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A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor

January 13, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Kendall Square, before / Klopfer Martin Design Group Kendall Square, after / Christian Phillips PhotographyKendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known that walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets. Home to MIT, Google, Microsoft,...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

How Data Can Change The Way Our Cities Operate

January 11, 2017 by Daniel Malak

 We’ve all experienced the frustration of being stuck in traffic, even going out of the way to avoid peak transit times and impacted areas. Instead of walking or driving longer distances, we ask a bigger question– can cities do anything to change their traffic problems?The simple answer is yes, and here’s how:Identify what kind of...[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

Fresh Ideas for Infrastructure

December 16, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh / The Washington PostWith President-elect Trump coming into office vowing to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure, many cities and states see a potential bonanza for high-speed rail development, bridge and highway repair, and, hopefully, urban transportation networks. As former Pennsylvania governor Ed...[read more]

A Culture of Energy Efficiency Begins at School

December 14, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

An innovative program called the Better Buildings Challenge is creating a culture of energy efficiency while helping schools save more than a little money. The program provides a living laboratory for educating youth about energy use, data, and technology while also putting money back into shrinking budgets.Crystal...[read more]

Baltimore just got bikeshare, and lots of its bikes are electric

December 8, 2016 by Jeff La Noue

A month ago, Baltimore got its first bikeshare system, Bmorebikeshare, and ridership is already high. Forty percent of the fleet is made up of electric bikes that make it easier to go up hills, and as the system expands people are likely to want more of those.A bmorebikeshare dock. Photo by author. The City of Baltimore has...[read more]

10 Things You Can Do Today to Make Your House a Little "Greener"

December 7, 2016 by Brooke Nally

If you’re interested in upping your eco-friendliness, here are 10 simple things you can do right now to make your home more sustainable.[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

December 1, 2016 by Jillian Glover

Toronto Debunks Myth that Families Won’t Live in CondosThere are many reasons to believe that families won’t live in condos - they are too small and located in dangerous downtown centers ridden with crime, traffic and a lack of amenities. Families need the safe protective blanket of a big house in cozy, quiet suburb. This is still a...[read more]

Chicago’s Farr Associates Continues to Define Sustainable Urbanism

November 18, 2016 by The Global Grid

There is a growing movement for architecture firms to consider how building usage, both inside and out, can promote sustainability.[read more]

Breakout Reports from Placemaking Week

November 14, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

At the Placemaking Leadership Forum this fall, more than 450 dedicated public space practitioners, and policymakers came together to chart the future of the placemaking movement. The second day of the event was structured around ten major issues that converge in public space, which we at PPS refer to as “transformative agendas...[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]