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Looking into how people live in cities around the world. Collecting solutions that increase sustainability and livability of the cities we live in.
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Litter collection: New style

Litter collection: New style | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Help local cleanup operations and make new friends | On Japan’s Coming-of-Age Day last Jan 11, you may have noticed groups of young adults earnestly collecting litter by the side of the road. While ...
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Parklets give every block a little park

Parklets give every block a little park | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Residential density in DC is increasing at a faster rate than we can create public spaces for new residents to enjoy.

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Colombia será pionera en uso de ‘crowdfunding’ social

Colombia será pionera en uso de ‘crowdfunding’ social | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Con una inversión de 150 mil dólares, se lanzará en el país la primera plataforma para financiación colectiva en la región, cuyo foco es fomentar la donación de dinero a causas sociales a través de internet.

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Could Crowdfunding Help Build Cities? - Mashable

Could Crowdfunding Help Build Cities? - Mashable | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Could Crowdfunding Help Build Cities?
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In Bogotá, Colombia's capital city, crowdfunding will build a skyscraper, thanks to the donations of 300,000 residents who contributed a total of $170 million.

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Expensive cities are killing creativity

Expensive cities are killing creativity | Living Environment | Scoop.it
New York City, a traditional incubator for artists, has now become a 'gated citadel' for creativity.
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Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong’s movement to “Shop Elsewhere” ‹ Marketing Unwired

Ogilvy & Mather Hong Kong’s movement to “Shop Elsewhere” ‹ Marketing Unwired | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Your source for mobile marketing news, insights, and trends in Asia Pacific, known as the world's largest and most dynamic region for mobile.
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How to market and promote independent, emerging designers who can't afford an expensive shop window on the high street

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Le Marche promoters of the Poly-Sump | Planning sustainable mobility together

Le Marche promoters of the Poly-Sump | Planning sustainable mobility together | Living Environment | Scoop.it

Poly-SUMP, Polycentric Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, aims to develop a sustainable mobility planning methodology in polycentric regions – areas characterised by several centres, where services and goods, and therefore transport needs, are scattered in different towns.

Planning mobility in these areas is complex, as several municipalities, sometimes even from different countries, and many stakeholders are involved. Poly-SUMP offers a methodology for poly-centric regions to overcome barriers and to build a constructive dialogue among all involved actors in order to reach a common vision of sustainable mobility.

The six participating regions in Europe, test concrete planning processes towards the adoption of mobility plans, and check the transferability of the approach to six other regions in Europe.

The Regions involved are represented by:

Regione Marche (Italy), Central Alentejo (Portugal), Central Macedonia (Greece), the Heart of Slovenia (Slovenia), Rhine Alp (Austria) Parkstad Limburg (the Netherlands)

Poly-SUMP offers you the ideal platform where to learn what its regions have achieved, and how you can replicate the results in your own context.

In the Marche Region in recent years, the local public transport has been deeply updated and has gained an important role for the development of a sustainable mobility. It contributes to the decongestion of urban and suburban traffic, it guarantees lower pollution and lower energy consumption, a better visual impact and an overall reduction of accidents.

In the light of the recent successes in the Marche’s territory, the regional government aims to realise a real synergy between the transport modes through a modal and fare integration. Integration should be reached through a more rational structure of the transport network and an effective methodology to develop an electronic ticketing system


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Electric Vehicles and Public Transportation | The Energy Collective

Electric Vehicles and Public Transportation | The Energy Collective | Living Environment | Scoop.it
The power management and automotive company Eaton has just introduced its new HyperCharger wireless charging system for electric buses in Europe, demonstrating once again that electric vehicle technology provides new opportunities that liquid fuels...

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The World Is Pedaling: Bike Sharing Programs Across Four Continents : Living Green Magazine

The World Is Pedaling: Bike Sharing Programs Across Four Continents : Living Green Magazine | Living Environment | Scoop.it

Editor’s Note:  Deja’s first bicycle article looked at three world cities that have successfully implemented popular bike-sharing programs.  The second article reviewed cities in the U.S. and Latin America that have notable biking infrastructure.  This third and final article in the series looks at programs in Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

 

 


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Researchers discover a new greenhouse gas that’s 7,000 times worse than CO2

Researchers discover a new greenhouse gas that’s 7,000 times worse than CO2 | Living Environment | Scoop.it
PFTBA has "the highest radiative efficiency of any molecule detected in the atmosphere to date"

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Lancashire residents launch bid for local hydro scheme

Lancashire residents launch bid for local hydro scheme | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Whalley Community Hydro and Co-Op launch push to raise funds for renewable energy scheme in River Calder

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Making Our Communities More Liveable: Examples from Germany and Scandinavia

Making Our Communities More Liveable: Examples from Germany and Scandinavia | Living Environment | Scoop.it
An increasing number of community policy makers, planners and residents around the world want their communities —neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities— to be more liveable.
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World Cities and Changing Populations

World Cities and Changing Populations | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Cheaper housing drives a lot of migration, and not just in San Francisco. Everywhere. However, as the story about the United Kingdom makes plain, there are winners and losers in the outmigration from global city game.
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Terra Forming Terra: German Village Achieves Energy Independence

Terra Forming Terra: German Village Achieves Energy Independence | Living Environment | Scoop.it

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DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks! | Inhabitat New York City

DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks! | Inhabitat New York City | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Softwalks, an amazing green initiative, has unveiled kits that turn scaffolding into fun and easy pop-up public parks.

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Concrete 3D Printer Can Build Homes In Less Than One Day

Concrete 3D Printer Can Build Homes In Less Than One Day | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Contour Crafting could replace human construction workers with giant robots.

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Biological concrete for constructing 'living' building materials

Biological concrete for constructing 'living'  building materials | Living Environment | Scoop.it
It is a material that improves thermal comfort in buildings and helps to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

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Predictive policing technology lowers crime rates in US cities

Predictive policing technology lowers crime rates in US cities | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Crystal Dilworth investigates how two US police departments use predictive policing software to anticipate crime.

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Milton Keynes to introduce driverless public transport pods by 2017 - The Independent

Milton Keynes to introduce driverless public transport pods by 2017 - The Independent | Living Environment | Scoop.it
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Milton Keynes has announced plans to deploy a driverless public transport system.

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Luxury Apartment Living Goes Green...

Luxury Apartment Living Goes Green... | Living Environment | Scoop.it
In urban areas across the country, young professionals are clamoring for close-in, transit-oriented apartments that are as high-performance as they are luxurious.

In fact, nearly one-fifth of them will pay more for a green residence, according to a recent survey, and developers are responding with posh rental communities that encompass energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and a walkable lifestyle.

Visit the link for six recently completed projects that provide sustainable, stylish multifamily living...


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Design Thinking and Stretching Empathy for Peace, Green Living, and Health

Design Thinking and Stretching Empathy for Peace, Green Living, and Health | Living Environment | Scoop.it
In this post, the author reveals how empathy is the key foundation of Design Thinking.

 

This summer I completed my first “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Course) through Stanford University's “Design Thinking Action Lab." The course description caught my interest: “Stanford d.school lecturer and Epicenter Associate Director Leticia Britos Cavagnaro and her team will take you on a journey to learn the Design Thinking process. This methodology for human-centered creative problem solving is used by companies and organizations to drive a culture of innovation. The Design Thinking Action Lab will provide the inspiration, tools and support you need to discover the joy of learning by doing as you tackle an innovation challenge in the real world.” My sincere gratitude goes to Dr. Cavagnaro for an excellent and dynamic MOOC experience!

 

By Lesa Walker


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Which EU Country Is The Greenest? - Solar Power Production Per Capita

Which EU Country Is The Greenest? - Solar Power Production Per Capita | Living Environment | Scoop.it
Find out which EU country produces the most electricity from solar PV with The Eco Experts Infographic. Which countries are leading and which are lagging?

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Wouter Vanstiphout: how Rotterdam lost its architectural SOUL - DesignCurial

Wouter Vanstiphout: how Rotterdam lost its architectural SOUL - DesignCurial | Living Environment | Scoop.it

In 1991 I moved to Rotterdam. At that time it still felt like an ideological choice to voluntarily attach yourself to this scar of a city, rather than self-deporting to the reservation for tourists and students that was Amsterdam.

 

The city I arrived in was infamous for its emptiness: its bombed-out urban voids and robotic harbour installations on artificial land stretching deep into the North Sea. Sea dykes, train lines and overdimensioned motorways ran straight through the innercity, discouraging the rare tourist to even cross the street to the museum or park, let alone negotiating this way to the Meuse river to contemplate the container-ships chugging upstream. Rotterdam was also loud and dark, producing new-wave dirges from its bands downtown; meanwhile the council flats reverberated with a particularly angry form of local hip hop and a brutish, prolish techno, known as 'Gabber' House (Gabber, ironically, being 'dam slang for buddy or pal).

 

Rotterdam was also the city where a new architecture came from - not a new style or generation of architects, but really: a New Architecture. My first and very visceral confrontation with this was when we sneaked onto the site of the nearly-finished Kunsthal by OMA. Seeing the building from the inside out, resembling an impossibly raw concrete mess in mid-collapse, was mesmerizing. It condensed the strange infrastructural anti-logic of Rotterdam in a single building, which itself became part of the infrastructural network. At that stage it looked like a building project going surreally, Buster Keaton-esquely, wrong.

 


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Cramped Apartments in Hong Kong Shot From Directly Above

Cramped Apartments in Hong Kong Shot From Directly Above | Living Environment | Scoop.it
In the middle of last year, The Economist released rankings for the world's most livable cities, and Hong Kong was found at the top. What many people d

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Momal Mushtaq's curator insight, February 24, 2013 4:04 AM
Over 100,000 people in Hong Kong live in tiny "cubicle apartments". These are 40-square-foot living spaces created by dividing already-small apartments into multiple units.