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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 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]

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 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]

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]

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Greener Workplaces and How It’s Possible To Achieve Them

January 22, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Making your office more environmentally friendly or "green" is about more than simply being politically correct or keeping up with the latest worldwide trends; it's about contributing to the sustainability of your local community and environment, running a business that is more cost effective, and creating an increased sense of community in the working environment.[read more]

After Years of Silence the Mayor of Marseille, France Speaks Out About Cycling

January 21, 2016 by The Global Grid

The fact is rare enough to be remarkable. After several years of silence from the 21-year incumbent Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, finally spoke about the bicycle. And no less than twice in eight days. Don’t, however, expect a raving tirade in favor of cycling from the future president of the metropolis.[read more]

Toronto's King Street to Be Transformed into a Transit + Pedestrian Corridor

January 21, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

By spring 2017, Toronto hopes to have a pilot project in place that will transform King Street – running from Liberty Village in the west to the Distillery District in the east – into a priority-transit and pedestrian corridor.[read more]

Durham, North Carolina Adopts New Road Diet for Busy Business Corridor

January 20, 2016 by The Global Grid

In North Carolina, Durham transportation engineers recently completed a re-striping process on the state-maintained highway, U.S. 15-501. This was completed in an effort to accommodate a road diet plan that will ensure a safer road for vehicles. The intent is to discourage speeding through a commercial area where vehicles routinely travel 10 to 15 mph faster than the 35 mph posted limit.[read more]

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Kick Off Your City Garden With These Great Tips

January 20, 2016 by Ryan Kh

A city garden can be a wonderful thing and preparing for it now, will ensure that you have a greener, lusher space later in the year. Having a green space in your city home or in a built up area is good for you, for the environment and also the urban space as a whole.[read more]

3 Changes to John Tory’s SmartTrack Transit Plan

January 19, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Last week Oliver Moore of the Globe and Mail announced that Toronto mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack transit plan is evolving to feel less like SmartTrack and more like what Metrolinx had been planning all along.[read more]

Your School Needs Effective Solid Waste Management

January 19, 2016 by erichlawson

The fact that solid waste in schools is fast increasing cannot be overemphasized. This is attributed to increased population in schools. If you are a school manager or a city-county waste management coordinator, discover simple yet effective procedures of managing solid waste in your school.[read more]

Nevada Stops Subsidizing Net Metering

January 18, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

In the final days of 2015, Nevada became the front line in the looming nationwide fight over energy policy when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada altered rates for net metering impacting homeowners with rooftop photovoltaic panels.[read more]

Progress on the DC & Baltimore Map

January 13, 2016 by David Edmondson

Mapping DC and Baltimore[read more]

Using Public Space to Bridge Divides

January 13, 2016 by Cape Town Partnership

In her January 2016 Cape Times column, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana discusses how meeting each other in the country’s public spaces can help to bridge deep-seated divisions in South Africa’s society.[read more]

How to Build Confidence as an Architect, Tips from 4 Women Architects

January 12, 2016 by Taz Loomans

There are many ways to cultivate and strengthen that deep reserve and I asked several rock star women architects how they do it. This series on how to build confidence as an architect showcases their advice.[read more]

Could Your City Benefit from DIY Urban Planning? Yes, the Experience from Pro Helsinki 2.0 Suggests

January 12, 2016 by Timo Hamalainen

It’s been a bit more than a year since I and my urbanist comrades accomplished one of the most exciting things ever – well, at least as far as urban planning goes. Following about 10 months of work during evenings, weekends, and holidays, in October 2014 we finally published Pro Helsinki 2.0, the alternative master plan for Helsinki.[read more]

LEED Dynamic Plaque Coming to a Building Near You

January 11, 2016 by Chris Cheatham

With LEED Dynamic Plaques starting to appear in building lobbies it is a good time to understand this new U.S. Green Building Council platform. It is a whole lot more than a 7 lb. display unit.[read more]

Bringing Public Transit Into the 21st Century

January 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Last Friday the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, announced that 30 subway stations will be redesigned and that “millennial-friendly amenities” would be added throughout the system.[read more]

Inspiring the Next Generation Interview with Russell Horsey

January 11, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Interview with Russell Horsey, the Development Director at the Institute of Chartered Foresters in the United Kingdom[read more]

Can Retail Space be an Extension of the Public Realm? A Look at Seattle’s Third Place Books

January 7, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

For sociologist Ray Oldenburg, each of us needs three places: the home, the workplace or school, and beyond that, a third place – a public space on neutral ground where people can gather and interact while experiencing a sense of ease and belonging. Is that Third Space Books for Seattle?[read more]

Most Popular Posts of 2015

January 7, 2016 by Jillian Glover

At the end of every year, I take note of what were the most popular posts of 2015 on this This City Life. Here are the top 5 posts.[read more]

Rainmaker Population Helping Remedy California Drought Woes

January 5, 2016 by Mark LeChevallier

With California in the midst of its worst drought in 1,200 years, the state is finding hope from an influx of rainmakers determined to provide much needed relief for the over-taxed water supply.[read more]