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How to Make an Attractive City [VIDEO]

May 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Creating Urban Appeal

This 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 6 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]

Blue Urbanism: The Next Frontier For Linking People In Cities to Nature

May 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Blue Urbanism book review

Cities should be designed in a way to enable citizens to have daily contact with the natural world. Since we're 70% water this book suggests ways to bring the 'blue belt' closer to us through amazing examples and practical suggestions from all over the world.[read more]

6 River Cities Offering Lessons in Resilience and How to Adapt to Climate Change

May 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Los Angeles River Revitalization 

In the era of climate change, cities with rivers can find creative responses to a changing environment. Each river city has a dynamic relationship with its river, so communities that depend on them must always strive to improve their adaptability and resilience. Here are several examples.[read more]

In Uncertain Times, Urban Design Should Make Public Places More Flexible

May 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The BIG U / Rebuild by Design

In uncertain times, urban design should make public places more flexible, more reassuring, more public. Cities are places where unlike-minded people share limited space. Their innovations—parks, skyscrapers, farmers’ markets–result from experiments to squeeze maximum benefit from a crowded place.[read more]

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Central Governments Accused of Hypocrisy Over Their Buildings Energy Efficiency

May 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

EU states not practicing what they preach

Central governments are not leading by example in reducing energy use in their buildings, to save public money even in the age of austerity, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. At the same time they are exhorting the public and businesses to do the same, according to analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings.[read more]

What Equity and Real Estate Investors Need to Know About Sustainability

May 21, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Leading equity investors take heed

Over the past 10 years, leading equity investors have become increasingly interested in the sustainability features of their real estate investments – often described with respect to environmental, social, governance (ESG) attributes and performance.[read more]

How Would You Know If Your City or Community Was Resilient?

May 20, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Hurricane Sandy was a game changer.

How do you measure resilience in cities? How would you know if your city or your community was resilient? A selection of answers from ecologists and other specialists and experts from around the world.[read more]

The Future of Public Markets and the Amazing Value of One in Baltimore

May 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Lexington Market, Baltimore, MD.

Today urban designers and "place makers" are waxing poetic about the urbanity, the social capital and the cohesion that comes from public markets. Just like at the beginning of cities, public markets are seen again as a vital element of what it means to be a city. Maybe also a place where to reconnect with food.[read more]

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World – Book Review

May 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Designed for the Future by Jared Green

In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green offers 80 thought-provoking and frequently inspiring answers to this question from landscape architects, urban planners, architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders in the U.S. and beyond[read more]

Does the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Go Far Enough?

May 20, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

Is there a point to IECC 2015?

The 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is being implemented but critics say that the time, inconvenience and expense of implementing a new code with only a slightly more than 1% better energy impact is unwise, and 3 changes arguably have a detrimental effect on energy savings.[read more]

Young Urbanists, Architects, and the Future of Informal Settlements

May 20, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica

Future Cape Town and its Young Urbanists members hosted two renowned architects, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica, last week. They spoke about housing and educating the future in developing cities.[read more]

How Detroit's Degrowth Plan Pits Sustainability Against Austerity, Blazing a Path for Other Cities In Crisis to Follow

May 19, 2015 by Charles Arthur
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Detroit's Degrowth Plan is very detailed.

Detroit is pioneering a path for other cities to follow, as a way out of austerity. After declaring bankruptcy, it's been able to attract investment because its degrowth coalition has clearly articulated a detailed, innovative plan for the city’s future based on improving the quality of life for all citizens and sustainable land use.[read more]