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Meet the Businesses Aiming for 100% Renewable Energy

June 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

The launch at Formula E

Following the webinar last week on Sustainable Cities Collective about the many cities committed to aimng for 100% Renewable Energy, leading businesses are publicizing their own commitment to the same target and chalenging others to follow their example, citing the many benefits of doing so.[read more]

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Using GIS Analysis To Achieve Zero Traffic Casualties

June 18, 2015 by Julio Carrillo

Vision Zero in Austin, Texas

In the city of Austin, Texas, USA, there have been 699 traffic fatalities since 2004, so its Comprehensive Planning unit is embarking on a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, and using a GIS analysis of traffic incidents to tackle this aim. Here's a glimpse of how it works.[read more]

Does This Change Everything? What the Pope Says About Climate Change

June 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

The cover of Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical

An encyclical signifying the support of the Catholic Church for action against climate change has been leaked, in advance of the speech Pope Francis was due to make this week. In it he calls for a change in lifestyles and energy consumption in order to avert the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem". But he says much more...[read more]

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Rise of the Commonauts: A New Social Tool Tackling City-Dwellers' Taboo on Talking to Strangers

June 15, 2015 by Thomas Groetschnig

Wear a sticker and make a friend

COMMONAUTS is an urban intervention initiative and a social tool, designed to encourage face to face conversations between strangers in public spaces and other social environments of common interest such as open air festivals, cafés, plazas, bars, art exhibitions or popup markets.[read more]

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Work Starts on Europe's Largest Urban Permaculture Passivhaus Eco-Community

June 15, 2015 by David Thorpe

The site will contain 68 homes.

Work is starting today to develop the site of the largest permaculture-based, Passivhaus urban eco-community in Europe, in Leicester, England. When finished, the settlement will contain 68 homes for rent at affordable rates for essential workers.[read more]

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Bonn Climate Talks End With Slow Progress

June 12, 2015 by David Thorpe

Christiana Figueres was optimistic

The climate talks that have been ongoing for eleven days in Bonn have wound up with only a little to be optimistic about. There were no tangible commitments made to demands that developed nations make good on their financial commitments to invest in emissions-reducing technology in developing countries, and to cut their own emissions.[read more]

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Baltimore to Receive National Award  for Excellence in Sustainability

June 11, 2015 by David Thorpe
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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]

Yes, You Can Get Something for Nothing – How To Organise A Swishing Event

June 9, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's free!

Community-building and regeneration can happen within the shared economy. "We often have too much stuff, but not always the stuff you want, so we can swap! And it's a way of bringing people together to share the things they already have." An interview with the organiser of a swishing event.[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]

Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

May 28, 2015 by David Thorpe

Floating cities to combat rising sea levels

A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change.[read more]

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Battle of the Mayors May Decide Devolution of Power to UK Cities

May 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – against elected mayors

Legislation to allow the devolution of power to cities is strongly expected in the first Queen’s speech of the new UK parliament, but the plans may be derailed by cities' opposition to the idea of elected mayors.[read more]

3 Ways the “Internet of Moving Things” is Transforming Bus Travel

Cell Phones are Revolutionizing Bus Use

Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities everywhere to make ticket purchasing more convenient and efficient, provide users with information about bus locations, and make city services more responsive to local needs. Welcome to the so-called “Internet of Moving Things”.[read more]