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April 02 2013

Floating Life: Is It Achievable?

April 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The Netherlands is a relatively small country, however it has a considerably sizeable population that is currently in and around 16.5 million. This makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with almost 83% living in urban regions. It is an extremely low lying country with about 50% of its land […]

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March 29 2013

Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront Urban Design Master Plan Poised to Reach Project Vision

March 29th, 2013Posted by 

In the course of the last decade, American river cities have sustained continued interest from policy makers and urban planners who have worked to create targeted opportunities for significant long-term investment and economic development. In Cincinnati, this reinvestment has received national attention in terms of how the city has been able to connect environmental design […]

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March 21 2013

Unleashing Economic Potential with Public Transit: The Future of Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway Corridor

March 21st, 2013Posted by 

Is rapid transit a key factor to unleashing a city’s economic potential? A new report from accounting giant KPMG indicates that this is certainly the case for Vancouver, British Columbia’s Broadway Corridor. The Corridor is a ten-kilometer stretch of roadway that spans the length between historic Commercial Drive and the largest university in Vancouver, the […]

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March 19 2013

Micro Hydropower: An Underused Source of Renewable Energy?

March 19th, 2013Posted by 

Climate change is seen as the major problem of our generation, and confronting it will mean action on how energy is sourced and the levels of demand. In 1990, the United Kingdom signed an agreement for reducing emission levels at least 80% by 2050. The Northern Ireland government has set a bold target in relation […]

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March 15 2013

Cincinnati Bockfest Proudly Heralds German Brewing Heritage

March 15th, 2013Posted by 

During the twilight of the 1880s, Cincinnati, OH, (the Queen City) was internationally celebrated as one of the most prolific centers for beer brewing in the United States. According to Michael D. Morgan, Author of Over the Rhine: When Beer was King, Cincinnati, during this pinnacle era, was chief among the Great American Brewing cities. The city […]

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March 05 2013

Harvesting of Rainwater in the U.K.: Storm Water Management

March 5th, 2013Posted by 

The UK is a rich western country with a population of 60 million. Average water use is 150 litres per person per day (55m3 per person per year). Although the perception (not least by its inhabitants) is that the UK is a wet country with plenty of rainfall, the reality is that the UK only […]

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February 22 2013

Five Surprising Facts about Wind Energy Production in Texas

February 22nd, 2013Posted by 

“Texas leads the country for installed wind power, and is one of the largest wind energy producers in the world.” – Terrence Henry, As Tax Credit Hangs in the Balance, Texas Sets Another Wind Record As the environmental harm caused by the use of coal as the main source of electricity production becomes more and […]

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February 22 2013

User’s Guide To Changing Urban Design With Instagram

February 22nd, 2013Posted by 

What if visual media could change the urban design industry? What if the main player wasn’t a person or a group, but was a university in Nottingham, England? The possibility is more tangible than one might think. Coupled with the school’s award winning buildings and sustainable designs, Instagram could be used to market the school’s […]

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February 21 2013

Democratizing Urban Design: A Public Square for Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

Vancouver, British Columbia can only be described as picturesque; mountain framed and seaside, the city begs to be photographed and experienced by tourists and locals alike. Along with the gorgeous scenery and temperate climate has arisen a high demand for real estate in the downtown peninsula, which has gradually resulted in a real lack of […]

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February 06 2013

HUB SoMa: A Place-Based Business Incubator in San Francisco, California

February 6th, 2013Posted by 

If you were a tiny, web-based start up in need of physical space and a support structure to nurture your business, what sort of things would you look for? Last year, for 6 months of 2012, I interned at the award-winning international charity website UniversalGivingTM, which operated from a business incubation site named HUB SoMa […]

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February 05 2013

Community Participation in Renewable Energy Schemes

February 5th, 2013Posted by 

Increasing renewable energy generation is fundamental for sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, interest has grown in the potential for communities to take a more active role in renewable energy development. Community renewable energy is associated with sustainable rural development and more locally appropriate projects. There is currently much interest in the scope for […]

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January 22 2013

CityCamp Buenos Aires: Gov 2.0 Goes Argentinean

January 22nd, 2013Posted by 

CityCamp events are considered by many urban enthusiasts around the world as one of the best opportunities to meet different actors that work for the improvement of urban space. CityCamp evolved from its Buenos Aires edition into a larger, open-sourced community focused on promoting an exchange of experiences and establishing guidelines for coordinated work between […]

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January 17 2013

The New Alternative: Lincoln, Nebraska Develops Hybrid Stoplights

January 17th, 2013Posted by 

The use of alternative energy is vital within our generation.  As the prices of fossil fuels skyrocket and we are beginning to exhaust our natural resources it’s becoming inherently clear that we need to begin to think outside the box and utilize the energy around us that is so often overlooked.  The city of Lincoln […]

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January 07 2013

3 Ways Spokane, WA is 20 Years Behind Portland, OR

January 7th, 2013Posted by 

Today, Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon are home to multiple universities, both public and private. They also have a reputation with their locals for having quality live performances and concerts featuring local, as well as popular, artists. Both have their respective small coffee roasters that most residents are loudly proud of, Stumptown and Thomas Hammer. […]

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December 24 2012

Review of “The BLDGBLOG BOOK: Redesigning the Sky”

December 24th, 2012Posted by 

The BLDGBLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh introduces us to speculation about future architecture and how the present built environment will eventually change. From the first page of the book, the reader gets an idea of what he is about to read as he is presented an illustration of London in A.D. 2109. London seems like […]

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December 11 2012

Walkability in the No. 1 City for Biotechnology

December 11th, 2012Posted by 

In the conventional city fabric, the two attributes walkability and biotechnology are seemingly contradictory. This, of course, is not without good reason; the large research complexes fundamental to technological innovation are unsupportive of the intimate, walkable communities so presently desired. The Milken Institute, a leading policy think tank, designated Raleigh, North Carolina as the No. […]

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December 10 2012

Wheels of Progress Website Critique

December 10th, 2012Posted by 

Wheels of Progress, a 501(C)3 organization, has a simple mission “to create affordable, accessible, supportive housing and transformative environments for people with physical disabilities.” One may not have guessed this noble cause from first impressions of its website. Here are a few suggestions to update and modernize, Wheels of Progress: 1. “Splash pages” or “splash […]

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December 04 2012

2013 CNU Charter Awards Announcement

December 4th, 2012Posted by 

For over a decade, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has given professionals and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design the opportunity to compete across multiple categories for the annual CNU Charter Awards. The Charter Awards honor a select number of winners, honorable mentions, and two grand prize winners: one professional and one […]

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November 27 2012

Top 5 Online Education Programs for Urban Planning: Continuing Education

November 27th, 2012Posted by 

The explosion of online education in the past decade is rapidly changing the face of education. In 2006, 3.5 million students were listed as enrolled in an “online learning institution of higher education.” In 2009, it was asserted that 44% of USA post-secondary students were taking either some or all of their courses online. This […]

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November 21 2012

Middelgrunden Wind Power Plant, Copenhagen: Major Player in the 40% Share of Annual Energy Consumption

November 21st, 2012Posted by 

Given the disappointing situation of nuclear energy stations and their hazardous accidents, nations like Denmark have strictly excluded nuclear use as part of their strategy for producing electricity. This has increased aspiring concepts like alternative energy farms: socially and environmentally-harmless frameworks. Autonomous giant structures that coordinate their moves with nature’s rhythm, the wind power plants […]

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