The world is changing. The population continues to grow, urban areas expand, and more people move into cities. As a result, the need for sustainable, efficient, and livable cities becomes more pressing. With land at a premium, many cities are looking to redevelop underused or vacant sites within their existing footprint to accommodate growth while […]
a new series I’m always on the hunt online for people who seek to make urban life more attractive and sustainable, whether it’s a nonprofit finding new ways to address infill issues or a community leader making their city greener and more energy independent. This new series will spotlight those thinkers and experimenters engaged in […]
no, not the free dial-up internet provider from 2003 Net zero refers to energy. It’s when your home or business has the ability to produce as much energy as it uses. Through multiple means you produce your electricity on-site, essentially giving back whatever you take from the grid. Even if you can’t achieve net zero […]
a vital part of urban infill strategy An infill strategy can be a challenge when it comes to successfully engaging with nearby residents. In order for a strategy to be sustainable, we must get buy-in from residents impacted by these decisions. To obtain this buy-in, we must make sure we are approaching the residents in […]
Pollution caused by vehicles is a very real problem, not only for major cities, but for the entire planet. Check out this Tedx talk by Gabe Klein for an interesting paradigm shift in addressing this looming issue.
Walkability is a buzzword in community development and with good reason. The benefits of walkability are numerous, from health to community engagement—and it’s not just for cities anymore. But what does walkability actually mean? And how do we create walkable communities? a workable definition Walkability is the degree to which walkable destinations are available within […]
before anything, what is urban infill? Maybe you’ve heard the term before, maybe you haven’t. But in order to think clearly on a subject, we must define what urban infill is before we can explain its benefits. Urban infill can be defined as the process of converting unused or underutilized parcels of land in urban […]