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Rethinking the Backyard From Seattle to Toronto

February 8, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

The Urbanist recently published a guest post, called Let Us Build Backyard Cottages, that sounds a lot like a post I wrote a few years ago, called Why It’s Next to Impossible to Get a Laneway House Built in Toronto. It’s the same story: buy house; see opportunity to build low-cost well-designed backyard cottage (or laneway house); discover the countless obstacles in front of you; give up until the land use policies become more favorable.[read more]

The Future We Want for African Cities | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

February 6, 2016 by Future Cape Town

The 7th Africities Summit theme was ambitious. It was designed to connect the available understanding of likely future trends with a considered debate about what needs to be done at the local level. In particular to address the immediate needs of service delivery, shelter, economic opportunities and safe and affordable mobility in African cities and towns.[read more]

EU Offers Millions to Cities to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House More than 70 percent of Europe’s population live in cities, and that number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2050. As European cities further densify, they must find new solutions to ever-worsening problems, like congestion, pollution, and poverty. To stay ahead of these challenges, cities must remain the nexus of innovation. To ensure this happens, the European Commission (EC) just launched the Urban Innovative Actions program, which seeks bold projects that can push forward innovation in urban planning and design throughout the Union. Projects, which must be submitted by an urban government with a population of at least 50,000 people, can receive up to €5 million over three years. From now through 2020, the EC will be offering €372 million for these urban experiments.[read more]

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]

Amsterdam Is About to Host the First Night Mayor Summit

February 3, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

What is a night mayor, you might ask? Well, just as the name suggests, a night mayor is the chief executive officer of a city’s nighttime activity. And in 2014, Amsterdam became the first city ever to have one.[read more]

Harlem River Houses Serve as Public Housing Model in New York City

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

An image from inside the courtyard area. It is clear that this is a highly visible area in the complex from all of the windows one can see in this picture. Image above: Harlem River Houses Courtyard. This space lies on the interior of the complex. It was the main recreational and leisure area in the development. This area is visible from nearly every unit in the housing, a major factor in its safety over the decades. Despite its past accomplishments, the Harlem River Houses have recently been dealing with issues of maintenance and vacancies. These problems have interrupted the harmony of the design, which is arguably part of the reason for the increase in crime. While most New Yorkers do not live in some form of subsidized housing, safe and affordable public housing is in the best interest of all New Yorkers, as safe housing projects means a safer city for everyone. The Harlem River Houses offer a meticulously designed template for other complexes to emulate.[read more]

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

January 26, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its third consecutive year, was a program sparked by its members in particular Steve Malkin, Guy Battle and Rupesh Madlani who were instrumental in arranging this year’s event. The Week brought together climate experts, industry leaders, city administrators and influencers with the creative minds of the Club’s members and invited guests in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21).[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (January 1 – 15)

January 22, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Highlights from landscape architecture in the news during the first two weeks of January.[read more]

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Greener Workplaces and How It’s Possible To Achieve Them

January 22, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Making your office more environmentally friendly or "green" is about more than simply being politically correct or keeping up with the latest worldwide trends; it's about contributing to the sustainability of your local community and environment, running a business that is more cost effective, and creating an increased sense of community in the working environment.[read more]

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Kick Off Your City Garden With These Great Tips

January 20, 2016 by Ryan Kh

A city garden can be a wonderful thing and preparing for it now, will ensure that you have a greener, lusher space later in the year. Having a green space in your city home or in a built up area is good for you, for the environment and also the urban space as a whole.[read more]

3 Changes to John Tory’s SmartTrack Transit Plan

January 19, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Last week Oliver Moore of the Globe and Mail announced that Toronto mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack transit plan is evolving to feel less like SmartTrack and more like what Metrolinx had been planning all along.[read more]