Sustainable Cities

November 12, 2014, 5am PST
A recent article reveals the inconspicuous nature of the city—an ecosystem, "pipes and all."
The Boston Globe
Blog post
April 28, 2014, 1am PDT
If certain elements of masterplanning are not carefully chosen—and their impacts not carefully explained to final decision makers—then there runs great risk that the cities we design from scratch perform worse than the cities we already have.
Ian Sacs
March 8, 2014, 9am PST
First came plastic bags, then styrofoam cups, and now, plastic water bottles—though the ban is not as far-reaching as the former two in that it is restricted to sales on city property, including street fairs.
San Francisco Examiner
Blog post
March 31, 2012, 5pm PDT
Walker Wells
November 10, 2011, 7am PST
Pilgrimages to holy sites around the world have caused large amounts of waste and pollution because of the large amount of people gathering together for one event and consumeristic habits, writes George Webster for CNN
CNN
November 8, 2011, 8am PST
Op-ed columnist Andrew Ross notes that while some progressive cities are being lauded for sustainable, green design, most American cities struggle to achieve sustainable results that are available to all residents.
The New York Times
July 5, 2011, 1pm PDT
Whether in Cupertino, Calif. or Curitiba, Brazil, cities are starting an aggressive move toward sustainability in the Americas. In this evolution, technology, citizen involvement and innovation will play a role transforming cities, Leon Kaye writes.
Guardian
November 15, 2010, 10am PST
Joe Peach explains the technology behind five materials that will dramatically increase sustainability in the building industry. Among the list are wool bricks which are stronger, greater insulators and don't require firing to set.
This Big City
October 29, 2010, 11am PDT
PlaceMaker Hazel Borys explores what might be the most important metric of sustainable places.
PlaceShakers
July 29, 2010, 7am PDT
Chinese urban sprawl has the potential to be transformed into urban sustainability.
TheCityFix
July 21, 2010, 10am PDT
Chuck Wolfe discusses the challenge of finding a more marketable term to encompass all of the prevailing theories of "transit-oriented development", "walkability", and "liveability." His suggestion? Urbandwidth.
myurbanist
June 30, 2010, 2pm PDT
By 2030, China will have 220 cities containing a population of 1 million or more, 24 of which will be megacities. The boom China is expected to go through, 'boggles the imagination of North Americans and Europeans.'
World Changing
May 19, 2010, 8am PDT
Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur of Jerusalem is proposing that the city must 'emerge from its [many] walls', and connect and enhance its vibrant public spaces.
myurbanist
April 28, 2010, 9am PDT
CNN explores the world's 'greenest' urban centers, and find that complexity is the secret of their success.
CNN Online
March 19, 2009, 2pm PDT
Nine-month study commissioned by President Nicolas Sarkozy aims to transform Paris and its surrounding suburbs into the first sustainable “post-Kyoto" city.
The New York Times
September 27, 2008, 5am PDT
This piece from <em>Scientific American</em> looks at plans for three "eco-cities".
Scientific American
September 23, 2008, 2pm PDT
Portland, Oregon, has again been named the most sustainable city in the U.S. in a recent ranking.
Christian Science Monitor
May 28, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A remnant of Robert Moses' famous push to raze neighborhoods and build highways in their place, the Sheridan Expressway is ripe for revitalization. A local advocate believes that now "the stars are aligned" for it to happen.</p>
The Gotham Gazette
May 26, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Awareness is increasing of the evils of the ubiquitous plastic water bottle. Elizabeth Royte suggests a solution- the return of the public fountain, a neglected staple of yesteryear.</p>
The New York Times