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Peak Urbanization

April 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

In my last post, I wrote that the future looked brighter in Barcelona than in Buffalo. Today, I’m here to sing Buffalo’s praises and revisit the prospects for the end of geography. And by “the end of geography” I mean the end of urban hierarchy. We’ve reached peak city[read more]

New Prefab Book of Note: Prefabulous World

April 19, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Prefab House Book

As we have been recently writing a series about green prefabricated homes, the timing could be no better for the release of “Prefabulous World – Energy Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe,” a new book on prefab homes by Sheri Koones.[read more]


ICLEI Says Smart Cities Need Citizen Buy-In

April 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Do people want their cities wired?

“A smart city is a city which can provide - with fewer resources - more efficiency, more services for its citizens and a higher quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world.” A fine ideal, but is this just for big business, or can citizens have a say? This was a hot topic at ICLEI's Global Town Hall 2014 last week.[read more]


European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]


UK Launches World's First Scheme to Pay Homeowners to make Renewable Heat

April 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

It's Mr Renewables!

The first scheme in the world that will pay owners of domestic buildings for generating renewable heat has been launched in the UK. Like feed-in tariffs, the financial incentive scheme offers householders a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour generated from various technologies.[read more]


New Global Report Highlights Value of Enhancing City-Business Collaboration for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Lynch

Infrastructure and Collaboration

An inspiring aspect of sustainability is how leaders on every continent are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development. However, even the mayors of the most advanced cities will say that they can’t do it alone and they need the engagement and collaboration of all stakeholders.[read more]

Happy H-1B Visa Day

April 3, 2014 by Jim Russell

April Fool’s Day for many, the first day of the month is also opening day for tech firms hoping to snag foreign-born talent. The H-1B visa allows these U.S. companies to hire non-citizens. The total number of visas is capped and the program is usually exhausted in a matter of weeks.[read more]

Massive Open Online Cities: Can Technology and Democracy Create Revolutionary Solutions from the Bottom Up

April 2, 2014 by Brian English

Online Cities

Revolutions in information technology are altering the ecosystem of connections that enable city stakeholders to access information, learn from each other, and engage in problem solving. This is inspiring and enabling a global movement to reimagine how development solutions can be implemented.[read more]

The STEM Talent Shortage Debate

March 28, 2014 by Jim Russell

In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), does the United States face a talent shortage or not? Like the brain drain issue, I started out on the side of crisis. The more I study the problem, the more I agree with “The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage.”[read more]

Solve Humanity's Toughest Problems

March 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Humans Solving Problems

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is looking for solutions to the world’s toughest problems. They just released the call for entries for their 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially-responsible design’s highest award.” Everyone is invited to go for the $100,000 prize for most outstanding strategy.[read more]


Join Europe's Drive to Develop Smart Cities

March 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

Anyone can join

Although every city is unique many struggle with similar issues: congestion, air pollution, raising energy costs etc. Smart urban technologies offer enormous prospects to help, but greater concerted action between cities, industry and civil society is needed. A new appeal in Europe has now been issued to further such exciting collaboration.[read more]

Should We Dream of Electric Cities?

March 23, 2014 by Paul Rainger

Internet of Things

This morning I awoke to a note on my flat’s electronic notice board from the toaster reminding me I needed to buy more bread. Hoping to avoid breakfast disappointment, my muesli suggested I try a bowl full instead, but only half-heartedly as it knew I am unlikely to eat muesli on a Tuesday.[read more]