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Battle of the Mayors May Decide Devolution of Power to UK Cities

May 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – against elected mayors

Legislation to allow the devolution of power to cities is strongly expected in the first Queen’s speech of the new UK parliament, but the plans may be derailed by cities' opposition to the idea of elected mayors.[read more]

What are Urban Design and Master Planning?

May 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

15 principles of wholeness in urban design

Urban Design and Master-planning defined in under 250 words each. The definitions will be used in an online application developed for the American Institute of Architects. Finding young, gifted and creative people who are willing to choose urban design as their profession is vitally important to the future well-being of the planet.[read more]

21 Easy Measures to Promote Pedestrianism and Complete Streets

May 26, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Let's make walking attractive, safe and fun.

21 easy things that should be done in a city to make it truly pedestrian friendly. Many of these items could be implemented quickly, because they are neither expensive, nor rocket science. This is tactical urbanism for 'complete streets' to promote safe walking.[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]

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]

Should Local Business Owners Pay For Bike Lane Improvements in Quebec?

Who pays pedals?

Should local business owners pay for bike lane improvements? The Sherbrooke, Quebec Urban Bike Citizens Group (VUS) hopes the city will stick to its decision to build a bike path on Industrial Boulevard but local business owners are protesting a tab of $625,000 to pay for it.[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]

How China Can Leverage High-Speed Rail for Compact Urban Development

Wanted: transit-oriented development

China’s HSR system presents an opportunity for transit-oriented development (TOD) around new stations. However, this has often failed to occur in a controlled or compact manner. A more coordinated strategy for TOD around HSR stations could help Chinese cities develop in more compact and sustainable ways.[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]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Tactical Urbanism

May 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Tactical Urbanism book cover

Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, a new book by urban planners Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia is the first book to really organize all the small fixes that seem to have spontaneously sprung up in so many communities in a way that everyone can understand: a lack of safe sidewalks or crosswalks; the absence of clear signage; the dearth of neighborhood parks and plazas, and the lack of community connection and solidarity.[read more]

Only A Third of Businesses and Politicians Think A Deal at Paris' Climate Talks Will Succeed

May 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The lacking in confidence barometer

A ‘climate barometer’ to measure confidence levels amongst business leaders and politicians in delivering a strong outcome at COP21 and in the low carbon economy shows a rating of just 33% - or ‘changeable’. This is broken down as 33.2% for businesses, 38.7% for governments and 27.2% for international organizations.[read more]