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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]

A Vision for Equitable Community Development

June 7, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Mural, Village of Arts and Humanities / Jared GreenIn the 1960s, amid rampant gang violence, drug crime, and white flight, Arthur Hall, a dancer and choreographer, created the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center in the poor and mostly African American community of Fairchild-Hartranft in north Philadelphia. The center successfully taught...[read more]

Millennials Need to Rally Together on Housing Affordability

May 31, 2016 by Jillian Glover

Photo: Jen St.DenisAcross Vancouver, young people are breaking up with Vancouver. Whether it is by writing “Dear John” letters on personal blogs or ranting in the comments section of Vancity Buzz, some are abandoning the city for more affordable pastures. What puzzles me is that few, if any of these young people are getting...[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

Review: NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide

May 26, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Transit Street Design Guide / Island PressThe new Transit Street Design Guide, the third in a series by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), is a must-have reference manual for city planners, transportation planners, engineers, urban designers, and landscape architects involved in the design of streets....[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]

The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”

An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and can sell it back to the grid, often through a rooftop solar PV system. For major cities in...[read more]

A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate

Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient, but carbon-intensive.Thankfully, a new vision for sustainable urban growth is spreading...[read more]

Balancing the Scales of City Sustainability

May 3, 2016 by Kaid Benfield

I spend virtually all my professional time thinking about the intersection of human settlement and environmental sustainability. I am particularly interested in the built environment of American cities, towns, and suburbs - what I like to call our "people habitat" - and how it relates to the natural world. How can we make these two...[read more]

Greener Buildings Need Less Parking

March 30, 2016 by Tyler Caine
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It would be fair to say that the baseline of sustainability in building construction is rising. Whether it is due to improving technology, updated building codes or the slow but steady growth of consumer demand, we are in the process of making buildings tighter and smarter. At the same time, the nature of proactive lobbying in the...[read more]

Tech Updates : How to Design a Stormwater Drainage System

March 24, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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Since this time, engineers have searched for better methods and environmental scientists have been seeking alternative designs that will collect, treat and move the storm water after the snow melts or a rainstorm occurs.[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]