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Revealed: The Best Way To Tackle Racial Exclusion and Social Mobility

May 30, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

What's better than racial justice?

How broad-based economic growth, low housing costs, and limited regulation provide the best conditions for social mobility and tackling racial exclusion, rather than focussing on racial and class justice.[read more]

The Hidden Links Between Saving Water and Saving Energy

Save two for the price of one.

There's hidden energy costs in the water used by our buildings and industries, and hidden water costs in the energy generation industry. Understanding the links means you can serve sustainability by reducing both at once – a win-win scenario.[read more]

Can the Sharing Economy Overcome Social Inequality?

May 29, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

The OuisShare Festival brought together leaders of the sharing economy

Airbnb and Uber create huge value for users but don't share ownership and governance with them, which could exacerbate already severe inequalities. Sharing economy leaders recently discussed solutions to this challenge at the OuiShare Festival.[read more]

How a Genius Placemaking Experiment Rescued the Failing City of Zaragoza

May 29, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The city as a laboratory for citizen-led innovation.

The inspiring story of how a group of architects, citizens, community organizations, and city agencies turned round a city where unemployment was at an all-time high, property values had plummeted, and there was deep social unrest using citizen-led placemaking, in five years.[read more]

Green Buildings in Retail—Ready For a Boom in Serbia

Green Buildings for Everyone Within This Generation

While Serbia may only have nine total LEED-certified buildings, the interest in LEED in the construction sector is highly promising. One prime example is the stunning LEED-certified Ušće Shopping Mall. Every day, 30,000 people pass through this mall, considered by locals as a place not just for shopping, but for socializing and taking appointments.[read more]

Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

May 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Floating cities to combat rising sea levels

A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change.[read more]

9 Examples of What Happens When Authorities Make The Data They Own Publicly Accessible

May 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Africa is getting smarter

What ripple effects occur when authorities make the data they own publicly accessible? Since Cape Town launched its open data policy, we found these 9+ examples of open data used effectively.[read more]

Why Covered and Street Markets are Crucial to City Center Vitality

May 27, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Bury's Street Market

What is at stake is not just markets but the character and vitality of our town and city centres. Planners have swallowed the myth of ‘retail-led regeneration’, imagining that shiny new shopping centres will revive their towns. In the process the traditional markets are often left behind, physically distanced from new developments and reduced to a curiosity.[read more]

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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]

5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

May 27, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Bikesharing is trending in cities

Here are five bikesharing trends – both promising and troubling – to watch in 2015. Important issues such as funding and equity are poised to come to the fore this year as the industry continues to grow and evolve and P2P bikesharing reinvents itself.[read more]

Indoor Hydroponic Farming in Cities Means Organic Local Food

Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture

A conference to discuss the potential of indoor farming in cities will see Pierre Sleiman, founder and CEO of Go Green Agriculture, an innovative company that grows local, premium quality leafy greens inside high-tech greenhouses using hydroponics, talk about “The Local Food Potential of Indoor Farming in Cities”.[read more]

The "Real Question" for Baltimore and the American City

May 25, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Street Party in Baltimore

For a city's future to be bright, the brick and mortar must take the form of quality affordable housing, workplaces where employed people make and create things, and bright centers of the community like schools, rec centers and libraries, not prisons. Every neighborhood must be safe enough that children can play without fear of being gunned down in broad daylight.[read more]