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  • 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…
  • Hugelkultur Offers Benefits to Urban Gardeners

    15 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Hugelkultur is wood, buried in soil. That’s the extra-condensed version of the story, anyway- the slightly longer version explains that the techniques behind Hugelkultur allow more plants and crops to be grown in a given horizontal space, giving each plant…
  • Gov’t of Peru Bringing Solar Power to Its Poorest People

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

    Less than 66% of Peruvians currently have electricity, leaving more than two million of Peru’s poorest citizens, literally, in the dark and without access to phones and the internet. That’s all to changing, however, and those changes are accelerating…
  • Florida Anti-sustainability Laws v. Robin Speronis

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

    Robin Speronis lives in a modest home in Cape Coral, Florida- and she’s living in a way that many environmentalists and preppers would call ideal: 100% completely removed from the city’s electrical grid. Despite having no access to Cape Coral’s…
  • Cemeteries and the Future of Urban Planning

    9 September 2014, 5:30 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Everybody poops, and everybody dies. Those are two of the most critical things anyone in urban planning has to keep in mind when they’re planning, you know, urbans, because every single human, cat, dog, and horse that will be living in the futuristic utopia…
  • Aquaponic Rooftop Farm = New Age Fish and Chips

    9 September 2014, 3:30 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Green roofs and rooftop farming are some of the latest buzzwords of green architecture, but the guys behind Something & Son in Folkestone, England are taking it a step further. They’ve set up an advanced aquaponic system on the roof of their building, and…
  • Should Low Income Housing Be Next to Go Green?

    9 September 2014, 1:00 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Architects love to design soaring skyscrapers and wildly innovative apartment buildings. At the end of the day, though, the developer wants to maximize the number of square feet of livable space that he or she can sell, and that – more than the site, more…
  • Solar Trolley Gets to Work in Hungary

    8 September 2014, 5:30 pm by: Jo Borrás

    Trams and trolley cars can make a huge difference in the walkability of a city, as anyone who’s spent a lot of time in San Francisco or New Orleans will tell you. Unfortunately, even the electric trolleys in most cities are powered by fossil fuels that…
  • Majority of Beijing Residents Support Smog Tax

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

    Thanks to lax regulations, a booming middle class, and rapidly climbing car sales, a perfect storm of air pollution and smog is choking out China’s major cities- including the nation’s capital of Beijing. And the people of Beijing are – quite literally!…

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