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How to Restore Walking and Cut Traffic Accidents

October 20, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

The Restoration of Walking

 

The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases.[read more]

Avoiding Driving

October 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driving as Little as Possible

Not only do I do my absolute best to minimize the amount of driving I do here in Toronto, but I also follow the same rule when I travel as well. And if you’ve been following the macro trends, you might know that many other people feel the exact same way.[read more]

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

Lagos Rising: Where Next for 'Africa's London'? [VIDEO]

October 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and the Future

Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, and it is currently riding on the wave of their lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions who live in the slums of Lagos wonder if they will benefit.[read more]

Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education

October 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Online Agriculture Education

As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.[read more]

The Evolution of Glass Houses

October 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Glass House Design and History

In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.[read more]

Women in Food: From Theatre to Tech, Erika Block Helps Build a New Food Economy

October 18, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Food Economics

Erika Block is something of a web weaver for the local foods economy. As CEO of Local Orbit, a company dedicated to providing sales and business management services to entrepreneurs, farmers, food hubs and others, she’s intricately familiar with the logistics that make the movement possible.[read more]

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

October 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa Community Gardens

 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.[read more]

Modern Sukkah Design Competitions Reimagine Ancient Shelters

October 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

The Modern Sukkah

Ancient verses from the Jewish Bible and contemporary landscape design do not often overlap, but this year no fewer than five design competitions and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Canada have asked designers to create modern interpretations of the sukkah.[read more]

Voices of the City: Siphe Messive Tebeka

October 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Voices of the City

Voices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in cities. This week, we hear from Gugulethu resident and up and coming DJ, Siphe Messive Tebeka. He however does not wish to be known as a DJ, but rather a young Dance music phenomenon.[read more]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

But How Much Waste Does GM Keep Out of Landfills?

October 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Landfills and Waste

Last month, we joined sister site Gas 2.0 in congratulating Ford Canada on reaching landfill-free status for all of its operations. That’s a pretty impressive achievement, right – all of the factories in one country sending nothing to landfills?[read more]

Sustainable Food Toolkit Targets Next Generation of Community Food Advocates

October 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Toolkit

The sustainable food movement has gained a lot of momentum in recent years, but there are still more than six million children in the U.S. living in communities that lack access to healthy, sustainable food. Often, these children know very little about where food comes from, and which foods are healthy.[read more]

Solar City Will Offer New Homeowner Financing Program on Solar Systems

October 17, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting to convert their electrical energy supply to solar panels, but have been road-blocked by affordability issues, such as the up-front cost, Solar City has announced it will start offering homeowners a form of financing for their solar system called MyPower.[read more]

Is the Future for London's Cyclists on the River, the Street, or Both?

October 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

London Biking Best Practices

We recently examined some of the most interesting and innovative bicycling infrastructure projects in cities worldwide, but a recent proposal for an eight-mile floating bike path on London’s River Thames might top all of these ideas in originality.[read more]

Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020

October 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Inner Harbor Clean Up

As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time. The resulting design, infrastructure, and zoning of Baltimore’s neighborhoods has not always lent itself to environmental protection and sustainability.[read more]

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Collideoscope: A New Open Data App Aiming to Cut Cycling Accidents

October 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Pin the location of an incident and help prevent others

A new app, called Collideoscope, using open data and crowdsourcing has the ambitious aim of trying to find out why cycle accidents occur so they may be prevented in future.[read more]

DC Urban Agriculture Bill Could Encourage Farming With Tax Breaks

October 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

DC Legislation and Urban Agriculture

The urban farming movement finally appears to be coming of age in the nation’s capital. No longer just a novel idea, it’s now on the cusp of receiving institutional support from DC’s city leaders–that is if its backers can get votes to line up in their favor.[read more]

Dumpster Diving to Meet Living Building Challenge Requirements

October 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Buildings Requirements and Waste

 

All green building standards either encourage or even require percentages of recycled material. You might find this element met in the building itself, or in fixtures and furnishings, but in almost every case, you going to see “new” products made from recycled material.[read more]

Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

October 16, 2014 by Jim Russell

Demographics and Lifespan

When concerned about a contentious issue such as poverty, place comes first. Social scientists show how a neighborhood or a nation-state lags behind other places. Then a researcher might do something like link poor places with a certain race or ethnicity.[read more]

Using Smartphones to Improve Nairobi's Informal Transport Sector

October 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Nairobi Informal Transport

 

Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services.[read more]

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reducing Urban Vehicle Access

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, Spain.[read more]

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7 Ways to Build a World Citizen Movement to Help Cities Fight Climate Change

October 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The clock's ticking to save the planet, but together we can put the clock back.

A detailed new proposal has been published describing the multiple options available to cities and their citizens if they wish to decarbonise and move away from reliance on fossil fuels. The document, called Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement, was presented to Ban Ki-Moon last month.[read more]

A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

October 15, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Pedestrian Safety

A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same period. Another 68,000 walkers on average are injured every year.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]

A Global City of Eds and Meds

October 15, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Urban Populations and Education

Concerning incomes without geographic limits, foreign buyers drive up rents in global neighborhoods. With a strong desire to live, work, and play in global neighborhoods, millennials commit more of their annual wage to shelter than others are willing to bear.[read more]

Park Director Says Main Source of Brazil's São Francisco River Is Dry

October 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Source Loss

The São Francisco basin covers five states in Brazil and experts say the biodiversity of the region is under threat. The director of the Serra da Canastra National Park, Arthur Luiz Castanheira, said in an interview that the source of the São Francisco River, located in São Roque de Minas, is now dry.[read more]

Urban Protected Areas: Important for Urban People, Important for Nature Conservation Globally

October 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Urban Protected Areas

The international conservation movement traditionally has concentrated on protecting things like large, remote areas that have relatively intact natural ecosystems. It has given a lot less attention to urban places and urban people, however.[read more]

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The UN Plans that EVs Will Make 30% of Individual Journeys by 2030 – But Where Will The Electricity Come From?

October 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

A quarter of families in Copenhagen with two children or more own a cargo bike. And cycle in the snow.

A new UN initiative has been launched that aims to make electric vehicles make 30% of individual motorised journeys in cities by 2030. But where is the sustainable energy source going to come from to supply the extra electricity needed? The UN should be supporting more walking and cycling in cities to take people out of vehicles altogether.[read more]