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Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

November 16, 2015 by The Global Grid

On a sunny afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up park.[read more]

The Evolving Sustainable Building Standard

November 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

As environmental standards for the built environment continue to become increasingly relevant and more frequently pursued, the once small pool of available building certifications has grown into a plethora of tools each with slightly different goals and degrees of intensity.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]

Raleigh Piloting New Hospitality District to Address Downtown Noise Concerns

November 12, 2015 by The Global Grid

In response to the increasing volume of noise complaints in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, city council launched a one-year pilot program called the Glenwood South Hospitality District. The district will be responsible for enforcing the city’s new noise ordinance and mediating complaints among the growing number of nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the district.[read more]

Why Feelings Matter Most with Citizens and Their Cities

November 12, 2015 by Kristen Jeffers

Ask your kid who goes to Disney World and doesn’t like Mickey or Cinderella Castle. All they want to do is ride Space Mountain a bunch of times. That’s right. They’d rather go on a ride that strips away your sense of knowing where you are going and makes you trust your other four senses.[read more]

From Parking Lot to Hot Spot in Milwaukee

November 11, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

On a brisk autumn evening in late October, the city of Milwaukee celebrated its newest, most unexpected, and most unconventional public space with a community Harvest extravaganza.[read more]

Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities

November 11, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

According to the World Bank’s data, approximately 73 percent of Turkey’s population now lives in cities; and in 2030, this percentage is expected to exceed up to 80 percent. As the nation’s people migrate to cities, they continue to fill roads, jobs, houses, parks, and bring their personal vehicles. A lot of this growth is good, contributing to industry, new construction, improved transportation, and increased demand for food and energy which stimulate the economy.[read more]

Retrofitting Suburbia – A New Life for Vantaa’s Myyrmäki

November 11, 2015 by Timo Hamalainen

In September a community-based do-it-yourself initiative called Myyrmäki-liike (Myyrmäki Movement) invited me to talk about contemporary urban development trends. They had staged an event to generate discussion around a set of nine proposals to transformation the commercial center of Myyrmäki, a 1970s & 80s railway suburb in Vantaa. The goal is to retrofit a big parking lot into mixed-use urban blocks[read more]

How to Design Within Novel Ecosystems

November 10, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

As our landscapes become increasingly fragmented and degraded, landscape architects and designers are grappling with how to deal with invasive and non-native plants that form “novel ecosystems.”[read more]

How Cities Can Avoid Carbon Lock-In

November 10, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Lock-in refers to the expected use of carbon-intensive, long-term holdings, such as infrastructure.[read more]

Orange County Poised to Become a Premier Cycling Destination in North Carolina

November 9, 2015 by The Global Grid

Orange County, North Carolina is quickly becoming a favorite hotspot for cyclists in the Southeast. Local tourism boards are considering leveraging the growing interest as an economic development tool, while improving community branding at the local and regional level.[read more]

Indiana Urban Farm Takes Whole Lifestyle Approach to Local Food

November 9, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

For the past seven years, the work of Growing Places Indy has evolved to include a winter farmers’ market, yoga classes, a summer apprenticeship program, educational offerings, and several urban farm sites.[read more]