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A Vertical Aquaponics Farm Aiming for Big Production From a Small Footprint

Small is beautiful

Vertical Fresh Farms is a small aquaponic operation in Buffalo, New York. How small? The vertical farm is small enough to fit into owner Jeremy Witt’s garage. That’s all by design. Witt and Matt Latham, the farm’s other co-owner, planned Vertical Fresh Farms’ small but sustainable layout.[read more]

A Small, New York Farm That's Single-handedly Dismantling Oppressive Food Systems

July 15, 2015 by Shareable .

Souls on fire!

On a small farm in Grafton New York, a group of people are dismantling oppressive food systems in low-income communities and getting farm-fresh produce to people with limited access to healthy food. It's taught 500 young people about farms, leadership and restorative justice, and delivered 3,980 boxes of fresh veg and eggs to families.[read more]

Swimming Pools Go Offshore

July 14, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cool off in NYC's Plus-Pool

As many smart cities reclaim their riverfronts and seafronts as places for recreation and invest heavily in improving water quality, they are getting closer to turning their aquatic resources back into the natural swimming pools they once were. Here's five examples.[read more]

The "Mountain of Crap" Becomes a Park

March 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Waste Spaces and Park Transformations


The “Mountain of Crap,” the nickname for Hiriya landfill, and Freshkills share more than just evocative names. They are also two of the most outstanding examples of landscape transformation, in this case, urban landfills that have become parks.[read more]


It's Road Layouts Not Cyclists Who Are To Blame When They Die

November 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Governors Highway Safety Association is pointing the finger at the wrong people.

If you had seen the headlines in some American newspapers recently you might be forgiven for assuming that bicycle fatalities had risen in several states in recent years and therefore that cycling has become more dangerous. But, as the Alliance for Biking and Walking was quick to point out, the contrary is the case.[read more]


The Mietskaserne Should Be Berlin's Next Export to the World

September 9, 2014 by Peter Smith

Berlin and Mietskaserne

The Mietskaserne has been Berlin's preferred style of housing since all the way back in 1860. It has effectively kept housing costs in Berlin below those of similar peer cities, and it could help stabilize out of control costs in cities around the world.[read more]


Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]


China Has Almost Half the World's Bike-Share Bicycles

August 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Bike share station, Hangzhou

Chinese cities for instituting bike-share schemes fast. The country now has almost half the total number of bikes in schemes throughout the world, and 18 out of the 20 top cities for such schemes are in China. The two non-Chinese cities are...[read more]

Not So Much 'New York Poor' as 'Pittsburgh Rich'

June 12, 2014 by Jim Russell

Local Economics and Income Inequality

If it isn't completely dead already, “Slacker” Austin is certainly dying. In its place comes things like ambition, purpose, and a career. Along with the embrace of success comes the gentrification of what made Austin, Texas, so attractive in the first place.[read more]


Revealed: the Best and Worst US Cities for Access to Parks

May 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Gold Medal Park, Minneapolis

Minneapolis has topped a national league in the United States for the second year running for cities whose residents have the best access to greenspace such as parks and playgrounds. The 2014 ParkScore Index ranks 60 cities according to the amount and quality of greenspace and the distance residents have to walk to access it.[read more]


Gathering 'Wild' Food in the City: The Top 9 Species People Look For

May 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Berries and nuts - the foragers' choice.

People from all backgrounds are foraging for food more and more in cities. City managers should therefore be encouraging this by planting more edible and useful species in parks and roadsides. New research shows the most popular species gathered in three American cities.[read more]

Smart Cities Amsterdam: The Event of the Year

May 22, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities Amsterdam

A review of the annual smart cities conference held in Amsterdam last week attended by 28 different nationalities from many business sectors. It featured inspirational presentations from New York City, London, and leading cities in Spain.[read more]