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Restoring Food's Value Through Urban Refrigerators

December 18, 2014 by This Big City

Food, Value, and Access

It is estimated that about 40% of the food produced in the world is discarded for reasons as outlandish as a failure to meet aesthetic standards such as size, shape or colour. According to estimates by the European Commission, more than 100 million tonnes of food will be wasted this year in the EU zone alone.[read more]

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Revealed: the Best and Worst Solar PV Panels You Can Buy

December 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

How clean are your panels?

Your solar electricity may not be as clean as you think. The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition has recently produced a new scorecard ranking manufacturers on safety, pollution and human rights. You can use it to help choose the best manufacturer.[read more]

Interview with William Wenk on Denver's Efforts to Become a More Sustainable City

December 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Sustainability Efforts

Adaptive resuse is messy, but it’s a wonderfully rich way of way of thinking about the world. The world is not a clean and tidy place. The landscapes a lot of us want to live in aren’t necessarily clean and tidy, but they’re vital. They’re alive. This line of thinking can lead us toward the next generation of urban landscapes.[read more]

Q&A: Robert Egger on Food Security and the Aging Population

December 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Access and Aging

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015.[read more]

Seven Ways Belo Horizonte, Brazil Inspires Sustainable Cities

December 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Belo Horizonte and Sustainability

Belo Horizonte, Brazil is a city of remarkable cuisine, green spaces, and architecture. The city is increasingly designed using people-oriented urban development strategies that prioritize the people who make the city come alive. Even for outsiders, this state capital feels like home.[read more]

Lighting Lyon: How Innovative Partnerships are Transforming the City

December 17, 2014 by This Big City

Every year, around December 8th, the city of Lyon, France, transforms into a life-size art installation. This is the Festival of Lights, a world famous event showcasing in-situ art installations using light as a material and medium to transform buildings, streets and public spaces all over the city.[read more]

Architectural Heritage Loses Ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

December 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cambodia Building History

Everyday new developments are erasing part of Phnom Penh's past, and without a strong effort being made in order to preserve some of the meaningful structures, the Cambodian city’s current construction boom could destroy its architectural heritage.[read more]

Cutting The Cord Without Blowing Up The Power Bill [INFOGRAPHIC]

December 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Saving Energy and Money at Home

I’ve been pushing the concept of “cutting the cord” at home: that is, getting rid of cable, and instead using an antenna and streaming device in conjunction with our wireless internet for our television entertainment. It would definitely save us money, but I hadn’t thought about what it might do to our electricity use.[read more]

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How to Save Millions on Air Conditioning by Designing Passively Cooled Buildings

December 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

A wind tower on a building used for night cooling.

Air conditioning is by far the greatest consumer of electricity in buildings in hot countries, but architects can use passive solar techniques to keep them cool, and in many cases successfully eliminate the need for expensive air conditioning.[read more]

Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

Where Innovation Thrives

December 16, 2014 by Jim Russell

Innovation and Place

People from different places, not different ethnicities, drive innovation. Birthplace diversity is more important than cultural diversity. These findings resonate well with what we know about knowledge networks and the success of suburban Silicon Valley.[read more]

The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place

December 16, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Colorful Plaza Placemaking

Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver’s West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. And VIVA Vancouver initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.[read more]

Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin

December 16, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Parks and Communities in Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. The occasion? A consultation on the management strategy for Tempelhof Park.[read more]

Connecticut Since the Abolition of County Government in 1959

December 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Connecticut and Governance

Most of New England is made up of counties that predate the Declaration of Independence. However, these counties exist largely as geographical regions, with few reminders of their former county governments besides old courthouses, maps, and online administrative forms.[read more]

Increasing Mode Share of Bus Transport in Indian Cities

December 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban India Bus Transport

Like many cities around the world, Indian cities are experiencing urbanization, motorization, and increasing congestion. Coupled with declining public transport use and infrastructure expenditures that promote a car culture by building roads, Indian cities are losing out on the standard of living that residents deserve.[read more]

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UK Government is "Undermining Progress Towards the UN's New Sustainable Development Goals"

December 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

The aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

How is the UK doing an increasing its resilience and sustainability? Not good, according to a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee, a cross-party group of British MPs, which accuses the government of undermining progress towards the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).[read more]

Green Growth Strategies for Environmentally Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by Anne Staley

Green Urban Growth

 

The contemporary urban lifestyle is driven by awareness about sustainability, thanks to the advent of the internet, new technology, and the widespread concern about disturbing the ecological equilibrium. Going one up on the ‘green quotient’ is what organizations around the world, small and large, are after.[read more]

Are Startups Causing Inequality?

December 15, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities, Inequality, and Startups

Earlier this week Richard Florida published on article on CityLab talking about the relationship between tech innovation (in cities) and inequality. The article deals with the correlation between venture capital investment and a variety of factors, such as monthly housing costs, wage and income inequality, and so on.[read more]

U.S. to See More Urban Farming in 2015 as Economics Improve, Consumer Demand Increases, and More Incentives are Added

December 15, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Farming in 2015

Urban agriculture is expected to maintain strong growth in the United States in 2015 as cities and states provide more incentives, more start-up farmers enter the field, smaller operations improve their profitability and consumer demand for locally grown food remains strong.[read more]

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Kenya and Informal Communities

In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, Lusaka, and Harare rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were in the crowded former reserves.[read more]

Lagos in 2015: Planning for the Coming Year

December 15, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Next Year in Lagos

 

It is hard to describe what will transpire in Lagos next year because of the upcoming elections both in Lagos state and across Nigeria, leaving a sense of uncertainty until a new governor is elected. However, there are some elements that hint at priority areas for 2015.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Financing Sustainable Cities

 

Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

Be a Tourist in Your Mother City

December 14, 2014 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Design Tours

I had the pleasure of co-leading a series of design-orientated life skills tours with the crew from LiveDesignTours and a group of forty senior high school learners. It was a whirlwind four-day tour of hands-on community-orientated initiatives, curated by educator and design guru Sune Stassen.[read more]

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco's Center for Redevelopment

December 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Pier Redevelopment

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city.[read more]

Nonprofit Spinoff Looks to 'Bring Detroit Back' Via Food Entrepreneurship

December 14, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Detroit and Food Entrepreneurship

As the sustainable agriculture movement has flourished in the United States, so has the need to support the local food movement in concrete and productive ways. Hopeful Harvest Foods, an offshoot of the influential Forgotten Harvest of metro Detroit, is coming up with practical solutions to do just that.[read more]

Urban Life: Then Came December

December 14, 2014 by Kate Gallery

Cities and the Seasons

I am up and out this Sunday morning before the vendors at Eastern Market. Only the crepe and doughnut guys have began constructing their tents as I take a seat at the coffee shop and begin to write. The hollow hammering of tent poles is a sound I now associate with home, not camping.[read more]

Are We Living in a Food Hub Bubble?

December 13, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Hub Bubble

Regional food hubs have become all the rage in the past year among local foods advocates. These startups promote local food system development by offering aggregation and distribution services to farmers, food producers and vendors around the country. But can they survive in the long term?[read more]

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ontario Bikeshare

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare, or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map.[read more]

An Opportunity for a Regenerative New Airport in Mexico City

December 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Mexico City Transportation Hubs

Last September, the Mexican government announced the construction of a new airport for Mexico City. The current airport is the second busiest, per number of passengers, in Latin America, just after Sao Paolo, Brazil. The airport was recently declared to be at full capacity.[read more]

If We Plant the Plants Will the Insects Follow?

December 13, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Nature and Urban Green Space

Remnants of indigenous vegetation are the only remaining examples of ecosystems that were once more extensive before human settlement. They are therefore vital for preserving and promoting biodiversity. Remnant vegetation also serves as a refuge for indigenous plants, fungi, and animals.[read more]