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City as Laboratory for Alternative Urban Research and Practice

The current landscape of cities is that of contested processes, interdependencies and relations which are dominated to various degrees by diverse actors with contrasting voices and agendas. These complex relations emerge from historical and material...

Posted April 30, 2012    

Ten Ideas from #citytalk for Boosting Cycling in Cities

By Rashiq FataarThe fourth edition of #citytalk entitled “Cycling and Cities” took place last week and was a great success, reaching close to 30,000 people. We were honoured to be joined by the European Cyclist’s Federation and Iván De la...

Posted April 25, 2012    

Five Apps for a Healthy and Sustainable Urban Lifestyle

Our health is closely linked to the wellbeing of the natural resources we draw on day-to-day: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat… It’s no big surprise, then, that lifestyle choices that are good for the environment are often...

Posted April 20, 2012    

Introducing Spongephalt: A Game-Changer for Roads that Doesn’t Exist Yet

It’s been a dry year in Southern California, but that’s typically how it goes—you don’t come to Los Angeles for the lush green and windbreakers. There have been worse years, and I remember dead lawns and short showers during especially parched...

Posted April 17, 2012    

Four Ways to Reduce Light Pollution in Cities

When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? If you’re reading this post from a city, chances are you don’t see very much. Whereas more than half of the UK enjoyed truly dark sky in the 1950s, only 10% do today. And it’s a similar situation...

Posted April 12, 2012    

Video: Reducing Car Use to Encourage Sustainable Mobility

 When we talk about sustainable mobility, we usually picture building and improving public transport, promoting bike use and walking and making cars more efficient. However, this is not enough. Car use has to be reduced in order to attain a...

Posted April 11, 2012    

New Data Visualisation Tool Encourages Sustainable Buildings in Sydney

Australia, like pretty much every other country, is facing some pressing sustainability issues. As well as committing to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, energy prices in the country are on the up, with Sydney...

Posted April 6, 2012    

Want a More Sustainable Energy System? Here’s Five Mistakes to Avoid

Successive UK governments have committed themselves to making our energy system more sustainable. But their plans to do this are seriously flawed. Specifically, they are making five key mistakes.The first is to believe that only large energy...

Posted April 4, 2012    

How Walkable Streets can Reduce Crime

Every city has at least a few streets where you won’t feel completely safe from crime. This might be due to several factors, such as the time of day, who you’re with or the reputation of the area. Research has shown that ‘fear of crime’...

Posted March 26, 2012    

Discovering the History of Toronto Below Ground Level

Like a glacier, most of the history of our cities is underground. Buildings only tell part of the story. Evidence of foundations below the surface can tell us what buildings used to be on the site, artifacts could reveal what life was like for the...

Posted March 23, 2012    

The Future of the City: Density, Sustainability, and Citizen Happiness

After an hour and a half of driving, I was pretty thoroughly disgusted with the whole idea of suburbs. I became more and more unreasonable as I became more and more lost. What’s the difference between “96th Street” and “96th Street Terrace?” Why...

Posted March 14, 2012    

How Green Roofs are Going Mainstream & Improving our Cities

A ‘living roof’ can make a vivid green statement. The 1,700 square metres of living, breathing greenery on two long sweeping slopes of roof are the crowning glory, for instance, of the ‘8 house’ in Copenhagen’s Oerestad district. This...

Posted March 13, 2012