Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/rss en KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/406101/kc-healthy-kids-combating-childhood-obesity-kansas-city-missouri Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/406101/kc-healthy-kids-combating-childhood-obesity-kansas-city-missouri" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/406101/kc-healthy-kids-combating-childhood-obesity-kansas-city-missouri#comments childhood obesity Demographics kansas city obesity programs Yes Health & Nutrition Preservation Best Practices Biking Agriculture & Food Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 406101 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Discover Paris' Little Belt http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/416646/discover-paris-little-belt Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/416646/discover-paris-little-belt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/dirt/416646/discover-paris-little-belt#comments abandoned buildings Arts & Culture Building & Design paris Rail urban photography Yes Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Design & Architecture Leadership & Management Finance Urban Planning Land Use Transportation Economy Urbanism Policy Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 The Dirt 416646 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Seattle's First Protected Bike Lane Makes a Quick Adjustment [VIDEO] http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/388176/seattles-first-protected-bike-lane-makes-quick-adjustment Seattle recently installed its first protected downtown bike lane on Second Avenue. Shortly after it opened, they quickly discovered that the left green arrow and solid green circle were confusing drivers. So the Seattle Department of Transportation quickly adjusted.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/388176/seattles-first-protected-bike-lane-makes-quick-adjustment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/388176/seattles-first-protected-bike-lane-makes-quick-adjustment#comments bike lanes bike safety Building & Design road safety Yes Roadways Biking Safety Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Transportation Urbanism Policy Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 388176 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/413911/city-lexington-kentucky-hires-former-white-house-staffer-first-local-food-coordinat The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/413911/city-lexington-kentucky-hires-former-white-house-staffer-first-local-food-coordinat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/413911/city-lexington-kentucky-hires-former-white-house-staffer-first-local-food-coordinat#comments Demographics kansas city local food white house Yes Health & Nutrition Green Business Agriculture & Food Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 413911 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com A Preview Tour of London's Cheesegrater [VIDEO] http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/369991/watch-preview-tour-london-s-cheesegrater Lead architect Graham Stirk, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, takes us inside of one of the latest and largest additions to London’s skyline: ‘The Cheesegrater’ – aka the Leadenhall building. Standing at 225m, the Leadenhall Building will be the tallest office tower ever to be built in Britain.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/369991/watch-preview-tour-london-s-cheesegrater" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/369991/watch-preview-tour-london-s-cheesegrater#comments Building & Design Building Materials cheese grater london new building construction skyscrapers Yes Design & Architecture Green Building Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Resources Economy Urbanism Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 futurecapetown 369991 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Cities Poised for Historic Role in Global Climate Negotiations http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/445246/cities-poised-historic-role-global-climate-negotiations Delegates from around the world will saturate New York City next week for the United Nations Climate Summit and the crucial task of settling out the detail of a global agreement to reduce the world&#039;s greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the urgent challenge of climate change.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/445246/cities-poised-historic-role-global-climate-negotiations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/445246/cities-poised-historic-role-global-climate-negotiations#comments Climate change summit new york city Yes Politics & Legislation Climate Change Leadership & Management Resources Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:32:47 +0000 David Thorpe 445246 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The Demand for Character Office Space http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/414296/demand-character-office-space Recently, the Toronto Star published an article talking about the growing demand for character office buildings in submarkets outside of Toronto’s core. Specifically, it was talking about the Downtown West and Liberty Village submarkets (citing a report from CBRE).<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/414296/demand-character-office-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/414296/demand-character-office-space#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design office space supply and demand Taxes & Mortgages toronto urban character Yes Design & Architecture Housing Economic Sustainability Urban Planning Placemaking Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 414296 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Teenagers Pedal for a Greener Neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/424761/teenagers-pedal-greener-neighborhood-montreal-quebec On Monday, around fifity teenagers on bikes invaded the streets of Saint-Laurent in order expose residents to the adoption of better environmental habits. The youth of the C-Vert project want to sensitize citizens to using the bicycle as a daily means of transportation.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/424761/teenagers-pedal-greener-neighborhood-montreal-quebec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/424761/teenagers-pedal-greener-neighborhood-montreal-quebec#comments Arts & Culture biking culture Demographics green neighborhoods montreal public participation Yes youth Alternative Energy Biking Green Business Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 424761 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/372941/friday-fun-futuristic-sustainable-cities-inspired-arcology By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/372941/friday-fun-futuristic-sustainable-cities-inspired-arcology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/372941/friday-fun-futuristic-sustainable-cities-inspired-arcology#comments affordable housing arcology Building & Design Building Materials Demographics futurism housing density Yes Alternative Energy Best Practices Design & Architecture Future Technologies Housing Green Building Leadership & Management Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 372941 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Urban Housing: Rise of Rental http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/423181/rise-rental In the US, rental apartments as a share of all new housing is at record highs — over 30%. And that’s partly because credit remains tight (certainly compared to pre-2008) and economic growth has been tepid. But also because of demographic changes.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/423181/rise-rental" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/423181/rise-rental#comments Building & Design Demographics home ownership rentals Taxes & Mortgages urban housing Housing Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 423181 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Women in Food: Natasha Lantz Helps Build Food Co-op in Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/422886/women-food-natasha-lantz-helps-build-food-co-op-michigan-s-upper-peninsula In 2003, Natasha Lantz became a member and started volunteering at the Marquette Food Co-op, a store that sells locally-produced food in Marquette, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula. Now, she serves as the organization’s outreach director.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/422886/women-food-natasha-lantz-helps-build-food-co-op-michigan-s-upper-peninsula" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/seedstock/422886/women-food-natasha-lantz-helps-build-food-co-op-michigan-s-upper-peninsula#comments food co-op michigan women Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Green Business Waste Management Agriculture & Food Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Seedstock 422886 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/439071/how-cities-will-feed-their-citizens-future For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/439071/how-cities-will-feed-their-citizens-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/439071/how-cities-will-feed-their-citizens-future#comments community growing urban agriculture vertical farming Health & Nutrition Innovation Best Practices Design & Architecture Future Technologies Water Climate Change Green Business Waste Management Agriculture & Food Green Building Gardens & Landscapes Land Use Urbanism Sustainability Technology Sustainable Cities Exclusive Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:43:14 +0000 David Thorpe 439071 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Food, Flowers, and Friendships http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/429271/food-flowers-and-friendships The SW Community Garden both feeds from and perpetuates this strong community feeling. It was the culmination of a year-long effort by a group of green-thumbed residents that had a common idea, and worked with the local government and local businesses to bring it to fruition.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/429271/food-flowers-and-friendships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/futurecapetown/429271/food-flowers-and-friendships#comments Building Materials community building community gardens Demographics washington d.c. Health & Nutrition Innovation Preservation Best Practices Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 futurecapetown 429271 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Athens, Greece's Hellinikon Park Poised to be the Largest Park in World http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/406106/athens-greece-s-hellinikon-park-poised-be-largest-park-world “I can already imagine the faces of my family and friends all the way back in North Dakota when I tell them that I work in Athens. You don’t know what the word &#039;Athens&#039; means to an American person and how many magical things we recall. It’s incredible.”<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/406106/athens-greece-s-hellinikon-park-poised-be-largest-park-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/global-site-plans-grid/406106/athens-greece-s-hellinikon-park-poised-be-largest-park-world#comments athens Building & Design public parks urban development plans Preservation Design & Architecture Green Building Leadership & Management Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 406106 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/414286/transforming-between-spaces-benefit-urban-communities In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/414286/transforming-between-spaces-benefit-urban-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/big-city/414286/transforming-between-spaces-benefit-urban-communities#comments Building & Design Demographics derelict spaces innovative placemaking urban communities Innovation Preservation Redevelopment & Infill Best Practices Design & Architecture Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Safety Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Land Use Placemaking Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 This Big City 414286 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Should You Own or Rent Your Home? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/402691/should-you-own-or-rent-your-home I was at a good friend’s wedding and a topic that came was whether it is better to own or rent your home. North America, conventional wisdom would suggest — almost mandate — that you have to own your place. If you’re still a renter, well then you’re “throwing away your money” my friend. But are you really? <p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/402691/should-you-own-or-rent-your-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/donnellyb/402691/should-you-own-or-rent-your-home#comments Demographics home buying housing economy renting Preservation Housing Communications & Messaging Finance Land Use Populace Resources Economy Urbanism Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:00:00 +0000 donnelly_b 402691 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Parks, Philanthropy, and Equity: New York's Temporary Truce http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/422876/parks-philanthropy-and-equity-new-york-s-temporary-truce A few months ago, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council passed a budget that adds $15.5 million to the Parks Department budget. The money, for the most part, is targeted to small neighborhood parks for maintenance and capital projects.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/422876/parks-philanthropy-and-equity-new-york-s-temporary-truce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-parks-blog/422876/parks-philanthropy-and-equity-new-york-s-temporary-truce#comments Arts & Culture Building & Design equality new york city park funding public parks Innovation Preservation Green Business Green Building Gardens & Landscapes Conservation & Recreation Urban Planning Land Use Populace Economy Urbanism Policy Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 City Parks Blog 422876 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/422576/can-auto-rickshaw-fare-reform-chennai-lead-users-choose-sustainable-transport Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010. <p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/422576/can-auto-rickshaw-fare-reform-chennai-lead-users-choose-sustainable-transport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/422576/can-auto-rickshaw-fare-reform-chennai-lead-users-choose-sustainable-transport#comments auto-rickshaws Chennai india sustainable transport transport reform Innovation Roadways Public Transportation Economic Sustainability Safety Land Use Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 422576 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The World's First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponics Farm http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/426096/worlds-first-commercial-rooftop-aquaponics-farm Aquaponics – aquaculture (fish farming) + hydroponics (growing plants without soil) – could furnish 12% of a person&#039;s diet per 3m2 of roofspace, according to a prototype study. It produces both edible fish and vegetables. The fish&#039;s waste feeds the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Perfect for urban growing.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/426096/worlds-first-commercial-rooftop-aquaponics-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/426096/worlds-first-commercial-rooftop-aquaponics-farm#comments aquaponics Basel roof gardens urban farming Best Practices Water Waste Management Agriculture & Food Green Building Urbanism Sustainability Sustainable Cities Exclusive Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:01:52 +0000 David Thorpe 426096 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com The UN Climate Summit: What’s in it for Cities? http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/416651/un-climate-summit-what-s-it-cities City leaders have a key role to play at next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York City, which brings together heads of state, mayors, business leaders, and civil society representatives to build momentum towards an international agenda to tackle climate change and build resilience.<p><a href="http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/416651/un-climate-summit-what-s-it-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/embarq/416651/un-climate-summit-what-s-it-cities#comments cities and climate change climate adaptation united nations Alternative Energy Health & Nutrition Preservation Best Practices Climate Change Green Business Waste Management Economic Sustainability Leadership & Management Communications & Messaging Urban Planning Populace Resources Transportation Economy Urbanism Sustainability Policy Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 EMBARQ 416651 at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com