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Makoko: 'Venice of Lagos'

April 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mokoko and Lagos

The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of people have made this place their home. Like many other ‘slum’ areas, the full population of Makoko is unknown.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]

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Vienna Seeks Ideas to Reinvent Citizen Inclusion

April 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vienna seeks proposals for social harmony.

Forward-thinking cities around the world are increasingly competing - as well as cooperating - to position themselves as 'greener' than each other or to promote some singular quality that makes them stand out. Now Vienna has launched a competition for proposals to do just this.[read more]

Every Street Can't Be Everything to Everyone

April 16, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto is a city of neighborhoods and small main streets—at least in the areas where our streetcars live. Streets such as King and Queen are only 4 lanes. And the problem we’re facing is that we’re trying to accommodate every single use case on them: cars, on-street parking, cyclists and streetcars.[read more]

A Safe City is a Just City

A Safe City

As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable road users like the elderly and cyclists are particularly at risk.[read more]

As Europe's Traffic Fatalities Drop, Brazil's Soar

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Traffic safety improvements in Europe are being hailed as one of the greatest advances for the region in the past decade. Europe should be proud of its success: since 2010, there have been 17% fewer deaths on the continent’s roads. This translates into 9,000 lives saved.[read more]

Placebook: Is North Carolina Ready for A Vehicle Mileage Tax?

April 11, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

North Carolina VMT

Yesterday I linked to an article that mentioned that the NC DOT has decided to study the implementation of a Vehicle Mileage Tax. I thought it was an April Fools joke. For those of you out of the loop, this is a tax collected by a meter either placed on your car or along roadways to register how many miles you drive.[read more]

Urban Gardeners May Be Unaware of How Best to Manage Soil Contaminants

April 10, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Soil and Contaminants

With spring here and many urban homeowners and community gardeners itching to get out in the garden for planting, this information from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future concerns possible soil contaminants. Understanding how to manage potential contaminants is valuable information.[read more]

Post-Conflict Reconstruction Is Dead

April 10, 2014 by Mitchell Sutika Sipus

Post-Conflict Rebuilding

 

I have argued that post-conflict reconstruction is a thing of the past, but only recently did I realize that this issue needs attention. There is an inconsistency in language in which I find many planners label post-war reconstruction and post-disaster reconstruction as same things, which they are not.[read more]

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Check Up of India's Heart - Delhi: A Diagnosis of the Capital's Public Transport

April 10, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Delhi Public Transportation

Delhi Transport Service (DTS) was incorporated in 1948 by the Government of India for local bus services, which were previously operated by the Gwalior and Northern India Transport Co. Ltd. Later, DTS was reconstituted under the Road Transport Corporation Act in 1950.[read more]

New UN Report: World Is Ill-Prepared for Climate Change

April 6, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Risk

In the second in a series of new reports, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the impacts of climate change are already being felt in every continent and every ocean, and the effects will worsen as greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere at an accelerated rate.[read more]

3rd Avenue of Limoilou, Quebec, Canada: The Future of the Mall

April 6, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Future Malls

We already know that far from being strictly utilitarian spaces, shopping malls are also destinations for enjoying yourself. Young parents can walk around with a stroller away from bad weather, and older people can sit down and observe the surroundings for a few hours.[read more]