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EU Offers Millions to Cities to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House More than 70 percent of Europe’s population live in cities, and that number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2050. As European cities further densify, they must find new solutions to ever-worsening problems, like congestion, pollution, and poverty. To stay ahead of these challenges, cities must remain the nexus of innovation. To ensure this happens, the European Commission (EC) just launched the Urban Innovative Actions program, which seeks bold projects that can push forward innovation in urban planning and design throughout the Union. Projects, which must be submitted by an urban government with a population of at least 50,000 people, can receive up to €5 million over three years. From now through 2020, the EC will be offering €372 million for these urban experiments.[read more]

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

January 26, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its third consecutive year, was a program sparked by its members in particular Steve Malkin, Guy Battle and Rupesh Madlani who were instrumental in arranging this year’s event. The Week brought together climate experts, industry leaders, city administrators and influencers with the creative minds of the Club’s members and invited guests in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21).[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Could Your City Benefit from DIY Urban Planning? Yes, the Experience from Pro Helsinki 2.0 Suggests

January 12, 2016 by Timo Hamalainen

It’s been a bit more than a year since I and my urbanist comrades accomplished one of the most exciting things ever – well, at least as far as urban planning goes. Following about 10 months of work during evenings, weekends, and holidays, in October 2014 we finally published Pro Helsinki 2.0, the alternative master plan for Helsinki.[read more]

Bringing Public Transit Into the 21st Century

January 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Last Friday the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, announced that 30 subway stations will be redesigned and that “millennial-friendly amenities” would be added throughout the system.[read more]

Most Popular Posts of 2015

January 7, 2016 by Jillian Glover

At the end of every year, I take note of what were the most popular posts of 2015 on this This City Life. Here are the top 5 posts.[read more]

Denver's Union Station Neighborhood Rings in the Savings

When neighborhood redevelopment planning for the historic Union Station in Denver, Colorado, kicked off several year ago, city planners, developers, Xcel Energy and USGBC teamed up to implement high-efficiency energy strategies into new building designs—creating lasting, energy-efficient working, living, shopping and entertainment opportunities.[read more]

Responsible Sharing Economy Accelerator Begins in Barcelona

December 24, 2015 by Shareable .

Barcelona has a long history of supporting local and regional entrepreneurs as they get their start in the city. 22@ was one of the world’s first -- and arguably still one of the best -- examples of urban innovation districts dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.[read more]

How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays

December 24, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities
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For cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtowns into largescale celebrations for locals. Just as families and individuals adorn their homes with ornaments and trimmings, cities use their public space to welcome the end of the year and local holidays.[read more]

Absentee Urban Planning: Story of an American Small Town

December 9, 2015 by Atlas Lens

Hermann is a small, charming town at the northern edge of the Ozark highlands, one and a half hours west of St. Louis in eastern Missouri. Well-known for its thriving vineyards and quaint German heritage, Hermann is a popular weekend destination for tourists around the Midwest. Built upon the banks of the Missouri River, the small town is also finds itself at an important crossroads of the statewide Katy Bicycle Trail and Amtrak railroad line.[read more]

In São Paulo, School Children Work to Build a Neighborhood of Mobility for All

December 8, 2015 by The Global Grid

The project began during the World Cup (2014), with students mapping out locations they thought tourists would like, and creating and distributing brochures in three languages. They were able to get 50 supporters on Catarse (a crowdfunding site) providing R$ 3,670 (USD $1,178) in just 23 days, which financed the production of 2,000 brochures and 200 banners. In 2015, Caio was joined by another educator, Renata, to coordinate activities with the students.[read more]

Sustainable Transport: Building Equitable and Low-Carbon Cities

By the year 2030, one billion more people will need to access transport; of these individuals, 870 million will be located in Asia and Africa. Troublingly, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport—under a business-as-usual scenario—are projected to rise from 23 percent to 33 percent by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum.[read more]