Archives for December 2014

Messages from NACTO “Designing Cities” 2014 Conference

The third annual NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) “Designing Cities” conference, held this past October in San Francisco, was inspiring, energetic, and engaging from start to finish. Our interdisciplinary group of urban and transportation planning and design staff had the opportunity to hear from notable experts, such as former NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, […]

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Exploring brick-lined sewers in Victoria

Looking at the video footage relayed back from the inspection robot making its way along the storm drain tunnel, it is difficult not to be impressed by the craftsmanship evident in the tunnel’s original construction. This is a very old tunnel, built more than 150 years ago in Victoria, British Columbia, when brick was the preferred […]

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Cities underground

When we talk about subterranean development, people most often think of underground railways or deep caverns in rock for storage of oil (pictured below) or generation of hydropower. But we build places for people underground as well—basements just below grade, deeper mined spaces, and the pedestrian linkages between these spaces and underground rail. As cities […]

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City climate action discussed at COP 20

At this year’s United Nations Climate Conference (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, there is strong recognition of the critical role cities will play in global climate protection efforts. Over the past week of events, many nations and international organizations have made commitments to support low carbon planning and infrastructure development at the sub-national (regional or city) […]

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