Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rss en What Is An All-Ages-Friendly City? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/908736/what-age-friendly-city Whatever an all-ages-friendly city is, we are going to need more of them. Cities in the developed world have an ageing population while others have a high proportion of children. Both sectors are unfortunately too often overlooked, and we are going to need to find ways to support them. But how?<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/908736/what-age-friendly-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/908736/what-age-friendly-city#comments children Demographics elderly popoulation Yes Design & Architecture Leadership & Management Safety Urban Planning Placemaking Urbanism Sustainable Cities Exclusive Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:56:45 +0000 David Thorpe 908736 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com With Compact of Mayors, Cities Lead on Tackling Climate Change at U.N. Summit http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/838366/compact-mayors-cities-lead-tackling-climate-change-un-summit Cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, gets cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/838366/compact-mayors-cities-lead-tackling-climate-change-un-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/838366/compact-mayors-cities-lead-tackling-climate-change-un-summit#comments Building & Design climate change mitigation compact of mayors green cities mayors urban leadership Yes Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Economic Sustainability Green Building Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 838366 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Power to the Cities - but What About the Rest? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/812936/power-cities-what-about-rest One week ago, Scotland nearly voted to go its own way, led by a win in Glasgow, the ‘Yes City’. Just as Scotland has found itself governed by political parties it did not vote for (Conservatives, in particular, hold just a single seat there), the UK’s fourth largest city now finds itself inside a union it voted to leave.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/812936/power-cities-what-about-rest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/812936/power-cities-what-about-rest#comments Arts & Culture Demographics independence Scotland Taxes & Mortgages urban power urban vision Yes Preservation Politics & Legislation Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 futurecapetown 812936 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com There is No Such Thing as Waste, Only Wasted Resources http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/walidnorris/848456/there-no-such-thing-waste-only-wasted-resources With growing populations and increasing impacts from climate change, forward-thinking cities are scrambling to adopt green infrastructure to become more resilient. Green roofs, green spaces and flood management systems can help cities like Rotterdam manage climate impacts.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/walidnorris/848456/there-no-such-thing-waste-only-wasted-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/walidnorris/848456/there-no-such-thing-waste-only-wasted-resources#comments Building & Design Building Materials green design green roofs resource management waste minimisation Yes Alternative Energy Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Design & Architecture Water Green Business Waste Management Economic Sustainability Green Building Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 walidnorris 848456 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Brilliant Idea: The Green Benefits District http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/614386/brilliant-idea-green-benefits-district At the EcoDistricts Summit in Washington, D.C., two urban innovators from San Francisco, the home of so many game-changing technologies, have come up with a truly brilliant idea: the Green Benefits District (GBD), a sort of green business improvement district.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/614386/brilliant-idea-green-benefits-district" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/614386/brilliant-idea-green-benefits-district#comments Building & Design green benefits district greening regulation urban zoning Yes Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Best Practices Green Business Green Building Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Finance Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 614386 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/709331/green-buildings-sprouting-nairobi-kenya A green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, water, energy and resources. Green design calls for buildings to lessen their energy needs.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/709331/green-buildings-sprouting-nairobi-kenya" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/709331/green-buildings-sprouting-nairobi-kenya#comments Building & Design Building Materials energy efficient buildings green construction nairobi Yes Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Design & Architecture Green Business Waste Management Green Building Leadership & Management Urban Planning Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 709331 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Tech Tools for Food Hubs: Oregon Firm Builds Sustainability Through Software http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/573191/tech-tools-food-hubs-oregon-firm-builds-sustainability-through-software Local Food Marketplace provides a software platform for food hubs that allows them to reach customers, aggregate production and compete with traditional distribution. “We help food hubs from the planning process to figuring out what their availability will be on a weekly basis,” says founder Amy McCann.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/573191/tech-tools-food-hubs-oregon-firm-builds-sustainability-through-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/573191/tech-tools-food-hubs-oregon-firm-builds-sustainability-through-software#comments Arts & Culture food hubs green business local food sustainability software Yes Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Green Business Waste Management Agriculture & Food Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 573191 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/861831/bloomberg-donates-125-million-cut-traffic-deaths-cities Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries. <p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/861831/bloomberg-donates-125-million-cut-traffic-deaths-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/861831/bloomberg-donates-125-million-cut-traffic-deaths-cities#comments bloomberg Nanum-Car traffic deaths Yes Roadways Best Practices Communications & Messaging Finance Transportation Sustainable Cities Exclusive News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:20:14 +0000 David Thorpe 861831 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/allyn-west/827426/interrupting-ordinary-parking-day-houston The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/allyn-west/827426/interrupting-ordinary-parking-day-houston" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/allyn-west/827426/interrupting-ordinary-parking-day-houston#comments activism Arts & Culture Building & Design Building Materials green placemaking houston park(ing) day parking spaces public placemaking Yes Preservation Roadways Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Placemaking Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Allyn West 827426 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/projectpublicspaces/647876/placemaking-s-ripple-effect-how-beach-downtown-making-waves-detroit At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/projectpublicspaces/647876/placemaking-s-ripple-effect-how-beach-downtown-making-waves-detroit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/projectpublicspaces/647876/placemaking-s-ripple-effect-how-beach-downtown-making-waves-detroit#comments Arts & Culture beach Building & Design Building Materials Demographics detroit urban placemaking Innovation Preservation Design & Architecture Green Building Leadership & Management Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Placemaking Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 ProjectPublicSpaces 647876 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com New Report Shows How to Reduce Vehicle Pollution, Create Financial Savings on a Global Scale http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/824731/new-report-shows-how-reduce-vehicle-pollution-create-financial-savings-global-sc More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report released by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the University of California.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/824731/new-report-shows-how-reduce-vehicle-pollution-create-financial-savings-global-sc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/824731/new-report-shows-how-reduce-vehicle-pollution-create-financial-savings-global-sc#comments air pollution climate action vehicle efficiency Yes Innovation Public Transportation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 KaidBenfield 824731 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The Geography of Poverty and Migration http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/561521/geography-poverty-and-migration Long-distance migrants move for jobs, more so among the nonpoor. Short-distance migrants move for housing. Quick and dirty, “lower education and income groups are more likely to move for family reasons and less likely to move for work-related reasons than higher education and income groups.”<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/561521/geography-poverty-and-migration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/561521/geography-poverty-and-migration#comments Demographics geography migration urban poverty Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jim Russell 561521 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com São Paulo, Brazil's Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5km http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/826456/s-o-paulo-brazil-s-most-expensive-addresses-are-concentrated-25-km Within just a 2.5 kilometer space, the ten most expensive addresses in Sao Paulo, Brazil&#039;s largest city, are concentrated. This is despite the fact that São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilometers.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/826456/s-o-paulo-brazil-s-most-expensive-addresses-are-concentrated-25-km" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/826456/s-o-paulo-brazil-s-most-expensive-addresses-are-concentrated-25-km#comments brazil Building & Design Demographics sao paulo wealth concentration wealth inequality Housing Economic Sustainability Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 826456 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com From Bicycles to Cars in Beijing http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/585081/bicycles-cars-beijing There has been an incredible urban transformation that has taken place in Beijing over the last couple of decades; specifically, the shift from a bicycle oriented city to a now automobile oriented city. Alongside this mobility change, there’s also been pronounced changes to the urban fabric of the city.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/585081/bicycles-cars-beijing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/585081/bicycles-cars-beijing#comments beijing bike culture car culture Demographics modernization Preservation Roadways Public Transportation Biking Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 585081 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com WWF's Living Planet Report Paints Stark Picture of Unsustainable Development http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/816266/wwfs-living-planet-report-paints-stark-picture-unsustainable-development By expanding cities, cutting down forests and overfishing the seas, humanity has caused a 52% decline in the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish since 1970. This is the staggering and sobering headline fact to leap out of the latest Living Planet Report from WWF. <p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/816266/wwfs-living-planet-report-paints-stark-picture-unsustainable-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/816266/wwfs-living-planet-report-paints-stark-picture-unsustainable-development#comments biodiversity loss Demographics ecological footprint analysis living planet index WWF Preservation Best Practices Water Climate Change Waste Management Agriculture & Food Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Populace Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:59:24 +0000 David Thorpe 816266 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Building the City of the Future Through Smart, Connected Urban Transport http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/544981/building-city-future-through-smart-connected-urban-transport The concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topic among city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/544981/building-city-future-through-smart-connected-urban-transport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/544981/building-city-future-through-smart-connected-urban-transport#comments Building & Design future city planning interconnected streets Rail urban transportation Alternative Energy Innovation Roadways Best Practices Future Technologies Public Transportation Biking Economic Sustainability Urban Planning Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Technology Policy Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 544981 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com 'Inevitably Urban' and the Role of the People http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/769391/inevitably-urban-and-role-people These times seem so inevitably urban. Civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said last Sunday&#039;s Seattle Times), the proper range of housing types, and how residents will travel from here to there.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/769391/inevitably-urban-and-role-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/769391/inevitably-urban-and-role-people#comments Arts & Culture urban photography urban population urban roles Yes Best Practices Leadership & Management Urban Planning Land Use Placemaking Urbanism Sustainability Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Chuck Wolfe 769391 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Energy Efficiency and Waste: Power for Your Pound http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/711721/power-your-pound Debates on UK energy policy focus almost exclusively on energy generation/production and often neglect even to mention energy saving and energy efficiency. It’s much cheaper to save energy and be efficient than it is to generate it.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/711721/power-your-pound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/711721/power-your-pound#comments Building & Design Building Materials energy efficient buildings energy waste nuclear power plants united kingdom Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Green Business Economic Sustainability Green Building Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Glenn Vowles 711721 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com How to Save America from a Future That Lacks Water http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/mark-lechevallier/781421/how-save-america-future-lacks-water Many households wish to conserve water but lack the knowledge, time and resources. We’ve all seen a number of long lists of water-saving tips that leave us unsure which actions are actually making an impact. Well, I’m going to share with you a short list of the most effective water-saving tips.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/mark-lechevallier/781421/how-save-america-future-lacks-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/mark-lechevallier/781421/how-save-america-future-lacks-water#comments Demographics resource management water savings water shortages Preservation Water Green Business Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Mark LeChevallier 781421 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Research Reveals Solutions to Brazilian Public Transportation Issues http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/583711/research-reveals-solutions-brazilian-public-transportation-issues The increase in bus fare brings more headaches for the Brazilian citizen than electricity, water or telephone bills. This insight was revealed in unpublished research from NTU (National Association of Urban Transport) presented at the 2014 National Seminar.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/583711/research-reveals-solutions-brazilian-public-transportation-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/583711/research-reveals-solutions-brazilian-public-transportation-issues#comments brazil public transit costs research urban transportation Roadways Public Transportation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Populace Transportation Economy Urbanism Policy Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 583711 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com