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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.

Duany: The Promise of Suburbia Has Been Betrayed

Jared Green | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Jared Green

"The promise of suburbia -- to live in nature amid the easy flow of cars -- has been betrayed. Sprawl is not sustainable; its growth chokes on itself," argued architect and urban planner Andrés Duany at the Congress for New Urbanism in Detroit.

Nature Can Help Cites Survive Extreme Heat

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

By Pascal Mittermaier and Bill Ulfelder As a "heat dome" has settled over much of the country this week, causing temperatures to rise to the triple d...

Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professional...

Pine Penises, Pink Penguins - New Moscow Decoration

Anastasya Manuilova | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Anastasya Manuilova One of the central Moscow squares, the square of the Revolution, recently received a new decoration from the...

To Connect with Nature, Live in the City

Jared Green | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Jared Green

"We need density but we also need connections to nature," said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley, at an event at the University of the ...

14th Street PeopleWay: The Dream of a Car-free New York City

Chris Castiglione | Posted 06.22.2016 | New York
Chris Castiglione

I dream of a car-free New York City. Every night honking cars arrest me from sleep, and every day myself and millions of New Yorkers breathe the carbon monoxide exhaust from a sea of passing cars.

Take back the stars: let's make our skies accessible to all

Viva Dadwal | Posted 06.17.2016 | Science
Viva Dadwal

How many of you have lost your interest in the night sky because you think there is too much light pollution where you live?

Car Free Cities Are Coming ... slowly

John M. Eger | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
John M. Eger

According to a recent report, 9 cities "from Spain to China" nine cities will soon have "more bike lanes, improved public transit, and financial incen...

Are We In The Midst Of A Public Space Crisis?

The Conversation US | Posted 06.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

By linking physical spaces with a live webcam network, Parrhesiastic Play gives people a stage to "perform" before the cameras. It's a playful way to comment on the rise of surveillance while interacting with a large audience.

City Planning without People: The Slow Development Alternative

Arden Henley | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Arden Henley

In some areas of Vancouver, change feels like a developers' feast. Strangers with unsolicited offers to purchase appear at the door, inducements to pa...

How Inspired Architecture Can Connect Billions of People in Asia

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Just a few weeks ago, I traveled to Hong Kong, a major hub of business connectivity in Asia, for the second time in two years. I had been invited to p...