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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How Melbourne Reinvented Itself One Block At a Time [Video]

June 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Melbourne street life

Melbourne is famous in urbanist circles for the revitalization of its central area. In 1992, 40% of the buildings were empty above the first floor and only 5 residents actually lived in the core. Today, there are over 29,000 residents in the central area and Melbourne has become revered around the world for its vibrant public spaces and innovative laneway repurposing.[read more]

Modi Launches India's Smart Cities and Housing for All Initiatives

Ahmedabad – beacon of smart development

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launches the government’s ambitious Smart Cities initiative, which aims to tackle key issues resulting from India’s rapid urbanization. In addition, the ‘Atal Mission’ and ‘Housing for All by 2022’ will also be announced.[read more]

Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space = Smart Growth

June 26, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Germany does it well

It is time to look more carefully at what happens inside the development envelopes about open space. In retrofitting suburban centers open space is the ace card. Requirements and fees are not there to repel or sink development but to make it more valuable in the long run. Only shortsighted developers would fight that.[read more]

It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

June 23, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Spot the Amazon HQ.

More and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle. This brings hope for repair of urban damage, though some cities (such as Detroit and Cleveland) still have a long way to go to full recovery.[read more]

How Landscape Architects Can Help Create a More Resilient City

June 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Evergreen landscape design

Best practice landscape design arising from The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Leading with Landscape symposium. Landscape architects offer perspectives on their efforts to create a more resilient city.[read more]

How Responsive Urban Design Should Take a “Landscape First” Approach

June 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Underestimated – landscape architecture.

A conference on landscape architecture has called for responsive urban design based in a “landscape first” approach, of balancing growth with social and environmental responsibilities, and championing the integral role landscape architects play in creating a sustainable city.[read more]

Learn from the Winners of an Urban Excellence Revitalization Award

June 18, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Miller’s Court in Baltimore

From a pool of applicants from 40 communities in 26 states, Miller’s Court in Baltimore was awarded the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) gold medal and a $50,000 prize. Four other projects were awarded silver medals and $10,000 each. Read about them all.[read more]

The Pressing Need To Provide More Affordable Housing

June 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Upgrade the slums

What must we do about the pressing issue of more affordable and social housing – one of the biggest issues of our times, from Cape Town to Lagos and London? Not only is there a desperate shortage worldwide, but a residential population in the central city is essential to creating the vibrant urban culture that one wants to see on a daily basis.[read more]

How Sustainable Solutions Are Being Implemented in Lagos with Help from the Dutch

June 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Floating school in Lagos

On a cool Lagos evening, Olamide Udoma sat with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA (the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa) to discuss sustainable solutions for Lagos, a leading African city, and how they are starting to take action. This is the first of a three part interview.[read more]

Transforming Melbourne: Are Tall Buildings the Best Solution for a Growing City?

June 16, 2015 by This Big City

Melbourne’s population growth shows no sign of slowing. Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures estimate the city could become home to almost 8 million people by 2053. The new plan is to build upwards, but is that really the best option?[read more]

Are Cities Becoming Less Authentic?

June 12, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Out with the old – at what cost?

In the never ending quest to find out what millennials want (bike sharing, walkability, brewpubs, strong coffee, placemaking) another attribute is frequently mentioned: authenticity, both as a desired quality millennials seek, or as a threatened quality that their influx destroys. So what makes places or cities authentic?[read more]