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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]

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]

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]

Cape Town's People Are Our Biggest Attraction

May 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Culture

You know the seasons are changing when the sunshine starts feeling extra special and just stepping into the shade of a tree sends chills down the spine. We start layering and nesting, and I found myself admiring an embroidered scarf that a colleague bought from a Ghanaian trader on St George’s Mall.[read more]

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

Safety in Comics

India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take on a daily basis.[read more]

The Most Beautiful Boulevard: Austria, Vienna Celebrates Ringstrasse's 150th Birthday

Ringstrasse and History

With its museums, austere Habsburg palaces, and the soaring spires of government offices more beautiful than most cathedrals, Austria’s capital city is breathtaking. Visitors to central Vienna are often left enchanted by the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road encircling the city’s innermost district.[read more]

Red Stripes, Iceberg Homes, and Laneway Houses

May 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Recently I was reading a CityLab article talking about a homeowner in London’s wealthy Kensington neighborhood who painted her house in red stripes after the city and her neighbors derailed her renovation plans. I’m thinking it is supposed to be symbolic of government “red tape.”[read more]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

Is the Low-Carbon Economy a Business Opportunity, Moral Mandate, or Both?

May 15, 2015 by GBIG Insight

An increasing number of corporations, financial institutions, and foundations are making headlines with bold initiatives focused on mitigating climate change via real estate and infrastructure investments. Is this just about doing the right thing? I would argue that it is about much more than that.[read more]

A Time-Lapse of the Urban Explosion in Dubai [VIDEO]

May 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Growth in Dubai

I’ve only been to Dubai once. I had a lot of fun, but it’s not my favorite city in the world. That’s largely because I tend not to be drawn to cities where you feel like you need to drive in order to properly experience it. This time-lapse video sure makes the city look cool. But sustainable?[read more]

The Seed Exchange Library That Fought the Law and Won

Seeds and Agriculture Regulations

Minnesota’s first public seed library came to the attention of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture after the story broke in the media in late 2014 – but not in a good way.It had broken the law. This is the story of how supporters fought to get the law changed so it could continue its good work.[read more]

Designing Safer Cities for Children

Children and Safety in Urban Spaces

When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety. According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among children under the age of 18.[read more]