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[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 09:10
Illegal - irregular - clandestine - uncontrolled - slum - skid row - favela - barrio - bidonville - shantytown. Our common vocabulary for nonformal urbanism emphasizes its outcast nature, but not its magnitude, dynamism and legitimacy. Today, a new generation of designers engages the conflicted and large territory of self made cities through carefully calibrated infrastructure and landscape... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:53
A network of politicians and influential actors in ICLEI member Stockholm (Sweden) are calling for congestion charge fees in the city centre to be doubled. The congestion charge in Stockholm was implemented on the 1st of August 2007, after a seven-month trial period between January and July 2006. Today there are 18 fully automated payment stations around Stockholm, which register fees by laser... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:49
The City of Aalborg (Denmark) has installed a bicycle counter to record the number of passing cyclists and provide them with valuable information such as the time, temperature and their speed. The ICLEI member city installed the counter on a busy commuter route between the city centre and university. The technology is based on so-called senso-lines that are placed in the asphalt of the cycle... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:19
As part of its work providing sustainable procurement solutions to European public authorities, the SCI-Network has established five working groups to investigate best practice in different areas related to construction procurement. The areas focused on include environmental assessment tools, innovative technical solutions, whole life/life cycle costing approaches, innovative financing and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:14
To combat problems caused by the city’s beaver population, ICLEI member Riga (Latvia), launched a competition to find humane solutions so both animals and citizens could live in harmony. The beavers had destroyed several trees and damaged the city canal’s underpinning. Three winners, all Latvian, were selected from a total of 70 ideas submitted from around the world, with each winner receiving a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 12:00
Local leaders, experts and the business community will converge on Freiburg (Germany) for Local Renewables 2011 to discuss the latest trends and developments from 27 – 28 October. This must-attend event will focus on sustainable construction, greening existing buildings or designing efficient new districts and ultimately improving the overall quality of life in cities. Expert speakers will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 11:53
The Informed Cities Forum 2011, taking place in Naples (Italy) from 26-27 October 2011, offers European local governments and researchers the opportunity to address issues related to urban sustainability at a local government level. Over the next 30 years, the world's urban population is expected to double to more than five billion making the long term viability of urban living a hot topic. The... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:51
The Working Party on Land Administration workshop will focus on the theme "Land Administration in a Networked Society." The main goal of the workshop will be to discuss the changes in land registry and cadastre organizations face in a networked society and the consequences for the land registry and cadastre organizations.   The theme is divided in four subthemes: (a) Changing role and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:02
Greening America's Capitals is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities between EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help state capitals develop an implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure strategies.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:39
While the vitality and stimulation of the urban environment can be pleasant, those living in or visiting densely populated areas, such as New York, can have wildly different experiences. The ever-present cacophony of traffic, construction, and commerce; the struggle for mental and physical space; and the anxious need for constant communication in person or via technology are relentless assaults... Read more