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How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

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]

Imitate to Innovate: Vitoria-Gasteiz Shows How Cities can Address 21st Century Challenges

July 27, 2015 by This Big City

Before and after the tram

The Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has recently transformed itself from a congested and car-dominated city into one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly places in Europe. It didn’t achieve this by going at it alone. Its key to success was learning from others.[read more]

Great Public Spaces: Nominate Your Favorite Plazas and Parks

July 24, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Spanish Steps, Rome

What are your favorite public parks, plazas, and squares? The latest addition to our Great Public Spaces website features those third places we cherish, the community gathering spaces in which we meet our neighbors, bond with family, and make memories, and we want your nominations.[read more]

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Means More Than Cars

July 22, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

What does this picture tell us?

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods now mean many things—depending on context—including transportation modes; sustainability and the shared economy; public safety and particular approaches to community participation; and aspects of social equity.[read more]

The Urban Organic Community Farm That Supplies the Second Largest Pantry in Indianapolis

July 22, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Urban kids learning how to grow food

A stone’s throw from an interstate, where loud semis and cars find their way in and out of the hustle and bustle of Indianapolis’ heart, is Indy Urban Acres. This eight-acre tract of organic farmland is conspicuously, yet unexpectedly, located on the eastside of Indianapolis on 21st Street.[read more]

Extreme Placemaking: A Post-industrial Stonehenge Rises in Scotland

July 21, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

From coal mine to sky map

In a Scottish village, Sanquhar, a former coal mine has been transformed into a 55-acre work of land art. Conjuring images of Stonehenge, the art work, which opened July 10, was built from materials found on-site, including 2,000 boulders half-buried below ground.[read more]

Reusing Existing Urban Soil for Planting    

July 20, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Most urban sites have some amount of mineral soil in place when the time comes to install plant material, yet these soils are often assumed – erroneously – to be unsuitable.[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]

Post-Earthquakes, How Walking and Placemaking in Kathmandu is Changing

July 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Not exactly wheelchair friendly.

Insights into the walkability in Kathmandu, Nepal and the emergence of a new importance of public space since the earthquakes hit Nepal earlier this year. A report by Walk21 Vienna Ambassador Kristie Daniel.[read more]

Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Nature – And Ourselves [VIDEO]

Where shouldn't you send this man?

How to reduce the environmental impact from the site selection process for buildings, and achieve the Sensitive Land Protection credit for the LEED v4 BD+C rating systems. Also, learn how to utilize tools such as the NRCS web based soil surveys, FEMA Flood Map Service Center, and NatureServe.[read more]

How Art Reveals the World of Trees and Our Changing Relationships With Them

July 15, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Love trees

A review of Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees, an exhibition on view at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. The Arts Center is a beacon for global arts and culture in Silicon Valley. On this most recent visit, I was pleased to see that the Cantor was also making some effort to be a beacon for our relationship with nature.[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]