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How Smog is Destroying Denver's Rocky Mountain Views

April 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Denver and Air Pollution

Colorado is known across the world for its incredible opportunities to hike, climb, bike, fish, ski, snowboard, you name it. Denver lies just an hour east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but it is also known for its sometimes poor air quality. Smog is one of the great dichotomies of living in the Denver region.[read more]

In Photos: Walking in Bangalore Reveals the Plight of Pedestrians

Walkability in Bangalore

Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle.[read more]

Can South Africa's Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

April 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South African Smart Cities

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities and urban centers are expanding at an unprecedented rate.[read more]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

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'Cities in Motion' Sustainable Cities Index: Are You Sure Tokyo Should Be Top?

April 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tokyo - how sustainable?

A new report, IESE Cities in Motion, ranks world cities for sustainability, putting Tokyo, London and New York at the top, but its methodology is misleading and its results should be taken with a degree of scepticism.[read more]

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Excluded Children in Rio

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church, located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The steps were a regular gathering spot for street children, and dozens took refuge there as a place to rest.[read more]

New York City Shifts Away from the Car

April 22, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Car Culture

Design responses to New York City’s highly tangled and deeply complex infrastructure, both instant and painstaking, were the subject of a conversation between “design patron” Janette Sadik-Kahn and landscape designer Margie Ruddick, ASLA.[read more]

Red Light Cameras are Good Policy Gone Wrong

April 22, 2014 by David Edmondson

Red light cameras have been deployed around the country to great effect, reducing crashes dramatically in New York City and Washington, DC. Given these successes in the East, it was natural for San Rafael to go ahead and give them a try.[read more]

Berczy Park and the Importance of Public Art in Cities

April 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Public Art Importance

Earlier this week a friend of mine was live tweeting a public consultation meeting for the revitalization of Berczy Park in the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood of Toronto. And since I live in the neighborhood, it’s a project that I’ve been following particularly closely.[read more]

Water Continues to Define Washington, D.C.

April 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

DC Waterfront and Borders

Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet. That simple fact, along with the important trade routes moving water provides, is why the first human settlements were built along rivers and coasts. It is the only force large enough to give form to the cities that dot the Earth.[read more]

New York Waterfront Gets Ready for the Future

April 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town

NYC Waterfront Development

On April 3, 2014, BIG, along with nine other teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design.[read more]

City Growth Outpaces that of Suburbs: New Data

April 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Cities and Suburbs and Growth

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when large numbers of city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up much of the countryside.[read more]

Cities Can Undo Inequality If They Start Planning

April 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Undoing Urban Inequality

If a city has no structure, there will be inequality. Far too often cities in the developing world appear to have been built with a complete and total disregard for organizational structure. These cities have set themselves up for massive social unrest.[read more]

The Intersection of Public Health and Transport in Indian Cities

Transport and Indian Public Health

Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas, land use and socioeconomic impacts, available funding, and the level of support from local stakeholders.[read more]

Romanticism of the Scanning Error

April 20, 2014 by Geoff Manaugh

Scanning and Art

Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, the London-based duo known as ScanLAB Projects, continue to push the envelope of laser-scanning technology, producing visually stunning and conceptually intricate work that falls somewhere between art and practical surveying.[read more]

Two Projects to Celebrate 1000 Years of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, France

April 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Celebrating Cathedrals

A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015. In addition to this municipal project, an enormous clock will be added to the interior of the building upon the wishes of the diocese.[read more]

Who's Paying for Transit Expansion in Toronto?

April 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Transit Funding

Recently blogTO did a piece outlining the sources of funding for Toronto’s six active transit projects: the Spadina subway extension, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the Georgetown South GO line improvements, the Union Pearson Express, the Sheppard East LRT and the Finch West LRT.[read more]

Peak Urbanization

April 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

In my last post, I wrote that the future looked brighter in Barcelona than in Buffalo. Today, I’m here to sing Buffalo’s praises and revisit the prospects for the end of geography. And by “the end of geography” I mean the end of urban hierarchy. We’ve reached peak city[read more]

DIY Tree Art

April 19, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Tree Art

For ages, trees have been a favorite subject of landscape painters. Their material has long provided substance for sculptors and crafters. Now, some contemporary artists are rediscovering the artistic effects that can be achieved with the humble tree. And these artists aren’t damaging the trees.[read more]

New Prefab Book of Note: Prefabulous World

April 19, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Prefab House Book

As we have been recently writing a series about green prefabricated homes, the timing could be no better for the release of “Prefabulous World – Energy Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe,” a new book on prefab homes by Sheri Koones.[read more]

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work [VIDEO]

April 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Public Spaces

More than eight million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes this at all possible? In part, it is the city’s many great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.[read more]

Smart Cars Reach Tipping Point

Smart Cars' Literal Tipping Point

No, not that kind of tipping point. We’re talking about a different trend: smart car tipping. It seems an unidentified group of six to eight “hooded vandals” have been roaming the streets of San Francisco and turning the lightweight, compact cars and turning them on their sides, to the chagrin of their owners.[read more]

Repurposing the Public Toilets of Dublin, Ireland

April 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin Public Toilets

Dotted around Dublin there are dozens of former “public conveniences” or public toilets now unused, boarded and chained shut. These small, single story Victorian and Edwardian units were once an essential part of everyday life for many Dubliners.[read more]

Green Roof Slated for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

April 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Barclays Center Green Roof

Instead of more hot black roofs radiating excessive heat upward, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will add another green roof to the urban palette. This endeavor will be overseen by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co.[read more]

Recent Census Data Shows Early Signs of New Population Growth in the Center of the Region

April 18, 2014 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Population Growth

Cook County is growing again. This shift has come about over the past three years, following a decade of significant decline in the core as the population of the Chicago region migrated outward. Since 2010, though, Cook County has grown by more than all the suburban counties in the region combined.[read more]

Makoko: 'Venice of Lagos'

April 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mokoko and Lagos

The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of people have made this place their home. Like many other ‘slum’ areas, the full population of Makoko is unknown.[read more]

Seattle Is Dying

April 18, 2014 by Jim Russell

Boeing long has been the economic anchor for the Puget Sound area in Washington State. Seattle’s employment base is much more diverse these days. But Boeing’s demand for STEM talent remains a centerpiece of workforce development.[read more]

Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

April 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens Public Protest

With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than the waste management of Athens and Attica.[read more]

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It's Official: Promoting Cycling Creates Jobs and Saves Lives

April 17, 2014 by Florian Lorenz
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The Bicycle Urbanism Column

Over 76,600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10,000 lives would be saved if major European cities reached the current cycling modal share of Copenhagen, according to the new Paris Declaration: City in Motion - People first”, endorsed by WHO, the UN and the European Commission.[read more]

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Billboards and Art in Toronto

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto.[read more]