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Social Media Sparks Large Spontaneous Urban Demonstrations Against Racism

July 29, 2015 by Nora Lindström

Demo shows power of social media

A beautiful summer afternoon formed the backdrop to a 15,000-strong demonstration against racism and intolerance in Helsinki today. The demonstration was prompted by a racist and xenophobic Facebook post by a member of parliament from the nationalist-populist(-racist) Perussuomalaiset (“True Finns”) party.[read more]

Top 10 Ideas From OuiShare 2015 on The New Sharing Economy [VIDEOS]

July 29, 2015 by Shareable .

Enthusiasm reigned

OuiShare Fest is an international gathering in Paris of sharing economy pioneers, enthusiasts and organizers. This year’s explored numerous aspects of the sharing economy, collaboration, technological developments and human connectedness. Here are 10 videos of the top presentations.[read more]

5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

July 29, 2015 by Future Cape Town
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Science fiction or prophecy?

“The growth in information and communication technology will soon erase the ‘official’ borders of cities…” An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent.[read more]

From Ideas to Implementation: 3 Ways to Ensure that Citizens Have Access to Information

Openness is vital toitizen engagement.

Many citizens often face various obstacles accessing accurate information about their cities. Therefore, the first key to making cities work for people is access to information. But how can we guarantee it?[read more]

Five Ways to Save Lives with Urban Design

July 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cut traffic deaths.

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income counties. A review of Cities Safer by Design, a report by the World Resources Institute, which presents five basic urban design elements that create safer travel environments.[read more]

Why The Zoning Debate In Seattle Has Lacked ‘First Principles’

July 27, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Where to put affordable housing?

A guest opinion last week in Seattle's Crosscut went back to zoning basics after several articles and opinion pieces--in Crosscut and other media--attempted to dissect a key issue identified in affordable housing discussions.[read more]

Motor City, Fish City: Can Detroit be the Center of a New Aquaculture Industry?

“Detroit is the perfect city for this,” says Detroit Seafood Partners president Michael Noeske. “There are thousands of vacant warehouses and buildings that need to be used.

A new startup, Detroit Seafood Partners, wants to make Detroit an epicenter of fish farming and aquaculture.[read more]

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Cities are Built of Steel and Cement. How Can We Make These More Sustainable?

July 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Build more with less

Everybody knows that we use raw materials inefficiently but there are great knowledge gaps in what to do about it. The authors of Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air want to fix this by looking in detail at the production of materials to figure out the most effective way to reduce their environmental impact.[read more]

The Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater

July 28, 2015 by Kay hebbourn
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It's free! Use it!

As well as helping to keep our gardens green, the water that falls from the skies can help us to run our homes. A rising number of people across the UK are installing rainwater harvesting systems in their properties to harness the potential of this natural resource.[read more]

Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees Part 2: Single-Event Stormwater Models

July 28, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Help from HydroCAD 

An introduction to various methods to quantify the stormwater benefits of tree stormwater control measures (Tree SCMs). It addresses Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) models and Single-Event Stormwater Models. It follows a post on quantifying these benefits for tree benefit calculators and for stormwater credits.[read more]

Should Bicycles Be Allowed in Pedestrian Zones?

July 28, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Should this be allowed in a pedestrian zone?

Last week I visited the Dutch city of Zwolle, the Netherlands City of Cycling in 2014. It's a pretty, historic city surrounded by countryside and has a pedestrianised heart. But what I saw there made me reconsider banning bicycles from pedestrian-only areas, but not for the reasons that you might think of.[read more]

The Case For Congestion Charging to Manage Traffic

July 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Pay to drive in

The very few cities that have actually had significant success at reducing traffic congestion – notably Singapore, London and Stockholm – have done this through cordon-based congestion pricing wherein if you pass the cordon, you pay the congestion charge. Should other cities copy them?[read more]

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

A quiet moment in Wuxi, China

It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform. High performance buildings (and their cousins: net zero, or near-net zero buildings) are a boost to health and productivity. Here's how to begin.[read more]

Cape Town: Three Ports + One City = More Jobs?

July 27, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Three ports, one city.

Three ports, one city. How will the improved efficiency of Cape Town’s three transfer nodes benefit the city, and the nation?[read more]