Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rss/all en An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1021186/area-size-european-union-used-urban-agriculture A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1021186/area-size-european-union-used-urban-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1021186/area-size-european-union-used-urban-agriculture#comments growing food urban agriculture vertical farming Yes Health & Nutrition Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Best Practices Green Business Agriculture & Food Economic Sustainability Green Building Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive Policy News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:36:14 +0000 David Thorpe 1021186 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Breath of Fresh Air? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/1017696/breath-fresh-air Air is polluted when substances, energy or effects with the potential to harm are released into what you breathe. Air pollutants cause you harm such as loss of health, comfort, stability and amenity - and may poison you due to their toxicity. They can harm species growth and damage food chains/webs in ecosystems.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/1017696/breath-fresh-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/glenn-vowles/1017696/breath-fresh-air#comments air pollution public health + urban areas urban air quality Yes Alternative Energy Health & Nutrition Preservation Waste Management Leadership & Management Safety Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Glenn Vowles 1017696 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Could Sliding Scale Home Purchases Work? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kristen-jeffers/1017686/could-sliding-scale-home-purchases-work There are a litany of calculators out there for people to use when they are ready to calculate how much home they can afford. Put in the magic number and you get exactly what level of house you can afford, at the perfect time. What if that magic number was the only number you needed to get a house or an apartment?<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kristen-jeffers/1017686/could-sliding-scale-home-purchases-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kristen-jeffers/1017686/could-sliding-scale-home-purchases-work#comments Building & Design housing affordability housing prices local economics Yes Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Housing Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Kristen Jeffers 1017686 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Bicycles As Transit in America http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/planningphotographycom/1019841/bicycles-transit-america It would be fair to say that most Americans view the bicycle as a tool of either a recreational user or a hardcore sportsman willing to spend thousands on a bike and accessories. Sometimes, we see examples of the citizen riding an old bike on the side of a dangerous road, or children riding on quiet, country streets.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/planningphotographycom/1019841/bicycles-transit-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/planningphotographycom/1019841/bicycles-transit-america#comments bicycle infrastructure bike culture transportation choices united states Yes Health & Nutrition Innovation Roadways Biking Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 PlanningPhotographyCom 1019841 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Architecture Is for Everyone http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1017856/architecture-everyone At the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Interboro Partners, an interdisciplinary and relatively young firm of three GSD alums Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, said “architecture is for everyone.”<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1017856/architecture-everyone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1017856/architecture-everyone#comments architecture for humanity Arts & Culture Building & Design Building Materials Demographics public participation Design & Architecture Housing Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 1017856 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1019696/farmers-unable-water-crops-salazie-reunion-island-due-water-rates In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1019696/farmers-unable-water-crops-salazie-reunion-island-due-water-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1019696/farmers-unable-water-crops-salazie-reunion-island-due-water-rates#comments crops natural resources tariffs water pricing Health & Nutrition Preservation Water Green Business Agriculture & Food Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Finance Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Sustainability Policy Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 1019696 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Re-Working Our Future Cities: Is Biodesign the Answer? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rework/1019611/re-working-our-future-cities-biodesign-answer Alberto T. Estévez is director of the Genetic Barcelona Project. At RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, Alberto will explore cities that learn and take ideas from the advantages of nature. Science, biology and genetics lend to creating new technologies that give us the possibility to re-think and re-work our cities.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rework/1019611/re-working-our-future-cities-biodesign-answer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rework/1019611/re-working-our-future-cities-biodesign-answer#comments Arts & Culture biodesign Building & Design Building Materials Future Cities green innovation Alternative Energy Innovation Redevelopment & Infill Design & Architecture Green Business Waste Management Green Building Gardens & Landscapes Land Use Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000 RE.WORK 1019611 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Bristol Takes Steps Towards Becoming the UK's Second One Planet City http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1020916/bristol-takes-steps-towards-becoming-uks-second-one-planet-city Next year Bristol is to be Europe&#039;s Green Capital City (this year it is Copenhagen). A partnership of 600+ local organisations is considering using the energy generated by this to launch a proposal that Bristol adopts the target of becoming a One Planet City.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1020916/bristol-takes-steps-towards-becoming-uks-second-one-planet-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1020916/bristol-takes-steps-towards-becoming-uks-second-one-planet-city#comments Bioregional Bristol one planet council one planet life one planet living wales Innovation Best Practices Public Transportation Green Business Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive Policy News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:43:55 +0000 David Thorpe 1020916 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Towards Canine Equity in the City http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/1019426/towards-canine-equity-city One of the most immediate cultural distinctions a traveler notices in France is omnipresent, well-behaved dogs, often quite unlike their detached American cousins. In a matter of weeks, I have assembled a mental diary of locational examples that illuminated the integrated role of multi-modal canine life.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/1019426/towards-canine-equity-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/chuck-wolfe/1019426/towards-canine-equity-city#comments animals Arts & Culture Demographics pets urban life urban photography urban wildlife Preservation Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Populace Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chuck Wolfe 1019426 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Brain Drain Is Economic Development http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/1018126/brain-drain-economic-development If one shifts focus from places to people, migration is economic development. Moving to a big city increases the chances of finding a job. Moving to a big city increases the wage earned at the job. For the migrant, income goes up. What about the place left behind?<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/1018126/brain-drain-economic-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/jim-russell/1018126/brain-drain-economic-development#comments brain drain Demographics economic development population movements Innovation Preservation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Training & Education Urban Planning Populace Economy Urbanism Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Russell 1018126 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Robert Bullard: "Equity Can’t Be Left Out" http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1019681/robert-bullard-equity-can-t-be-left-out True sustainability is a three-legged stool, said Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the fathers of environmental justice movement, at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver. It rests on environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and equity. However, equity, Bullard believes, is still too often left out.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1019681/robert-bullard-equity-can-t-be-left-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/1019681/robert-bullard-equity-can-t-be-left-out#comments Building & Design Demographics economics social justice urban equity urban sustainability Alternative Energy Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Politics & Legislation Public Transportation Waste Management Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 1019681 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/derekwong/1017936/four-green-initiatives-employees-are-sure-embrace Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. And corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/derekwong/1017936/four-green-initiatives-employees-are-sure-embrace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/derekwong/1017936/four-green-initiatives-employees-are-sure-embrace#comments Arts & Culture carpooling green initiatives urban employment Alternative Energy Innovation Preservation Best Practices Public Transportation Green Business Waste Management Green Building Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 DerekWong 1017936 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1019066/will-elderly-run-suburbs-montreal-it-seems-be-case If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1019066/will-elderly-run-suburbs-montreal-it-seems-be-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/1019066/will-elderly-run-suburbs-montreal-it-seems-be-case#comments Arts & Culture Demographics elderly montreal population movements suburban flight Preservation Economic Sustainability Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Economy Urbanism Policy Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 1019066 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Enhancing Livability in Turkey and in Cities Worldwide http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1017761/enhancing-livability-turkey-and-cities-worldwide Over the past half-century, the world has urbanized at an unprecedented pace. In 1970, about 37% of the world’s population lived in cities. This rose to 45% in 1990, 54% in 2014, and should reach 66% by 2050. Much of this urban growth is occurring in less wealthy cities, and has created distinct challenges.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1017761/enhancing-livability-turkey-and-cities-worldwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1017761/enhancing-livability-turkey-and-cities-worldwide#comments Demographics global urbanism turkey urban livability Innovation Preservation Leadership & Management Safety Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 1017761 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/ifmr-financing-small-cities/1019736/srirangapatna-data-lesson-india-s-cities Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities &#039;smarter&#039; be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/ifmr-financing-small-cities/1019736/srirangapatna-data-lesson-india-s-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/ifmr-financing-small-cities/1019736/srirangapatna-data-lesson-india-s-cities#comments india infrastructure smart cities smart data Srirangapatna Finance Urban Planning Transportation Sustainability Technology Policy Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:59:37 +0000 IFMR Financing Small Cities 1019736 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/1019281/streets-people-freeways-and-spectacular-solution Victor Dover and John Massengale&#039;s epic book, titled &#039;Street Design,&#039; is perhaps our most thorough and thoughtful explication of where we have gone wrong in the past with our most important urban public spaces - our city streets - and how to do better.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/1019281/streets-people-freeways-and-spectacular-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/kaidbenfield/1019281/streets-people-freeways-and-spectacular-solution#comments Building & Design Complete Streets street design transportation infrastructure Preservation Roadways Public Transportation Leadership & Management Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 KaidBenfield 1019281 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Does Urban Authenticity Matter? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1017721/does-urban-authenticity-matter What does it mean for a place to be authentic? What if some savvy developer created new blast furnaces and inserted them into their new neighborhood in order to simulate the feel of an old industrial steelworks? Would that change how you felt about the space and area?<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1017721/does-urban-authenticity-matter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/1017721/does-urban-authenticity-matter#comments Arts & Culture authenticity Building & Design Demographics local history neighborhood Preservation Housing Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Placemaking Populace Economy Urbanism Policy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 1017721 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com World Bank Warns of Severe Threat to Food Supplies from Climate Change http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1019761/world-bank-warns-severe-threat-food-supplies-climate-change A new report from the World Bank, &#039;Turn Down the Heat&#039; is warning that already global warming of around 1.5°C above pre-industrial times is locked into the Earth&#039;s atmospheric system, and unless we act now to reduce emissions, warming of probably 4 degrees will occur within our century, and everyone will feel the impact, particularly the poor.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1019761/world-bank-warns-severe-threat-food-supplies-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1019761/world-bank-warns-severe-threat-food-supplies-climate-change#comments drought food security fossil fuel subsidies ipcc irrigation Power & Grid World Bank Alternative Energy Best Practices Climate Change Leadership & Management Safety Communications & Messaging Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive Policy News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:51:14 +0000 David Thorpe 1019761 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Dear Gregor: Some Suggestions for a Smoother Term as Vancouver's Mayor http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/1019086/dear-gregor-some-suggestions-smoother-term-vancouvers-mayor Dear Gregor: Congratulations on being elected as mayor of Vancouver for a second term. It looked like a close race in those last few weeks. You seemed a little unsure that you could pull it off this time around. I know this because I received roughly twelve pre-recorded phone calls from you.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/1019086/dear-gregor-some-suggestions-smoother-term-vancouvers-mayor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/1019086/dear-gregor-some-suggestions-smoother-term-vancouvers-mayor#comments canada Demographics mayors urban leadership vancouver Preservation Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 This City Life 1019086 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1018171/china-s-clean-air-challenge-health-impacts-transport-emissions Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1018171/china-s-clean-air-challenge-health-impacts-transport-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/1018171/china-s-clean-air-challenge-health-impacts-transport-emissions#comments air pollution china public health transportation pollution Alternative Energy Health & Nutrition Preservation Future Technologies Climate Change Green Business Waste Management Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 1018171 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com