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Cities Without Borders

It is said that when Romulus and Remus began the process of founding the ancient city of Rome, they first delineated the pomerium, the sacred boundary of the city. Using a heavy plow, they would press down lines in the tall grass to designate this...

Posted December 5, 2012    

Bringing Cities to Life with Light

It’s strange to think how dependent we are on our little bit of Earth facing the sun. Every day, as the sun passes beyond the horizon, we flea for safety. A bustling street, full of people during the day, can become a completely different space at...

Posted November 24, 2012    

Cities WTF? Bike Lanes, Gay Marriage, and Saggy Pants

Or perhaps the title of this post should read ‘no bikes lanes, no gay marriage, no saggy pants’. That’s right, this first post in an occasional series will look at some of the stupidest ideas coming from cities across the globe in recent...

Posted November 18, 2012    

Starbucks Hong Kong Turns Food Waste into Bioplastic

New technology in Hong Kong could address the issue of food waste while providing a sustainable supply of bioplastics. Starbucks Hong Kong has invested in the development of new biorefinery technology that converts food waste into succinic...

Posted November 16, 2012    

Beyond Sandy: How Climate Change Has Affected Cities Worldwide

In the final days of October, the world gaped in horror at the images of the devastation left by hurricane Sandy. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing were the photos taken of New York: the Manhattan Skyline blacked out, the iconic subway system...

Posted November 14, 2012    

Keeping Singapore Green with Data and Design

What would happen if data, not politics or purely commercial development, drove the design of our cities and towns? Singapore is a marvel of efficiency, the result of a dedication to data-driven life design and urban planning. The (...

Posted November 9, 2012    

Urban Change in Iran: Two Millennia of Urban Planning

Iran is known as one of the oldest civilisations in the world, and many of the origins of urban planning and design can be traced back the country. The Persian built environment has been a major influence in shaping an urban tradition now...

Posted November 7, 2012    

Making Public Transport Irresistable: Your Ideas from #citytalk

We hosted our eleventh #citytalk tweetchat last week, this time looking at how cities move. There was some serious discussion around the importance of investing in quality public transport solutions that are frequent, affordable, and take people...

Posted November 5, 2012    

Four Energy Management & Environmental Performance Apps Any Organization Can Afford

As legislations and bills pass at city, state, and federal levels, building managers are beginning to adopt new technologies to not only improve performance, but also comply with rules that are making sustainability somewhat of a requirement....

Posted November 1, 2012    

Singapore Superpark Brings Green Technologies and Biological Diversity to the City

By Suchi Rudra at Green FuturesSingapore has raised the bar on green space by integrating innovative green technologies and biological diversity on a massive scale with its recently opened Gardens by the Bay. Built on the redeveloped...

Posted October 29, 2012    

The Impact of Urban Farming in Berlin and Hong Kong

Urban farms are cropping up in metropolises across the U.S., with New York City proving to a be a particularly fruitful example. But this sustainable farming idea is more than an American trend, with cities worldwide taking strides in growing local...

Posted October 26, 2012    

Urban Villages of the Developed and Developing World

On the 22nd September 2012, the Australian non-profit Sustainable Communities launched its ‘localisation project’ in Joslin Reserve, South Australia. This project is the creation of an urban village, a concept which is gaining...

Posted October 24, 2012