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Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

When Doing Time in A Prison Garden Means Redemption

May 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Prisoners can find gardening a redeeming occupation

For Katherine Cannella, Assoc. ASLA, who graduated with a master’s of landscape architecture from the University of Virginia in 2014, prison gardens offer an opportunity to create places to heal for those who must spend time outside of society. She wants to use landscape approaches to engage all members of the public, including those at the margins.[read more]

A Photo-Tour of Lagos Island: How Tourism, History and Commerce Can Coexist

May 2, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Exploring Lagos Island

Take a photo tour of Lagos Island, the historical heart of Lagos banking and commerce district & home of Nigeria's largest market. The buildings alone within this area are a display of Nigerian history, from the birth of Lagos (around 1300-1400 CE) till today. Despite all the history that encompasses this island, it is rarely visited for this purpose.[read more]

Beyond Books: Outside the Box Program Helps Build Community with Public Libraries

May 1, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Libraries and Community Participation


As one of our oldest and most important civic institutions, public libraries have been making the news recently—and breaking records for popularity and patronage. According to a recent article in The New York Times, New York City’s libraries in all five boroughs had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year.[read more]

Film and City-Making: An interview with Dele Adeyemo

May 1, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Film and Making a City

Dele Adeyemo, a creative director working in Glasgow. Dele presented the exhibition 'The Power of ZA' which documented the exploration into the power of creativity to bridge divides and possibly work to transform the culture in the country of South Africa.[read more]

The Urban Homestead: Growing Better Cities from Small Urban Spaces

April 30, 2015 by This Big City

Cities and Small Urban Spaces

Many large US corporations have moved operations back to the city centers to be closer to the younger, talented workforce — Yahoo, Pinterest, United Airlines, and Quicken Loans, to name a few. Companies are also rethinking their products and services to create greater appeal for the urban dweller.[read more]

Designing Housing to Improve Inclusion and Opportunity in Cape Town

April 30, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Housing

Cape Town remains geographically and socially segregated despite the fact that undoing apartheid's spatial divides has been a goal of the democratic government since 1994. But urban researcher Andrew Fleming thinks that redesigning housing can change this.[read more]

In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People?

April 29, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Designing Places for Humans

Cities have long been known as hotspots for innovation. In the past, much of this could be attributed to cities being the centralized physical location and as nodes for connecting with other people and cities around the world. Yet in the new era of global communication this dependence on physical proximity is decoupling.[read more]

Rio's Carnival: An Allegory of the City

April 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Festivals and Culture in Rio

Gia Wolff, the inaugural winner of a $100,000 traveling fellowship, has returned after two years of funded research to present her discoveries, a story of how Rio de Janeiro's carnival takes place each year and is much more than just a spectacle, but a cyclical engine that powers the city.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec's City Center Will Turn into a Camp to Advocate for Social Housing

April 28, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal Social Housing

Starting May 21, 2015, the Popular Action Front for Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) will establish its “open-ended camp” in Montreal’s city center, a camp that has received the support of around 20 celebrities, in order to advocate for the creation of social housing.[read more]

For the Love of Cape Town

April 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

To your left, you’re greeted by Disa Park as you make your way to the city. Traces of white walled homes, up there, in Devil’s Peak and Vredehoek, along the slopes of Table Mountain, merge seamlessly with the subdued greys of Tamboerskloof.[read more]

The Rise of the Fairtrade Market In the UK

April 27, 2015 by Anja Duric

UK Fair Trade

The global coffee market has gone through quite a few significant transformations in the last few decades, rapidly moving towards fair trade. It might come as a surprise, but the UK has become one of the largest consumers of fair trade coffee in the world.[read more]