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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

March 19, 2013
Green Architecture Changing Built Environment
Sustainable Industries

Sustainably designed buildings and cities involve more than better solar panels and the use of recycled materials, as this conversation with green architect Gerry Tierney reveals.

The Messy Geopolitics of Food Security
Next City

In reference to Cold War-style politics of food security, Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla wanted to make his argument clear: The globalized market means that no country can singlehandedly isolate another’s food market.

Urban Birdwatching is Taking Off
Telegraph UK

As the best birdwatching spots in London are revealed, Joe Shute learns how several species have found unexpected new habitats in our cities.

March 18, 2013
Food Innovation in the UK
Next City

Much of the discussion at the Feeding Cities conference has centered on the challenges of feeding growing populations in the developing world and the inefficiencies in North America’s food systems.

How Much Parkland is Enough?
Vibrant Bay Area

When the subject turns to public parks, there is a truism in land-use entitlement. If a proposed development site has been used by the public for casual recreation, someone will argue that the property should instead become a park.

Obama Wants $2B To Get US Off Oil
Washington Post

President Obama’s newest energy proposal is a $2 billion “Energy Security Trust” fund for research into advanced technologies to reduce America’s reliance on oil.

Exploring Chenshan Botanical Garden
Babylon Reloaded

Taking advantage of an extraordinary mild weather, I spent my last Saturday in Shanghai in the Chenshan Botanical Garden.

Fracking is “Latest Cause of Silly People”
LA Streetsblog

I cannot pretend to be an expert on fracking. Not even close. Yet, I can’t help the feeling that drilling thousands of feet into the earth, pumping millions of gallons of chemical-laden water

Gardening and Greening in Philly
Next City

Despite a population density of more than 11,000 per square mile, Philadelphia “has no shortage of unused or underused land,” said Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)

How to Feed a Growing Superpower
Next City

In an eye-opening presentation today, Zhengxia Dou, a specialist on Agricultural Systems at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, described the immense pressure China’s population rise will put on the country’s — and the planet’s — agricultural resources.

March 5, 2013
It Pays to Build Sustainable Cities
Business Times

THE developing world is experiencing rapid urbanisation, with the number of city dwellers set to reach four billion in 2030 – double its 2000 level.

Micro Climates Changing Everyday Life in Athens
Global Site Plans

The urban environment today is certainly different from what it used to be. City expansion, increased populations in urban centers, and CO2 accumulation are some of the reasons for so-called micro-climates.

March 4, 2013
Proposals for Cleaner Air in Cities
Euro Cities

Responding to a European Commission consultation on the review of the EU air policy, we confirm cities’ commitment to clean air and call for an ambitious EU air quality policy that engages all levels of government: local and regional, national and EU.

How Functional is Conservation Development?
Urban Times

I recently blogged about how we could construct urban communities that conserve biodiversity. On private lands marked for development, one strategy to conserve biodiversity is to build a conservation development (CD).

Are Green Cities Elitist?
Environmental and Urban Economics

What do cities such as Boston, Boulder, CO, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and London have in common?

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