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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

Why Toronto-Waterloo Needs All-Day Two-Way Urban Rail Service

April 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Rail Service

I stumbled upon an interesting article about the need for an all-day two-way rail service between Toronto and Waterloo. Along this corridor sits a technology ecosystem that is second in size only to San Francisco-Silicon Valley and that current connectivity levels represent a missed opportunity of epic proportions.[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

The Race for Africa's Largest City: The Beauty and Beast of a City

April 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town
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The Future of Lagos

 

The people of Lagos will be going to the polls early on Saturday, April 11th to spend the day standing in queues. In this election, close to 6 million people are registered as voters in Lagos State, almost three times as many registered voters in the City of Cape Town at 1.9 million in 2014.[read more]

Mapping the Derelict Lines of the Bay Area

April 10, 2015 by David Edmondson

Dead Lines on Old Transport

The old railroads that once defined the Bay Area and the country at large are typically just hinted at. Some lines only operate freight; others, overgrown rails, but many are just sinewy lines on a parcel map. While we do have old maps showing where the rails were, these are rail maps, not service maps.[read more]

China Designs the World's First Hydrogen Tram [VIDEO]

April 6, 2015 by Future Cape Town

China's Hydrogen Tram

The China South Rail Corporation announced this month the advent of the only hydrogen powered tram, making China, in this sense, the only country in the entire world that has applied the hydrogen fuel cell technology to a public transportation system.[read more]

Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]

Want to Conquer a Territory? Install Rail and Buy Property

February 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail Plus Property

The town of Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway connected the area. And traditionally its economy has been closely connected to that rail. The company has predicated its economic success on buying property and importing tourists.[read more]

What Did the Bay Area Look Like in the Age of Rail?

February 15, 2015 by David Edmondson

Bay Area Rail Transit

A few years ago, I published a map – really a cartogram – showing the service patterns of Marin’s old Interurban system, the light rail that covered all of Central and Southern Marin. Now, I’m starting on something a bit bigger: what did the Bay Area’s rail network look like in 1937?[read more]

Transforming Transportation 2015: Turning Momentum Into Action

February 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transport Innovation

What will the city of the future look like? How can we unlock the potential of urbanization to create safe, accessible and prosperous societies? At Transforming Transportation 2015 we learned about the role of urban mobility in creating smart, sustainable cities and boosting shared prosperity.[read more]

Los Angeles' Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

February 14, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art Funding in Los Angeles

Art in transit falls within cultural planning, a process which strengthens cultural resources in a community. Just 0.5% of Los Angeles' Metro Rail construction budget goes towards funding public art, while other cities allocate up to 5%.[read more]