Category Archives: New Urbanism

Temporary New Urbanism ‘tests’ for your city?

Peak oil doomers I knew said big business would never let cities create more bike lanes, Bus Rapid Transits (BRT’s) or retrofit city centres around moving pedestrians, not traffic. Apparently (according to the doomer) us dumb ‘sheeple’ (sheep people, following … Continue reading

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India planning this amazing eco-city

It is going to be built mainly out of wood with mixed use (residential and commercial and co-worker spaces). Science alert March 2016 has many inspiring illustrations like thisAnd, before we get too carried away with all the green, let’s … Continue reading

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Sprawl costs America $1 TRILLION annually!

This is amazing. How dumb are we for building sprawl across the western world? Washington, DC, March 19th: Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. These … Continue reading

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‘Peak cars’ from clever city design, NOT peak oil!

The Guardian is running the most encouraging news headline I’ve seen in a long time. I grabbed my coffee, and sat and stared in wonder at this headline. It’s a thing of beauty. End of the car age: how cities … Continue reading

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Canada’s dead trees to build ‘plyscrapers’

Climate change warmed up Canada’s winters for so long that pine beetles destroyed billions of trees across Canada’s vast forests. Those trees are dead or dying. They will release┬ábillions of tons of CO2 when they rot. What to do with … Continue reading

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Google robot cars could help New Urbanism

The reason a New Urbanist like myself likes self-driving cars is that they’re stepping stone to a society with fewer cars. Imagine you’re almost at the point where you could live without a car, but there are just a *few* … Continue reading

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Masdar = Ecocity in the desert

Masdar Fully Charged Part 1: Research project to build a sustainable renewable energy city in the desert outside Abu Dhabai. GFC pushed completion back to 2020 to 2025 Walkable New Urbanist / ecocity design Trees & water in shady narrow … Continue reading

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