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Why We Need Trees in Our Cities

September 1, 2015 by Shane Carpani

Trees significantly improve the livability of urban areas. In this article, we outline the main benefits that mature urban trees offer our cities.[read more]

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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]

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]

Why Urban Homesteading Could Be a Key to More Livable, Resilient Cities

July 21, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Growing food in the city

The Urban Homesteader shows urbanites how to produce their own food through a web series, how-to materials and a skill-sharing platform. It's been chosen as part of a select group of campaigns to launch Indiegogo's new sustainability initiative, which shines a spotlight on social innovation projects.[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]

7 Developments Showing that Encouraging Walking is Climbing the Policy Agenda

July 8, 2015 by Shareable .

Walking is gathering pace.

Walking is quickly being recognized in North America and beyond as an effective prescription for health, a convenient means of transportation, a great way to meet people, a smart strategy for saving money, and a lot of fun. Seven recent developments attest to this, including the upcoming 2nd National Walking Summit.[read more]

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 Our New Buying Habits are Changing Design Approaches to Public Markets

June 26, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markthal Rotterdam

Today’s markets are more and more becoming community hubs where visitors can gather, shop, eat, socialize, and learn. Many of these new hybrid spaces are “changing the way we define a market". So operational strategies continue to evolve in order to meet the changing needs of today’s customers.[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]

The Future of Woodstock: How Socially Inclusive Change by Design Works

June 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Listen to the people

Claire du Trevou reports from the ‘Change by design’ workshop hosted by Architects Sans Frontiers UK and Development Action Group (DAG), which put the regeneration of Woodstock under the microscope. Through extensive mapping of land use, coupled with spatial narratives, a development framework for the town could evolve.[read more]

The Key Market Drivers for China’s Better Built Environment

On tour of Chinese buildings

In May, I had the privilege to travel to China to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. We were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China.[read more]

What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?

June 5, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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Central Park - imagine NYC without it.

What dose of nature exposure is needed to achieve maximum mental and physical health benefits (how long and how frequently)? And what form of nature works best? MaryCarol Hunter, ASLA, a landscape architect and ecologist at the University of Michigan, has a few ideas for landscape designs that can lead to the greatest impact.[read more]