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Cities and Technology: Imagining the Way Things Could Be

April 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Technology Creating the Future

The common thread for me between architecture, real estate development, and technology is that in all of these cases it is about imagining the way things could be in the future and then creating it. It’s about change. It’s about growth. It’s about creation. I consider myself a builder in practically every sense.[read more]

Vienna vs. London: Differences while Walking the City

April 22, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Walking in Vienna and London

How can very different cities be experienced while moving through them on foot? We present to you here a Walking Story about two different cities and experiences: Walking in London versus walking in Vienna, by Walk21 Ambassador Eugene Quinn.[read more]

Collected Ideas That Bring Hope for a Greener, Healthier World

April 22, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Green Ideas and Inspiration

I can't think of a better time to review Jared Green's new book, 'Designed for the Future,' than the week of Earth Day. This highly accessible volume, subtitled '80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World,' contains short essays and beautiful photos solicited and edited by Green and describing wonderful examples.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure

 

Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]

Which City is Cleaning up? Find out the World's Cleanest Cities [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 22, 2015 by Dan Sharp

What are the Cleanest Cities?

We (unsurprisingly) love things nice and clean! There’s a feeling of pride when your house shines and sparkles, and we’re proud that our fantastic cleaners help make that happen for you! It got us thinking too about the things we’re proud to see shine, like the cities we live in.[read more]

Heated Debate Persists Around Geneva, Switzerland's Carless Sundays

April 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

A Car Free Debate

Controversy rages about banning cars from city centres. Two opposing views about the proposal for carless Sundays in the centre of Geneva: from a Green Party Councillor and a representative of Switzerland’s Chamber of Commerce. What do you think?[read more]

Three Mobility Challenges Facing Bogotá

April 22, 2015 by This Big City

Mobility in Bogotá

During a recent visit to Colombia to participate in the World Bike Forum in Medellin, I learned some lessons on mobility in Bogotá, many of which have stayed in my mind. I believe that Bogotá needs to prioritize mobility in the public agenda.[read more]

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

Blaenau Ffestiniog: Something More than Pride

April 21, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Urban Confidence

Blaenau Ffestiniog has been described as the 'hole in the polo mint' of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK. When the Park was created, a boundary was drawn around this devastated hub of the defunct slate-quarrying industry. But now the town is reviving finding a new source of pride in itself.[read more]

Our Cities as Spaces for Celebration and Ceremony [PHOTOS]

April 21, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Urban Celebration

Photojournalist Ashraf Hendricks captures Cape Town in the midst of celebration and ceremony. His fantastical snaps presents the real city, in an almost imaginary fashion. See how his photography captures the imagination, celebration, and ceremonial moments across Cape Town.[read more]

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

Urban Food Waste

 

It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage.[read more]

Introducing Canada's First Shipping Container Housing Project

April 21, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Shipping Container Housing

Shipping containers were once primarily considered large metal boxes to be transported on ships containing the consumer goods we buy from China. In today’s inflated real estate market, this is no longer the case. Last year, they became a home - the first of its kind in Canada.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]

Riverside Food Systems Alliance Aims to Get Results from Local Food and Agriculture Policy

Local Food Policy

When consultant Richard Conlin attended the inaugural GrowRIVERSIDE conference, he talked to people about the many ideas involving Riverside’s Greenbelt that never materialized. Conlin, who has long helped stakeholders hammer out policies, offered to help make some of these ideas a reality.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

Tell Us Your Walking Stories – for a Healthier and Sustainable Future Urban Environment

April 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Urban Walkability

In October 2015 the city of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto "stepping ahead“. The "Walking Stories" by the Walk21 Network touch upon current issues in the field of active transport, urban quality and sustainable urbanism.[read more]

Cities and Regions Commit to the Sustainable and Inclusive Management of Water

Water Conservation Agreement

Cities and regions from all over the world gathered at the World Water Forum on the occasion of the 4th International Conference of Local and Regional Authorities on Water and reaffirmed the crucial need for the international community to adopt Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals.[read more]

The Growing Outdoor Recreation Economy

April 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Outdoor Economy

At the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., U.S. Interior department Secretary Sally Jewell said national parks had their highest visitation rates ever in 2014, with more than 400 million visits, and those numbers are expected to only increase in the next year.[read more]

How to Attract a Young, Educated Workforce to Inland Empire, California

April 20, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Workforce Recruitment

The Inland Empire was one of the hardest-hit regions in California during the recession. Now, the fastest growing jobs are also the lowest paying. How should it attract higher paying jobs?[read more]

How Mapping Public Transport Can Help Commuters

April 20, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Mapping Transport

There are more than 600 stops covered by public transport moving in and out of Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa, and these are spread across 60 routes. The GoMetro Map facilitates the accessibility of these routes, allowing commuters to plan and trace their journeys from Bellville to anywhere in the Cape Town area.[read more]

University of Connecticut's Depot Campus: UConn's Future Gateway

April 19, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

UConn Future Planning

A correctional facility, a mental institution, and a school for the mentally challenged. Sounds like college, right? Surprisingly enough, buildings on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus used to be home to these very programs.[read more]

A Comparison Between Low-Rise and High-Rise Housing Costs

April 19, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Earlier this week the Globe and Mail reported that the average price of a house in Toronto has risen to $613,933 and that the average price of a detached house has risen to $1,042,405. Those are a big numbers. Low interest rates are a big part of this story. But there’s also a supply story at play here.[read more]

How to Communicate the Importance of Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Riverside Sustainable Food

How to set up local foods and healthy eating projects in low-income neighborhoods, and the importance of local and sustainable food and agriculture. An interview with Riverside, California City Council Member Andy Melendrez.[read more]

Revealed: LEED-Certified Apartments Earn 9% Higher Rents

April 19, 2015 by GBIG Insight
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LEED and Building Value

To all those questioning why they should seek certification, the answer is: because the market will pay for it. For those interested in an effective way to invest their funds in a property to support greater return, LEED certification may be the answer.[read more]

Expo's Gate is Full of Programs But Architecture Fails to Impress Milan

April 18, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Expo's Gate and Architecture

“Expo Gate: Milan’s Gateway to the Expo” is the slogan you can find on the Expo 2015 webpage describing the exhibition’s entryway. The structure is located in Via Beltrami, in the city center of Milan, in front of the Castello Sforzesco. It connects the castle, the center of the 1906 Universal Exhibition, and Via Dante.[read more]

Why Toronto-Waterloo Needs All-Day Two-Way Urban Rail Service

April 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Rail Service

I stumbled upon an interesting article about the need for an all-day two-way rail service between Toronto and Waterloo. Along this corridor sits a technology ecosystem that is second in size only to San Francisco-Silicon Valley and that current connectivity levels represent a missed opportunity of epic proportions.[read more]

Healthy Riverside Initiative Emphasizes Local Food, Looks to Make County #1 Place to Live in U.S.

Healthy Riverside

Local food and agriculture is a major component of the Healthy Riverside County Initiative, designed to assist residents of Riverside County, California live healthy lives. It began in 2011, when the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to encourage all county departments to support healthy lifestyles.[read more]

Learning from a Post-It Wall: Campus Clean Energy Conversations

April 18, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Campus Clean Energy

As our #cleanenergyu conversation gets underway again this Earth Month, students from across many campuses in the United States are sharing and discussing their visions for a 2025 clean energy future by convening post-it wall conversations.[read more]

Three Architectural Periods in Peru

April 18, 2015 by Canin Associates

Peru Architecture

Peru as a country boasts a mix of cultures, climates, and architecture. What makes it an incredible place to visit is that modern Peru seamlessly blends together its diverse history. Nonetheless, each culture and each historical period is still visible and alive throughout the country.[read more]

Voices of the City: Bonnie Horbach

April 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Voices

Bonnie Horbach was appointed as the Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town on the first of July 2013. She studied History and Law at the University of Amsterdam and lived and worked in a lot of different countries: the US, Ghana, Mali and Belgium.[read more]