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Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Urban Life | Scoop.it
My neighborhood has a “commons.” So does yours. The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in which the community as a whole has an interest. At a minimum, these include the community’s streets,...
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Cidades brasileiras buscam ações de sustentabilidade

Cidades brasileiras buscam ações de sustentabilidade | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Carbon Disclosure Project afirma que municípios do país estão começando a “acordar” para nova realidade de um clima em constante mudança, e buscam soluções apesar da falta de iniciativas do governo federal.
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C40 Cities: Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City

C40 Cities: Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Why are cities the solution to addressing global climate change? Find out at C40 Cities http://c40.org/ending-climate-change-begins-in-the-city #ycities

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Anne Caspari's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:22 PM

fun and interesting infographic, scroll your mouse wheel.. 

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Carros poluidores devem ser proibidos no centro de Londres

Carros poluidores devem ser proibidos no centro de Londres | Urban Life | Scoop.it
  De olho na redução das emissões de gases de efeito estufa, o prefeito de Londres, Boris Johnson, anunciou uma medida que proíbe a entrada de veículos poluidores no centro da capital britânica.
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Collective Intelligence in Cities Brings Potent Solutions

Collective Intelligence in Cities Brings Potent Solutions | Urban Life | Scoop.it

“What is the one thing you can do to make a city more sustainable? That’s easy. Stop asking the question: What is the one thing you can do to make a city more sustainable?” How we should really be tackling the debate and issue is by first recognizing that cities are hyper-complex and none exactly alike. Meaning, every single one will have different solutions and every single one will need different solutions as it changes over time. Although these complexities and diversities sound like a strain on our ability to combat the problems faced, Warren Karlenzig argues that the dynamics and inter-connections of urban areas are what give them their “strength against shocks and stresses”. They are our gift and our curse.

 

Collective Intelligence--Cities as Global Intelligence Platform [video]


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Tecnologías emergentes en el funcionamiento urbano. Promesas y límites para la sostenibilidad urbana

Tecnologías emergentes en el funcionamiento urbano. Promesas y límites para la sostenibilidad urbana | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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Integrating Transportation and Culture in Nice | Sustainable Cities Collective

Integrating Transportation and Culture in Nice | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
I was recently lucky enough to spend some time in Nice, on the Cote D'Azur in the South of France, and was blown away by the way in which this punchy medium-sized city had come on in leaps and bounds in terms of improving its urban realm.  I was last...
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Image Be Proactive. There’s much any city can do today.
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Brasileiros podem debater tema da Rio+20 em site lançado pela ONU

Brasileiros podem debater tema da Rio+20 em site lançado pela ONU | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Rio de Janeiro – Os brasileiros que desejem contribuir com as discussões sobre desenvolvimento sustentável, tema da conferência Rio+20, que a Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) realiza no Rio de Janeiro em junho, pode enviar textos, fotos ou vídeos...
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Rio+20 pode perder substância política

Rio+20 pode perder substância política | Urban Life | Scoop.it
As preliminares da Rio+20 mostram uma fieira de impasses e dificuldades e justificam o temor de que a reunião fracasse. O sucesso seria, hoje, uma surpresa inesperada. A conjuntura mundial é desfavorável.
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Sustainability By Any Other Name – Next American City

Sustainability By Any Other Name – Next American City | Urban Life | Scoop.it
“Degrowth” is the intentional contraction of overly inflated economies and the dispelling of the myth that perpetual pursuit of growth is good for economies or the societies of which they are a part. Could it save our economy and our planet?
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10 Most Sustainable Cities in North American - Miratel

10 Most Sustainable Cities in North American - Miratel | Urban Life | Scoop.it

most-sustainable-cities-north-america-csr-business The 5 categories are: environmental quality; economic security; governance and empowerment; infrastructure and energy; and social well being. They also included “new ...


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Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic)

Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic) | Urban Life | Scoop.it

For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future.

 In the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned “arcology” - a word that combines “architecture” and “ecology," with a goal of building structures to house large populations in self-contained environments with a self-sustaining economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri)
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luiy's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:42 AM
For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future as giant structures that contain entire metropolises. To some, these buildings present the best means for cities to exist in harmony with nature, while others forsee grotesque monstrosities destructive to the human spirit. In the mid-20th century, engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller imagined city-enclosing plastic domes and enormous housing projects resembling nuclear cooling towers. These ideas are impractical but they explore the limits of conventional architectural thinking.  Science fiction writers and artists often imagine future architecture that oppresses the human spirit. Megastructures such as the pyramid-like Tyrell Buildings of “Blade Runner” dominate a decrepit skyline. The decaying old city is simply covered with layers of newer, larger buildings in a process of “retrofitting.” Beginning in the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned a more humane approach. The word “arcology” is a combination of “architecture” and “ecology.” The goal is to build megastructures that would house a population of a million or more people, but in a self-contained environment with its own economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri) In 1996, a group of 75 Japanese corporations commissioned Soleri to design the one-kilometer-tall Hyper Bulding, a vertical city for 100,000 people. Existing in harmony with nature, the Hyper Building was designed to recycle waste, produce food in greenhouses, and use the sun’s light and heat for power and climate control.  The structure was designed for passive heating and cooling without the need for machinery. An economic recession put the brakes on the project and it was never built. Soleri’s arcology concept is being put to the test in the Arcosanti experimental community being built in Arizona. Construction began in 1970. When complete the town will house 5,000 people. Buildings are composed of locally produced concrete and are designed to capture sunlight and heat. To be built in the desert near Abu Dhabi, Masdar is a 2.3-square-mile (6 sq km) planned city of 40,000 residents. Buildings are designed to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, and the city will run entirely on solar power and renewable energy. Begun in 2006, the project is planned for completion around 2020-2025.
Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:44 AM

Amazing and beautiful analysis!! Believe it or not, the science fiction also has something to teach us about the city of tomorrow.

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A Conversation With Fred Kent, Leader in Revitalizing City Spaces

A Conversation With Fred Kent, Leader in Revitalizing City Spaces | Urban Life | Scoop.it
The latest installment in our ongoing series of exchanges with experts on the subjects of health, design, food, travel, and sustainability
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What if Your Footsteps Could Power Your City Sustainably?

What if Your Footsteps Could Power Your City Sustainably? | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Pavegen Tiles in a Hallway...
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Making Pro Sports Pro-Green, and Taking Cities Along With Them

Making Pro Sports Pro-Green, and Taking Cities Along With Them | Urban Life | Scoop.it
More than 90 pro sports teams and venues are now members of an alliance to make the industry more eco-friendly, demonstrating that marrying sports with city efforts at sustainability is possible, if not always practical.
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How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Cities and regions in the UK face ever-increasing economic, social and environmental challenges. They compete for investment in what is now a single global economy. (RT @sustaincities: Is your city "exploiting" the Information Revolution?
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Human Transit: paris: "the bus stop of the future"

Human Transit: paris: "the bus stop of the future" | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Now that Paris has bus lanes on almost every boulevard, we can expect their transit agencies to continue investing and innovating around their frequent and popular bus services.
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Europe's future depends on cities resilient to climate change — European Environment Agency (EEA)

Europe's future depends on cities resilient to climate change — European Environment Agency (EEA) | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Around three quarters of Europeans live in cities. Most of Europe's wealth is generated in cities, and urban areas are particularly at risk due to climate change.
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Arup wins Chile metro work

Arup wins Chile metro work | Urban Life | Scoop.it
(London) Arup has been appointed by Metro de Santiago to lead the concept design of 11 stations in the Chilean capital. The scope of the project covers some of the most challenging stations on two ...
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Five Apps for a Healthy and Sustainable Urban Lifestyle | Sustainable Cities Collective

Five Apps for a Healthy and Sustainable Urban Lifestyle | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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