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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]

Innovative Funding Programs for Placemaking

November 6, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

On a recent morning in mid-October, a group of 32 representatives from diverse organizations across the United States and Canada gathered in Brooklyn, New York, for a day-long discussion on the intersections between placemaking and philanthropy. Now in its second year, the Funders Forum is a program of the Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC), and this year’s exciting conversations spanned a range of topics essential to the placemaking movement, from messaging and metrics to capacity building and community empowerment.[read more]

Banking on Success: New Orleans' Water Plan

November 6, 2015 by Metropolitan Planning Council

New Orleans is a water city located between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. It’s also surrounded by wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. The majority of the city sits below sea level and floods often occur due to dated water technology and natural forces.[read more]

In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Water And Wine

November 5, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Like many other industries, winemaking is evolving toward more eco-responsible solutions, and winemakers are taking action to gain more knowledge, share their findings and innovate viable tactics to reduce their water footprint.[read more]

Who Should Lead Bristol?

November 4, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Different situations call for different leadership styles, consider: an emergency; a highly motivated and aligned team with a high and common level of expertise (the Mayor’s Cabinet?). Style adopted needs to be appropriate to the situation and to effectively achieve objectives and balance interests. Leaders that can adapt to suit different contexts have a distinct advantage in terms of achieving success.[read more]

How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Star Platforms for a Real Sharing Economy

November 4, 2015 by Shareable .

We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don't even know we have a choice.[read more]

How to Build a City for Children

November 3, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Cities can provide children with a more active lifestyle, access to great amenities, reduced energy and goods consumption, exposure to diversity and better family connections. But, how do we create a city that meets the needs of children and families?[read more]

Mesmerizing Visualizations Document Pace of Urban Expansion

November 3, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

“Urbanization stirs up all kinds of emotions about rights and inhumane conditions, but we decided to take a scientific approach to discover the scope of it,” said Anthony Flint, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, at the Urban Thinkers Campus, an event organized by the Municipal Arts Society (MAS), New School, University of Pennsylvania, Next City, Citiscope, and 15 other organizations in advance of UN-Habitat’s conference on the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, next year.[read more]

Meet Your Neighbors, Change the World

November 2, 2015 by Shareable .

She’s lived in the same house for three years and trades produce over the fence with one of her neighbors, but doesn’t know many of her other neighbors. But with the arrival of a new baby, my friend yearns for the sort of neighborhood she grew up in—where everyone looks out for each other –and is wondering how to go about building relationships with more of her neighbors.[read more]

The Pros and Cons of Intelligent Transport Systems

November 2, 2015 by Rick Robinson

The survey identifies a variety of opportunities for UK innovators in academia and industry to exploit the predicted £56 billion market for intelligent mobility solutions in the UK by 2025, and £900 billion market worldwide. It is rightly optimistic that the UK can be a world leader in those markets.[read more]

Brazil is Ramping up Support of Electric Vehicles

Indeed, while there are a plethora of alternatives to gasoline vehicles available—including electric vehicles produced entirely within Brazil to imported, new technology—they remain largely remain expensive and inaccessible in Brazil. Two recent initiatives, however, are working to decrease the cost of newer vehicles and increase the numbers of vehicles running on electricity.[read more]

In the Era of Drought, It’s Humans vs. Wildlife

October 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is further complicating water management problems in the many states struck by drought. State water management bodies are increasingly coming into conflict with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as these organizations add more species to the endangered species list.[read more]

#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be a Good Place for Everyone to Walk

October 29, 2015 by Shareable .

Girl Trek aims to improve black women’s health by organizing communities to walk, even in places where sidewalks are absent and crime rates are high. More than 35,000 African-American women have taken Girl Trek’s pledge to re-establish walking as a healing tradition in their neighborhoods. More than 500 Girl Trek members traveled to Alabama last Spring to walk in celebration of the Selma-to-Birmingham Civil Rights March.[read more]

Sticks, Stones, Fabric: The Evolution of Sustainable Building Materials

October 29, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Our long, impressive history of construction demonstrates that humans are abundantly capable of creating structures from all sorts of materials, natural and otherwise.[read more]

Amazon's Solar Farm Approved For Construction

October 28, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Amazon recently received final approval to begin construction of a 80 MegaWatt solar farm in Virginia’s Accomack County. The farm, called “Amazon Solar Farm US East,” will be owned and developed by EPC Community Energy, and Amazon will buy the power generated through a power purchase agreement.[read more]

REI Stuns the Retail World By Closing On Black Friday

October 28, 2015 by Shareable .

Outdoor retail cooperative REI just stunned the world by announcing it will close all of its 143 stores for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. On that day, the coop will pay employees to go outside. Part of the company’s #OptOutside campaign, the closure aims to inspire others to move away from the absurd levels of consumerism that have come to define the day.[read more]

Common-sense, Low-cost, Short-term Strategies for Safer Urban Streets

October 27, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Creating a more convenient bicycle commute also has safety benefits for motorists, transit riders and pedestrians. Why wait?[read more]

Cities Can Save Money by Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Water

By 2030, the world is projected to spend an estimated $10 trillion on repairing and expanding water infrastructure. Dams and treatment plants are aging, water demand is surging, and more frequent extreme weather events threaten our water security—each driving up water management costs.[read more]

Los Angeles County Approves ‘Tomato Tax Incentive’

October 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

If implemented, the policy has the potential to transform vacant and privately owned land in the county into urban farms, and help reduce blight and illegal dumping throughout Los Angeles city and county.[read more]