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An Escalator to Opportunity

April 25, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Escalator to Opportunity

Colombia’s decades of civil war displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Fleeing the countryside, they arrived in cities like Medellin. Until drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed in 1993, Communa Trece, a community on a steep slope near Medellin, faced incredible violence.[read more]

Ironic Demographics: The Higher Education Bubble

April 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

In case you haven’t heard, higher education is dying. Tuition is too damn high. Demographic decline is shrinking the pool of applicants. For example, in Poland, after growing rapidly for two decades, higher education enrollments peaked in 2009, and have declined since.[read more]

Are the Suburbs Really Cheaper?

April 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Suburbs and Cost of Living

Smart Growth America released a report this month called Measuring Sprawl 2014. The report looks at 221 metro areas in the US and develops a “sprawl index ranking.” The higher the number, the more compact the metro area. Not surprisingly, New York tops the list.[read more]

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How Urban Landscape Technology Is Changing The Oil Industry For The Better

April 24, 2014 by Corey Foster

Tech and the Oil Industry

The Scandinavian countries have taken the lead with respect to making the world oil-free. In 2005, the Swedish government announced a plan to completely end their country's dependence on oil by 2020. Similarly, Denmark has spelled out its plans to make the country oil-free by 2050.[read more]

What Frank Lloyd Wright Houses Teach about Views, Siting, and Designing from the Inside Out

April 24, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Frank Lloyd Wright and Housing

“Frank Lloyd Wright went to great lengths to make sure his houses never faced north,” said Robert McCarter, a Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, at his lecture for the Gordon House Conservancy called The Evolution of the American House.[read more]

Ten Years After the Athens Olympics: A Review

April 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Athens Olympics Infrastructure

Long story short, Athens 2004 Olympic venues are for sale. In March 2014, Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (ADF) acquired several new properties; among those the Olympic Equestrian Centre, the Olympic Rowing Centre and the Galatsi Indoor Hall.[read more]

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The Six Types of Challenges That Face European Cities

April 24, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Mayors Challenge finalists

Six themes emerge from the ideas that have been chosen as finalists in the Mayors Challenge competition run by Bloomberg Philanthropies that give an insight into the preoccupations of European public administrations.[read more]

Natural Resources Drive Employment Growth in Canadian Cities

April 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Resources and Urban Jobs in Canada

I was reading Wendy Waters’ All About Cities blog this morning and I came across two interesting charts showing employment growth across Canadian cities. The first chart shows total employment growth over the last year and the second chart shows employment growth over the past 10 years.[read more]

Green Buildings: 300 Lafeyette Street

April 23, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Green Building on Lafeyette

Current efforts in sustainability can be divided into one of two groups. The first group is trying to add efficiency and/or decrease the negative impact of the way that we do things now. The second group is changing a paradigm, archetype or cultural norm in order to operate in a more sustainable way.[read more]

How Can Cities Improve Their Resilience?

April 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Resilience

“Urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of the system of cities to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what acute shocks occur,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.[read more]

The Bike-Share Report: Connectivity and Bike Lanes Key to Successful Bike-Sharing

Bike Sharing and Best Practices

How important are bike lanes to successful bike-sharing programs? Judging by some bike-share maps, it might be not at all. Surprisingly, very few online maps that show the distribution of bike-share docking stations include bike lane networks.[read more]

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What is the Best Way to Measure the Sustainability of Cities?

April 23, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Change the criteria, change the outcome

Yesterday I covered a new Cities in Motion index that claims to identify the most sustainable cities in the world and puts Tokyo and London at the top. Today I compare it with an Economist survey that gives different results. Which approach do you feel gives a more accurate picture?[read more]