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Harlem River Houses Serve as Public Housing Model in New York City

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

An image from inside the courtyard area. It is clear that this is a highly visible area in the complex from all of the windows one can see in this picture. Image above: Harlem River Houses Courtyard. This space lies on the interior of the complex. It was the main recreational and leisure area in the development. This area is visible from nearly every unit in the housing, a major factor in its safety over the decades. Despite its past accomplishments, the Harlem River Houses have recently been dealing with issues of maintenance and vacancies. These problems have interrupted the harmony of the design, which is arguably part of the reason for the increase in crime. While most New Yorkers do not live in some form of subsidized housing, safe and affordable public housing is in the best interest of all New Yorkers, as safe housing projects means a safer city for everyone. The Harlem River Houses offer a meticulously designed template for other complexes to emulate.[read more]

Recyclables Traded for Bus Fare at Bus Stations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

Terminal Alvorada, Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil From October 19 to November 19, 2015, the city of Rio de Janeiro tested a machine that accepted recyclable materials in exchange for a bus pass. The machine was located in the Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, and sat next to the normal ticket windows. Upon depositing five pieces of waste for recycling, the user was given a prepaid RioCard loaded with R$ 3.40 — the value of a one way trip.[read more]

MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Health

January 28, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

It’s plain common sense, backed by a wealth of recent medical research. In fact, a major new study found that lack of physical activity is twice as deadly for us as obesity.[read more]

A Quieter City Through Design and Architecture

January 28, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

"Sound matters" is not only true in the sense that consideration of sound could make spaces a lot better, it is also true that neglecting sound can make spaces a lot worse, even unhealthy.[read more]

UberPOOL Is the New Networking Tool

January 27, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

UberPOOL launched in Toronto last week. It was tested in Toronto last summer and it’s been available in other cities for awhile, but now it’s officially here. If you’re not yet familiar with UberPOOL, it basically allows you to share your ride with other people who are headed in the same direction. I’ve heard some people on Twitter complain about route inefficiencies, but I’ve had only positive experiences with it so far.[read more]

North Carolina’s Fight to Restore Historic Tax Credits

January 27, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program used for restoring historic properties in North Carolina has successfully been reinstated. The tax credit system, which also includes the credit for income-producing properties, phased out at the end of 2014 as part of state tax reform measures taken by North Carolina lawmakers. Since first introduced in 1998, experts estimate that the tax credits have generated $1.4 billion in statewide revenues with each project generating approximately four jobs.[read more]

Waterfront Redevelopment Sought at Cannes Marchandises in La Bocca, France

January 26, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Cannes Town Hall and Sncf Real Estate have signed an agreement for an urban development project for 23 hectares (57 acres) on the edge of the Mediterranean at the site of “Cannes Marchandises,” the Cannes train station in La Bocca. In part unused for decades, this important urban site in southwest France is now unblocked.[read more]

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

January 26, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its third consecutive year, was a program sparked by its members in particular Steve Malkin, Guy Battle and Rupesh Madlani who were instrumental in arranging this year’s event. The Week brought together climate experts, industry leaders, city administrators and influencers with the creative minds of the Club’s members and invited guests in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21).[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Repost: What is an Urbanist?

January 25, 2016 by Jillian Glover

Brandon Donnelly, city blogger and creator of Architect This City, provided a great explanation of the term ‘urbanist’ on his blog this week.[read more]

What Is a Street? 10 Cities Explored Through Street Films

January 25, 2016 by Future Cape Town

What is a street? More than just a path or route for vehicles and goods, and a piece of infrastructure potentially for pedestrians and cyclists and other non-motorised forms of transport, a street can play diverse roles in different cities and communities. More so, in Cape Town, where spatial segregation and under-investment in streets in large parts of the city has resulted in vastly different neighbourhood and street conditions, the human experience often demands little more than basic safety. Some would go as far as describing streets as the basic unit of a city or urban experience, whether by foot or in a vehicle.[read more]

Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (January 1 – 15)

January 22, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Highlights from landscape architecture in the news during the first two weeks of January.[read more]