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How to Obtain Finance For Greener Buildings: Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector

June 9, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Green bonds need more tapping

In 2014, global corporate bond issuance totalled $3.35 trillion. New Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector have been issued to help the sector access some of these funds to make greener buildings. Here’s the why, how, and who on green bonds and the GRESB Guidelines.[read more]

How Little Free Libraries Make Big Changes in Communities

June 6, 2015 by Shareable .

Little Free Library in Minneapolis

Margret Aldrich and her husband weren’t in the habit of spending much time with their neighbors. They would get home from work, pull into their Minneapolis garage, and head in the back door of their house without much interaction. That all changed with they built a Little Free Library. Within minutes of putting it up, people were coming over to visit.[read more]

How Public Memorials Help Commemorate Loss Through Touch

June 5, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Rubbing an etching: an act of remembrance

“Memorials are transitional spaces, which can reduce post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Martin Holland, a professor of landscape architecture at Clemson University. “They are holding environments where people can approach, touch, and see losses in a secure setting.”[read more]

How Eight Principles of Civic Ecology Enable Disaster Recovery

June 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Day of Unity in Joplin

How eight principles of civic ecology were used in a Midwestern community to help it build recovery and resilience following a devastating EF-5 tornado with 200mph winds that took 161 lives and destroyed homes, businesses, churches, hospitals, landscapes, and at least 10,000 mature trees.[read more]

Repairing the City – an Antidote to Gentrification

June 4, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Portland City Repair

The Village Building Convergence happening now in Portland is very important because it cultivates social capital as a viable alternative to another kind of capital – money. This is especially important right now when living in Portland is requiring more and more of the latter.[read more]

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Collaborative Video Map, A New Tool for Risk Analysis

June 3, 2015 by Camilo Prats

Using Google Maps and videos in disaster management

How can new technologies and collaborative platforms help us to understand the territorial phenomena and global changes? After the historical floods faced by numerous cities in the Atacama Desert during May 25th, a group of Chilean academics started using citizens videos and mapping technics to develop new tools for Risk Analysis and educational purposes.[read more]

How the Blind Navigate Cities

June 3, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Everyone should feel safe in the city

Congenitally-blind people walking through cities may more easily access their other senses, like touch, smell, and hearing, while late-blind people may more easily use their memory to navigate. In general, the blind are most aware of sound and least aware of temperature changes. Both groups prefer navigating the busy streets to the park.[read more]

How To Make Young People Feel Part of Their Community Through Placemaking

June 3, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Make it fun!

Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often they are not included in the process of Placemaking and end up “loitering” in other spaces. By being actively engaged, young people can feel like they have investment in their community.[read more]

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From 'Smart City' to 'collective intelligence': radical change in Barcelona

June 1, 2015 by Kate Shea Baird

Barcelona en Comú party celebrates

Barcelona's recent elections saw the professionalized, Smart City of incumbent mayor Xavier Trias lose to the idea of a city governed by the 'collective intelligence' of its citizens, advocated by Ada Colau. So what can the world can expect to see from a Barcelona governed 'in common' over the next four years?[read more]

5 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Global Sharing Week, June 7-13

June 1, 2015 by Shareable .

Disco Soupe in Paris

100 million people... five continents… 300+ partners… Last year’s Global Sharing Day saw millions around the world celebrating and discovering the Sharing Economy! It was such a success that this year it’s become… Global Sharing WEEK! And, with just one week to go, we’ve put together a list of the five most awesome ways to be part of it.[read more]

World Union of Wholesale Markets Teams Up With UN to Fight Food Waste in Cities

June 1, 2015 by David Thorpe

New guidelines to reduce food waste

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Union of Wholesale Markets have just signed a partnership aimed at reaching the urban poor and reducing food waste estimated at 1.3 billion tonnes every year. The project recognizes the growing challenge of feeding city dwellers, who will become the world’s majority by 2050.[read more]

“Community in Nature”: Reconnecting Singapore’s Urbanites with Nature

May 31, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Greening the school

An exemplary project is transforming the relationship between citizens and nature in the city of Singapore by coordinating all nature-related events, activities, and programmes to better reach out to all communities, especially schools, to encourage them to bond over and with nature.[read more]