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Venezuela Receives 320 Technicians from the FAO; Maduro Sets Sights on ... - Venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuela Receives 320 Technicians from the FAO; Maduro Sets Sights on ... - Venezuelanalysis.com | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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First developed in Cuba, the organopónico is a system of organic urban garden currently being promoted by the Venezuelan government.
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A Sustainable Community - Constructech

A Sustainable CommunityConstructechGreen building is growing at a rapid pace. Rather than one-off, high-tech, sustainable buildings, many governments have something a bit larger in mind—sustainable city centers.

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CNU 22: THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY | Congress for the New Urbanism

CNU 22: THE RESILIENT COMMUNITY | Congress for the New Urbanism | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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Introduction to green-blue urban grids | Urban green-blue grids

Introduction to green-blue urban grids | Urban green-blue grids | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Introduction to green-blue urban grids for #sustainable and #resilient #cities. http://t.co/KXbCOeDF8B #urban #design
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How to build a permaculture suburb

How to build a permaculture suburb | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, all the talk in hippy circles was of the end of suburbia. But what if we could create suburbs that are designed to function in harmony with their surroundings? That’s the concept behind Village Homes in Davis, California. From passive solar housing through neighborhood fruit orchards, chicken coops and beehives to a carefully designed system of swales which is intended to let rainwater percolate into the ground, this 70 acre, 225-home site is about as harmonious as one can image any suburb to be.


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How to… set up an urban Community Land Trust | CLES

How to… set up an urban Community Land Trust | CLES | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Through the community land trust model life will be breathed back into the site, with community activities set up to encourage enterprise and training while they wait for the homes to materialize. The East London Community ...

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First community land trust scheme gets planning - Building Design

First community land trust scheme gets planning - Building Design | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
First community land trust scheme gets planning Building Design A community land trust works with the trust owning the land and calculating the cost of its homes by taking the median average wage in the borough with house prices tied to local...
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Massachusetts Takes A Major Step Forward In Smart Grid Technology - ThinkProgress

Massachusetts Takes A Major Step Forward In Smart Grid Technology - ThinkProgress | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
ThinkProgress Massachusetts Takes A Major Step Forward In Smart Grid Technology ThinkProgress Ensuring that customers don't end up paying an unfair amount for energy during this tumultuous and transitional period for utilities is a major issue in...
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URBAN DESIGN: The 136 Mile 'Cycling Highline ... - DavidMixner.com

URBAN DESIGN: The 136 Mile 'Cycling Highline ... - DavidMixner.com | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
New York's famous Highline has stimulated all sorts of new urban development and designs around the globe. Architects are now proposing that London build a 136 mile elevated cycling network around the city.
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Revised Laws and Urban Farming Projects Help Urban Gardeners

Revised Laws and Urban Farming Projects Help Urban Gardeners | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Urban farming is a great way to improve your health, and an important step to help build a sustainable food system.
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Good overview of the benefits of growign your own in cities. 

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» Peri-Urban Farming for Beijing—Towards Sustainable Production | Global Harvest Initiative

» Peri-Urban Farming for Beijing—Towards Sustainable Production | Global Harvest Initiative | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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NWBicester - thinking about tomorrow

NWBicester - thinking about tomorrow | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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'A November Day at the Ecovillage, Cloughjordan's Eco ...

'A November Day at the Ecovillage, Cloughjordan's Eco ... | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
This video, made by local young filmmaker Nicholas Ryan-Purcell, was produced for a presentation being made at the International Awards for Liveable Communities 2013 (The LivCom Awards) in Xiamen, China at the 29th ...
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Controlling for poverty, urban places are thinner

Controlling for poverty, urban places are thinner | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Some commentators have trotted out the old argument that plenty of city-dwellers, especially in poor areas, are fat, so sprawl doesn't matter to obesity. The data suggests otherwise.

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Bhopkins's curator insight, January 20, 8:24 PM

When one controls for poverty, obesity is concentrated in the suburbs - shocking!

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Dreams of utopia in a potato patch: Young families rush to be part of proposed ... - The Independent

Dreams of utopia in a potato patch: Young families rush to be part of proposed ... - The Independent | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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Clever? Smart Street Lamps Light Up Only When Needed

Clever? Smart Street Lamps Light Up Only When Needed | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
The Tvilight lighting system is designed to dim when no one's around, saving cities as much as 60 percent on energy bills each year (This lighting system is designed to dim when no one's around, saving cities as much as 60% on energy bills each year...
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Striving Towards the Eco-City: Experience from Huainan, China - Energy Collective

Striving Towards the Eco-City: Experience from Huainan, China - Energy Collective | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Striving Towards the Eco-City: Experience from Huainan, China
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... no globally recognized definition for an eco-city.
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Environmental fiscal reform would improve the environment and reduce the ... - Green Building Elements

Environmental fiscal reform would improve the environment and reduce the ... - Green Building Elements | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Environmental fiscal reform would improve the environment and reduce the ...
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The commons and co-operative commonwealth - 4 Nov 2013 - Pat Conaty

Pat Conaty - Research associate at Co-operatives UK looks at the ’commons’ throughout history and argues that the ’commons’ are more relevant than ever in the 21st Century.

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These glowing indoor garden boxes are the future of urban agriculture - Digital Trends

These glowing indoor garden boxes are the future of urban agriculture - Digital Trends | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Digital Trends These glowing indoor garden boxes are the future of urban agriculture Digital Trends Ideally, we'd all be able to grow our own produce and have fresh food whenever we want it, but the unfortunate truth is that if you live in an urban...
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How Suds can stop the floods - Telegraph.co.uk

How Suds can stop the floods - Telegraph.co.uk | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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Boringly entitled “sustainable drainage systems” (but more attractively acronymed as Suds) slow the flow, store it and encourage it to seep into the ground.
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How big should a home be? : TreeHugger

How big should a home be? : TreeHugger | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Our founder, Graham Hill, even set up a company, LifeEdited, to promote the design of smaller units. In Britain, the Royal ... And as I always say: Design matters. Tags: Less Is ... of our cities, ...
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Interesting study.  I think a lot depnds on where the homes are built.  In ireland rural house are way too big - a silly status thing.  But in the cities the apartments are too small - a silly regulation thing.

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A Modular & Flexible (shipping container) Terminal for the Port of Seville, Spain

A Modular & Flexible (shipping container) Terminal for the Port of Seville, Spain | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it

The Port of Seville needed a new Cruise Ship Terminal with a flexible character, multipurpose, extendable, easily removable and even movable.

This would permit to accomodate the unpredictable number of passengers in the port and it does not limit the possibilities of the urban-port valuable space of the Muelle de las Delicias. The Port Authority itself proposed to solve the project using sea containers. On the other hand, the place, near the historic centre, was claiming an object of architectural quality that would promote the dialogue between the port and its urban environment.

The on-site construction work could only last 15 days, the maximum time between two consecutive cruises docking. The modular construction with recycled shipping containers would be mostly finished in workshop, ensuring the precision of the on-site work...


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Modular Buildings constructed with SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) and Powered by PV Panels and other Alternative Energy Systems . . . it is all happening and we want to participate!!! 

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Arquitectura modular para la autoridad portuaria de Sevilla- Nueva parada para los cruceros. Buen diseño, sostenible y eficiente.

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Tianjin Eco-city :: Master Plan

Tianjin Eco-city :: Master Plan | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
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The Ecovillage at Currumbin

The Ecovillage at Currumbin | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
An international award winning sustainable community
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Please Give Us Your Kind Support to Save China's Largest Ecovillage

Please Give Us Your Kind Support to Save China's Largest Ecovillage | Sustainable Settlements | Scoop.it
Dear all, I'm Jena of Lifechanyuan. I'm living in a spiritual community which is called the Second Home of Lifechanyuan in Yunnan, China. Currently our community has three branches scattering in Anning, Chuxiong and ...
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