Category Archives: Sustainability

It’s Where We Live

Home, by Yann-Arthus Bertrand. A stunning photographic exploration of our own backyard, a surprising amount of which I felt like I was seeing for the first time. The whole movie is here…

Posted in Climate Change, Culture, education, History, How We Build, How We Live, How we Move, How We Think, Journalism, Livability, Science, Sustainability, technology, thinking, What if? | Leave a comment

Can Cities Feed Themselves?

Urban agriculture fascinates me, so I thought I’d share links to a few articles in case anyone else is also fascinated… {image is from third article) From Warehouses to Urban Farms The history of urban agriculture should inspire its future … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, Culture, How We Build, How We Live, How We Think, land use, Livability, Science, Sustainability, technology, thinking, Urban Agriculture, urban design, What if? | Leave a comment

Dimanche Sans Voiture

Car-Free Sunday, or Dimanche Sans Voiture, capped the 9th Annual Week of Mobility here in Brussels on 22 September, 2010. The goal is to encourage people to explore other modes of transportation, from various types of mass transit (trains, trams, … Continue reading

Posted in Auto Independence, Bicycles, How We Live, How we Move, How We Think, Livability, Personal Experiences, Sustainability, Urban Experiments, What if? | Leave a comment

Masdar begs the question: What exactly is meant by “a sustainable city?”

{from The New York Times; words by Nicolai Ouroussoff; photo by Duncan Chard} Back in 2007, when the government here announced its plan for “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, many Westerners dismissed it as … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, Culture, Livability, Placemaking, Sustainability, technology, thinking, urban design, urban planning | Leave a comment

Can Cities Make Us Crazy?

{photo source} Another article from The Atlantic…this one examines the connection between the urban environment and schizophrenia. I tend to ignore articles that seem anti-urban, but I don’t think cultivating a skewed, partisan view of the city is especially healthy. … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Livability, Science, Sustainability, thinking, urban planning, What if? | 2 Comments