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[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 - 09:36
On 1 July 2011, the European bank Dexia published a study on trends in subnational public finance in the European Union between 2000 and 2010, with an overview of the finances and institutions of the subnational public sector in the 27 EU member states. This 2011 edition is available in English and French, and presents provisional data for 2010 and a retrospective of the last ten years.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 14:25
Making urban data available is important, but not as important as presenting that data in a digestible way, according to this piece from Change Observer. Phil Patton reviews "Intelligent Cities", a new effort by The National Building Museum, Time magazine and the Rockefeller Foundation to improve urban design and create "smart" cities. "What is critical in making cities “smart” is not just data... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 09:31
The projects across the country having the biggest impact on the feel and function of cities are more often than not the work of landscape architects, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. From the High Line in New York City to the new Steel Yard park in Providence, landscape architects are bringing about projects that are having a huge impact on cities, writes ASLA -... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 17:43
Situated 65 km West from Seoul, Songdo, the greenest business hub in the world, should be completed by 2015. According to Gale International, the developer, green “instant-cities” are the answer to the frenetic urbanization taking place in developing countries. The Songdo International Business District project, expected to cost about 35 billion dollars, is one of the most expensive development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 17:34
The Tianjin Eco-City project aims to serve as a legacy for future generations by creating an environmentally friendly, economically viable, and energy efficient urban area. As climate change becomes an increasingly alarming global issue, this project could serve as a valuable model in creating future sustainable developments throughout Asia and the world at large. Born through a partnership... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 11:02
The Horn of Africa region is facing what seems to be the worst drought in 60 years. This has led to famine in parts or Somalia. In Kenya, millions are surviving on emergency relief food and malnutrition is widespread. The weathermen have predicted that the drought will get worse than it gets better. This dire situation informed the launch of Kenyans for Kenya Drought Relief Initiative; a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 15:23
A total of 77,138 hectares has been allocated to livestock development in Rufiji District in the Coast Region in an effort to implement an environmental conservation policy through a village land use management programme, it was learnt here yesterday. Deputy minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries Benedict ole Nangoro told the House in Dodoma that the government has invested Sh250... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 10:32
A mass-burn incinerator sits along the Seine River in downtown Paris quietly turning the city’s garbage into ash. Embassies in Copenhagen are a block away from a waste-to-energy plant. In Switzerland, 30 incinerators dot mostly densely populated valleys of the country. People usually don’t even know they’re there, said Metro Vancouver director and Surrey Coun. Marvin Hunt. Metro is pointing to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 16:28
Traffic safety is an emerging issue in China, and officials are treating drunk driving, the cause of more than 50% of traffic fatalities, severely - so much so that a new business is flourishing: chauffeur service. While the thrust of the article is describing the new chauffeur service, also stimulated by the traffic control measure of doubling the parking rates in downtown Beijing, it describes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 16:19
Student designer Alexander Vittouris won a design award for his bicycle made out of bamboo. What's so special about that? Vittouris shaped the frame as it grew so it needed no assembly. Vittouris calls it a "grown vehicle". From the project description: "The foundation of the 'Ajiro' concept is to provide wholly sustainable personal mobility by reassessing production methods; considering the... Read more

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