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Making Lagos Work: Architecture, Economics and Politics

June 30, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Lagos is growing fast

A major city, Lagos' role in Africa, its growth, architecture, economics and politics are all discussed in the third part of this interview by Olamide Udoma with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA, a Dutch NGO.[read more]

Designing The Sustainable Supermarket Of The Future

June 29, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Sustainable architecture students

The University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria has a Smart Building program that teaches students how to design and build residential and commercial buildings using sustainable materials that maximize energy efficiency. “The course Smart Building offers a holistic approach. Planning and innovation are essential."[read more]

Water, Education and Development: Making an African City Work

June 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

The future of Lagos?

“Africa just keeps getting skipped during these larger discussions.” Water cities, protest over water privatization, working with decision makers, and the role of education in innovative change are covered in this conversation between Olamide Udoma andh Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of Dutch NGO DASUDA.[read more]

The Amazing Effect of Having a School District Sustainability Director

The Center for Green Schools gets a good report

Within the last five years, the network of school district sustainability staff convened by the Center for Green Schools has grown four fold, and we've launched four successful Green Schools Fellowships. In the process, we've gleaned a lot of information about what it takes to get sustainability moving in a school system.[read more]

Transform Your Cities Now With Our Fall Placemaking Training Courses

June 17, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Book a place to make a place

After a successful spring training season, The Project for Public Spaces is happy to announce its Fall training programs with an international group of planners, students, scholars, and managers. The courses include Placemaking: Making it Happen and How to Create Successful Markets.[read more]

The Future of Woodstock: How Socially Inclusive Change by Design Works

June 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Listen to the people

Claire du Trevou reports from the ‘Change by design’ workshop hosted by Architects Sans Frontiers UK and Development Action Group (DAG), which put the regeneration of Woodstock under the microscope. Through extensive mapping of land use, coupled with spatial narratives, a development framework for the town could evolve.[read more]

What is Smart Growth?

June 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Is there such a thing as sustainable growth?

A Review of the Smart Growth Manual by: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon. The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.[read more]

Green Line and Related Bus Network Improvements Have Increased Access to Jobs by >50%

June 15, 2015 by David Levinson

Green Line to jobs

A new analysis from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory has quantified how much the Green Line light-rail transit route and related changes to the regional bus network changed residents’ ability to reach jobs by transit. Accessibility often increased by over 50 percent.[read more]

How Can We Engage Residents to Conserve Urban Biodiversity?

June 15, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Best practice in interpretation

Green developments need informed and engaged residents in order to retain the biodiversity value of a site. This essay reveals how signs installed in neighborhoods can be a technique to inform residents about conservation issues and engage residents to adopt new practices.[read more]


Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will accept the award today

Baltimore City will today be awarded a national rating for its efforts to become a more sustainable community by the STAR Community Rating System, the United States' first comprehensive framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability.[read more]

#WalkVision Presents 208 Ideas to Foster Walkable Cities and Liveable Communities

June 11, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

For more livable communities.

The Walking Visionaries Awards present 208 ideas, projects and visions for building walkable cities and fostering liveable communities. Browse the online collection and support the submissions with your vote![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]