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Nurturing an Industrial Cluster in Nigeria

August 27, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Clustering is the phenomenon whereby firms from the same industry gather together in close proximity. Economists explain clustering as a means for small companies to enjoy some of the economies of scale usually reserved for large ones.[read more]

Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development

August 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good aspects. Smart catalytic action can produce benefits across many levels—science has explained that butterfly wings can affect planetary weather.[read more]

Why Does Hawaii Import Most of Its Food Yet Rank High on Locavore Index?

Hawaii was No. 8 on the 2015 Locavore Index, a list that ranks every state in its commitment to local foods. The list is compiled by Vermont-based local food advocacy organizationStrolling of the Heifers.[read more]

Why Cities Should Invest in Beekeeping

Cities looking for sustainable economic growth might consider investing in a seemingly unlikely source: urban beekeeping. Contrary to what one might expect, urban bees survive better, produce more honey, and are healthier than rural bees.[read more]

Designing Safer Cities in India: Reducing Speed and Protecting Pedestrians

India and Road Safety

 

Over 140,000 people lost their lives on our roads last year, giving India the distinction of having the highest number of road accident victims in the world. As our country continues to motorize exponentially, this problem will only grow– unless we make urgent and far-reaching changes to our road safety approach.[read more]

Motor City, Fish City: Can Detroit be the Center of a New Aquaculture Industry?

“Detroit is the perfect city for this,” says Detroit Seafood Partners president Michael Noeske. “There are thousands of vacant warehouses and buildings that need to be used.

A new startup, Detroit Seafood Partners, wants to make Detroit an epicenter of fish farming and aquaculture.[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 Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater

July 28, 2015 by Kay hebbourn
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It's free! Use it!

As well as helping to keep our gardens green, the water that falls from the skies can help us to run our homes. A rising number of people across the UK are installing rainwater harvesting systems in their properties to harness the potential of this natural resource.[read more]

Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees Part 2: Single-Event Stormwater Models

July 28, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Help from HydroCAD 

An introduction to various methods to quantify the stormwater benefits of tree stormwater control measures (Tree SCMs). It addresses Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) models and Single-Event Stormwater Models. It follows a post on quantifying these benefits for tree benefit calculators and for stormwater credits.[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]

Cape Town: Three Ports + One City = More Jobs?

July 27, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Three ports, one city.

Three ports, one city. How will the improved efficiency of Cape Town’s three transfer nodes benefit the city, and the nation?[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]