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Eco-cities: Creating a Common Language

November 25, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Since the world woke up to the fact that the majority of the world’s population already lives in cities, it has been proclaimed that all cities should be built as eco-cities in order to improve the well-being and health of the whole world. In the past, cities have been planned, if at all, for all kinds of reasons: for military use, as marketplaces, for the glory of the rulers, or for the well-being of citizens.[read more]

Why I’m Grateful for Cities

November 25, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Just in time for the United States Thanksgiving celebration this week, I want to positively but honestly, give thanks to cities for what they do well and right. So why am I thankful for cities?[read more]

Portuguese Town Uses Gamification to Get an Amazing 25% Turnout for Participatory Budgeting

November 24, 2015 by Shareable .

To get such remarkable civic engagement, the participatory budgeting program, which was allotted 100,000€, used a gamification strategy with a leader board that displayed which proposals were receiving the most votes. It also gave people both online and offline methods of voting, with either paper ballots or through a website.[read more]

Why We Need More Women Engineers

November 24, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Interview with Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms.[read more]

How Bridges Can Benefit From Placemaking

November 20, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

ridges play multiple roles in the built environment. As functional infrastructure, they facilitate transport for hundreds of thousands of people per day. They can be architectural marvels, cultural icons, and tourist attractions. While they are physical connectors, making movement possible between different geographical areas, they can also serve as social connectors, facilitating commerce and interaction between people.[read more]

In Chicago, New Parks Are Civic Infrastructure

November 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

All the landscape architects said the creation of interesting public spaces can “get people out of their homes and into their community,” as Bird said. And while landscape architects and designers might not be able to change the world in as broad strokes as they may like, they can at least, as Ford put it, “create a comfortable bench for different people to engage with each other, to have a conversation they might not normally have.”[read more]

How Design and Mobility Create Safer Cities for All

November 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

If we design places that are safely accessible by children—the most vulnerable users of the road—we will improve safety and quality of life for all. Dense development, small blocks, connected streets, and mixed use will make for a safe and sustainable city.[read more]

The Evolving Sustainable Building Standard

November 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

As environmental standards for the built environment continue to become increasingly relevant and more frequently pursued, the once small pool of available building certifications has grown into a plethora of tools each with slightly different goals and degrees of intensity.[read more]

Retrofitting Suburbia – A New Life for Vantaa’s Myyrmäki

November 11, 2015 by Timo Hamalainen

In September a community-based do-it-yourself initiative called Myyrmäki-liike (Myyrmäki Movement) invited me to talk about contemporary urban development trends. They had staged an event to generate discussion around a set of nine proposals to transformation the commercial center of Myyrmäki, a 1970s & 80s railway suburb in Vantaa. The goal is to retrofit a big parking lot into mixed-use urban blocks[read more]

How to Design Within Novel Ecosystems

November 10, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

As our landscapes become increasingly fragmented and degraded, landscape architects and designers are grappling with how to deal with invasive and non-native plants that form “novel ecosystems.”[read more]

Sticks, Stones, Fabric: The Evolution of Sustainable Building Materials

October 29, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Our long, impressive history of construction demonstrates that humans are abundantly capable of creating structures from all sorts of materials, natural and otherwise.[read more]

Suburb Reaps Benefits by Combining High School with Senior Center

October 23, 2015 by Shareable .

In most suburban communities across the United States, much of the urban landscape is stratified. Not only are Americans separated by race and income; increasingly, they are separated by age.[read more]