Archives for February 2014

Shower power

Dragon Lake Bridge Park, Bengbu, China. Copyright AECOM photo by Dixi Carrillo. Last weekend I met Australian Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Liesel Jones. I didn’t know who she was. We chatted about day spas, massages and fake tans! Liesel has a dream: to open the best urban day spa in Australia, and I for one know […]

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Stories from the C40 Mayor’s Summit

“In Johannesburg, bus rapid transit (BRT) represents a lot more than it does in most cities. In most cities it is an effective technique for getting residents to and from work faster with fewer carbon emissions during congested rush hours, a technique that was spearheaded in Curitiba, Brazil, and now copied in cities worldwide. “While […]

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Urban ag in action

Image courtesy of http://www.urbanfoodpolicy.com. Three cherry-picked projects exhibit the new frontier for food system planning and design. Economic Urban Farmers is a roof-top farm developer for cities. It was created in Zurich by a Swiss businessman and an aquaponics scientist at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. They don’t grow tomatoes but provide the system to […]

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Firm Foundation

Firm Foundation waterfront public space, Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Photo by Bima Pramata. It has been about a year now since a new public space called Firm Foundation opened in Banjarmasin – a delta city on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan. Like all of the housing nearby, Firm Foundation is built on stilts over river water. It was […]

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