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Urban Planning


Standards and the Smart City

December 1, 2015 by IEEE Standards Association

Undergirding all of the promising services that figure to play prominently in tomorrow’s more sustainable, “smart” cities—new economic and governance models, improvements in personal health and public safety, advanced capabilities for traffic, waste and water management, etc.—will be foundational information and communications technologies (ICT) and networking capabilities that are rapidly emerging around the world today. And undergirding augmented reality, cloud computing, e-health, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart grid and other innovative capabilities are foundational technology standards.[read more]

Can Cities Feed Their Inhabitants?

November 30, 2015 by Charles Arthur

There are three dominant trends to which cities and national governments must respond in order to secure food supplies for their people. First, between 1980 and 2011 the global population not dependent on agriculture doubled to 4.4 billion, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization this population is growing at a rate about five times that of the agriculturally dependent population.[read more]

Eco-cities: Creating a Common Language

November 25, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Since the world woke up to the fact that the majority of the world’s population already lives in cities, it has been proclaimed that all cities should be built as eco-cities in order to improve the well-being and health of the whole world. In the past, cities have been planned, if at all, for all kinds of reasons: for military use, as marketplaces, for the glory of the rulers, or for the well-being of citizens.[read more]

Why I’m Grateful for Cities

November 25, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Just in time for the United States Thanksgiving celebration this week, I want to positively but honestly, give thanks to cities for what they do well and right. So why am I thankful for cities?[read more]

How Bridges Can Benefit From Placemaking

November 20, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

ridges play multiple roles in the built environment. As functional infrastructure, they facilitate transport for hundreds of thousands of people per day. They can be architectural marvels, cultural icons, and tourist attractions. While they are physical connectors, making movement possible between different geographical areas, they can also serve as social connectors, facilitating commerce and interaction between people.[read more]

In Chicago, New Parks Are Civic Infrastructure

November 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

All the landscape architects said the creation of interesting public spaces can “get people out of their homes and into their community,” as Bird said. And while landscape architects and designers might not be able to change the world in as broad strokes as they may like, they can at least, as Ford put it, “create a comfortable bench for different people to engage with each other, to have a conversation they might not normally have.”[read more]

Tool Looks to Address Future Water Needs of Urban Agriculture Operations

November 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Cities around the world are transforming blight into gardens, turning bleak rooftops into greenspace, and using empty buildings for vertical farming. But will this upsurge in urban agriculture create even more demand for water?[read more]

How Design and Mobility Create Safer Cities for All

November 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

If we design places that are safely accessible by children—the most vulnerable users of the road—we will improve safety and quality of life for all. Dense development, small blocks, connected streets, and mixed use will make for a safe and sustainable city.[read more]

World of Water: Rain and Flooding Across the Globe [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 18, 2015 by Joe Struggles

Following a weekend of heavy flooding across the UK, pump and dehumidifier manufacturers Andrews Sykes looks into the world's worst floods while offering advice on protecting and protocol when you're effect by flood.[read more]

National Main Street Center and Project for Public Spaces Co-sponsor Summit with White House to Boost Placemaking in Rural Communities

November 17, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The White House Rural Council, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, has announced it will host The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking on November 17. The Convening will bring together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking–a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places.[read more]

Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

November 16, 2015 by The Global Grid

On a sunny afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up park.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]