Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rss en Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/1005656/compact-and-connected-communities-improve-public-health-says-new-research We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/1005656/compact-and-connected-communities-improve-public-health-says-new-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/1005656/compact-and-connected-communities-improve-public-health-says-new-research#comments community engagement Demographics public health urban areas research urban density Yes Innovation Preservation Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Land Use Placemaking Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:59:00 +0000 KaidBenfield 1005656 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1005851/indian-business-leaders-slam-government-bad-guidelines-smart-cities-and-propose An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1005851/indian-business-leaders-slam-government-bad-guidelines-smart-cities-and-propose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1005851/indian-business-leaders-slam-government-bad-guidelines-smart-cities-and-propose#comments Building & Design Building Materials Demographics india ISO smart cities standards Yes Alternative Energy Design & Architecture Politics & Legislation Water Climate Change Housing Waste Management Economic Sustainability Green Building Leadership & Management Urban Planning Transportation Urbanism Sustainability Technology Sustainable Cities Exclusive Policy News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:18:57 +0000 David Thorpe 1005851 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Speeding in Paradise: Contradictions Abound at Rio de Janeiro's Beachfront http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1005626/speeding-paradise-contradictions-abound-rio-de-janeiro-s-beachfront Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the busy Avenida Vieira Souto before they can settle in on their beach towel.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1005626/speeding-paradise-contradictions-abound-rio-de-janeiro-s-beachfront" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1005626/speeding-paradise-contradictions-abound-rio-de-janeiro-s-beachfront#comments beaches brazil Building & Design rio de janeiro road safety transportation infrastructure Yes Roadways Design & Architecture Leadership & Management Safety Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Urbanism Policy Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 1005626 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Hot Pink Paper Campaign Aims to Make Cities Work for Women and Girls http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/1005316/hot-pink-paper-campaign-aims-make-cities-work-women-and-girls When considering who represents the marginalized in cities, we are arguably more likely to think of senior citizens, people with disabilities - even cyclists - before women and girls. An organization called Women Transforming Cities is raising awareness of issues for women and girls living in cities.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/1005316/hot-pink-paper-campaign-aims-make-cities-work-women-and-girls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/1005316/hot-pink-paper-campaign-aims-make-cities-work-women-and-girls#comments Demographics public campaigns special interests urban demographics women Yes Health & Nutrition Innovation Leadership & Management Safety Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 This City Life 1005316 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com New Approach Paves Way to Manage Violence in Cities in the Global South http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/eandu/1005616/new-approach-paves-way-manage-violence-cities-global-south The new issue of the journal Environment and Urbanization, themed around &quot;Conflict and violence in 21st century cities&quot;, argues for a more realistic approach to urban violence in the global South. The issue addresses topics including gangs, gender-based violence, and sensationalized reporting.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/eandu/1005616/new-approach-paves-way-manage-violence-cities-global-south" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/eandu/1005616/new-approach-paves-way-manage-violence-cities-global-south#comments Demographics global south urban safety violence reduction Innovation Preservation Housing Safety Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 eandu 1005616 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1005046/x-marks-spot-11th-street-bridge-park Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1005046/x-marks-spot-11th-street-bridge-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1005046/x-marks-spot-11th-street-bridge-park#comments Arts & Culture bridges Building & Design Building Materials the high line washington d.c. Innovation Design & Architecture Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Land Use Placemaking Transportation Economy Urbanism Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 1005046 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com USAID Signs Deals to Foster Eco-Cities in the Middle East http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1005566/usaid-signs-deals-foster-eco-cities-middle-east Mediterranean cities and those of the Middle East should move towards a green economy, delegates said at The Eco Cities of the Mediterranean Forum, which is being held in Amman, Jordan, and where three major agreements have been signed by USAID to finance sustainable developments.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1005566/usaid-signs-deals-foster-eco-cities-middle-east" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1005566/usaid-signs-deals-foster-eco-cities-middle-east#comments Amman eco-cities Jordan Mediterranean USAID Alternative Energy Best Practices Design & Architecture Climate Change Waste Management Green Building Leadership & Management Urban Planning Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:28:52 +0000 David Thorpe 1005566 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Millions in the UK Do Not Receive a Living Wage and Income Inequality is Rising http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/1005101/earning-living Wages that are high enough that they can be lived on doesn&#039;t sound like too much to ask for does it? However, millions in the United Kingdom don&#039;t receive pay that covers something as basic as the cost of living - whilst the very rich are getting even richer.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/1005101/earning-living" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/1005101/earning-living#comments cost of living income inequality living wage united kingdom Best Practices Politics & Legislation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Finance Economy Sustainability Policy Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Glenn Vowles 1005101 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1004536/opinion-ridesharing-could-revolutionize-urban-transport-india Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1004536/opinion-ridesharing-could-revolutionize-urban-transport-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1004536/opinion-ridesharing-could-revolutionize-urban-transport-india#comments india ride-sharing uber urban transportation choices Innovation Roadways Future Technologies Public Transportation Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 1004536 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com When One Story Makes Sense http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/sensiblestreets/1005001/when-one-story-makes-sense A quiet crisis is emerging in our building practice: one story buildings are being coded out of the system right when we need them most. While it is true that the Wendy&#039;s and Walgreens of the world earn their anti-urban distinction, we should hesitate to throw the one story baby out with the suburban bathwater.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/sensiblestreets/1005001/when-one-story-makes-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/sensiblestreets/1005001/when-one-story-makes-sense#comments Building & Design building codes building design one story buildings urban efficiency Preservation Design & Architecture Urban Planning Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 SensibleStreets 1005001 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/1004896/comparing-apples-big-apple-yes-washington-dc-more-expensive-new-york-city The Washington Post has some fun with a Bureau of Labor Statistics report about housing expenditures in the US. The initial headline, “It’s More Expensive to Live in D.C. Than New York, Study Says.” Then comes the social media controversy: “D.C. Is More Expensive Than New York? Twitter Reacts.”<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/1004896/comparing-apples-big-apple-yes-washington-dc-more-expensive-new-york-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/1004896/comparing-apples-big-apple-yes-washington-dc-more-expensive-new-york-city#comments cost of living Demographics housing expense new york city Taxes & Mortgages washington d.c. Housing Economic Sustainability Communications & Messaging Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jim Russell 1004896 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com From Utility to Fear and Greed http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1005106/utility-fear-and-greed Roger Martin recently published a post on the Harvard Business Review blog called: The Dark Side of Efficient Markets. In it, he makes an interesting distinction between what he calls use-driven markets and expectations-driven markets, the latter of which is assumed to be the more efficient one.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1005106/utility-fear-and-greed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1005106/utility-fear-and-greed#comments Demographics efficiency finance markets risk Preservation Best Practices Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 1005106 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com How to Restore Walking and Cut Traffic Accidents http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/projectpublicspaces/1004786/how-restore-walking-way-life The gravest danger to walkers as well as bicyclists and motorists is other motorists who drive dangerously. According to data collected by the New York City Department of Transportation from 2008-2012, “dangerous driver choices” contributes to pedestrian deaths in 70 percent of cases.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/projectpublicspaces/1004786/how-restore-walking-way-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/projectpublicspaces/1004786/how-restore-walking-way-life#comments Demographics pedestrian safety public safety street design walkable streets Preservation Roadways Best Practices Leadership & Management Safety Urban Planning Populace Transportation Urbanism Policy Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 ProjectPublicSpaces 1004786 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Avoiding Driving http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1004721/avoiding-driving Not only do I do my absolute best to minimize the amount of driving I do here in Toronto, but I also follow the same rule when I travel as well. And if you’ve been following the macro trends, you might know that many other people feel the exact same way.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1004721/avoiding-driving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1004721/avoiding-driving#comments driving travel efficiency waste reduction Alternative Energy Preservation Roadways Best Practices Waste Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Sustainability Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 1004721 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/999331/casablanca-morocco-inaugurates-its-new-casa-port-train-station His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/999331/casablanca-morocco-inaugurates-its-new-casa-port-train-station" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/999331/casablanca-morocco-inaugurates-its-new-casa-port-train-station#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design Building Materials casablanca morocco train station transportation infrastructure Innovation Roadways Design & Architecture Public Transportation Leadership & Management Urban Planning Land Use Transportation Economy Urbanism Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 999331 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Lagos Rising: Where Next for 'Africa's London'? [VIDEO] http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/1004901/watch-lagos-rising-where-next-africa-s-london Lagos is the world’s fastest growing megacity, and it is currently riding on the wave of their lucrative oil industry and expanding economy. But while skyscrapers furnish the business elite, millions who live in the slums of Lagos wonder if they will benefit.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/1004901/watch-lagos-rising-where-next-africa-s-london" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/1004901/watch-lagos-rising-where-next-africa-s-london#comments Arts & Culture Demographics future urban planning income inequality lagos Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Housing Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Finance Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 futurecapetown 1004901 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1004486/five-colleges-leading-way-online-sustainable-agriculture-education As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1004486/five-colleges-leading-way-online-sustainable-agriculture-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1004486/five-colleges-leading-way-online-sustainable-agriculture-education#comments Demographics online education sustainable agriculture sustainable farming Health & Nutrition Innovation Best Practices Green Business Agriculture & Food Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Training & Education Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 1004486 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The Evolution of Glass Houses http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/grmeyers/1003186/evolution-glass-houses In 1949, when Phillip Johnson designed the world-famous glass house in New Canaan, Connecticut, it is doubtful he thought much about the adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I doubt Mr. Johnson specified much in the way of thermal-pane glass, either.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/grmeyers/1003186/evolution-glass-houses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/grmeyers/1003186/evolution-glass-houses#comments architecture Arts & Culture Building & Design glass house Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Design & Architecture Green Business Housing Waste Management Green Building Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Technology Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +0000 grmeyers 1003186 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Women in Food: From Theatre to Tech, Erika Block Helps Build a New Food Economy http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1003221/women-food-theatre-tech-erika-block-helps-build-new-food-economy Erika Block is something of a web weaver for the local foods economy. As CEO of Local Orbit, a company dedicated to providing sales and business management services to entrepreneurs, farmers, food hubs and others, she’s intricately familiar with the logistics that make the movement possible.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1003221/women-food-theatre-tech-erika-block-helps-build-new-food-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/1003221/women-food-theatre-tech-erika-block-helps-build-new-food-economy#comments food economics leadership local food women Health & Nutrition Innovation Green Business Agriculture & Food Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 1003221 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1003201/bees-and-belonging-ottawa-s-resilient-community-gardens A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1003201/bees-and-belonging-ottawa-s-resilient-community-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1003201/bees-and-belonging-ottawa-s-resilient-community-gardens#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design community development community gardens ottawa Health & Nutrition Innovation Redevelopment & Infill Green Business Agriculture & Food Green Building Leadership & Management Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Sustainability Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 1003201 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com