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How Driverless Vehicles Are Set to Transform Our Lives

May 22, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Automation and Cars

Vehicles which drive themselves might sound like science fiction but they may be on our roads sooner than you think. So what do we know about the likely impacts of these auto robots, and how can we shape the future directions and policies to enable their adoption for a safer and more sustainable mobility future?[read more]

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UK Cities Should Generate Their Own Energy Says National Trust Energy Expert

May 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Freiberg, Germany

British cities should generate their own energy instead of relying on rural areas to do so, said Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert yesterday. He was speaking on a panel discussion on the opening day of the Hay Festival of Green Ideas.[read more]

The City With an App That Encourages Citizens to Suggest Bills to Government

Sao Paolo's app

Legislando (“Legislating”) is an application that lets citizens make suggestions for bills, as well as support and follow other collaborative proposals, and see them through approval by the Municipal House and Legislative Assemblies. The tool, which intends to be a kind of “political social network,” was introduced in São Paulo, Brazil on April 27.[read more]

Only A Third of Businesses and Politicians Think A Deal at Paris' Climate Talks Will Succeed

May 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The lacking in confidence barometer

A ‘climate barometer’ to measure confidence levels amongst business leaders and politicians in delivering a strong outcome at COP21 and in the low carbon economy shows a rating of just 33% - or ‘changeable’. This is broken down as 33.2% for businesses, 38.7% for governments and 27.2% for international organizations.[read more]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[read more]

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Webinar Roundup: How to Get Started in Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture – the Next Big Thing For Cities

May 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The future of salad growing

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up, see a record of the Twitter conversation on Storify or listen to a recording here.[read more]

Paris, France Plans to Be the World's Biking Capital by 2020

Biking Support in Paris

From now until 2020, the trips made on bikes in the capital could triple. Paris could even become “the biking world capital.” It’s what everyone hopes. In order to accomplish this, it will be necessary to improve and review many things. However, one of the priorities remaining is to increase the number of bike lanes.[read more]

Brightwater: Infrastructure from the Future

May 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Infrastructure

Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands. It sounds far-fetched but it’s reality in Snohomish County, Washington, near the border with King County, about an hour northeast from downtown Seattle.[read more]

Cape Town's People Are Our Biggest Attraction

May 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Culture

You know the seasons are changing when the sunshine starts feeling extra special and just stepping into the shade of a tree sends chills down the spine. We start layering and nesting, and I found myself admiring an embroidered scarf that a colleague bought from a Ghanaian trader on St George’s Mall.[read more]

The Perfect High Street

May 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

High Streets and Design

How do you create and maintain a thriving high street in this era of increasing online shopping? This was one of the questions that Monocle asked at its recent Quality of Life Conference in Lisbon, along with an interesting video with its recommendations.[read more]

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse's 150th Birthday

Ringstrasse and History

With its museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district.[read more]

Red Stripes, Iceberg Homes, and Laneway Houses

May 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Recently I was reading a CityLab article talking about a homeowner in London’s wealthy Kensington neighborhood who painted her house in red stripes after the city and her neighbors derailed her renovation plans. I’m thinking it is supposed to be symbolic of government “red tape.”[read more]