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New Study Reveals Potential Solutions to Social Demand for Transport in Brazilian Cities

September 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil Transport and Social Demand

Increased bus fares are a greater concern to Brazilian citizens than increased electricity, water or telephone bills. This fact and others come from a recent study presented at the Brazilian National Association of Transport Operators 2014 National Seminar on Urban Public Transportation.[read more]

Americans Walk the Least

September 14, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Walking and American Health

The bigger the house, the further you are from community, the more you drive, the more stuff you need to fill that home and oil you need to get there/create that stuff, and the more we destroy the planet trying to get that oil. And it is really that simple.[read more]

The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

September 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Education and Sustainability Links in Brazil

The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used in recent centuries have evolved relatively little compared to other sciences, and failed to prepare society for sustainable living.[read more]

Prototype a New Market Street

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Market Street Design

A new design competition will transform San Francisco’s Market Street into a “public platform” for three days in April 2015, showcasing ways to further improve this iconic civic space. According to the organizers, the Prototyping Festival will invite diverse designers to interact with the equally as diverse communities.[read more]

5 x 5: A Powerful Commentary on Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

September 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Gentrification in D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities just seriously upped their game with their latest city-wide temporary public art project called 5 x 5. Five curators brought 25 artists’ site-specific installations to all 8 wards. Each piece we toured highlights an aspect of the District’s changing identity.[read more]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

Women in Food: Journalist Jane Black Looks for ‘Solutions’

September 13, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Solutions

 

As writer of the Smarter Food column for the Washington Post, among many other outlets, Jane Black has been a prolific journalist on topics of food, food politics, and sustainable agriculture. She has made it her career to broaden the discussion around the creation of a more sustainable food system.[read more]

By the Numbers: Sustainable Mobility Improves Health and Road Safety

September 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainability and Safety

50 million: The number of people that are seriously injured every year in traffic accidents; 1.3 million of these people die. 695: The approximate reduction in annual traffic crashes on the Macrobús BRT corridor in Guadalajara, Mexico as a result of reserving one lane exclusively for buses.[read more]

Are We Living up to Our Design Promises?

September 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Design Promise

Though environmental, social, and economic performance goals are often identified during planning and design stages of landscape projects, most lack effective post-construction monitoring and observation to determine if — and how well — project’s design goals are being met.[read more]

Exploring the Mimico Waterfront

September 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Mimico Waterfront

Recently I explored Humber Bay Park, which is a waterfront park in the west end of Toronto. It’s in a neighborhood called Mimico that used to be a separate town, with its own mayor, until 1967. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was there, so it was fun to explore what felt like a new part of the city.[read more]

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UN Online Course in Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

September 12, 2014 by Améline Peterschmitt

Learn online

The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. To learn more about urban transport planning, register now for the UN's e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, starting soon.[read more]

Taxis Just Got 40% Cheaper in Toronto

September 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Taxis and Competition

UberX officially launched in Toronto today. Which means that Toronto’s taxi and limousine industry is about to get a lot more grouchy. UberX is Uber’s low-cost car service. Just like the regular version, you hail a car using your mobile phone. But this option will cost you 40% less than a regular taxi![read more]

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How Singapore and Japan are Feeding Cities with Low Carbon Indoor Farms

September 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jack Ng, founder of Sky Urban Solutions

Dramatically reduced energy use in a water-powered vertical farm. 7,000 lettuces per square meter per year. How Singapore and Japan are leading the way in urban, indoor agriculture.[read more]

How Do Single Stream Recycling Materials Get Separated? [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycling Methods

You don’t have to be really old to remember the days when “recycling” meant “separating your paper from your aluminum from your plastic.” When we lived in Las Vegas in the ’90s, our curbside service gave us three different bins for materials.[read more]

On Île d'Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion

September 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Biking and Public Enthusiasm

Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent. For both summer vacationers and locals alike, this method of transportation has become utterly and completely indispensable.[read more]

Inventive New Designs for D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park

September 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

D.C. Bridge Design

Six months ago, an exciting national design competition was launched for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. Expected to cost upwards of $40 million, the new bridge park will run 900 feet over the foundation of an old freeway spanning the Anacostia River.[read more]

Stewarding Memories: Caring for People, Trees, and Land 

September 12, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

History and Care

What happens to the places that were purposively set-aside as spaces of remembrance? How do they change or persist? What role do they play in the lives of their creators, their stewards, and their users as we move further in time away from a particular event?[read more]

New Mexico Food Hub Looks to Grow Economy, Preserve Agricultural Tradition

September 11, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Mexico Food and Tradition

Agriculture has been a way of life in New Mexico for centuries. The communal irrigation canals, oracequias, and the lands they water have been passed down by family farmers generation after generation. Today, New Mexico is returning to its agricultural roots as a way to revitalize its cities.[read more]

Understanding how Intersection and Signal Design Impact Pedestrian Behavior

September 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Streets, Design, and Pedestrians

 

Pedestrians hit by vehicles when crossing on red are 56% more likely to be severely injured than those crossing on green. While crossing on red is often assumed to be mainly an issue of poor individual pedestrian behavior, recent research indicates that it is also related to the design of signals and intersections.[read more]

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Launch of the international Centre for Urban Agriculture in Nottingham

September 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

Location of the new Centre

The Centre for Urban Agriculture is a new initiative in Nottingham University, a partnership with its academic collaborators in China and Malaysia, set up to address the issue of food security and urban agriculture, launched at the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture yesterday.[read more]

How Smartwatches Will Augment Location

September 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Smart Clothing and Location

So the rumors were right. Apple released a watch. So what does this even mean? It means walking into a restaurant and having a tip pop up on your watch telling you what the best dish is. It’s driving down the street and having your watch notify you that there’s an open house 3 blocks away.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: 'Most Migrants Only Proceed a Short Distance, and Toward Centers of Absorption'

September 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Migration Movements

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Long-distance migration is remarkable, the exception to the rule, an actual “law” of migration. Why are large, dense cities typically centers of innovation and creativity? Most migrants only proceed a short distance, and toward centers of absorption.[read more]

How Companies Have Contributed to Community Building

September 11, 2014 by This Big City

Companies and Communities

There are a lot of things required to build a successful community. Good infrastructure. Access to services. And a genuine desire from people to achieve the goal of ‘community.' And in recent decades, larger organizations have started playing a more active part in community building, with interesting results.[read more]

How Canada Failed to Build a Beautiful Capital: An Ottawa Retrospective

September 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa and Aesthetics

I have yet to visit a city that manages, in equal parts, to be as grand and mediocre as Ottawa. The grandeur of Parliament’s Gothic revival towers is set against a frenzy of buildings that violently interrupt this harmony. We are left with the impression of a grand project cut short. This is the story of Ottawa.[read more]

Mexico's Disabled Population Deserves Mobility and Accessibility

September 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mexico and Accessibility

Handicap spots and other reserved spaces are not a whim of those who design public transport, parking lots, and sidewalks, or of those who respect their status as “reserved.” These spots are logical measures that guarantee the mobility, accessibility and safety of that live permanently or temporarily with a disability.[read more]

Can Local, Urban Agriculture Scale? Chicago Hydroponics Farm Says 'Yes'

September 10, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Scaling Urban Agriculture

Sustainable growing methods are actually part of the very fiber of Urban Till’s operations, but the Chicago-based hydroponics farm isn’t an outgrowth of the organic food movement. In fact, it actually has roots in the traditional food industry.[read more]

'Pedestrianized' Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians

September 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Pedestrianism in Montreal

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic. The glory of this once widely recognized strip continues to fade however, as its prime location acts more like an transportation corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.[read more]

Inviting You to Collaborate with Nature to Transform Your City

September 10, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Natural Urban Change

In the many current discussions about how to make cities more resilient, the potential roles of citizens and urban nature are largely overlooked. The level of interest seems disproportionately small given the tremendous opportunities for citizens to steward nature in cities—or to ‘collaborate’ with nature.[read more]

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The Nine Challenges to Food Security That Threaten Our Ability to Feed the Cities

September 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Food Don't Waste It - US FDA poster 1917.

In my second post arising from the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture being held yesterday and today at Nottingham University, I report on professor of ecology, Tim Benton, University of Leeds, work on addressing the food security challenges facing us. How will we feed the cities in the future?[read more]

Five Reasons Africa Needs to Reinvent the City

September 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urban Reinvention

Africa’s cities are facing some exciting, frightening and rapid change. UN-Habitat’s latest “State of African Cities” report attempts to map this change and create a tool for future-oriented urban planning. What are some of the insights of the report, and what can Cape Town as an African city learn?[read more]