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11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

May 19, 2016 by Shareable .

As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.Platform cooperatives, which share the value they create with the users they depend on, are on the rise. As Shareable co-founder Neal Gorenflo writes in How Platform Co-ops Can Beat Death Stars Like...[read more]

Can transit-oriented development change travel behavior in cities?

It is pretty easy to understand how and why land use patterns around public transit stations can influence the way we move around the city.As more and more people live and work in a neighborhood with a limited land area, it becomes increasingly challenging to drive around without encountering congestion or to find a parking space...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

Why activism matters when designing public space

May 17, 2016 by Cape Town Partnership

Four active citizens applying lessons learnt in the past to South Africa’s present day urban landscape and agree that more people should be included in the way we design cities. Marcela Guerrero Casas (Co-founder and Managing Director, Open Streets Cape Town), Hedwig Crooijman-Lemmer (Urban Designer, GAPP Architects and Urban...[read more]

The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”

An increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help reach the ambitious Indian goal of reaching 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and can sell it back to the grid, often through a rooftop solar PV system. For major cities in...[read more]

9 Companies with Great Environmental Initiatives

May 16, 2016 by erichlawson
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More companies are shifting priorities by using business intelligence to not only save on costs but to also become environmentally aware. Business intelligence’s ability to keep track of performance, as well as alert decision makers on behavioural changes, make it a complementary approach as demonstrated by the desire by many companies...[read more]

What it takes to unlock infeasible development land (and some thoughts on parking)

May 16, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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One of the questions that came up after my recent post about land pricing was: what is it going to take to develop underutilized land on the outskirts of city centers?So today I thought I would talk about a new development project that was also discussed at the Land & Development conference I recently attended. I think will begin to...[read more]

Tire Recycling and its Impacts

May 16, 2016 by erichlawson

Although used tires are a complex and challenging form of solid waste, the demand for scrap tires has been soaring over the years due to the booming scrap tire recycling industry. The tires that motorists are driving on the road can be shredded and burned to generate fuel oil, used to make fuel, or pulverised to bits to be used to fill...[read more]

Stormwater in Parks: Is There Reason to Worry?

May 13, 2016 by City Parks Blog
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The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the fourteenth installment in a series of 20 posts.When a park is doing double duty as both a recreation space and water management...[read more]

What Can We Learn from Thailand’s Inclusive Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements?

Currently, an estimated one billion people worldwide live in informal settlements where they lack access to basic services and infrastructure and are often threatened with forced eviction. While the overall proportion of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements has decreased in recent years, the absolute number is...[read more]

The Push for Energy Efficiency in America’s Historic Buildings

May 12, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Historical buildings are everywhere. In a country with such a (relatively) short history, we Americans care deeply about protecting our historic and archeological resources. Every week, 20-30 properties are classified as historic buildings worthy of preservation by the National Parks Service, which administers the National Register of...[read more]

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities

Building efficiency offers benefits to cities. Photo by Hsiuan Boyen/FlickrUrbanization presents major challenges: congestion, sprawl, inefficiency, health hazards and high cost of living, just to name a few. But the choices we make for our cities can transform these challenges into opportunities: mobility, connectivity, economies of...[read more]