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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]


Time To Take The ‘Urban’ Out of Urban Design?

October 3, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

For a while now I’ve had an issue with both the term and the definition of ‘urban design’.  What exactly is it?  Compare it to architecture or planning, which are professions that are easy to define and identify, even to a child’s mind.  At its most simple level, architects design buildings, while planners design cities....[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]


Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]


Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, with more public transport and fewer cars.The design competition, organized by...[read more]


Preparing Your Business for Solar - What You Need to Know

June 3, 2016 by Peter Kim

Solar electricity continues to be a booming industry in the United States thanks to a combination of generous government rebates, decreasing costs of photovoltaic (PV) panels, and increased public interest in sustainable energy options.But investing in a complete solar energy solution for your business can be a costly, understandably...[read more]


5 Tech Companies Helping The Environment

May 26, 2016 by Peter Kim

There is no doubt that the human population is causing global warming, and if left unchecked, it could have disastrous consequences for the environment. Yet creating and enforcing policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is no easy feat, despite the knowledge that we need to actively prevent climate change. Ultimately, global...[read more]


Green Business Trends and What to Expect

May 5, 2016 by Peter Kim

Consumers care more than ever before about the environmental impact of the products they buy, and companies are incorporating green business trends in order to capitalize on this growing demand. As of 2014, “55% of consumers across 60 countries [were] willing to pay higher prices for goods from environmentally conscious companies... 71%...[read more]


Roofless Solar Gives Urban Sustainability a Big Boost

February 17, 2016 by Derek Markham

When it comes to making changes, people always say there's no better time than the present, right? And yet when it comes to making changes in our energy sources, it seems like many of us are still waiting for some big shift to happen. Part of the reason for this may be because we aren't used to having a choice in our electricity sources, so investing in a home solar array or buying into a community solar program seems odd or like something only “other” people do. Or, perhaps our idea of what solar really costs is a few decades behind, and we haven't noticed that solar is already comparable with traditional energy costs in many U.S. cities already.[read more]

The Likeways Approach Towards Urban Navigation

February 13, 2016 by Martin Traunmueller

Sick of walking along boring routes through the city suggested by Google Maps? The Likeways mobile application offers a novel approach towards wayfinding to its users.[read more]

Be a Mississippi-River "Model Citizen" – How to Walk from Baton Rouge to St. Louis in About An Hour

December 3, 2015 by J. Kevin Byrne

"Let's see if am understanding this side trip," she finally said. "It involves walking a half mile along a model of the Mississippi aside an old German prisoner-of-war camp in the middle of the South, correct?"[read more]


Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

September 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

According to the NREL, "air conditioning currently consumes about 15% of the electricity generated in the United States. It is also a major contributor to peak electrical demand on hot summer days, which can lead to escalating power costs, brownouts, and rolling blackouts".[read more]