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A Tree Hitched to the Universe

April 26, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Life in Green Spaces

From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden.[read more]

Bugs for Dinner: Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming

Bugs and Farming

Though bugs make up part of a healthy, diverse diet in many non-Western cultures, Americans and Europeans generally consider eating insects to be disgusting, even ‘primitive.’ But a growing movement by edible insect enthusiasts like Kevin Bachhuber is looking to change this perception.[read more]

Brussels, Belgium's Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

April 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sustainable Music Festivals

It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival.[read more]

Development Updates in the Gold Coast

April 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gold Coast Development

Construction and development news and financial cost information for buildings in Australia's Gold Coast, including development precincts with sports facilities, tower construction in Broadbeach, and hotel construction and development of the tourism industry.[read more]

Artist, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

April 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Art and Nature in San Francisco

For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, 'Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture' centers on a surprisingly small piece of man-made land known as the Albany Bulb. A decommissioned construction landfill, the “Bulb," as it is known, pokes out into the San Francisco Bay.[read more]

How To Discourage People From Entering a Park: Northeastern Connecticut's Access Fail

April 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Park Entry in Connecticut

A regular theme throughout Northeastern Connecticut’s parks is their troublesome entry points and poor contiguity to other trail links. For example, entering a park from a state highway in the Quiet Corner, also known as Northeastern Connecticut, can be dangerous.[read more]

What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto's Transit-Oriented Development

Toronto and T.O.D.

While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. Thanks to strong leadership and long-term vision, Greater Toronto managed to both build a compact, mixed-use urban hub and expand transit connectivity across the region.[read more]

What Makes a Great Street? Tell Us Here!

April 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

How to Design Great Streets

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.[read more]

Instead of a Golf Course, a Farm is the Centerpiece of a New North Carolina Subdivision

Farming in the Subdivision

The feature amenity of Wetrock Farm, with 141 home sites, will be a 15-acre sustainable farm managed by professionals. Organic fruits and vegetables will be grown at the farm, which will host a farm stand and space for educational and recreational programs.[read more]

The Amazing Story of How Xoma Ayob Won His Dream House

April 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Housing in Informal Settlements

Xoma Ayob was born in the shadow of the Sentinel in the Hangberg informal settlement called Texas. He can recall a time before the factories when you could simply brush the seaweed aside to pluck a crayfish out of the water. He told Molo the story of his dream house.[read more]

Old Site of Grocer's Market Continues Transformation in La Confluence, Lyon, France

April 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transformation in Lyon

The district of La Confluence, Lyon, France continues its transformation east of the Cours Charlemagne. The developer, Icade, invested in the land historically occupied by the grocer’s market, and a team of six designers redesigned it in order to give life to Ynfluences Square.[read more]

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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]