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Urban Opportunities: Energy Management Software

There are nearly five million commercial and industrial facilities in the U.S. Collectively, they account for nearly half of all domestic energy consumption, costing more than $200 billion annually. However, Chris Pacitti, partner at ...

Posted February 20, 2013    

Five Urban Vending Machines with a Difference

Maybe it’s because of my sheltered upbringing in rural Wales, but a vending machine to me is something you put money in to get a drink or some kind of snack. I’m always fascinated by vending machines in hotels that sell things like socks or...

Posted February 19, 2013    

Why a Sales Tax on Gasoline Makes Sense

Progressive policy makers have a creativity problem. It’s not that they’re stuck in an unimaginative funk where new ideas are simply recycled old ones that include some sort of social media strategy. Rather, it’s the theory that every policy...

Posted February 16, 2013    

Streetcars Make a Return to Seattle

Most people associate cable cars with San Francisco. However, it was only 125 years ago that they were a popular form of transit in Seattle. In 1884, a horse-drawn trolley between Occidental Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle marked the...

Posted February 11, 2013    

How Grand Central Terminal Lived to 100

Soon after Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913, it was viewed as an one of the great public spaces in America, an icon of modern travel. By the 1940s, a popular radio drama bearing its name would open with a blast from a locomotive whistle and an...

Posted February 9, 2013    

Creative Shanghai: A Photo Essay

Shanghai is arguably China’s ever-incandescent jewel in its magisterial urban crown. A megacity of over 23 million people, it has catalysed the shift of global economic hegemony eastward, with seemingly each one of its inhabitants spurring it on....

Posted February 6, 2013    

Public Transit Done Right

By Darryl d’Monte at Green FuturesFor anyone stuck in one of India’s interminable traffic jams, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system sounds like the answer to a prayer. Cheaper and easier to implement than a full scale underground metro, BRT has proved...

Posted February 2, 2013    

Food and the City: Security, Sustainability, and Urban Farming

This Big City and Future Cape Town hosted our first #citytalk tweetchat of 2013 last week, looking at Food and the City, which, after much discussion certainly provided food for thought. The importance of the topic was once again highlighted at the...

Posted February 1, 2013    

Building Communities Through Arts Education

Since the emergence of the ‘modern artist’ in the late 19th century, collective artistic practices (including art education outside the academic context) and artist collectives have accelerated avant-gardist ideas. As an urban-social group they have...

Posted January 30, 2013    

Zipcar and the Future of Sustainable Urban Economics

By Aaron Hay at Forum for the Future“All the old companies need to fit into the new economy.” That’s what I heard from Zipcar founder Robin Chase, upon returning from Christmas break, to discover that rental car giant Avis had acquired the...

Posted January 22, 2013    

22 Cities Get Ready to Pilot the Future

After a successful 2012 competition which attracted 1,519 entries from 70 countries, Citymart is once again looking to award prizes to new urban ideas which aim to ‘pilot the future‘. 22 cities are back on board and looking for...

Posted January 19, 2013    

Changing Times: How the Economy Affects Housing and Transportation

Every morning when we wake up, we face a world that’s a little different from the day before. The recession has altered our living, employment and transportation patterns, and “adapt or die” is the new mantra. Some of the natural effects of a roller...

Posted January 16, 2013