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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]

Little Free Libraries: Creating a Sense of Place One Backyard at a Time

December 11, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Inspired by the global movement that began in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009, LLKW grew from a similar do-it-yourself spirit and several Kitchener residents interested in promoting literacy and reading while also building community. Here are few key placemaking principles that helped LLKW create a Little Library movement in this region.[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]

Who Should Lead Bristol?

November 4, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Different situations call for different leadership styles, consider: an emergency; a highly motivated and aligned team with a high and common level of expertise (the Mayor’s Cabinet?). Style adopted needs to be appropriate to the situation and to effectively achieve objectives and balance interests. Leaders that can adapt to suit different contexts have a distinct advantage in terms of achieving success.[read more]

10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

October 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Participation

As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, or tensions around gentrification and density are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need.[read more]

Cities Around the World Celebrate International Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday (October 7) marked the celebration of the fifteenth annual International Walk to School Day. Schools in more than 40 countries across the globe participated in the event—including the U.S., Turkey, Brazil and China—encouraging students to walk with friends or parents to school instead of taking private vehicles.[read more]

WE TEST: Big Data – Small Actions

October 6, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The WE TEST approach involves the use of data and experimentation to achieve citizen involvement, build the case for pedestrian and public space schemes and fast track implementation.[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]

Small Projects, Deep Roots: Building Community through Crowdfunding

September 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Founded in 2009, ioby (“in our backyards”) is a crowd-resourcing platform that helps neighborhood advocates turn ideas for their community into a reality. Their groundbreaking web-based tool combines crowd-funding and resource organizing to support resident-led projects that help turn our shared public spaces into places that are safer, greener, and simply more fun.[read more]

Placemeter Measures the Flow of People Through Urban Spaces

September 17, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Placemeter aims to provide an “accurate, flexible, and continuous measurement of how people and vehicles move about your city.”[read more]

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How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

July 29, 2015 by David Thorpe
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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]

Social Media Sparks Large Spontaneous Urban Demonstrations Against Racism

July 29, 2015 by Nora Lindström
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Demo shows power of social media

A beautiful summer afternoon formed the backdrop to a 15,000-strong demonstration against racism and intolerance in Helsinki today. The demonstration was prompted by a racist and xenophobic Facebook post by a member of parliament from the nationalist-populist(-racist) Perussuomalaiset (“True Finns”) party.[read more]