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Diary of an Urban Wild Garden: The Beginning

May 26, 2015 by Kelly Brenner

How to get growing in your back yard: #1

Welcome to a new column, the Diary of an Urban Wild Garden, about a wildlife garden in Seattle, the design, how it’s doing, what I’m currently doing, what I see and more. It’s about time I started this, as the garden is now in its third year. This first post is an overview of what the yard was like in the beginning, and what we’ve done so far.[read more]

Why Architects Must Do More to Improve Housing for the Future City

May 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Young Urbanists of Cape Town

Architecture must move away from the glossy architecture we are fed daily, and grapple with the complex conditions that urban peripheries tend to present because everyone deserves good design. Report of a presentation by Luyanda Mpahlwa, of Design Space Africa and Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think Tank to a group of Young Urbanists,[read more]

3 Ways the “Internet of Moving Things” is Transforming Bus Travel

Cell Phones are Revolutionizing Bus Use

Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities everywhere to make ticket purchasing more convenient and efficient, provide users with information about bus locations, and make city services more responsive to local needs. Welcome to the so-called “Internet of Moving Things”.[read more]

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

May 26, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Reasons to be cheerful – nice city

Everyone wants to be happy, and increasingly countries around the world are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in policy-making. This year’s World Happiness Report describes what makes people happy, and which countries have the highest levels of happiness.[read more]

Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities Means Organic Local Food

Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture

A conference to discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities will see Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, talk about “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities”.[read more]

The "Real Question" for Baltimore and the American City

May 25, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Street Party in Baltimore

For a city's future to be bright, the brick and mortar must take the form of quality affordable housing, workplaces where employed people make and create things, and bright centers of the community like schools, rec centers and libraries, not prisons. Every neighborhood must be safe enough that children can play without fear of being gunned down in broad daylight.[read more]

Is Showing Kids Gut-Wrenching Cycle-Auto Crashes Really Going to Promote Safer Roads?

May 25, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Watching this will NOT make you want to ride a bike

Scared Straight cycling safety campaigns teach little about bicycle safety and make the actions of the motorist seem blameless. This account of a real 'educational' stunt-riding show for Japanese kids will certainly raise your eyebrows.[read more]

How Driverless Vehicles are Set to Transform Our Lives

May 22, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Automation and Cars

Vehicles which drive themselves might sound like science fiction but they may be on our roads sooner than you think. So what do we know about the likely impacts of these auto robots, and how can we shape the future directions and policies to enable their adoption for a safer and more sustainable mobility future?[read more]

The 6 Rules of Making Attractive City [VIDEO]

May 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Creating Urban Appeal

This short, brilliant video is a manifesto featuring Alain de Botton, the founder of London’s The School of Life, who explains how to make attractive cities with six fundamental rules. Botton explains that city planners should identify more scientifically the principles that determine how a city gets to become ugly or pretty.[read more]

Compare Your Country on the Environmental Democracy Index

How does your country fare?

The Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) marks a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries based on three factors: transparency, access to justice, and citizen engagement.[read more]

The City With an App That Encourages Citizens to Suggest Bills to Government

Sao Paolo's app

Legislando (“Legislating”) is an application that lets citizens make suggestions for bills, as well as support and follow other collaborative proposals, and see them through approval by the Municipal House and Legislative Assemblies. The tool, which intends to be a kind of “political social network,” was introduced in São Paulo, Brazil on April 27.[read more]

Where can you walk to work? Study ranks cities for accessibility to jobs by walking 

May 21, 2015 by David Levinson
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When we think of the cities that are “most walkable,” it’s often in terms of pedestrian networks such as sidewalks and trails. However, there’s another factor at play in determining which cities are truly most pedestrian-friendly: accessibility.In a new report in the Access Across America series from the U of M’s...[read more]