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Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City

November 25, 2014 by David Thorpe
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One planet living has ten principles.

Next year Bristol is to be Europe's Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.[read more]

Towards Canine Equity in the City

November 25, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Pets in Urban Places

One of the most immediate cultural distinctions a traveler notices in France is omnipresent, well-behaved dogs, often quite unlike their detached American cousins. In a matter of weeks, I have assembled a mental diary of locational examples that illuminated the integrated role of multi-modal canine life.[read more]

Brain Drain Is Economic Development

November 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Brain Drain

If one shifts focus from places to people, migration is economic development. Moving to a big city increases the chances of finding a job. Moving to a big city increases the wage earned at the job. For the migrant, income goes up. What about the place left behind?[read more]

Robert Bullard: "Equity Can’t Be Left Out"

November 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Sustainability

True sustainability is a three-legged stool, said Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the fathers of environmental justice movement, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver. It rests on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. However, equity, Bullard believes, is still too often left out.[read more]

Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

November 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Initiatives

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. And corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees.[read more]

Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case

November 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Elderly Flight to the Suburbs in Montreal

If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.[read more]

Enhancing Livability in Turkey and in Cities Worldwide

November 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Livability in Turkey

Over the past half-century, the world has urbanized at an unprecedented pace. In 1970, about 37% of the world’s population lived in cities. This rose to 45% in 1990, 54% in 2014, and should reach 66% by 2050. Much of this urban growth is occurring in less wealthy cities, and has created distinct challenges.[read more]

From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities

November 24, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities 'smarter' be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.[read more]

Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution

November 24, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Streets for People

Victor Dover and John Massengale's epic book, titled 'Street Design,' is perhaps our most thorough and thoughtful explication of where we have gone wrong in the past with our most important urban public spaces - our city streets - and how to do better.[read more]

Does Urban Authenticity Matter?

November 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

How Important is Urban Truth?

What does it mean for a place to be authentic? What if some savvy developer created new blast furnaces and inserted them into their new neighborhood in order to simulate the feel of an old industrial steelworks? Would that change how you felt about the space and area?[read more]

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World Bank Warns of Severe Threat to Food Supplies from Climate Change

November 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The increase in droughts with 4° of warming

A new report from the World Bank, 'Turn Down the Heat' is warning that already global warming of around 1.5°C above pre-industrial times is locked into the Earth's atmospheric system, and unless we act now to reduce emissions, warming of probably 4 degrees will occur within our century, and everyone will feel the impact, particularly the poor.[read more]

Dear Gregor: Some Suggestions for a Smoother Term as Vancouver's Mayor

November 24, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver's Mayorship

Dear Gregor: Congratulations on being elected as mayor of Vancouver for a second term. It looked like a close race in those last few weeks. You seemed a little unsure that you could pull it off this time around. I know this because I received roughly twelve pre-recorded phone calls from you.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions

November 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China, Transportation, and Air Pollution

Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.[read more]

A Study of Biodiversity in the World's Cities

November 24, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities? Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity? These are the questions of a collaborative studies of biodiversity in the world’s cities.[read more]

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Construction

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions.[read more]

Recycling Computers, Phones, and Televisions: You're Probably Not Doing It

November 23, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Got old electronics sitting in the basement, a closet, or even a room you use? According to a new study from Staples, probably: while many of us sell them on eBay, donate or re-gift them, or even (gasp!) throw them away, most of us are hoarding those old electronics.[read more]

Benefits and Challenges of Walking and Biking in Riverside County, California

November 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Walking and Biking in Riverside

In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP funds walking and biking projects, illustrating that active transportation can be a significant component of a more efficient transportation future.[read more]

Interview with Christian Gabriel on GSA's New Focus on Landscape Architecture

November 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Focus on Landscape Architecture

Christian Gabriel, ASLA, is the National Design Director for Landscape Architecture for the U.S. General Service Administration’s Office of Chief Architect in Washington, D.C. At the GSA he works to set design standards in the realm of public space, landscape, site security, and sustainability.[read more]

Building Environmentally Integrated Homes

November 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Environmental Home Design

As more and more people wake up to the importance of sustainability, I think that firms such as Solares Architecture are going to become even more important. This is not just about a LEED rating, it’s about a mission. And I think that’s also great for the profession of architecture.[read more]

A New Guide to Denver's Landscapes

November 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Denver Landscapes

In advance of the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has unveiled What’s Out There Denver, the first in a new series of free web-based, city-focused guides. TCLF’s guide covers more than 150 years of landscape design history and city shaping in Denver.[read more]

Belval: From Luxembourg's Largest Steelworks to Mixed-Use Community

November 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urbanism and Community Building Reclamation

Belval is a neighborhood in the west end of Luxembourg’s second largest city, Esch-sur-Alzette. The neighborhood used to consist of the largest steelworks in the country. But with the decline of steel production, the area fell into decline. Today, it’s being reborn as a 21st century mixed-use community.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

Growing Motorcycle use Creates a Global Safety Challenge

November 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Motorcycles and Public Safety

Cities worldwide face the pressing challenge of growing motorcycle fleets and remarkable increases in related traffic fatalities. With streets ill-prepared and motor-bikes whizzing in every direction, the scene might best be described as urban transport anarchy.[read more]

Gated Communities Lock Cities Into Cycles of Inequality

November 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Communities and Inequality

In recent years, many films have portrayed the landscape of urban marginality and inequality in Latin America. The Mexican thriller, La Zona (the Zone), in depicting the disturbing panorama of inequality in Latin America’s megacities and the consequences of socially and economically divided cities.[read more]

Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

November 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation Options

Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off exactly where you chose.[read more]

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New Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas Formed

November 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

In Spanish it's called RAMA.

The metropolitan authorities of South, Central and North America – together containing one third of the population of the Americas – have united in a new network. The Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas will promote understanding and cooperation, and coordinate action up to the landmark UN Habitat III conference in 2016.[read more]

The Economic Geography of Workforce Development

November 21, 2014 by Jim Russell

Economic Geography

Without geographic analysis, demographers often overlook keen insights into fertility trends. The same caution applies to economists. For example, there's Harvard economist Edward Glaeser overlooking keen insights into Boston’s talent demography.[read more]

Inspiring People: Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan

November 21, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Inspiration in Greensboro

For women who are either active or have a strong interest in politics, being able to see women in leadership is reassuring. Now, not all women have policies I agree with or advocate. Yet, it’s great to know that it’s possible for women to be in politics and still be people.[read more]

Major Revamp Planned for D.C.'s South Mall

November 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

National Mall Revamp

 

The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker. It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of “improved connectivity” and open plazas.[read more]

Denver's 16th Street Mall: Custom Suspended Pavement System Turns 32

November 21, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Denver Public Pavement Design

Denver has long been a place of significance in the American West. Founded as a gold mining town in 1858, the city built a connection to the transcontinental railroad by 1870 and quickly established itself as a key supply hub and large commercial center serving cities both nearby and throughout the region.[read more]