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Economic Sustainability

Natural Resources Drive Employment Growth in Canadian Cities

April 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Resources and Urban Jobs in Canada

I was reading Wendy Waters’ All About Cities blog this morning and I came across two interesting charts showing employment growth across Canadian cities. The first chart shows total employment growth over the last year and the second chart shows employment growth over the past 10 years.[read more]

Green Buildings: 300 Lafeyette Street

April 23, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Green Building on Lafeyette

Current efforts in sustainability can be divided into one of two groups. The first group is trying to add efficiency and/or decrease the negative impact of the way that we do things now. The second group is changing a paradigm, archetype or cultural norm in order to operate in a more sustainable way.[read more]

Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 by Gerdo Aquino

Public Spaces, Public Art

A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.[read more]

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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]

Can South Africa's Smart Cities Please Stand Up?

April 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

South African Smart Cities

Cities are the crucible of our urban experience and for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. We are now truly living in an urban century where our cities and urban centers are expanding at an unprecedented rate.[read more]

Explaining Gentrification

April 22, 2014 by Jim Russell

Like the term “brain drain,” the definition of “gentrification” depends on whom you ask. When I discuss gentrification, I’m thinking about neighborhood improvements that displace (force out) current residents. If residents are not displaced, then we aren’t talking about gentrification.[read more]

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'Cities in Motion' Sustainable Cities Index: Are You Sure Tokyo Should Be Top?

April 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Tokyo - how sustainable?

A new report, IESE Cities in Motion, ranks world cities for sustainability, putting Tokyo, London and New York at the top, but its methodology is misleading and its results should be taken with a degree of scepticism.[read more]

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Excluded Children in Rio

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church, located in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The steps were a regular gathering spot for street children, and dozens took refuge there as a place to rest.[read more]

Berczy Park and the Importance of Public Art in Cities

April 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Public Art Importance

Earlier this week a friend of mine was live tweeting a public consultation meeting for the revitalization of Berczy Park in the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood of Toronto. And since I live in the neighborhood, it’s a project that I’ve been following particularly closely.[read more]

New York Waterfront Gets Ready for the Future

April 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town

NYC Waterfront Development

On April 3, 2014, BIG, along with nine other teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design.[read more]

City Growth Outpaces that of Suburbs: New Data

April 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Cities and Suburbs and Growth

New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs. This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when large numbers of city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up much of the countryside.[read more]

Cities Can Undo Inequality If They Start Planning

April 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Undoing Urban Inequality

If a city has no structure, there will be inequality. Far too often cities in the developing world appear to have been built with a complete and total disregard for organizational structure. These cities have set themselves up for massive social unrest.[read more]