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 21 2013

Remnants of a Dream in Coral Gables, Florida

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

Diversity is a key ingredient for a successful development, or at least that’s what George Merrick, Founding Father of Coral Gables, believed in 1925. Along with The American Building Company and former Ohio Governor Myers Cooper, he created the largest home development project in that time’s history: the Village Project. At the time, South Florida […]

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February 18 2013

Congestion Pricing: The Antidote to Gridlock Traffic?

February 18th, 2013Posted by 

It’s Friday afternoon in Chicago. Michigan Avenue is buzzing with the excited throngs of shoppers, loving couples glide around the ice rink in Millennium Park, and annoyed motorists sluggishly make their way through the sea of vehicles on the Kennedy Expressway.  Rush hour traffic has plagued Chicago motorists for decades, and the problem seems to […]

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February 13 2013

Core Values: The Regeneration of the Center of Guayaquil, Ecuador

February 13th, 2013Posted by 

After forty-eight hours in a city, you usually have an idea about whether you enjoy it, or if you just want to leave. This time frame may allow for a walk through the city’s center and, perhaps a visit to a few well-known attractions or landmarks. On a visit to Ecuador’s commercial center and principal port Guayaquil, you […]

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February 08 2013

Adopting A New Sustainability Model: Nottingham Goes Green

February 8th, 2013Posted by 

What is sustainability? Without using Google, that may be hard to answer, even for experts. Surely achieving something that one barely understands could prove to be evasive in success. Regardless of this, a multitude of world class cities set out to achieve the unknown. Nottingham, like many British towns, finds itself locked in the pursuit of […]

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February 04 2013

Certifiably Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED for Neighborhood Development

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

Is sustainability measurable? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certainly thinks so, and they are working hard to provide professionals working within the development community a framework to bring sustainability to the neighborhood level. The USGBC has been using its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System since 1998 to provide […]

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January 30 2013

Concrete Orchards: The Development of Community Gardening in Barcelona, Spain

January 30th, 2013Posted by 

It is amazing how crisis can affect us. When times get tough, customs and lifestyles are often altered, and life can get stripped closer to the primitive. Through Spain’s current economic crisis, as well as through Barcelona’s populous nature, the platform for the development of humble community gardens within the city’s few uninhabited sites has […]

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January 28 2013

Net-Zero Housing is Emerging Part of Energy System Transformation

January 28th, 2013Posted by 

Imagine a home that can save nearly 50,000 gallons of water a year, has an electric bill that could be next to nothing, and can be monitored and controlled from your smartphone. Such homes are already available in a number of residential subdivisions in Southern California, where houses are oriented to take advantage of the […]

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January 25 2013

Making the Connection between Downtown Family Housing and a Sustainable City

January 25th, 2013Posted by 

The central areas of Austin, TX continue to transform with the addition of shopping districts, new office space, condominiums, and apartments. The city’s aim is to create more compact and walkable neighborhoods/areas in order to encourage healthier and more sustainable lifestyles among its residents through reduced car and land-use. It appears that there has been […]

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January 22 2013

Biking in Belfast: The Road to a Sustainable City

January 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Cycling is one of the healthiest ways to get around our cities;providing valuable physical activity for people. This form of active transport can generate indirect public health benefits by reducing the use of vehicles, consequently reducing air, water, and noise pollution. Belfast, the leading city in Northern Ireland, is on the cusp of implementing a […]

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January 22 2013

Two Wheels, Four Seasons: Winter Cycling in Montreal, Canada

January 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Montreal, Canada is a winter city. From November to March (and sometimes even April) the city grows cold, the days are short and it snows – sometimes a lot. Even so, in recent years cycling in winter months has increased dramatically, according to Vélo Quebec. As I write this post, it is a beautiful 6°C […]

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January 18 2013

A Return to Detroit’s Roots: An Urban Agriculture Debate

January 18th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s downfall is a storied urban planning nightmare. One largely important factor in the city’s decline is the rapid population exodus it continues to experience. Population loss has resulted in vast amounts of vacant, government-owned land. But what is the solution for a bankrupt city that is the owner of more vacant lots than it […]

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January 17 2013

Macedonia: Lost in the Times: The 21st Century Struggles of Skopjes Roma Community

January 17th, 2013Posted by 

In a European Capital, one imagines that people from all demographics would be entitled to contemporary resources and basic services. However, in the Southern European country of Macedonia around ten percent of the capital’s population consists of a Roma community that is practically economically and socially excluded from the first world. The Romans have origins that […]

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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 15 2013

Amidst a Crisis, San Francisco Needs Secondary Dwelling Units

January 15th, 2013Posted by 

Affordable housing is scarce in the city of San Francisco. Low-income residents and students a-like struggle to get by in a city that is so full of opportunity, yet so economically biased.  One viable option towards solving this crisis is utilizing secondary dwelling units, aka “in-law units,” as a way to provide living opportunities that […]

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January 11 2013

Establishing Connectivity, Sustainability, and Energy with Landscape Architecture: The Revitalization of Waller Creek in Austin, TX

January 11th, 2013Posted by 

“There is the opportunity to imagine a different Waller Creek, one that is a vital component of urban infrastructure, an open stage for social interaction, and a restored source of natural beauty.” Waller Creek is an urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for seven miles from the northern part of Austin, TX, southward through The University […]

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December 19 2012

Containing Medellin: The Development of the First Urban Green Belt in Colombia

December 19th, 2012Posted by 

Whenever flying into developing Latin American cities, one cannot help but notice the characteristics of the peripheries of the city. The city may be fringed by informal dwellings where evidence of infrastructure trails off as you peer further away from the city centre. Equally, it may be located within a valley where an agglomeration of […]

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December 14 2012

Imagining a More Sustainable City: Completing our Streets to Create Environmentally Conscious Infrastructure

December 14th, 2012Posted by 

Planners, citizens, and the governing body alike, look to the guidance of the newly adopted Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan to ensure that Austin, Texas grows in an economic, social, and environmentally sustainable manner. The consequences from decisions made, ranging from where to build housing or which business industries to support, must be taken into consideration for […]

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November 30 2012

Three Considerations in Creating a Drought Resistant Landscape

November 30th, 2012Posted by 

Having faced one of the worst droughts in Texas history, in 2011, Austinites know that water is an issue of the future, but also today. Yet Texas remains to be one of the largest consumers of water. What are Texans doing with all that water? Well, watering, … watering climatically inappropriate landscapes. Homeowners, institutions, and […]

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November 16 2012

Three Good Reasons for the Rising Cost of Parking in Austin, Texas

November 16th, 2012Posted by 

“Free parking is at the root of many urban ills: congestion, sprawl, wasteful energy use and air pollution.” – Donald Shoup, Parking may not be an obvious urban design issue, but it affects the traffic patterns, environmental health, and landscapes of our cities. As the population in Austin, Texas continues to skyrocket, the city certainly […]

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