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Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015

March 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Resilience in Venice

“Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It just so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create 'acqua alta' (high water) for six days in a row.[read more]

Local and Regional Authorities Key Partners in Disaster Risk Reduction

Government and Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Sendai, Japan, March 14th-18th, resulted in a historic agreement by the international community to reduce disaster risk, and recognized local authorities and the local level as essential to achieving this.[read more]

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Le Phare Skyscraper "Not Suitable" for Quebec City, Canada's Northern Climate

March 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Canada and Skyscrapers

In its proposed form, Quebec City's Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate” due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round", according to André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture.[read more]

Art Reclaims the Streets in Cape Town

March 25, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town and Public Art

Last Friday, walking in my beloved city, Cape Town was in her prime: blue skies above, and people all along St George’s Mall, ambling, sitting and chatting. There seemed to be more buskers than usual and just an energetic mood in the air, like maybe it was a holiday, despite it being the end of a long week.[read more]

The U.S. Federal Government Just Got a Lot Greener

March 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

President Obama signing a new executive order on sustainability

President Obama signed a new executive order which will guide agencies toward sustainable operations. From planning for resiliency to natural disasters and climate change to implementing stringent stormwater management practices, it addresses aspects of landscape, architecture and community planning.[read more]

We Must Make Places Walkable for the Most Vulnerable

March 23, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

They are used to being ignored – all the more reason for planners not to.

As placemakers, city builders, planners, and designers we all too often forget how important inclusion is to our process. We forget the parent struggling to navigate an intersection with a poorly located curb cut, or the elderly person struggling to cross a street in time.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

In Defense of Pedestrian Flags and Beg Buttons

March 21, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Pedestrians crossing flags and cross walk buttons are frustrating. They lower the status of pedestrians and reinforce an auto-dominated culture by requiring pedestrians to perform special actions in order to navigate a city. But from a pragmatic perspective, I feel compelled to defend them and their true intent.[read more]

8 Highlights from Medellin's World Bike Forum 2015

March 21, 2015 by This Big City

World Bike Forum

The World Bike Forum 2015 (WBF4) took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, between 26th February and 1st March. The Forum is one of the region’s major citizen-led events, being designed, organized and maintained by citizens on a voluntary basis to promote the use of bicycles in cities.[read more]

Watch the Film They Don't Want You to See: Under The Dome

March 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Under the Dome, a Chinese documentary film that exposes the truth about pollution in China, has been watched by more than 200 million viewers there. While it was first supported by the new Chinese environmental minister, it has since been removed from public view by the Chinese government censors.[read more]

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Crash Remedies: The Road to Traffic Safety

March 19, 2015 by Fanis Grammenos

Roads and Traffic Safety

In order to cut traffic deaths, is it necessary to redesign the urban form? This academic paper takes a historical approach to answer the question.[read more]