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Harnessing The Power Of Nature To Improve Our Cities

Jared Green | Posted 02.10.2017 | Green
Jared Green

People feel happier, healthier, and more social when they engage with nature. Their cognitive abilities go up and stress levels go down. So why is nature so often thought to be found only "out there" in the wilderness, or perhaps suburbia?

How the 4th Industrial Revolution Becomes the Opportunity of a Lifetime

Niels B. Christiansen | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Niels B. Christiansen

At this year's World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, we have reason to be optimistic. As the world's CEOs and heads of st...

JAJA Architects: Park'n'Play

Louisiana Channel | Posted 01.10.2017 | World
Louisiana Channel

24 meters above sea level, with a view of Copenhagen's harbour, sits a bright red playground atop a car park - a building that transforms our understa...

Undoing Miami's "Paved Paradise": An Interview with Meg Daly

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 01.09.2017 | Green
Pascal Mittermaier

I recently met Meg Daly, the visionary behind The Underline: a 10-mile long, nature-inspired cycle and pedestrian track that will run through the hear...

The Transformative Power of a Vacant Lot: An Interview with The Nature Conservancy's Francesca Gross

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 01.13.2017 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

In Birmingham, Alabama, arguably one of the most historic cities in the world, one community is demonstrating how a little green can provide empowerme...

Bjarke Ingels Interview: The Beauty of the Human

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.22.2016 | New York
Louisiana Channel

"The one thing all humans share is that we all inhabit the same limited amount of real estate, which is planet earth." Celebrated Danish architect Bja...

Ending "Code Talk" About Gentrification

Jared Green | Posted 11.17.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Brooklyn anti-gentrification network activists / Kirra magazine "When we talk about gentrification, there is a lot of 'code talk' that is often very ...

Urban Innovation: Will the Digitalization Create Sustainable Cities?

Niels B. Christiansen | Posted 10.31.2016 | Green
Niels B. Christiansen

Imagine a city. In the center, a brand-new supermarket has been equipped with digital solutions that constantly monitor the cooling systems' performan...

Powerful new technologies to improve urban services

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.27.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau "Smart" thinking - introducing technologies to improve urban life - is increasingly being touted as a way to tackle existing is...

Rotterdam Implements Energy Transition and Climate Measures

John J. Berger | Posted 10.25.2016 | Green
John J. Berger

Part 3 of a series on Rotterdam's efforts to become a sustainable and "climate-proof" city. The city and port of Rotterdam. Rotterdam, the Nether...

The Urgency Of Adapting To Climate Change

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.27.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

New York City's progress stands in sharp contrast to the inactivity in southern Florida, a state where educators have been warned to avoid discussing climate change in their classrooms.

Rotterdam Strives For Competitive, Liveable Low-Carbon Economy

John J. Berger | Posted 10.21.2016 | Green
John J. Berger

Part 2 of a series on Rotterdam's efforts to become a sustainable and "climate-proof" city. Rotterdam's modern skyline with world famous Erasmus Br...

Rotterdam, Striving To Be Green, Downplays CO2 Targets

John J. Berger | Posted 10.21.2016 | Green
John J. Berger

Part 1 of a series on Rotterdam's efforts to become a sustainable and "climate-proof" city. Evening view of Rotterdam skyline and waterfront with t...

Jane Jacobs: The Case For Diversity

Jared Green | Posted 10.21.2016 | Green
Jared Green

Jane Jacobs / The Jane Jacobs Estate "There is no way of overcoming the visual boredom of big plans. It is built right into them because of the fact ...

Smart City: Better Budapest

Harpreet Kaur | Posted 10.21.2016 | Green
Harpreet Kaur

Smart City is an an urban development mission and concept we hear increasingly as a range of thinkers, technologists, architects, engineers, designers...

Tadeusz Sudol: Connected To Two Worlds -- New York And Old Europe

Jim Luce | Posted 10.20.2016 | New York
Jim Luce

Every day, when Tadeusz (Tad) Sudol, Ph.D. makes the crossing from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island -- the "small town" of 14,000 in New York's East Rive...

Gdansk awarded as a CityStar by the European Commission!

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

Regiostars Awards is EU-wide competition that puts the spotlight on the most innovative and inspiring EU funded projects. This year the European Commi...

Government is detrimental to good development

Robert Kwolek | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Robert Kwolek

Software companies tend to release regular updates which add just a few features yet still cost an arm and a leg. With most software, though, there co...

Why 'The Well-Tempered City' is a One-Stop, Urban Epic

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.27.2016 | Books
Charles R. Wolfe

Spoiler alert: I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose's new...

Green Cities = Calmer Minds and Stronger Hearts

Jad Daley | Posted 09.26.2016 | Green
Jad Daley

If you're like me, even a short summer getaway from the city, like to the mountains or shore, helps to calm your mind and strengthen your heart. Imagine if our cities were more like the natural places we visit--what beneficial impact could this have on our health? This question has special importance as it pertains to lower-income city-dwellers who can't afford to escape to a quieter place.

The Deal That Could Hurt D.C. For 50 Years

Donald Cohen | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The potential deal begs a fundamental question about public goods and services. Who do we want to control them? Us, or a small handful of investors and Wall Street banks?

Why My Twitter Feed is Singing About Placemaking

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.11.2016 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone...

City Gates: Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Charles R. Wolfe

The city gate of old in Acaya, Italy: form follows function A year of political obsession with walls along national borders has me contemplating city...

The World Is Completely Urbanized

Hung Vo | Posted 08.31.2016 | Green
Hung Vo

In 2008, the United Nations declared that the world passed an unprecedented, but silent, benchmark: for the first time in history, the world is more urban than it is rural.

Modern Megacity, Meet Ancient Wisdom

Yonatan Neril | Posted 08.15.2016 | Green
Yonatan Neril

The modern Holy Land now contains three large urban strips. One stretches from south of Bethlehem, through Jerusalem, and north to Ramallah. It spans 30 miles and includes about one million people.