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How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Towards the green city [This is Singapore]

This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.[read more]

Top 10 Ideas From OuiShare 2015 on The New Sharing Economy [VIDEOS]

July 29, 2015 by Shareable .

Enthusiasm reigned

OuiShare Fest is an international gathering in Paris of sharing economy pioneers, enthusiasts and organizers. This year’s explored numerous aspects of the sharing economy, collaboration, technological developments and human connectedness. Here are 10 videos of the top presentations.[read more]

5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

July 29, 2015 by Future Cape Town
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Science fiction or prophecy?

“The growth in information and communication technology will soon erase the ‘official’ borders of cities…” An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent.[read more]

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

A quiet moment in Wuxi, China

It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform. High performance buildings (and their cousins: net zero, or near-net zero buildings) are a boost to health and productivity. Here's how to begin.[read more]

How Crowdfunding Is Creating Permanently Affordable Real Estate and Vibrant Streets

July 23, 2015 by Shareable .

New York City streets: no longer so mean.

Faced with the rising rents for commercial properties in cities, the New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative is helping to turn vacant municipal properties into “vibrant streets filled with local culture and dignified workers” using crowdfunding: small investments by a large number of people in permanently affordable, commercial real estate.[read more]

10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy for Cities

Cities can face a bright dawn

Created and released by the Global Economy and Climate Commission two weeks ago, “Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate” outlines a global action plan with 10 recommendations for combating climate change without sacrificing economic growth.[read more]

At What Point Can Regular, Frequent Public Transit Be Made To Work in Suburbia?

July 23, 2015 by David Levinson

The math on bus feasibility

This article tests the hypothesis that regular, frequent transit service remains feasible even in single family homes in neighborhoods with a modicum of density, such as suburbia. Warning: lots of number crunching ahead. We look at housing density, transit requirements, car alternatives, and rapid transit.[read more]

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City Leaders: $164m Up For Grabs in the 3rd 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

July 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cities are woefully unprepared for the future

Cities around the world are now able to apply for a slice of $164 million from The Rockefeller Foundation in its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The opening of the third and final round of this challenge was announced yesterday at the “Cities for Tomorrow” conference.[read more]

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Will the Sharing Economy Replace Capitalism?

July 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Paul Mason, utopian author

A new book, Postcapitalism by Paul Mason, argues that the sharing economy will replace capitalism. But is this true?[read more]

'One Planet' Home Wins Planning Battle

July 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The 'hobbit house' can live!

A zero energy roundhouse, built by a young family, has been saved from demolition following an appeal to the local planning authority. Their campaign to save their house touched the hearts of thousands, who wrote in support, but this wasn't what saved the home.[read more]

Are Tunnels for Light Rail Really Cost Prohibitive?

July 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Worth the cost?

Many seem to buy the argument that tunnels are boondoggles. Being against transit tunnels is sold as prudent reasoning even where hardly any alternative exists, like the case of the rail tunnel under the Hudson River. So maybe a closer look at how such a tunnel is actually built is in order.[read more]

From Ideas to Implementation: Creating Sustainable Cities with Good Governance

Leadership: as easy as riding a bike?

How do we make cities work for people? Through From ideas to implementation: creating sustainable cities with good governance will look at two Brazilian cities—Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—to explore the key governance gaps in urban planning, law, public policy, and institutions.[read more]