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As Old Suburbia Becomes Urbanized as Cities Expand, How Do We Reconcile the Conflicts?

July 7, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Vancouver BC City Skyline and Stanley Park

As cities expand, old suburbs become new urban areas and this can creates conflicts. Most of Vancouver's parts are suburban in their sensibilities. Toronto's inner suburbs are seen as holding back old Toronto and elitist old Toronto just doesn’t understand the priorities of the inner suburbs. How to handle this tension?[read more]

I Found Out What it's Like in the Middle of the Tour de France... Report and Photo Essay from Yesterday

July 7, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Noisy, fast and exhilarating

The cyclists ride at breakneck speeds whilst all around them there is ordered chaos. Boozey kids run alongside, shouting and jumping up and down. I took a ride in the Tour de France, and here’s what it’s like to be right in the middle of the world’s most famous cycling race.[read more]

Walking Helsinki with Urban Planning Activists: Kallio to Pasila [PHOTO ESSAY]

July 1, 2015 by Nora Lindström

The pretty Puu-Vallila area

A photo essay of a walkabout in the Kallio-Vallila-Pasila area, a suburb of Helsinki, the southern capital of Finland, with Selkäranka, an urban planning activist group, starting at the infamous Vaasankatu in Kallio, then through the gorgeous Puu-Vallila area (literally: Wood-Vallila) and then industrial Teollisuuskatu (Industry Street) to the railway station in Pasila.[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

Making Lagos Work: Architecture, Economics and Politics

June 30, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Lagos is growing fast

A major city, Lagos' role in Africa, its growth, architecture, economics and politics are all discussed in the third part of this interview by Olamide Udoma with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA, a Dutch NGO.[read more]

How Mobile-Access Networks Achieved a 10,000-fold Improvement in Energy Efficiency (Video)

June 30, 2015 by Rich Maltzman

A municipal mobile wireless node

GreenTouch is a non-profit consortium of telecom service providers and equipment vendors, developers, programmers working together on a focused goal to reduce the energy consumption of ‘the network’. It has just announced it has beaten its goal of 1000x energy use reduction by a factor of ten. Here's how.[read more]

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What Should Be Our Correct Reaction To The Greek Tragedy?

July 6, 2015 by David Thorpe
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It's not just the IMF that are to blame

What should be our correct reaction to the Greek tragedy? How on earth did they get into this mess in the first place? Why did nobody see this coming? Greece was living beyond its means. It was profligate and didn't save for the future. And we aren't like that, are we?[read more]

Five Cities Celebrating National Birthdays across the Globe

Celebration!

Cities play a vital role by providing the space for people to publicly congregate. By designing public spaces for the community, we are investing in the culture and pride of our countries, and setting the stage for greater civic engagement. Let’s take a look at how five cities around the world celebrate their national birthdays.[read more]

Whose Job Is It to Worry If a City's Water Supply is Sustainable?

July 6, 2015 by Dean Saitta

Dam right it's not the planner's job

Land use planning is typically a local governmental concern, while water planning and allocation occur on multiple local, state, and federal levels. The traditional disconnect between planning and land use decisions and current and future water supply realities can preclude a sustainable balance between water supply and growth.[read more]

Conservatives, Light Transit, Baltimore and the Urban Question

July 6, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Good transit? Not if short-term thinking prevails

Baltimore's Red Line, a nearly $3 billion transit project, is a fully designed surface-subway light rail line, shovel ready and even recommended by the Federal Transit Administration to receive the very scarce and coveted "New Starts" funding. Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, has delivered a fatal blow to it. Why?[read more]

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Using Waste Heat From a Refuse Incinerator to Grow 5,000 Tons of Tomatoes

Bessières Mayor Jean-Luc Raysseguier at the site

A small town in France, Bessières, is implementing a widely replicable project: using waste heat from the incineration of unrecyclable municipal waste in a cogeneration plant to heat nearby greenhouses that will produce 5,000 tons of tomatoes a year, as well as saving greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Antwerp, a City Where Everyone Cycles [PHOTO ESSAY]

July 6, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Like mother like son

I'm in Antwerp, Belgium, which will host stage 3 of the 2015 Tour de France tomorrow. I'm here for the Tour (follow my Twitter feed for live updates tomorrow). What a great cycling city Antwerp is. Home to about a million people, it's blessed with a compact historic core which is criss-crossed by a web of tram lines and very good cycling infrastructure.[read more]

Voices of the City: Medina Dugger, Photographer of Lagos

July 4, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Medina Dugger, from Lagos

This week we meet Medina Dugger. Medina Dugger is a photographer and independent curator based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dugger has co-curated four editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the first and only international festival of photography in Nigeria. She is also an avid promoter of women’s art, design and photography.[read more]

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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe
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What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]

San Francisco's Director of Transportation Planning on the Importance of Piloting Integrated Infrastructure

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza
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Timothy Papandreou – Director of Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

"We are a junction for regional trips. The biggest issue for us is therefore integration. We need to integrate all of the transport options, otherwise we’ll have sheer chaos. So we test a lot more pilots. We no longer build permanent infrastructure; instead, we test it with paint and local materials that we salvage from the Public Works Department."[read more]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision is Breakthrough for Race Relations, Housing and Social Mobility

July 3, 2015 by Peter Smith

A significant ray of hope

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project is a landmark ruling for racial and economic equality. It was a victory for those fighting in favor of more protection in the housing market for vulnerable populations.[read more]

'Eco-city' Vancouver Votes Down Tax to Fund Public Transit. Shouldn't It Learn From Hong Kong?

July 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Sky Train at Rupert Station

Earlier today it was announced that Metro Vancouver voted “no” to a 0.5% sales tax increase that would have been used to fund a $7.5 billion regional transportation plan. So why is it that Asian transit operators seem to be so much better than North American transit operators at recovering their costs through fares?[read more]

How to Double Building Energy Efficiency in Your Area With the UN's SE4ALL [Video]

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Introduction to the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Watch this webinar to discover how to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the building sector in your area by 2030, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform initiative.[read more]