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Nature as the Textbook: A Review of Nelson's Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor Classrooms

Consider the instances of discovery you had as a child. Learning what plants need to grow, what it takes to build a fort, or how to protect yourself against rain, wind, and heat. There is something to be said about reading books about the four seasons and then seeing leaves change colors as summer turns to fall.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Restoring Harbor City's Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park into an Ecological Oasis

Harbor City Restoration

Growing up in the housing projects of Harbor City, California, several of my childhood memories took place in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. However, the last time that I visited this park—about three years ago—it had greatly deteriorated.[read more]

Friday Fun: Three Apps That Help You Connect with Your City

Cities and Technological Connections

Different technologies—including mobile phone apps—are enabling strangers to connect with each other in their neighborhoods for this purpose. They are empowering individuals to share knowledge, goods, and services—creating real human interaction in economic exchanges that used to be faceless.[read more]

Beyond Books: Outside the Box Program Helps Build Community with Public Libraries

May 1, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Libraries and Community Participation

 

As one of our oldest and most important civic institutions, public libraries have been making the news recently—and breaking records for popularity and patronage. According to a recent article in The New York Times, New York City’s libraries in all five boroughs had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year.[read more]

Film and City-Making: An interview with Dele Adeyemo

May 1, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Film and Making a City

Dele Adeyemo, a creative director working in Glasgow. Dele presented the exhibition 'The Power of ZA' which documented the exploration into the power of creativity to bridge divides and possibly work to transform the culture in the country of South Africa.[read more]

What Will Driverless Electric Cars Mean for Cities?

April 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless Cars and the Future

Electric and driverless vehicles are a step in the right direction. At some point in the not too distant future we’re going to look back at that time when people used to drive their own cars and wonder how we ever allowed that to happen. But there still remains a question of how best to plan our cities.[read more]

The Urban Homestead: Growing Better Cities from Small Urban Spaces

April 30, 2015 by This Big City

Cities and Small Urban Spaces

Many large US corporations have moved operations back to the city centers to be closer to the younger, talented workforce — Yahoo, Pinterest, United Airlines, and Quicken Loans, to name a few. Companies are also rethinking their products and services to create greater appeal for the urban dweller.[read more]

Weeding Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Landscape Maintenance

April 30, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Green Space Health

The World Health Organization recently declared that the herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. Monsanto Co.'s Round Up product's main ingredient is glyphosate. Many local administrations use the products to keep weeds down. They should now be phasing them out. Some already are.[read more]

Designing Housing to Improve Inclusion and Opportunity in Cape Town

April 30, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Housing

Cape Town remains geographically and socially segregated despite the fact that undoing apartheid's spatial divides has been a goal of the democratic government since 1994. But urban researcher Andrew Fleming thinks that redesigning housing can change this.[read more]

Mexico City's Traffic Congestion Slows Economic Growth, Costs Businesses

Traffic and the Economy in Mexico

In mega-cities like Mexico City, more cars on the road brings greater traffic congestion, pollution and road safety challenges. These problems are well-documented, but new research documents another issue with Mexico City’s car congestion—it creates economic costs to businesses and their employees.[read more]

In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People?

April 29, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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Designing Places for Humans

Cities have long been known as hotspots for innovation. In the past, much of this could be attributed to cities being the centralized physical location and as nodes for connecting with other people and cities around the world. Yet in the new era of global communication this dependence on physical proximity is decoupling.[read more]