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Worldwide, communities and initiatives spring up who transition to a culture of strong sustainability and harmony with the natural world. What is it that makes them tick?
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Pocket Neighborhoods: Small-Scale Living in a Large-Scale World

From Whidbey Island, Washington, to Winnsboro, Texas, pocket neighborhoods are taking root in communities in search of a simpler, more shareable way of life. In a pocket neighborhood, houses with a smaller-than-normal footprint surround a shared green space. The more public areas of the homes -- living room, dining room, and kitchen -- face the commons, with the bedrooms situated away from public views. The design is both community-oriented and environmentally friendly.

 

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A new Native American village based on tradition helps a Tribe reclaim its sustainable roots | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

A new Native American village based on tradition helps a Tribe reclaim its sustainable roots | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
  The Ohkay Owingeh Tribe and Pueblo in New Mexico has returned to its roots with an award-winning, mixed-income housing project based on traditional Native forms.  It's an exciting and inspiring project.

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Community Planning Projects and the Importance of Stakeholder Engagement

Community Planning Projects and the Importance of Stakeholder Engagement | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

When working for more resilient communities or responsible businesses, one pattern that emerges is that they are more process oriented than results-oriented. This comes across perhaps most clearly in larger-scale planning projects, where a vital piece of the work revolves around stakeholder engagement.

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The Economics of Sustainable Cities: Four Key Components | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Economics of Sustainable Cities: Four Key Components | Sustainable Cities Collective | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Four key trends emerging:

1. Communicating the economic benefits of sustainability

2. Leadership

3. Designing functional, sustainable cities

4. Retrofitting to create sustainable cities

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Why Trees Make For Safer Streets

Why Trees Make For Safer Streets | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Tree-lined street Urban Forestry is a growing trend in cities looking to actively clean their air and water while making streets aesthetically pleasing for pedestrians, bike riders, and drivers as well.
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Ditch Your Car Step 1: Move to a Mixed Use Neighborhood | Sustainable Cities Collective

Ditch Your Car Step 1: Move to a Mixed Use Neighborhood | Sustainable Cities Collective | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

New research from Southern California has found that residents of neighborhoods with a central core of shops and services – a pattern typically found in older, traditional communities – walk nearly three times more often than do residents of neighborhoods whose nearest shops and services lie along a major arterial roadway – a pattern typically found in newer suburban development. Residents of traditionally styled and centered neighborhoods also drive less than their counterparts residing in the newer pattern.

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Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in

Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

When talking about reducing the footprint of our living patterns on the landscape and the earth’s limited resources, I always stress that this does not necessarily mean high-rises or even multi-family living at all. Those can be perfectly accessible pathways to sustainability for people who prefer them, but one can also have sustainably designed neighborhoods of single-family homes on moderately sized lots. The lots can be even smaller without sacrificing access to the outdoors if ample shared green space is integrated into the setting. Ultimately, more sustainable living patterns need to be about a diversity of choices within a community, rather than the ghettoes of identically sized and styled housing products typically offered during the recent heyday of sprawl


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The 10 Emerging Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012

The 10 Emerging Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012 | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Whether they benefit from visionary leaders, flourishing social enterprise, or commitment from community activists, the following 10 cities are well worth a visit to experience their transformation and resilience.

When “green,” “sustainable” or resilient cities come to mind, the usual suspects crop up: Portland, Amsterdam, San Francisco and even high-tech Abu Dhabi score plenty of attention. As more cities push their green agenda the way they promote business opportunities or local tourism, some cities are way ahead of others. Mayors now try to jockey themselves to the front of the sustainability beauty contest with some cities here in the United States showing far more success (Chicago) than others that miserably fail (Los Angeles). Around the world are many cities that have responsive government, vibrant passion at the grass roots level, or both...


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How to boost biking and walking even further in your city

How to boost biking and walking even further in your city | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The pronounced rise of two-wheel and two-feet travel between 2010 and 2011 is attributable in part to an array of street improvements—including more bike lanes and special bicycle-and-pedestrian boulevards—installed around town in the past year as part of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Project.

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The Importance of Legacy to Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Importance of Legacy to Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

When we think of “sustainability,” we usually are considering the viability of a place or action into the future – as my friend Steve Mouzon puts it, “can we keep it going in a healthy way into an uncertain future?” But I increasingly think that, when we consider that nourishing the human spirit is just as important as conserving natural resources – we humans are part of this ecosystem, after all – the continuity implied by sustaining something may need to relate to the past as well as to the future.

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4 Principles for Re-Designing the Suburbs for the Future | Sustainable Cities Collective

4 Principles for Re-Designing the Suburbs for the Future | Sustainable Cities Collective | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Suburbs will continue to exist.People will still want to live in them, and therefore we must re-design them. ...

So how do we begin the re-design? Here are four principles to consider;

1. Sell the idea of proximity, not density

2. Re-create the grid

3. Use that all that extra space to your advantage

4. Create a “there” there

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A view from the cycle path: How the Dutch got their cycling infrastructure

A view from the cycle path: How the Dutch got their cycling infrastructure | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Road building traditions go back a long way and they are influenced by many factors. But the way Dutch streets and roads are built today is largely the result of deliberate political decisions in the 1970s to turn away from the car centric policies of the prosperous post war era. Changed ideas about mobility, safer and more livable cities and about the environment led to a new type of streets in the Netherlands.

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Policies for a shareable city #11: Urban agriculture

Policies for a shareable city #11: Urban agriculture | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Cities should be doing everything in their power to facilitate localized food production, and a key component of that is enabling urban agriculture and community gardening. Peak oil, the breakdown of our industrial food system, the high cost of sustainably produced food – these and other factors lend to an urgent need to use every plot of available city land for food growing.

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Urban agriculture

Urban agriculture | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

-Urban Farming Takes Hold in NYC
-The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City [report]
-Sydney is buying back the farms at last
-Breaking through the myths: New book seeks to redefine urban farming [interview with authors]
-Urban ag before it was hip
-New urban farming structure breaks ground

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New Zealand’s largest solar subdivision to be built in Canterbury

New Zealand’s largest solar subdivision to be built in Canterbury | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
New Zealand’s largest solar subdivision is on its way to Canterbury, supplying home owners with about a quarter of a typical home’s energy needs.

Maxim Projects Ltd, one of Canterbury’s developers leading the rebuilding of Christchurch, today announced a new partnership with Meridian Energy and SolarCity to build New Zealand’s largest subdivision utilising solar energy.

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MYTHBUSTING | #2 Whiter than white

MYTHBUSTING | #2 Whiter than white | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Recently I've started to note references to 'ethnoburbs' and commentaries about the cultural diversity of suburban communities. The view of suburbs as culturally homogenous is gradually subsiding. ...
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Livable Cities | Philips Meaningful Innovation

Livable Cities | Philips Meaningful Innovation | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A great city shouldn’t just be livable, it should be lovable too. International Urban Consultant Dr. Shipra Narang reports on a two-year assignment by a team of nine experts to explore and assess the key ingredients required to create a successful city that’s fit for the future.

Brought together by the Philips Center for Health & Wellbeing, the think-tank has worked with partners including the Center for Livable Cities in Singapore to identify what makes a city truly livable...


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the best way to define meaningful places

the best way to define meaningful places | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
How should we define meaningful urban places? Who should set the stage?

Both are key questions in managing cities of the future. The answers are not new.

Harvard Professor John Stillgoe argues for personal observation of the built environment. The title of Stillgoe’s most noted book, Outside Lies Magic (1998), sets the tone for self-inquiry.

Similarly, journalist-turned-urban authority Grady Clay explains how the “undisclosed evidence” of the form and patterns of cities awaits personal discovery...


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QUESTION | What does sustainability look like?

QUESTION | What does sustainability look like? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Last year, a largish residential block in my local area was subdivided into three (above, outlined in red). An oversized lowset family home, probably built in the 60s/70s, was demolished and three ...
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VillageForum.com

VillageForum.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"VillageTowns: A different approach to creating community..."

 


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"There Goes the Neighborhood." Two Ways to Deal with Foreclosed Homes

"There Goes the Neighborhood." Two Ways to Deal with Foreclosed Homes | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
While some cities are tearing down thousands of vacant homes, Occupy Our Homes movement offers a compassionate alternative.
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Can We Balance the Old and New as a Place Evolves?

Can We Balance the Old and New as a Place Evolves? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We change with time, and so do our communities. In some cases the evolution may seem lightning-fast, in others slow; in some cases change brings obvious improvement, but there is frequently something lost as well. Like it or not, there is no stopping. So how do we remain who we are if our purpose changes? In the case of communities, how do we manage change so as to retain what is most valuable of a place's character?

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Designing Cities with Children in Mind | This Big City

Designing Cities with Children in Mind | This Big City | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
In Accra, Ghana’s capital, a local non-profit is taking two acres of undeveloped land and transforming it into a child-centric, play-friendly public centre where the entire community can re-imagine 21st century urban living.
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A Happy, Flourishing City With No Advertising

A Happy, Flourishing City With No Advertising | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Five years ago, São Paulo, Brazil, banned billboards and other visual advertising. Guess how many people miss them today?
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Turning an Abandoned Industrial Island into a Green Cultural Center in Paris

Turning an Abandoned Industrial Island into a Green Cultural Center in Paris | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A small island in the Parisian suburbs, once home to Renault car factories, is being converted into a cultural hub with a focus on sustainable development and a quality living environment.
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