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Mark Peterson

22 October 2015

Evanston, Illinois, United States

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Cars heavily influence building planning in the U.S. due to a historical preference for suburbs, but a town in Illinois improved its economy by thinking like a city. They created transit-oriented development which pri...

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Cassie Owens

1 September 2015

Exeter, United Kingdom

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Larger green spaces may be critical to a city, as they can support more complete ecosystems. In contrast to smaller "parklets," large parks paired with high-density neighborhoods allow for healthier cities.

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Irina Zhorov

20 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As city leaders reconsider their urban spaces—and particularly, urban waterfronts—through the lens of a post-industrial economy and renewed urbanism, moving urban highways has become more of a priority. Urban planners...

Al Jazeera

Russell Beard

11 May 2015

Netherlands

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As climate change causes global sea levels to rise, nations around the world are increasingly concerned about threats to infrastructure and livelihoods. But the Dutch have been keeping the sea at bay for centuries usi...

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Mike Lydon

20 April 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

21 March 2015

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to min...

This Big City

Tere García Alcaraz

16 March 2015

Caracas, Venezuela

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Last year, Venezuela became an urban laboratory for architects and urban designers who believe in the implementation of participatory processes and collaborative design techniques in order to change communities who li...

The Guardian

Jim Hall

23 February 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The densely populated Canadian city is tenth most at risk of flooding in the world as climate change raises sea levels. The government has instated a number of successful flood adaptation projects, with an ambition to...

The Globe and Mail

John Lorinc

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignore...

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

4 February 2015

Duluth, Minnesota, United States

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While some parts of the United States struggle with drought, others are faced with more water than they know what to do with. Minnesota reconstructs roads and drainage systems in order to be more prepared for the larg...

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Gregory Scruggs

18 December 2014

North Adams, Massachusetts, United States

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) uses an innovative business model to stay afloat, relying on both internal and external projects and revenue streams to make a change in the North Adams communi...

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Gregory Scruggs

30 July 2014

Porto Alegre, Brazil

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Support and popularity for bicycle use and culture has grown in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Following a deadly incident killing two cyclists at a bicycle event, the city has seen a demonstrative outpouring of support. City ...

The New York Times

Matt Flegenheimer

12 May 2014

Stockholm, Sweden

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The rate of roadway deaths in Sweden is at an international low due to an approach called Vision Zero. Now the country’s approach faces perhaps its stiffest test: the streets of New York City.

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Gregory Scruggs

31 March 2014

Medellín, Colombia

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While the city of Medellín, Colombia was once known as a gritty, crime-ridden area, inclusive urban planning and partnerships with international corporations have turned the city in to an innovative model for policy m...

The Economist

The Economist

26 February 2014

Sweden

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Sweden's "Vision Zero" program has used a comprehensive approach to infrastructure and regulation to drastically reduce traffic-related deaths, making Swedish roads the safest in the world.

The Guardian

David Parr

18 February 2014

Tokyo, Japan

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The twenty-first century city is a complex organism, and simulating it to anticipate traffic and transportation congestions can be problematic for urban planning. Researchers around the world from Japan to England hav...

Bloomberg CityLab

Clare Foran

6 September 2013

Vienna, Australia

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Gender mainstreaming is the practice of creating “laws, rules and regulations that benefit men and women equally. The goal is to provide equal access to city resources.” Since the 90s the city of Vienna has adopted th...

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Sarah Goodyear

22 July 2013

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has ...

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Mark Bergen

11 December 2012

Mumbai, India

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For a megacity with more than 18 million people in its metro area, Mumbai, India is not a particularly vertical city. Many of its inhabitants squeeze into low-rise slums crammed into the urban space. But an ongoing sl...

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Naomi Rovnick

22 November 2012

Singapore, Singapore

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Unlike many other countries who have found public housing facilities to be highly prone to crime and toxic loan practices, Singapore uses a mix of resident home ownership, policing, and mixed-income developments to cr...

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A.K. Streeter

2 October 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Conventional merchants are afraid to lose parking spaces to bike parking or bike lanes. New York and Portland are finding cyclists increase local economies, and spend more money too.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 May 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New York City black tar roofs cause a number of environmental problems, including air pollution, heat absorption that raises energy consumption, and storm water runoff in the sewer system. Efforts to turn these old ro...

The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman

18 May 2012

Medellin, Colombia

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Medellin, Colombia has looked to architecture to help combat its high homicide rate and other problems. Over the past few decades there have been massive public architecture development, transit improvements, creatio...

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