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A short history of the city | TheCityFix

A short history of the city | TheCityFix | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

You probably know that urban planning has been around for a long time, but did you know that many of our urban planning principles date back to Ancient Greece?

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Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air

Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air could be a real lifesaver. Italy's Architecture and Vision is d...
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This is a lovely idea that supports the need for water and the need for community...please support if you can.  This is appropriate technology at its best.

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Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.
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Globalizing Sustainable Development | World Resources Institute

Globalizing Sustainable Development | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Between now and September 2015, when heads of state will gather for the UN General Assembly, we have a historic chance to set the world on a more sustainable path that will eradicate poverty and enhance prosperity for all.

Over the coming months, however, leaders must work together to set the world on the right course to realize this vision.
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7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations

7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

The United States has a lot to learn about quality bus-rapid transit, and great station design is toward the top of that lesson plan. Take the Orange Line BRT in Los Angeles—one of America's highest-rated BRT systems, earning a bronze rating from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. It's not that Orange Line stations like the one below are unattractive for bus stops. It's just that they still inspire comparisons with bus stops.

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Not to be by shown up by Silicon Valley, Wall Street wades into bitcoin

Not to be by shown up by Silicon Valley, Wall Street wades into bitcoin | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The price of bitcoin might be taking a nosedive, but VCs and Wall Street investors are still piling in.
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Design for a Shared Future

Design for a Shared Future | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Sharing with others is one of the positive stories to tell in the face of a harsh future, but how we tell that story is paramount.
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The Real Numbers: Half of America Is in Poverty -- and It's Creeping Upward

Last year, the Charles Koch Foundation released a commercial that ranked a near-poverty-level $34,000 family among the Top 1% of poor people in the world. Bud Konheim, CEO and co-founder of fashion company Nicole Miller, concurred: "The guy that's making, oh my God, he's making $35,000 a year, why don't we try that out in India or some countries we can't even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy."


Comments like these are condescending and self-righteous. They display an ignorance of the needs of lower-income and middle-income families in America. The costs of food and housing and education and health care and transportation and child care and taxes have been well-defined by organizations such as the Economic Policy Institute, which calculated that a U.S. family of three would require an average of about $48,000 a year to meet basic needs; and by the Working Poor Families Project, which estimates the income required for basic needs for a family of four at about $45,000. The median household income is $51,000.

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One Village in Tanzania Shows Locally Managed Development Makes Good Business Sense | World Resources Institute

One Village in Tanzania Shows Locally Managed Development Makes Good Business Sense | World Resources Institute | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Many developing country governments have transferred large swathes of community land to agri-businesses, extractive industries, infrastructure developers and other investors as a way to grow their economies. These actions often come at the expense of local communities, who lose rights to the lands they’ve lived on for generations.

But development doesn’t need to come at the expense of local communities. As one community in Tanzania is showing, alternative business models can allow citizens to retain their lands and resources while also capitalizing on economic opportunities.
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A New Theory of Energy and The Economy - Part 1 - Generating Economic Growth

A New Theory of Energy and The Economy - Part 1 - Generating Economic Growth | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature.
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Can a Massive Museum Expansion Get Texans Walking?

Can a Massive Museum Expansion Get Texans Walking? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
What sets the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, apart is one of its secondary goals: to make the Museum District a real, walkable neighborhood.
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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.
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Foresight Africa 2015: Infrastructure Requires More Than Raising Money

Foresight Africa 2015: Infrastructure Requires More Than Raising Money | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Gutman identifies six priorities for Africa in 2015 as the region moves to fill the gap in access to infrastructure.

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Yale Environment 360: Filtering Polluted Stormwater Through Soil Can Protect Salmon, Study Says

Yale Environment 360: Filtering Polluted Stormwater Through Soil Can Protect Salmon, Study Says | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Filtering polluted runoff from urban areas through a simple soil mixture dramatically reduced the water's toxic metal and hydrocarbon content and made it safe for coho salmon and the insects they eat, according to new research. Scientists collected polluted runoff from a four-lane highway in Seattle, then filtered part of the water through a mixture of sand, compost, and shredded bark. Coho salmon and aquatic insects thrived in the filtered stormwater, but they quickly died in the unfiltered water, researchers reported in the journal Chemosphere. Chemical analyses showed that filtering the water through the soil mixture reduced toxic metals by 30 to 99 percent, reduced polyaromatic hydrocarbons — common byproducts of fossil-fuel combustion — to levels at or below detection, and reduced organic matter by more than 40 percent. The research supports the use of building practices that promote natural filtration of stormwater, such as rain gardens, before the runoff enters a creek or stream, the researchers say.

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How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life

How Singapore Makes Biodiversity an Important Part of Urban Life | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Inside a city that works hard at keeping the jungle in "urban jungle."
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Why Infrastructure Matters: Rotten Roads, Bum Economy

Why Infrastructure Matters: Rotten Roads, Bum Economy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This essay argues America’s infrastructure choices must respond to economic, demographic, fiscal, and environmental changes if they are to help people, places and firms thrive and prosper.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A bathing Bengal tiger, wintry horses and San Francisco’s bird mystery feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world
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Water conservation that stresses money saving, too - CBS News

Water conservation that stresses money saving, too - CBS News | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Some utilities are using sophisticated systems to monitor water usage and persuade consumers to use less water
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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | SummitDaily.com

Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? | SummitDaily.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Bruce Kania stood over an open trapdoor, peering down precipitous stairs into a repurposed septic tank sunk in the middle of Fish Fry Lake. “Stay behind me, and do
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Ptolemaic Environmentalism

Ptolemaic Environmentalism | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Neo-green environmentalism is holding onto the core belief in the rightfulness or inevitability of a human-governed planet.
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Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 1

Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 1 | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Access to land and the cost of that access are essential to the provision of affordable housing. Likewise, access to money, and the cost of that access, are issues fundamental to economic health.
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Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor

Microgrids as Fact and Metaphor | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
In visualizing microgrids as smaller versions of the existing grid, we ignore a whole new dimension of the impending electricity revolution that I wish to call “microgrid as metaphor,” and distinguish it from “microgrid as fact.” Let me elaborate.
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The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The latest numbers from the Brookings Institution are a reminder that inequality has a geographic dimension.
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The 1990 World Development Report: How Poverty Looks 25 Years Later

The 1990 World Development Report: How Poverty Looks 25 Years Later | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Lyn Squire examines advances in the measurement, treatment, and characterization of global poverty over the past 25 years.
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Global Food Challenge: It's About Humans Collaborating And Mimicking Nature​ | Justmeans

Global Food Challenge: It's About Humans Collaborating And Mimicking Nature​ | Justmeans | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
(3BL Media/Just Means) - Last Wednesday (Jan 14) leaders from various industries converged to the launch of the Mars-UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health and discuss one of the most pressing issues of our time: food security.
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