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Why You Can’t Have Organic Food Without Soil | Civil Eats

Why You Can’t Have Organic Food Without Soil | Civil Eats | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Hydroponic farming is missing one very important ingredient -- soil -- and a whole way of thinking that goes along with it.
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I am of two minds on this.  It has long bothered me that hydroponic farming relies on a lot of synthetic fertilizer to feed the plants, and that aquaponic farming gets only nitrogen (from the fish poop).  I wonder where the rest of the nutrition comes from, especially the minerals that come from the soil.

But urban hydroponic/aquaponic farms, both large-scale and small, probably do still play an important role in bringing fresh food closer to the people who need it.  

I'm afraid I do not have an informed opinion on this - so I will wait as the scientists and farmers and nutritionists work it out.  I would like to see a well-constructed study comparing the nutrition of aquaponically-grown foods with organically (in soil) grown.   

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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | Urbanism | Scoop.it
We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.
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Doesn't really fit anywhere, but I wanted to keep this somewhere so I could look it over later.  My first glance revealed some interesting concepts.

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Urban Sustainability and Environmentalism | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Sustainability and Environmentalism | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urbanism | Scoop.it
I teach a seminar in regional and community sustainability and, in each of the last two weeks, a student has wondered why I was including in our curriculum subjects such as home affordability and cultural preservation.
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Using Mixed‐Use Education to Build Communities

Using Mixed‐Use Education to Build Communities | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Urban Planning is rarely seen as a remedy for the state of the education system. However, thoughtful community design that integrates schools in new ways can lead to successful learning environments and vibrant communities.
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We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City' | Urbanism | Scoop.it
The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.
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What makes Taichung the intelligent community of the year? The judges explain

What makes Taichung the intelligent community of the year? The judges explain | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Robert Bell and Sylvie Albert explain the achievements that made Taichung this year's winner, including job creation in technology parks and precision manufacturing, a 4G wireless rollout supporting online government services, and a transformation...
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Streetmix

Design, remix, and share your neighborhood street – all in your browser! Add trees or bike paths, widen sidewalks or traffic lanes, learn how your decisions can impact your community.
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How Better Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Happier, and Sexier | Health on GOOD

How Better Urban Design Makes Us Healthier, Happier, and Sexier | Health on GOOD | Urbanism | Scoop.it
What happens when we redesign the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35 percent of Americans are now clinically obese. That's partly because of diet, but also because we've designed our cities for cars.
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ideas for cities

ideas for cities | Urbanism | Scoop.it
This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach, Lucas Lindsey and Leonard Chien. Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing...
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Do Cities Work Like Stars? : DNews

Do Cities Work Like Stars? : DNews | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Cities function like burning suns, fusing human connections as if they were hydrogen atoms.
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Researchers Propose an Alternative to High-Density, Carless Sustainable Development

Researchers Propose an Alternative to High-Density, Carless Sustainable Development | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Can we combine our love affair with cars and single-family homes with sustainable growth? Mark Delucchi and Kenneth S. Kurani think so.
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Marking this to read it later.  I'll try to keep an open mind when I read it, but I have to admit to being skeptical, having such a deep aversion to suburban sprawl and the culture supporting it.

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Floating Ocean Greenhouses Bring Fresh Food Closer To Megacities

Floating Ocean Greenhouses Bring Fresh Food Closer To Megacities | Urbanism | Scoop.it
A hydroponics farm that uses salty water from the ocean could help growing coastal cities feed themselves.
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The Really Big Fight Over Urban Farming Is Playing Out in Small Towns

The Really Big Fight Over Urban Farming Is Playing Out in Small Towns | Urbanism | Scoop.it
San Francisco and Austin may have figured this out, but places like Muskegon, Michigan, are a better reflection of the obstacles ahead.
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The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams | Urbanism | Scoop.it
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.
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Urban Frontiers's curator insight, August 4, 2014 6:26 AM

A reminder of the metamorphosis of ideas in urban planning and urbanism, the complexity remains and even more so. Looks like it will be a never ending journey of humankind.

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Is being a smart city enough? What about being a truly intelligent community?

Is being a smart city enough? What about being a truly intelligent community? | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Robert Bell lays out the case for intelligent communities--cities like Austin that go beyond the application of ICT for greater efficiency to using technology to improve education levels and train up their workforce for the knowledge-based digital...
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Further Evidence That Road Diets Don’t Hurt Businesses | Streetsblog.net

Further Evidence That Road Diets Don’t Hurt Businesses | Streetsblog.net | Urbanism | Scoop.it
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Are the Suburbs Where the American Dream Goes to Die?

Are the Suburbs Where the American Dream Goes to Die? | Urbanism | Scoop.it
New research shows upward mobility is higher in denser cities
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Unlocking Home | Sightline Institute

Unlocking Home | Sightline Institute | Urbanism | Scoop.it
By Alan Durning

Released July 15, 2013

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Alan Durning takes a hard look at urban housing and sees what many others have missed. Hidden...
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How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

How Walkability Shapes Political Activism | Urbanism | Scoop.it
Social movement organizations are strongly correlated to key elements of cities.
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