Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rss en Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/1050591/mellon-square-discovering-modern-masterpiece Susan Rademacher, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Curator, has written a new book on Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square, its history and its recent rehabilitation by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy which, at first glance, is a paean to great landscape design.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/1050591/mellon-square-discovering-modern-masterpiece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/1050591/mellon-square-discovering-modern-masterpiece#comments Building & Design Building Materials Demographics pittsburgh public parks revival urban redevelopment Yes Innovation Preservation Best Practices Design & Architecture Green Building Leadership & Management Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 City Parks Blog 1050591 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com 5 Things To Remember When Buying Home Appliances http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/1050301/5-things-remember-when-buying-home-appliances Need to replace a fridge, a washer, a hot water heater, or another appliance in your home? Sorry to hear that: that’s almost always an extra expense that we hadn’t included in the budget. Because we depend on these machines for necessary functions in our homes, it’s tempting to rush out and buy the first thing.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/1050301/5-things-remember-when-buying-home-appliances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/1050301/5-things-remember-when-buying-home-appliances#comments appliances Building Materials consumers energy efficient homes Yes Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Best Practices Water Waste Management Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 JeffMcIntireStrasbu 1050301 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com A Cold Ski Town is Building One of the First Vertical Farms in the World http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1050776/cold-ski-town-building-one-first-vertical-farms-world I have a soft spot for Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s a beautiful town and, out of all the places I’ve snowboarded, it’s easily my favorite. That’s why I was excited to learn that Jackson is currently building one of the first vertical farms in the world (and in a cold ski town at that).<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1050776/cold-ski-town-building-one-first-vertical-farms-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1050776/cold-ski-town-building-one-first-vertical-farms-world#comments Building & Design green urbanism urban redevelopment vertical farming wyoming Yes Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Green Business Green Building Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 1050776 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Women Earn Less than Men in Architecture and Engineering Professions http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1049886/women-earn-less-men-architecture-and-engineering-professions An uneven playing field exists in a number of professions, including the architecture and engineering occupations—women in these fields earn 82 percent of what men make, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2014 averages.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1049886/women-earn-less-men-architecture-and-engineering-professions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1049886/women-earn-less-men-architecture-and-engineering-professions#comments architects Arts & Culture Demographics engineering pay gap women Yes Design & Architecture Politics & Legislation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Finance Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 1049886 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com COSMO Is Ready to Party http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1048661/cosmo-ready-party The ingenious winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at the New York City’s MOMA PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. The machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1048661/cosmo-ready-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1048661/cosmo-ready-party#comments architecture for humanity Building & Design clean water access design contest water purification Health & Nutrition Innovation Future Technologies Water Green Building Leadership & Management Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 1048661 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Riverside, CA Restaurant Owner Ronaldo Fierro Sees Benefits of Sourcing Food Locally http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1049591/riverside-ca-restaurant-owner-ronaldo-fierro-sees-multiple-benefits-sourcing-food- Riverside restaurateur Ronaldo Fierro believes in locally-produced food—it tastes good, it’s good for the economy, and it’s important for the health and vitality of Riverside, California, and its residents. Fierro has always strived to source ingredients as locally as possible.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1049591/riverside-ca-restaurant-owner-ronaldo-fierro-sees-multiple-benefits-sourcing-food-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1049591/riverside-ca-restaurant-owner-ronaldo-fierro-sees-multiple-benefits-sourcing-food-#comments Arts & Culture california local business local food movement restaurants Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Best Practices Green Business Waste Management Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Populace Resources Economy Sustainability Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 1049591 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com "Great Ideas are Obvious in Retrospect." http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1048031/great-ideas-are-obvious-retrospect The title of this post is a line from a Medium post that Biz Stone wrote back in August 2012. For those of you who might not know, Biz Stone is one of the cofounders of Twitter, as well as the cofounder of something called The Obvious Corporation.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1048031/great-ideas-are-obvious-retrospect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1048031/great-ideas-are-obvious-retrospect#comments Demographics new ideas technology and urbanism twitter urban placemaking Preservation Best Practices Future Technologies Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Technology Policy Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 1048031 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com SMART's New Shelter Designs are Even Worse Than Before http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/octaviusiii/1049296/smart-s-new-shelter-designs-are-even-worse SMART may be on the verge of making a serious mistake. Back in August, 2014, the rail agency released its “65%” plans for stations to decidedly mixed reviews. Stung by the criticism, particularly from San Rafael mayor Gary Phillips who called the designs “ridiculous”, SMART went into a long internal huddle.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/octaviusiii/1049296/smart-s-new-shelter-designs-are-even-worse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/octaviusiii/1049296/smart-s-new-shelter-designs-are-even-worse#comments Building & Design Building Materials bus shelters san francisco urban design Redevelopment & Infill Roadways Best Practices Public Transportation Leadership & Management Safety Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Policy Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 octaviusiii 1049296 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Marriage Therapy for Ecologists and Landscape Architects http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1048951/marriage-therapy-ecologists-and-landscape-architects Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its structure and function. Architects and landscape architects start with human needs and how constructed features can answer those needs. Of course you have these different backgrounds, and the training is so different.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1048951/marriage-therapy-ecologists-and-landscape-architects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1048951/marriage-therapy-ecologists-and-landscape-architects#comments Building & Design Building Materials ecology green architecture landscape architecture landscape integration Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Design & Architecture Future Technologies Waste Management Green Building Leadership & Management Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Land Use Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 The Nature of Cities 1048951 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Little Free Libraries and the Importance of the Unexpected http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/bcalvert/1049586/little-free-libraries-and-importance-unexpected The little free library embodies everything that communities and cities need to create an active and unique neighborhood. It is the real and original sharing economy and they are the origins of tactical urbanism. It is for the community good and it asks for nothing in return.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/bcalvert/1049586/little-free-libraries-and-importance-unexpected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/bcalvert/1049586/little-free-libraries-and-importance-unexpected#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design libraries neighborhood placemaking urban character Innovation Preservation Best Practices Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Placemaking Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 bcalvert 1049586 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1049596/mario-schjetnan-finds-deep-meaning-place Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1049596/mario-schjetnan-finds-deep-meaning-place" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1049596/mario-schjetnan-finds-deep-meaning-place#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design Building Materials cultural placemaking landscape architecture mexico Innovation Best Practices Design & Architecture Water Green Building Leadership & Management Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Land Use Placemaking Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 1049596 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [INFOGRAPHIC] http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/1049576/there-s-how-much-plastic-ocean-infographic We’ve taken a look at a number of ventures aimed at making use of plastic in the ocean, and we’d love to believe they could make a sizable dent in this pollution source. But, of course, to determine that, we’ve got to know how much plastic waste we’re putting into these ecosystems.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/1049576/there-s-how-much-plastic-ocean-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jeffmcintirestrasbu/1049576/there-s-how-much-plastic-ocean-infographic#comments Building Materials gyre oceans plastic recycling Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Water Waste Management Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Sustainability Policy Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 JeffMcIntireStrasbu 1049576 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1048296/illuminating-new-york-harbor New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1048296/illuminating-new-york-harbor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/nature-cities/1048296/illuminating-new-york-harbor#comments Arts & Culture book review Building & Design ecology harbor local history new york city urban ecology Innovation Preservation Design & Architecture Water Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 The Nature of Cities 1048296 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Urban Demographics: Elderly Cities http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/vitor-pereira/1049786/elderly-cities Nanmoku is the city with the oldest population in Japan. It has 22,000 inhabitants, with 52.7% older than 65 years old. The leaders of this city in the Japanese province of Gunma are desperate. They urgently need young people to renew their population or else be prepared to “disappear from the map.”<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/vitor-pereira/1049786/elderly-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/vitor-pereira/1049786/elderly-cities#comments aging cities demographic changes Demographics europe japan population distribution Innovation Preservation Best Practices Politics & Legislation Economic Sustainability Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 Vitor Pereira 1049786 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Managing Tables and Chairs in the Public Realm http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/bphelpsbna/1048431/managing-tables-and-chairs-public-realm Local coffee shops vying to be the neighborhood’s “third place” understand the importance of providing tables and chairs for their customers. They understand while some people may want to lounge in sofas that, per square foot, tables and chairs are a far more useful and appealing option to a wider array of customers.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/bphelpsbna/1048431/managing-tables-and-chairs-public-realm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/bphelpsbna/1048431/managing-tables-and-chairs-public-realm#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design resource management traffic patterns urban public space Innovation Best Practices Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Placemaking Populace Resources Urbanism Technology Policy Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00:00 +0000 bphelpsbna 1048431 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com REVEALED: The Most Segregated Cities in North America http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1049681/most-segregated-cities-north-america The Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto has just released a new study called Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros that reveals the physical sorting and separation of advantaged and disadvantaged groups within cities.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1049681/most-segregated-cities-north-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1049681/most-segregated-cities-north-america#comments Arts & Culture census Demographics North America segregation urban demographics Redevelopment & Infill Politics & Legislation Housing Economic Sustainability Communications & Messaging Finance Populace Transportation Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 1049681 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Neighborhood Alliance Plans to Convert Vacant Lot into Urban Farm, Housing Complex http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1049676/neighborhood-alliance-plans-convert-vacant-lot-urban-farm-housing-complex The Hilltop Alliance, a nonprofit, is working on a project that could drastically advance urban agriculture in the state. The organization wants to turn a vacant 107-acre lot into Hilltop Village Farm, a multi-use development that would include 120 townhomes, a 20-acre urban farm incubator, a youth farm and CSA.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1049676/neighborhood-alliance-plans-convert-vacant-lot-urban-farm-housing-complex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1049676/neighborhood-alliance-plans-convert-vacant-lot-urban-farm-housing-complex#comments Building & Design housing construction pennsylvania urban farming urban redevelopment vacant lots Alternative Energy Health & Nutrition Innovation Redevelopment & Infill Green Business Housing Waste Management Agriculture & Food Green Building Leadership & Management Gardens & Landscapes Placemaking Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 1049676 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Your Guide to Urban Cycling: A Q&A with Author Yvonne Bambrick http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1049616/your-guide-urban-cycling-qa-author-yvonne-bambrick As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are actively supporting cycling culture.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1049616/your-guide-urban-cycling-qa-author-yvonne-bambrick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1049616/your-guide-urban-cycling-qa-author-yvonne-bambrick#comments bike culture Building & Design interview urban cycling Innovation Redevelopment & Infill Roadways Best Practices Biking Green Business Leadership & Management Safety Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Transportation Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 1049616 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com An A to Z of City Regeneration http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/1049551/using-alphabet-rethink-cities In Italy there is a saying that goes “change from A to Z”, which essentially means wholesale change. Using this as a departure point would it be possible to rethink a city through the alphabet? This is what the AZ Genova initiative attempted over two days in the Italian city of Genoa.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/1049551/using-alphabet-rethink-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/1049551/using-alphabet-rethink-cities#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design creative placemaking italy public communication Innovation Best Practices Design & Architecture Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:00:00 +0000 This Big City 1049551 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The Smart Future of Urban Mobility http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/hdia/1049321/smart-future-urban-mobility The ability of governments to manage their infrastructure is increasingly being challenged by limited budgets and constrained resources. In an effort to manage cities more effectively and efficiently, decision makers are turning to “urban informatics” and smart infrastructure to better understand people’s mobility needs.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/hdia/1049321/smart-future-urban-mobility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/hdia/1049321/smart-future-urban-mobility#comments future urban planning smart cities urban mobility Preservation Future Technologies Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:59:00 +0000 hdia 1049321 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com