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Check Up of India's Heart - Delhi: A Diagnosis of the Capital's Public Transport

April 10, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Delhi Public Transportation

Delhi Transport Service (DTS) was incorporated in 1948 by the Government of India for local bus services, which were previously operated by the Gwalior and Northern India Transport Co. Ltd. Later, DTS was reconstituted under the Road Transport Corporation Act in 1950.[read more]

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Joseph Stiglitz's Recommendations to Address Inequality

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Nobel Economics Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz

The World Urban Forum underway this week in Medellin, Columbia, is taking place on the world's most urbanised continent, struggling, as with many cities around the world, to meet the needs of millions of people crowded into these areas.[read more]

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UK Launches World's First Scheme to Pay Homeowners to make Renewable Heat

April 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's Mr Renewables!

The first scheme in the world that will pay owners of domestic buildings for generating renewable heat has been launched in the UK. Like feed-in tariffs, the financial incentive scheme offers householders a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour generated from various technologies.[read more]

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Sustainable Cities Collective Wins Social Media Award in Green Category

April 8, 2014 by David Thorpe
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We won a Shorty Award!

Sustainable Cities Collective last night won a Shorty Award for the best of social media in the Green category. We are very flattered to be selected and honoured in this manner. It puts us up there alongside famous people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ian McKellen, Jamie Oliver and, er, the Matrix Cat (an animated gif in case you didn't know).[read more]

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New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch
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Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]

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Equity put at Forefront of Sustainable Urbanism at World Urban Forum 7

April 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Inclusion must be central to urbanism

Over 25,000 delegates have gathered in Medellin, Colombia for the seventh UN Habitats' World Urban Forum “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”, where the dominant theme is equality and inclusion.[read more]

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25,000 Register for UN Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia

April 7, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

The theme is Cities for Life

This seventh issue of the World Urban Forum is entitled Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life and engages the pressing challenge of urban inequality in preparation of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).[read more]

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Tools to Help You with Sustainable Procurement

April 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

You know it makes sense.

Everyone is talking about a 'closed loop' and 'circular economy' - code for sustainable resource management . This post contains a range of resources and links to advice and tips, standards and guidelines support wanting to implement a sustainable procurement policy.[read more]

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Revealed: the Best and Worst Cities for Commuting in the World

April 3, 2014 by David Thorpe
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No more sprawl.

Two studies released this week, one global and the other covering the USA, reveal the best and worst in urban planning for sustainable commuting and make recommendations for how to achieve sustainable urban mobility.[read more]

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The 12 Rules of Sustainable Urbanism

April 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

The 12 rules of sustainable urbanism are enshrined in the Freiburg Charter, a document produced by what is possibly the world's most sustainable city; which won the World Habitat Award in 2013 (for which prize in 2014 nominations are now open).[read more]

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Two Designs for Housing New York City's Growing Population

April 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

Car-free living is key

How will NYC cope with an expected 1 million more residents? Two contrasting visions have won a 'Living Cities' design contest set by Metropolis magazine asking for solutions to New York's looming housing crisis. Both see car-free living as necessary.[read more]