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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

Why Brick-and-Mortar Stores Should be Scared of Same-Hour Delivery

March 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a post on his blog recently called, 'Same Day/Same Hour Delivery,' is about why he believes that Walmart could get the “most disrupted by the Internet.” And it has to do with the rapid rise of same day and even same hour delivery from ecommerce companies.[read more]

Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage

March 17, 2015 by Derek Wong

Businesses and Sustainability

Proactively incorporating sustainability into a business’ core strategy can increase profits by 51 to 81%, according to corporate sustainability expert and author Bob Willard. His book The New Sustainability Advantage and the companion online tools lay out seven strategies and estimate potential returns.[read more]

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The Town That Saves Millions on Heating Costs with a Water Source Heat Pump

March 16, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Doesn't look that exciting, but it is!

The town of Drammen in Norway heats most of its buildings with water that is at a temperature of just 8oC. The secret? Heat pumps. It's so easy and pays for itself really quickly. Why don't other towns and cities follow suit? Well, some are.[read more]

Drones Will Elevate Urban Design

March 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Drones and Design

The FAA recently released long-awaited guidelines for commercial drones. Despite many skeptics’ expectations of stringent laws that would ground the drone industry in the US, these proposed regulations are pragmatic and will undoubtedly lead to growth and innovation.[read more]

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Do You Promote Liveable Communities? Could You Win a 'Walking Visionaries' Award?

March 12, 2015 by Florian Lorenz

Do you know a potential winner?

The Walking Visionaries Awards are one of this year’s most exciting awards programs for sustainable urbanism and future mobility. Do you know a potential winner? Organized by the Management Team of the 2015 Walk21 conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria from October 20 to 23, it is open for ideas and projects covering all fields related to walking and liveable communities.[read more]

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 12, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Imaginative solutions to the threat of rising sea levels

The year is 2072 and higher San Francisco is an island – unless measures are taken to address the impact of rising sea levels. A competition has thrown up some imaginative solutions to the threat of rising sea levels from which other coastal cities can learn.[read more]

Architectural Fantasy and Social Reality: Two Types of Floating City

March 3, 2015 by This Big City

Architectural fantasy all at sea?

Many architects have come up with concepts of future utopian cities, some of which are related to smart, sustainable, and bio-tech innovation. However, it is not clear at the moment whether these cities can really address the challenges of tomorrow’s world, or if they are going to end up as unrealistic utopian ideas.[read more]

COSMO Is Ready to Party

February 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Young Architects and Innovation

 

The ingenious winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at the New York City’s MOMA PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. The machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.[read more]

"Great Ideas are Obvious in Retrospect."

February 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Ideas and Adoption

The title of this post is a line from a Medium post that Biz Stone wrote back in August 2012. For those of you who might not know, Biz Stone is one of the cofounders of Twitter, as well as the cofounder of something called The Obvious Corporation.[read more]

Marriage Therapy for Ecologists and Landscape Architects

February 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Integrating Ecology and Design

Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its structure and function. Architects and landscape architects start with human needs and how constructed features can answer those needs. Of course you have these different backgrounds, and the training is so different.[read more]

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The Smart Future of Urban Mobility

February 26, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Smart Mobility and the Future

The ability of governments to manage their infrastructure is increasingly being challenged by limited budgets and constrained resources. In an effort to manage cities more effectively and efficiently, decision makers are turning to “urban informatics” and smart infrastructure to better understand people’s mobility needs.[read more]