Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future en Eco-cities: Creating a Common Language Since the world woke up to the fact that the majority of the world’s population already lives in cities, it has been proclaimed that all cities should be built as eco-cities in order to improve the well-being and health of the whole world. In the past, cities have been planned, if at all, for all kinds of reasons: for military use, as marketplaces, for the glory of the rulers, or for the well-being of citizens. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Yes Climate Change Green Building Urban Planning Resources Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:02:47 +0000 Charles Arthur 1098085 at Why I’m Grateful for Cities Just in time for the United States Thanksgiving celebration this week, I want to positively but honestly, give thanks to cities for what they do well and right. So why am I thankful for cities?<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Building & Design Yes Smart Cities Urban Planning Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:51:40 +0000 Kristen Jeffers 1123376 at Portuguese Town Uses Gamification to Get an Amazing 25% Turnout for Participatory Budgeting To get such remarkable civic engagement, the participatory budgeting program, which was allotted 100,000€, used a gamification strategy with a leader board that displayed which proposals were receiving the most votes. It also gave people both online and offline methods of voting, with either paper ballots or through a website.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Building & Design Yes Politics & Legislation Populace Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:42:56 +0000 Shareable 1123165 at Why We Need More Women Engineers Interview with Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Building & Design Yes Future Technologies Green Building Populace Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:56:52 +0000 Charles Arthur 1084096 at How Bridges Can Benefit From Placemaking ridges play multiple roles in the built environment. As functional infrastructure, they facilitate transport for hundreds of thousands of people per day. They can be architectural marvels, cultural icons, and tourist attractions. While they are physical connectors, making movement possible between different geographical areas, they can also serve as social connectors, facilitating commerce and interaction between people. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Yes Roadways Design & Architecture Urban Planning Placemaking Populace Transportation Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:32:55 +0000 ProjectPublicSpaces 1121952 at Why Privatize Water? Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health & Nutrition Politics & Legislation Water Resources Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:24:01 +0000 Charles Arthur 1097921 at In Chicago, New Parks Are Civic Infrastructure All the landscape architects said the creation of interesting public spaces can “get people out of their homes and into their community,” as Bird said. And while landscape architects and designers might not be able to change the world in as broad strokes as they may like, they can at least, as Ford put it, “create a comfortable bench for different people to engage with each other, to have a conversation they might not normally have.” <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Building & Design Design & Architecture Placemaking Populace Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:24:10 +0000 The Dirt 1121549 at Tool Looks to Address Future Water Needs of Urban Agriculture Operations Cities around the world are transforming blight into gardens, turning bleak rooftops into greenspace, and using empty buildings for vertical farming. But will this upsurge in urban agriculture create even more demand for water?<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Gardens & Landscapes Resources Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:17:23 +0000 Seedstock 1121863 at How Design and Mobility Create Safer Cities for All If we design places that are safely accessible by children—the most vulnerable users of the road—we will improve safety and quality of life for all. Dense development, small blocks, connected streets, and mixed use will make for a safe and sustainable city.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Building & Design Demographics Safety Urban Planning Populace Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:56:12 +0000 WRICities 1121459 at World of Water: Rain and Flooding Across the Globe [INFOGRAPHIC] Following a weekend of heavy flooding across the UK, pump and dehumidifier manufacturers Andrews Sykes looks into the world&#039;s worst floods while offering advice on protecting and protocol when you&#039;re effect by flood.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Climate Change Waste Management Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:50:18 +0000 JoeStruggles 1120785 at Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action Goals help provide our everyday lives with structure, and operate similarly at the institutional level, offering organizations a low cost method of encouraging motivation, communication and accountability. In short, goals help organizations to achieve a variety of ends—including the reduction of energy waste.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Power & Grid Alternative Energy Resources Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:58:35 +0000 WRICities 1120808 at National Main Street Center and Project for Public Spaces Co-sponsor Summit with White House to Boost Placemaking in Rural Communities The White House Rural Council, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, has announced it will host The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking on November 17. The Convening will bring together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking–a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics & Legislation Gardens & Landscapes Urban Planning Placemaking Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:49:59 +0000 ProjectPublicSpaces 1120873 at Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day 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. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arts & Culture Gardens & Landscapes Training & Education Placemaking Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:27:51 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 1120680 at The Evolving Sustainable Building Standard 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.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Building & Design Design & Architecture Politics & Legislation Housing Green Building Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:12:33 +0000 TCaine 1120773 at Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light 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.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arts & Culture Health & Nutrition Placemaking Populace Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:44:33 +0000 Shareable 1119646 at Raleigh Piloting New Hospitality District to Address Downtown Noise Concerns 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.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arts & Culture Demographics Urban Planning Placemaking Populace Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:51:06 +0000 Global Site Plans - The Grid 1119514 at Why Feelings Matter Most with Citizens and Their Cities 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. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land Use Placemaking Populace Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:42:23 +0000 Kristen Jeffers 1118926 at From Parking Lot to Hot Spot in Milwaukee 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.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arts & Culture Demographics Urban Planning Placemaking Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:56:44 +0000 ProjectPublicSpaces 1119318 at Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities 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.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arts & Culture Demographics Power & Grid Alternative Energy Smart Cities Populace Resources Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:36:07 +0000 WRICities 1119009 at Retrofitting Suburbia – A New Life for Vantaa’s Myyrmäki 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 &amp; 80s railway suburb in Vantaa. The goal is to retrofit a big parking lot into mixed-use urban blocks<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Design & Architecture Urban Planning Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:19:01 +0000 Timbal 1118390 at