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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]

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]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]

Revealed: Best and Worst US Cities for Income and Social Mobility – and Why

May 6, 2015 by Bradley Calvert
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Income and Mobility

The Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard University recently released a very fascinating study on the economic opportunities of children. The study looks at where children grow up and what their anticipated income will be once they are older.[read more]

Café Smart, and the Current State of Smart Cities

May 6, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities and Citizens in Spain

This is the current state of smart cities, found in Valladolid, NW Spain's Citizen Engagement initiative: Café Smart. It's totally mainstream, open and crosses all economic and social classes. It's a colourful palette. Replete with patterns and each with its function, and expectations that are sometimes quite different from each other.[read more]

Racial Segregation and Income Inequality in American Cities

May 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Addressing Urban Inequality

There are significant racial income gaps in the United States. According to City Observatory, the average black household earns 42% less than the average white household in America. This goes a long way towards explaining events like those that have recently beset Baltimore.[read more]

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]

When Doing Time in A Prison Garden Means Redemption

May 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Prisoners can find gardening a redeeming occupation

For Katherine Cannella, Assoc. ASLA, who graduated with a master’s of landscape architecture from the University of Virginia in 2014, prison gardens offer an opportunity to create places to heal for those who must spend time outside of society. She wants to use landscape approaches to engage all members of the public, including those at the margins.[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]

Explore Your Neighbourhood During a Jane's Walk

April 24, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Inspired by walking activist Jane Jacobs

The first weekend in May is Jane's Walk weekend! Read this Walking Story by Jane's Walk Vienna organizer Andreas Lindinger about the ideas behind the global Jane's Walk movement and what motivates him to run the show in Vienna.[read more]

Tell Us Your Walking Stories – for a Healthier and Sustainable Future Urban Environment

April 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Urban Walkability

In October 2015 the city of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto "stepping ahead“. The "Walking Stories" by the Walk21 Network touch upon current issues in the field of active transport, urban quality and sustainable urbanism.[read more]