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President Obama's Clean Power Plan and PEER

President Obama and the EPA recently announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s plan to alter the dangerous impact human activity has had relative to climate change. It’s a historic beginning.[read more]

How Infill Development Can Help Stop Urban Sprawl

Managing Mexico´s urban growth has been a challenge for decades. In the 1970s, Mexico transitioned from rural to urban and its cities expanded rapidly with little control and oversight. This uninhibited growth was a direct consequence of the institutional framework around urban and territorial planning, housing policy, and a lack of leadership in place at the time. As a result, in the last 30 years although population doubled, the area of developed land grew seven-fold.[read more]

Each Street Redevelopment Is a Chance for the City

September 30, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Often cities trust in engineers’ or architects’ knowledge to design the public realm. But is it possible to do a good job without walking and experiencing the street?[read more]

Pope Francis Presses U.S. Leaders to Act on the Environment

September 25, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

In a speech at the White House, Pope Francis reiterated the central arguments of his encyclical — that climate change and environmental degradation are crises that must be addressed today if we are going to create a more equitable world.[read more]

Day 1 of Cities & Transport International Congress Talks Climate Action, Inclusive Development

September 11, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Today marked the first day of the Cities & Transport International Congress in Rio de Janeiro. More than 100 city leaders and experts assembled to speak on sustainability, mobility and urban planning.[read more]

U.S. Surgeon General Pushes for Walkable Communities

September 10, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

At a press conference to launch a new campaign for walkable communities, the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said only half of Americans get enough physical activity to reduce their risk of heart disease and diabetes. Adults need 22 minutes of moderate activity each day, or about 150 minutes a week, at a minimum.[read more]


How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

September 9, 2015 by Christopher Busch

California Climate Change Action

California wants to reduce emissions 40% by 2030. Smart growth policies would help the state achieve this target,save the government billions on infrastructure and health costs, and save residents thousands annually in transportation costs, all while empowering economic growth and housing equality.[read more]

Five Ways Americans Can Help Refugees Right Now

September 4, 2015 by Mitchell Sutika Sipus

Displaced by war, violence and poverty, hundreds of thousands of people are at this moment searching for a better place to raise their family and build a life. Today we have a guest post from Mallory Sutika-Sipus, specialist in international migration and human rights law who brings several years experience working with displaced populations from Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Congo and elsewhere.[read more]


How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

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]

Why The Zoning Debate In Seattle Has Lacked ‘First Principles’

July 27, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Where to put affordable housing?

A guest opinion last week in Seattle's Crosscut went back to zoning basics after several articles and opinion pieces--in Crosscut and other media--attempted to dissect a key issue identified in affordable housing discussions.[read more]

Sane Governance in the Digital City

July 24, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

City of numbers

Can tactical urbanism, Internet journalism, direct action, "open data", crowd-funding and social networking provide a local governance solution that is at once local and complex and accessible and less corrupted?[read more]

We Have An Anti-City Culture: Fragmented, Segregated and Car-Dominated: Interview with Tariq Toffa

July 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Tariq Toffa

Future Johannesburg speaks with Tariq Toffa, South African architect and lecturer in the architecture department at the University of Johannesburg about the main challenges for urban planning in South Africa, the empowerment of communities, and some of his current projects.[read more]