July 10, 2009, 8am PDT
Fountains are highly effective at attracting shoppers, say retail operators REIT Macerich. Their annual survey of 7,000 shoppers says that shoppers connect fountains with a positive shopping experience.
Retail Traffic Magazine
July 9, 2009, 9am PDT
In this review of James Lovelock's new book "The Vanishing Face of Gaia", Alexander Zaitchik explains the author's view that, while nothing can be done to stop climate change, there is reason to believe that some form of civilization will survive.
July 9, 2009, 8am PDT
As oil prices rise, so does the cost of asphalt. Concrete, historically more expensive, is now becoming a viable cost competitor. Because of its lighter shade, its also been shown to contribute less to climate change.
The Infrastructurist
July 8, 2009, 8am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em> offers four case studies of cities that have removed highways. The result: less congestion.
The Infrastructurist
July 7, 2009, 1pm PDT
The New Economics Foundation's "Happy Planet Index" shows that Costa Ricans use fewer resources and lead happier lives than the rest of the world.
Guardian (UK)
July 6, 2009, 12pm PDT
World Watch magazine's "Vital Signs" section highlights global bicycle production and documents trends in cycle transportation, noting effects of energy costs and commodity prices.
World Watch
July 6, 2009, 5am PDT
Our nation's roads must be greener, says David Wenzel of HNTB. A green road is one that is designed, built and maintained in a manner that protects and enhances the environment, lessens the impact on its surroundings, and encourages mass transit.
David Wenzel
July 6, 2009, 5am PDT
Winners have been announced in an open competition to design what could become a permanent, sea-based, autonomous living facility.
July 4, 2009, 1pm PDT
Steve Mouzon explains how to think about cities and towns as living species, and how that perspective should guide the practice of planners and architects.
Living Urbanism
July 3, 2009, 9am PDT
A new device called LightLane attaches to the back of your bike and projects a virtual bike lane behind you.
July 2, 2009, 9am PDT
This post from <em>Treehugger</em> compares subway fares from around the world.
July 1, 2009, 12pm PDT
The Transition Town movement has spread to 150 towns in 14 countries. David Bollier of <em>On The Commons</em> takes a look at how these towns are making the shift towards locally-produced food and reduction in energy use.
On The Commons
July 1, 2009, 8am PDT
The Florida Keys are likely the most vulnerable places to sea-level rise in America. Despite this danger, officials there have set no plans for counteracting or dealing with climate change.
Miami Herald
June 28, 2009, 11am PDT
Already a national leader in green building and looking to expand its leadership, the Los Angeles Community College District is launching several collaborative efforts to train a new, green workforce.
The Planning Report
June 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
Anne Schwartz compiles recent studies on the economic value of parks, describing how an investment in parks by the city will result in a healthier urban economy.
Gotham Gazette
June 23, 2009, 5am PDT
The Architect's Journal selects the most significant architecture and urban design from the Star Wars films.
The Architect's Journal
June 22, 2009, 8am PDT
The Economist magazine has published it's list of the most livable cities in the world. But quite a few of these cities have the most unaffordable housing, complains Owen McShane.
New Geography
June 22, 2009, 6am PDT
Architect Michael Palwyn is designing sustainable architecture that combines solar power and seawater into an ultra-efficient loop of resource conservation.
GOOD Magazine
June 21, 2009, 9am PDT
A new book by four public health researchers shows that global warming and obesity have the same causes- we drive too much, and carbon-intensive foods have become our daily bread.
June 18, 2009, 9am PDT
A new study provides further evidence that incorporating sidewalks into existing neighborhoods is a practical and inexpensive way of encouraging people to exercise.
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