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  • Binhai Eco City Plan Transforms Chinese Coast

    30 September 2014, 6:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm, the New York-based HAO design firm has developed a comprehensive, eco-conscious city planning scheme that would transform the Chinese coastal town of Binhai, Tianjin into one of the world’s most sustainable…
  • Why is America’s E Waste Headed to Ghana? (w/ Video)

    30 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: Stephen Hanley

    Almost all electronic products – computers, televisions, cell phones, printers, and so forth. Commonly called “e waste”, these items contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, phosphorous, antimony and polychlorinated biphenyls, otherwise known as…
  • Vermicomposting Saves Prison Systems Money

    29 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Stephen Hanley

    Starting in 2010, a prison guard and a few inmates began a vermicomposting program at Washington State Reformatory. Vermicomposting is a process that takes left over food and table scraps and turns them into compost with the aid of earth worms. Vermicast…
  • Infographic: What if Everyone Rode Bikes?

    25 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    As bicycles become a bigger and bigger part of life in American cities, questions about cyclist and pedestrian safety – even the way we design our roads – are getting asked more and more frequently. One question that isn’t often asked, however, is a much…
  • Fukushima Factory Becomes Aquaponic Farm

    24 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: Stephen Hanley

    Superconductors and microchips have to be produced in a sterile environment. But what happens when a former microchip factory becomes obsolete? That’s a question facing many of Japan’s chip-makers these days, but Fujitsu has an answer to that question: If…
  • Cycling in Amsterdam – Stories on Video

    23 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Jo Borrás

    When it comes to bicycle culture and cycling safety, Europe is way ahead of the US (although we’re catching up!). That’s especially true in Amsterdam, where it’s less about bikes co-existing with cars, and more and more about Amsterdammers rejecting…
  • Bus Top Gardens Pop Up in NYC

    23 September 2014, 11:00 am by: Stephen Hanley

    As part of his thesis project at NYU, graduate student Marco Castro Casio designed a garden for the top of buses Casio calls his mobile garden idea “Bus Roots”, and says it is a way of “reconnecting urban communities with nature in a practical and…
  • Do Urban Planners Overthink Traffic Flow? (w/ Video)

    22 September 2014, 10:30 am by: Jo Borrás

    Taken in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, this video of Meskel Square is both terrifying and, oddly, reassuring- especially when you notice that the myriad cars, buses, and bikes of Addis Ababa seem to be getting through the major intersection without the…
  • Vertical Garden Exhibit at Chicago MSI

    18 September 2014, 6:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Green roof design is becoming popular all over the world, but this vertical garden conceptual model – part of the Fast Forward exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) – takes the concepts of aquaponics, locally-grown produce, and urban…
  • Underground Bike Parking Spotted in Japan (w/ Video)

    18 September 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    With more and more commuters turning to bicycles in cities across the world, bike parking has become a critical component in any forward-looking urban planning discussions. Over in Japan, however, one company has come up with a solution that can accommodate…
  • Detroit to Build Massive, 150 Acre Urban Farm

    16 September 2014, 12:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Nine million dollars, per square mile, per year. That’s what it costs the city of Detroit to simply maintain the vacant property they ended up with when the city’s economy dried up and the population bailed. That adds up to more than $360 million, total,…
  • Art of the Bicycle at Chicago MSI

    15 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Jo Borrás

    This weekend, the brood and I went out to see the recently-addd Art of the Bicycle exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago MSI). Billed as an exhibit that “takes guests through the evolution of bike engineering in a beautiful gallery…

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