Boston, Cambridge recognized as green cities

Two Massachusetts cities made the top 10 list in the March issue of Popular Science’s 50 most innovative cities in the U.S.

Boston was ranked third — behind San Francisco and Portland, Ore. — and Cambridge sixth on the list of “greenest” cities based on criteria such as electricity use, transportation habits, air quality and recycling programs. Popular Science used raw data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide which collected survey data and government statistics for American cities of over 100,000 people in more than 30 categories.

Out of a possible 30 points cities could score based on the criteria Boston scored 22.7 and Cambridge scored 22.2 points.

Read more @ Boston Business Journal: Boston, Cambridge recognized as green cities –

Dubai World Africa to invest US$200 million in eco golf and beach resort in Mozambique

UAE. Dubai World Africa today announced that it will invest US$200 million in the Bilene Hotel, a luxury beach resort, golf estate and eco development along 4 kilometres of exquisite prime beachfront in Mozambique.

Situated in a popular holiday village to the south of the country, just North of Maputo, the resort spans a 1,000 ha and encompasses the 18 kilometre Sao Martinho Lagoon, nature reserve and turtle breeding area.

Read more @ Business Intelligence Middle East

Blow for wind farm proposals

PLANS for a controversial wind farm near Pontefract have been slammed by a Wakefield Council consultant.
The news has come as a massive boost to local pressure groups fighting a dogged campaign to see off the plans by developers Banks Developments.

That is the same company planning a wind farm on the outskirts of Leeds in the Hook Moor area near Micklefield, where residents have been similarly outraged.

Read more @ Blow for wind farm proposals by Stuart Robinson – Yorkshire Evening Post.

Managing Traffic in the Urban Age

The human species is, at this moment, in the process of becoming a mainly urban animal after a thousand generations spent mainly in rural conditions. Many economists and sociologists see this trend as our potential salvation in a world heading toward 9 billion people, although there are some big ifs.

Gridlock already is estimated by some experts to cost New York City up to $20 billion a year in lost productivity. India’s cities are mired in traffic. China is seeing ever more millions abandon bicycles in favor of autos. We’re heading toward a world of a billion cars sometime around 2020.

Do you live in or around a city, and if so how do you get to work? Would you take a train or bus if traffic thinned out? Should drivers essentially pay for transit riders?

Read more @ New York Times  – Managing Traffic in the Urban Age – Dot Earth – Climate Change and Sustainability by Andrew Revkin

Architects can’t predict the future; why the fad for avant-garde architecture?

Abu Dhabi has recently announced plans to turn itself into a sort of Arabian Left Bank, with cultural venues designed by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel. Beijing, meanwhile, is completing the giant steel bird’s nest of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium, and also has Paul Andreu’s titanium-egg National Theater, and Rem Koolhaas’ unusual state television headquarters, which locals have dubbed “the twisted donut.” An obscure sheikhdom on the Gulf and the world’s largest Communist dictatorship have unexpectedly become the latest hotbeds of avant-garde architecture.

Read more @ SLATE.com – Architects can’t predict the future; why the fad for avant-garde architecture? – By Witold Rybczynski

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