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Fighting Climate Change With Sensible City Planning

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Here in the US, we're going to be growing, and growing a lot: How we manage that growth will affect everything from how healthy our economy will be to how nourished and happy we will be as people to, yes, how healthy the future of our planet is.

The Inner Beauty of Trees

Anna Clark | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To preserve public health, the destiny of our cities and our own sanity, we must learn to regard nature as sustainers, not as consumers. We can start by planting trees.

Older, Smaller, Better: New Findings from Preservation Green Lab

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Julia Rocchi [Preservation Tips & Tools] Older, Smaller, Better: New Findings from Preservation Green Lab from PreservationNatio...

A Message to the City Builders of Tomorrow

Richard Florida | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Richard Florida

"I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you this, but do what you love. You'll always need to make a living, but if you want to be happy -- if for that matter, you want to be successful -- money should never be your biggest goal."

How Legacy Architecture Shapes Our Experience of Place

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

When it comes to sustainability -- at least in the literal sense -- we don't need data to demonstrate the performance of older buildings: their continued existence already proves that they have, in fact, been sustained over time.

Why Are Developers Against Green?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Often, we see battles in courts with one side winning and the other losing. Why is it so difficult to find a middle ground?

Connecting Human Decisions with Wildlife Decisions: Part 2

Mark Hostetler | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Any natural connection, no matter how small, can benefit certain species. But before a design is made, a thorough understanding of local, regional, and migrating species should be acknowledged and addressed in the design of a project.

Connecting Human Decisions With Wildlife Decisions: Part 1

Mark Hostetler | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Often, planners, landscape architects, engineers, architects and other built environment professionals adopt ecological principles into their designs of regions, cities and individual developments. But do these designs function as originally intended?

Natural Parks and American Cities (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

What are the challenges confronting natural areas in cities and the benefits they provide? How can cities best address these challenges, and who are their potential allies?

Red Vaya, Lamata, Kopaja, Busetas: How the Urban Poor Commute

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Too many transportation initiatives focus on cars and highways, thus favoring the rich and the middle class. But there are ways to provide safer, more affordable, eco-friendly and reliable transportation to the poor in the Global South, as the following examples demonstrate.

Natural Parks and American Cities

Adrian Benepe | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

I've been thinking about a fact I recently learned which surprised me, even though I've spent most of my adult life working in and around city parks.

Taking The Long View Of The National Mall On Earth Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 06.21.2014 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Leave no trace is an ethos that pervades society's thinking about the great outdoors, and we need to extend that thinking to urban landscapes like the National Mall.

Innovation Earth: This Technology Could Make Red Lights Obsolete And Boost MPG By 30 Percent

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Every weekday, I take a six-mile drive through Mid-City Los Angeles to pick up my daughter from preschool. There are no fewer than 20 stoplights along...

'Smarter' Cities in North Africa

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works.

Indy's Remarkable Pathway to Sustainable Renewal

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

In most cities, what's happening in the private sector alone won't be enough to get the job done, and civic and philanthropic investment is needed to jump-start the process of becoming vital again.

World Urban Forum Highlights Opportunities for Sustainable Cities

Manish Bapna | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Manish Bapna

The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly -- with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency -- they can divide cities and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability.

Watch These Cities Fundamentally Transform In Under 1 Minute

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

Cities across the globe are growing in size and population at an astounding rate, and a team of researchers are looking at the past to prepare for wha...

Hong Kong Zeros in on Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
John M. Eger

We have known for some time that public art with sculptures, statues and murals everywhere, and buildings with their uniquely carved doorways, cornices, and columns are usually what distinguish one city from another.

Almost Everything in NYC Depends On Mass Transit

Cody Lyon | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

There's no doubt that New Yorkers have a love hate relationship with the subway -- as they often do with the city itself and I count myself among them.

The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

What India's Ponderous Planners Can Learn... From California

Arun Maira | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Arun Maira

India must find a way for faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth. This is the goal of its recent Five-Year Plans. Indian democracy, with its rambunctious politics, noisy 24x7 TV channels, and now stirred by social media too, seems unaffected by the ponderous plans of the country's Planning Commission. India needs a better process to guide its long-term progress. Insights from California's Think Long initiative are worth noting.

South-by-South: When to Bypass the Global North

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

South-South Cooperation refers to the exchange of resources, know-how and technology between countries in the Global South. While this transfer is sti...

9 Ideas That Can Change Everything We Think About Cities

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny and Ashley Woods | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business

By 2050, a staggering 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities. (Right now it's 51 percent.) That will be about 6.72 billion humans pu...

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About America's City Parks

Adrian Benepe | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Arlington, VA, is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista, CA, is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line.