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How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making

September 22, 2016 by Yaniv Vardi
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Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator...[read more]

Why My Twitter Stream is Singing About Placemaking

September 13, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone for hyping Placemaking Week in Vancouver, British Columbia (which begins September 12), using the increasingly popular twitter hashtag, #placemaking.Three...[read more]

Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

September 9, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professionals, politicians and pundits, but everyday people who live and work in city spaces. But before we can participate, we need to hone the power of personal observation.Like the Londoners...[read more]

Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits

August 16, 2016 by Leda Marritz

When we talk about the value of urban trees and soils as a stormwater management tool, the contribution of the trees is often considered secondary. Soil will, of course, store significant amounts of runoff all on its own. However, new research at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, has found that trees actually provided the largest...[read more]

ReGen Village Design Pushes for Self-Sustenance

August 14, 2016 by Tyler Caine

The rate and degree of evolution for building types and development patterns around the world may be one of the most critical decisions facing the fate of the biosphere over the next century. One developer/architecture team has recently rolled out a vision that does more than toggle the mainstream model, but proposes the framework for a cultural shift built around goals of balance.[read more]

Urban Planning "Games" A Novel Approach to an Old Problem

How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game?[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Lanes and Sharrows and Buffers…Oh My! Four Types of Bike Lanes Explained

June 6, 2016 by Jessica Soulliere

Chances are, you’ve noticed new street markings popping up on roads in and around your community: arrows with a bicyclist below, striped lanes with a bicyclist in the middle, or even plastic poles next to bike lanes. If you’re like most people, these markings raise more questions than they answer. Are they pointing me to where I can ride...[read more]

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Can Sustainability and Safety Keep Pace With Progress?

June 2, 2016 by Michael Guajardo

Texas has the nation’s fastest-growing population. Last year, 466 people moved to Texas every single day. Many of the move-ins are coming to Dallas, and the never-ending construction in our city reflects our efforts to accommodate this burgeoning population.[read more]

Using Funding From Water Agencies to Help Parks

May 25, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighteenth installment in a series of 19 posts.Some city water agencies financially reward park agencies for collecting...[read more]

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Is Offshore Wind Power a Solution to the Fossil Fuel Crisis?

May 23, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Our world has depended heavily on fossil fuels since the development of the automobile. Unfortunately, we are discovering more and more that they pose serious dangers to our environment. Fossil fuels are also a nonrenewable resource, so global leaders are looking for alternative energy sources. Offshore wind power is a new concept that...[read more]

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of...[read more]