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Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

September 1, 2014 by Greenhouse Gnome

Greenhouse frames.

While you’re busy making all the decisions for your new greenhouse, from the lighting you’ll use to the site where you’ll build it, don’t forget about the greenhouse frame. This basic part of the structure, the bones of the operation, may seem insignificant, but they are in fact vital to your greenhouse’s existence.[read more]

Tokyo Governor Explains His Vision for Cycling in the City

September 1, 2014 by Byron Kidd

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe.

In principal the Governor supports the installation of street level bicycle lanes, over sidewalk level lanes and is committed to expanding Tokyo's network of bicycle lanes across the city. This sounds like wonderful news until he elaborated on his answer.[read more]

Who Are Our Streets For?: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen

August 31, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Madeline Brozen and the Meaning of Streets

 

Madeline Brozen is a Program Manager within UCLA’s Complete Streets Initiative and a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on urban design policy, with an emphasis on how cities can shift from car-oriented streets to infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking.[read more]

The Top Ten Best Busking Hotspots in the World

August 31, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Life

In 2011 I went to forty major cities in thirty countries on five continents to film street performers. Traveling like that, it doesn’t take long to start to feel that city centres are nothing but a tool set up to help people get from point A to point B via a Starbucks. Only one thing continued to stand out: the buskers.[read more]

How Would You Get Around Your City With No Gasoline?

August 31, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Gas Shortages and Transit Options

The fuel crisis that occurred in the 1970's led to a renaissance for the bicycle. There had been hopes the renaissance would be long-lived, but when the oil started flowing again and the streets filled with cars the bicycle boom was quickly over.[read more]

Make No Little Plans

August 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Water in Chicago

I’m a big fan of Chicago. Having now visited, I can say that everyone was right when they told me that I was going to love it. But I don’t want to talk about any of these things today. I want to talk about something much more specific that stood out to me last weekend: Chicago’s relationship to both the water and the street.[read more]

A Must-Read: The Updated Urban Bikeway Design Guide

August 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Biking, Design, and Urbanism

 

In the year 2000, the District of Columbia had three miles of bike lanes. Today, the district has roughly 80 miles of bike infrastructure, including the first lanes in historically underserved Ward 8. Many other U.S. cities have made similar investments.[read more]

Public Consultation is Broken

August 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

For new developments, the process works more or less like this: The developer makes an application to the city. The city reviews it and then agrees to move towards a public/community meeting. Once a date is set, notices go out, and the developer secretly hopes that no one will show up.[read more]

Building for BRT: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Erik Vergel-Tovar

August 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Building Bus Rapid Transit

Erik Vergel-Tovar, no stranger to TheCityFix, is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he researches the rich relationship between bus rapid transit (BRT) and the built environment.[read more]

Disappointed with Gardening Ideas You Find Online? OpenFarm Wants to Change That

August 30, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Online Gardening Ideas

I love to share gardening ideas I find, or have even tried, but I know that there will always be specifics of a planting situation for which I can’t account. Soil quality, rainfall, sunlight, and pests are just a few of the elements that will play into the success of any gardening project, and they can vary widely.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]

Bees as Bellwether: Studying Colony Loss In the United States

Bee Loss and Environmental Risk

If you keep bees, have an interest in bees or have ever heard the often muttered phrase ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ or CCD, you may have heard of Jonathan vanEngelsdorp, research scientist for the University of Maryland and former State Apiarist for Pennsylvania.[read more]

Streetcars are Just a Tool

August 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Streetcars and Cities

Earlier this month the Toronto Star published an article talking about the resurgence of streetcars in American cities. According to the Star, 89 cities in the US are currently implementing or at least considering building some form of surface-rail system.[read more]

Friday Fun: Cycling Innovations Make Bikeable Cities Worldwide

August 29, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Innovation

Instead of sitting in gridlock on a busy road at 8:30 am, imagine cycling safely in dedicated lanes for a quick, pleasant commute. Many cities around the world are making investments that will give residents a faster, safer cycling experience through innovative infrastructure and urban design.[read more]

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa's Next Transit Challenge

August 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa's Transit Future

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals.[read more]

Why Has our Society Become so Isolated and Distrusting?

August 29, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Society and Trust

I talk to strangers. I know, it’s dangerous. But this is not about to read like a lesson in “How to Chat Up Strangers and Get Yourself Kidnapped”. This is an exploration of how some of the rules we’ve constructed to help us live safely might actually might be blinding us to fuller, richer, more colorful lives.[read more]

Ranking America's Top Young Labor Forces: A Rust Belt Rising?

August 29, 2014 by Christopher Sellers

Cities with educated young people.

Perhaps Cleveland is the next Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh the next Boston. Clarifying this entails analyzing how human capital development and economic restructuring takes place. Simply, is Cleveland’s talent profile today similar to Pittsburgh’s a decade ago, and to Boston’s twenty years prior?[read more]

Rochester, Minnesota Aquaponic Startup Takes Farm-to-Fork to a Whole New Level

Minnesota Aquaponics

Many restaurants boast a farm-to-fork experience, but how many diners are able to eat food harvested right before it arrives on their table? Fresh with Edge, which is headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota, makes such a thing possible.[read more]

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China Has Almost Half the World's Bike-Share Bicycles

August 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bike share station, Hangzhou

Chinese cities for instituting bike-share schemes fast. The country now has almost half the total number of bikes in schemes throughout the world, and 18 out of the 20 top cities for such schemes are in China. The two non-Chinese cities are...[read more]

Twelve Contemporary Art Projects Exploring Sustainable Development

August 28, 2014 by This Big City

Sustainable Development and Art

There’s some sustainable creativity afoot a few kilometres outside of Milan. Running for the third year, Ecoismi is an outdoor art project that looks at the topics of environmental protection and sustainable preservation. Ecoismi has brought together artists from across Europe.[read more]

Book Report: Happy City

August 28, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Quality of Life in Urban Spaces

In 'Happy City, Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design' by Charles Montgomery, the author presents a refreshing perspective of cities as urban laboratories, where social equitability can be achieved through relatively low-cost redesigning.[read more]

Urban Design: A New Vision of Yonge Street

August 28, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Yonge Street Design

 

Back in April I wrote about a competition for young people to reimagine public space in Toronto. It was called NXT City. Well that prize has been awarded and the winner was Richard Valenzona for his vision—called Yonge-Redux—of a new and reimagined Yonge Street.[read more]

Durban Uses Architecture for Pedestrian-Friendly Spaces [VIDEO]

August 28, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Durban and Design for Pedestrians

How can we make cities more livable, and integrate people better back into their urban landscapes? One such way is through developing innovative uses of architecture. Creative design also has the potential to address other problems that plague urban areas.[read more]

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How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

August 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Columbia electric bus in 1900.

130–100 years ago the world looked like it was on a path to electric-powered transportation, with bicycles, inter-city electric trains and electric buses and cabs. Instead, gasoline and the internal combustion engine became widespread and sustainable transport lost a century of progress. Urban planning might have been very different.[read more]

The Ranch Mine Does Infill the Right Way in a Historic Phoenix Neighborhood with the LINK House

August 27, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Infill Innovation

“We need to look at infill as a piece of an existing puzzle rather than trying to create your own identity within an existing neighborhood and disregarding what’s around you. A good infill project is one that takes in what’s existing and also adds to it.”[read more]

Yes, Another Article About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Ebola, Public Health, and Risk

We have all read articles online and in newspapers, watched continuous reports on news channels about the virus that is affecting West Africa, specifically Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. There is no need to regurgitate what has been broadcasted, the information is everywhere and free for all.[read more]

São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by Empowering Citizens and Fostering Innovation

August 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Wins the Prize

São Paulo is empowering citizens to create transport solutions by fostering innovation and opening data. The São Paulo department of Transport (SMT) founded the Mobility Laboratory (MobiLab) on the principles of innovation, transparency, and public participation.[read more]

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-Ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

France, Methane, and Garbage

The commune of Plessis-Gassot in the Île de France region has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste.[read more]

Lessons from Megijima: What Can the Loss of Culture Teach Us About Urban Nature?

August 27, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Culture and Nature

In terms of physical implementation, we have an endless stream of good knowledge, theory, and practice for building sustainable, nature-inclusive cities; a collection reaching back for well over a century. What’s missing are not methods and knowledge, but a consciousness of our relationship to the environment.[read more]

Why San Francisco, New York, and DC May Be more Affordable than You Thought

August 26, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Affordability

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping just how affordable large United States cities are for a range of household types.[read more]