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How Should Cities Measure Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

July 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Ensuring consistency, accuracy and transparency

The World Resources Institute, C40 Cities and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, have published their second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) and are seeking feedback from city officials and climate experts in all related fields.[read more]

Can a Global City be Good to Locals?

July 23, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Global Cities, Local Problems

“Making progress possible, together” stands boldly at the top of Cape Town’s website. The ‘together’ part of the slogan is the catch. As we celebrate our progress of becoming a globally competitive city, I believe we need to take stock of whether the benefits of our progress are experienced together.[read more]

Congestion Pricing can make Beijing a more Equitable City

Beijing and Congestion Pricing

China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term.[read more]

Drink Your Water, And Eat The Bottle?

July 23, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Drink, Eat Water Bottle

The need for drinks on-the-go that won’t pollute our environment with bottles is far from news, as the movement to increase the use of reusable/refillable water bottles has been gaining momentum. But as the movement grows, so does the American appetite for drinks sold in plastic bottles.[read more]

Detroit Aquaponics Business Combines High-Tech Ag, Social Justice Mission

Green Business and Social Justice

Many of Detroit’s urban agriculture ventures have a down-on-the-farm feel, but not the CDC Farm & Fishery. With its tubes and tanks, the business seems futuristic. You see, they are among the first aquaponic operations to set up in Detroit following the passage of an urban agriculture ordinance.[read more]

The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale

July 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Argentine Architecture

In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th century, to present, into its built environment.[read more]

The Impression You are Leaving

July 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Impressions

Toronto has gone through a dramatic transformation over the last decade or so. In fact, I recently had a friend say to me: “Brandon, 10 years ago you told me that Toronto was going to be a super cool global city. I didn’t believe you then. But you were right."[read more]

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Is Glasgow being Regenerated or Gentrified?

July 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Central Glasgow

Glasgow is a city that is partying this week to celebrate the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It's a city that has struggled to reinvent itself after post-industrial collapse. But has it succeeded?[read more]

Retreating from the Public Good?

July 22, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Public Good and Choice

Near Glasgow there’s a former mining village called Twechar. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, they decided they wanted to ‘do a Todmorden’ and turn unpromising public areas into colourful growing spaces. The local authority thought Edible Twechar was a wonderful idea.[read more]

America Can Learn from this French City's Complete Streets

July 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

French Complete Streets

Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old (and new) city gracefully mix street trams/lightrail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets, and pedestrians can move about with relative ease.[read more]

What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

July 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Microsoft Cuts and Talent Migration

The Tech Economy is dying. And by that, I mean the Innovation Economy (to stick with Enrico Moretti’s terminology in his book The New Geography of Jobs) is dying. The “Innovation Economy” is an epoch, following on the heels of agriculture and manufacturing.[read more]

Technology Brings People Together in Public Spaces After All

July 22, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Tech and Public Space

As he sat in a PPS training watching time-lapse films of Bryant Park in the early 1980s, Keith Hampton realized he may have just found precisely the baseline he needed to examine how behavior in public space has changed in our contemporary digital world.[read more]

Voices of the City: Fred Hayman

July 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Voices

It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of a Cape Town's inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. This week, we heard from Fred Hayman, film enthusiast and teacher of Karate, Jujutsu & Bujinkan.[read more]

Obstacles Ahead for São Paulo's Master Plan

July 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sao Paulo's Plan

The Master Plan of the city of São Paulo is a set of guidelines, backed by the power of local law, whose purpose is to guide urban growth through the next sixteen years. The new plan was approved this week after nine months of discussions among councilors to arrive at the final version.[read more]

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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]

What Does a Sociological Approach to Safe Cities Reveal?: Findings from a National Workshop in India

Sociology and Safe Indian Cities

While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities in India are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women.[read more]

Microclimatic Improvements for Panepistimiou Street in Athens, Greece

July 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Improvement of the Greek Street

An approval was finally signed regarding the environmental conditions of the Panepistimiou Street’s rehabilitation project in Athens. Other projects were also included in this meeting, such as the extension of the tram network and the regulation of traffic in the center of the city.[read more]

The Branding of Places

July 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Branding Place

Most people would agree that branding is a powerful and important exercise in the world of business. We recognize that brand equity is something that pays dividends in the future. But one area that still feels like it’s in its infancy is place branding.[read more]

Why Some Modernist Homes Make Bad Neighbors

July 20, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Modern Houses and Neighborhood Style

I grew up as an architect loving modernism and its clean lines, its spartan rectilinear shapes and its honesty of materials. But now that I’ve gotten some distance from my modernism-centric education, I see how modernism can go wrong, especially on a residential scale in established neighborhoods.[read more]

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Queen Victoria Markets

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134 year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket.[read more]

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure

July 20, 2014 by Leda Marritz

A couple of weeks ago my brother sent me a link to a story on WNYC about the variable mortality rates for trees that were planted as part of New York City’s Million Trees initiative. We’ve seen the uneven outcomes of planting efforts like these before, and New York is no exception.[read more]

New Coalition has a more Livable Marin as its Mission

July 20, 2014 by David Edmondson

Once the Santa Rosa Tea Party crashed our Plan Bay Area meetings and lit a fire under anti-development activists – liberal, libertarian, and conservative alike, many of whom recoil at being associated with the Tea Party – we’ve gone from name-calling to dirty politics to anger and back again.[read more]

Food Security in the South African Context

July 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South Africa and Food Security

Kicking-off the first week of workshops at Department of Design was an examination of food security from the South African perspective. Our first speaker, Mzokhona Mvemve from East London Industrial Development Zone, provided listeners with a synopsis of food security.[read more]

How Toronto Became Cool

July 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cool Toronto

I had a friend ask me on Facebook what it is exactly that I think happened to make Tononto so much cooler. Was it because of one iconic building like Toronto’s new City Hall? Was it because of our recent condo boom? Or was it something else? What changed exactly?[read more]

São Paulo, Brazil Reforms Urban Waste Disposal Practices

July 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil Waste Reform

Many people separate dry waste from organic waste, but we know little about the destination of these materials. If, indeed, they are used for recycling, isn’t it possible to also reuse organic waste? The final destination of waste is a major concern of our cities today.[read more]

The Bus House: the Ultimate Act of Upcycling?

July 19, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling the Bus House

 

As I have actually heard from numerous builders in recent years, the term “green building” has largely just become “building”: incorporating efficiency features, renewable energy systems, and natural lighting and air flow elements just make sense.[read more]