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Ten Ways to Manage Flood Risk by Designing for Exceedance

July 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making space for lots of water

Climate change is bringing extremes of weather, amongst the most damaging of which are extreme downpours of precipitation which overwhelm the ability of urban drainage systems to take the water away, and cause flooding. CIRIA has published a set of design guidelines and best practice recommendations for managing the risks.[read more]

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Neal Gorenflo on the Sharing Cities Network [WEBCAST]

July 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Neal and his book Share or Die

In this video webcast David Thorpe talks to Neal Gorenflo, co-founder of shareable.net, a nonprofit with a mission to empower everyone to share for a more joyous, resilient, and equitable world. Its Sharing Cities Network connects local sharing grassroots activists around the world.[read more]

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Açık Veritabanı Kullanımı ve İstanbul Toplu Taşıma Sistemlerine Getireceği Yenilikler

July 21, 2014 by Renée van Staveren

Istanbul, Turkey and Transit

İstanbul (Türkiye), her gün trafiğe eklenen 600 yeni vasıtayla araç kullanımının gitgide çoğaldığı bir şehir. İstanbul’un nüfusu arttıkça ve bireysel araç sahipliği kolaylaştıkça daha fazla sayıda insan bu ulaşım biçimini tercih eder oldu.[read more]

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How Open Data Access Will Revolutionize Istanbul’s Public Transit Systems

July 21, 2014 by Renée van Staveren
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Open Data and Istanbul Transit

Istanbul, Turkey is a city with an increasing car-culture, with 600 new vehicles added to the road every day. As the population of Istanbul increases, and attaining a single-occupancy vehicle becomes easier, more people are turning to this method of transport to get around.[read more]

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Water: Rising Above The Law Of Supply And Demand

July 21, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Water and Supply and Demand

The more people want something, the greater it costs. It applies to everything, from food, to clothing, to real estate and fuel, to top-level positions and even leisure time. It’s the law of supply and demand. It’s a universal rule. Everything is dictated by it; but what about water?[read more]

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How Cities Can Generate Their Own Clean Energy and Create Jobs and Income

July 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Town halls can plug into the clean energy revolution and reap the benefits.

Cities could become the powerhouses of the future, helping to generate much of their own energy, a crucial factor in achieving proper sustainability. New report compares different types of business structure and opportunities for sources of investment and job creation.[read more]

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Obama Declares His Climate Change Resilience Strategy

July 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

President Obama has given more details of the $1 billion competitive fund for making American cities more resilient to the extremes of climate change. At the same time he took a swipe at his opponents in Congress who are opposing his measures to tackle global warming.[read more]

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ISO 14001 Revision Reaches Milestone in Updating Standard for Environmental Management

July 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

ISO 14001 EMS

A milestone has been reached in the development of a new draft of the standard many city administrations will be familiar with for helping to ensure the environmental quality of their infrastructure and operations: ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

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New Alliance Links Sustainable Food to Solving Obesity Crisis

July 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Square Meal report links Health and Well-Being with Food and Farming Policies

A new alliance of national environmental, nutrition and health groups is calling on local and national governments to show leadership by linking up policies on health and well-being with food and farming policies.[read more]

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207 Global Cities Have Reported Climate Actions and Are Working with Business

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

But do the aims of cities and local business coincide?

Most of the world’s major cities have admitted that climate change presents a physical risk to the businesses operating in their jurisdictions. This "real and current threat" is driving local governments to take concrete action in response, concludes a new report from CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, AECOM and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40).[read more]

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India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]

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English Cities Demand More Power and Tax-Raising Abilities

July 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Manchester sees a new dawn

English cities such as Manchester and Birmingham should have the right to raise more taxes, says an influential cross-party committee of MPs, who are calling for a transfer of power from central government to local authorities and local communities.[read more]

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VIDEO: Innovation + Territory Film Sessions: Urban Metabolism

July 8, 2014 by Camilo Prats

A video about urban metabolism and water.

How do you cope in a place where it hasn't rained for 400 years? Innovation + Territory Film Sessions is an incredible effort to create a new educational product for planners interested in research and innovation applied to territory, revealing the hidden metabolism of cities and how it should be sustained.[read more]

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The Tour de France Has Revealed the Huge British Enthusiasm for Cycling

July 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

'La Tour' hits London to a riotous welcome

Two million people crammed into Yorkshire this weekend to watch the Tour de France. Will the UK Government match the british public's support for cycling with cash for safety? We're still awaiting a cross-departmental 'Cycling Delivery Plan', promised in the Government's response to the Get Britain Cycling report.[read more]

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GreenITNet: Sharing Green IT Excellence for European Cities

July 7, 2014 by Maikel Bouricius
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Green IT network shares best practice for smarter cities

The Interreg IVC project GreenITNet is a collaboration between 10 European partners from 9 different countries to helps create smarter, more sustainable cities. It focuses on the activation of European cities with a high sustainable energy ambition, a strong ICT technology potential and previous experience in Green IT.[read more]

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Urbanism Speakeasy | Transport Networks as Community Assets

July 7, 2014 by Andy Boenau

Urbanism Speakeasy is a podcast with a particular focus on human-scale design. We love streets and places designed for people, regardless of how they happen to travel. No advanced technical degrees or silver spoons required on this show. Our primary goal is to share technical information and trends in ordinary language. The show is...[read more]

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Could Radical Carbon Offsetting be Used to Absorb Atmospheric Carbon?

July 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Building with timber and hemcrete. Courtesy Lime Technologies

Radical carbon offsetting schemes would permit the extraction of fossil fuels providing that an adequate and equivalent amount of carbon was removed from the atmosphere to that which will be released by the fossil fuels' combustion. Fossil fuel companies would finance such schemes for the privilege of taking carbon from the ground.[read more]

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Elegant Interactive Tool Shows Cities' Growth Rate Around the World

July 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Asian cities' size in 2025.

A brilliant new online interactive map produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development allows you to investigate the scale and speed of urban transformation across the globe.[read more]

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Upgrade Slums in 230 Cities for just $14.5 million? Impossible! - But They Did It.

July 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Planning their future in Comilla, Bangladesh

Millions of people live in slums in Asian cities. The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) has been running a program to try to upgrade living conditions for these people that has proved itself to be massively effective and at little cost. How has it done this?[read more]