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People


Using the Alphabet to Rethink Cities

Closure Is it possible that the humble alphabet can promote civic engagement cities? Well, this is intention of Look At Your City’s latest initiative Alphabet Cities, which launched this month in Genoa, Italy. Read more
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Empowering Sustainable Actions Through Design

Today's cities are filled with creative ideas on how to decrease waste and make recycling initiatives more appealing to local residents. However, it is still important to raise public awareness of recycling and reuse. Here's some ideas how. Read more

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Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles ‘Interior Urbanism’

MONU magazine #21 has set out on a journey to study cities from their indoor environments. Read more

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Planning


Two Very Different Visions for Floating Cities

lilypad one Many architects have come up with innovative concepts of future utopian cities, most of which are related to smart, sustainable, and bio-tech innovation. These two ideas present a very different approach, but have one thing in common: they float. Read more
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Understanding (and Measuring) Walkability in Cairo

The website Walk Score measures the walkability of any place based on distance to amenities, with points given based on walking distance. So how walkable is Cairo, and how did it get to this point? We investigate. Read more

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The DNA of Cities

The built environment is a product of socio-economic, cultural, and political forces. Every urban system has its own 'genetic code', expressed in architectural and spatial forms that reflect a community’s values and identity. Read more

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Transport


What Naysayers Don’t Get About California’s High Speed Train

FLV_California_train Earlier this month, workers in Fresno broke ground on the California high speed rail line. It would be the first truly high speed train in the United States. Read more
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Ideas for Sustainable Cities: The Ten Most Popular Articles from 2014

As the year draws to a close, why buck the blogosphere trend of looking back on the best bits? Read more

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Turning Parking Lots into Places for Sustainable City Discovery

How can Los Angeles outdoor surface parking lots be repurposed to increase their variety of uses, or aesthetic value, while enabling parking in the city? Read more

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Digital


Does SimCity 5 Really Need A Homeless Elimination Manual?

SimCity 5 There’s a new feature in the latest version version of SimCity that was completely absent in earlier ones: homelessness. And it's bringing out the best and worst in users. Read more
best of 2014

Ideas for Sustainable Cities: The Ten Most Popular Articles from 2014

As the year draws to a close, why buck the blogosphere trend of looking back on the best bits? Read more

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How Google Earth is Helping Create an Urban Agriculture Inventory in Rome

Urban agriculture has been credited for many positive urban changes, but it can be hard to gain a comprehensive understanding of urban agricultural activities in a city. In Rome, however, a comprehensive database is being created, helped by Google Earth. Read more