A new report from the Centre for Cities and Washington’s Brookings Institution has found that the USA has a lot to learn from Britain’s urban renaissance. But while British politicians and officials have always been keen to go on the hunt for policy ideas from the States, US politicians don’t always follow suit. US mayors – and the next US administration – should look more closely at British policy ideas, to help American cities compete in the future.
Smarter, Stronger Cities points to the following examples of UK innovations which could be exported Stateside:
Read more @ the SOURCE: Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities.
Lack of transportation choices, long commutes and cheap electricity from coal-fired power plants have contributed to Tennessee’s four major cities being ranked in the Top 25 worst emitters of carbon dioxide.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one-third of U.S. CO2 emissions come from transportation uses. Because most people live far away from their work in a city where adequate transportation alternatives are not entirely in place, auto dependency is naturally contributing to Nashville’s CO2 issue.
What can be done about this? It is a complex issue, but the solution may be surprisingly simple.
The answer lies in better usage of land to create walkable, self-contained, sustainable environments.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Tennessean – Creating a walkable environment is one solution .
Ottawa residents who want to protect neighbourhoods from over-scaled and ugly development must roll up their sleeves and get involved in the political and planning process, says a longtime Montreal urban activist.
“Do not think that it is the city-employed planners who are going to negotiate with the developers a development project in the public interest,” says Dimitri Roussopoulos, founder and CEO of Urban Ecology, a think-tank on sustainable urban development.
“A lot of what happens in neighbourhoods and cities is driven by very influential and powerful economic interests,” he told a public meeting on intensification at City Hall last week.
SOURCE: canada.com – Ottawa Citizen – Economics often drives city planning, expert warns.
The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the oldest modern art museum in Texas, has officially reopened after doubling in size. The 45,000-square-foot expansion — named the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions — allows the museum to host larger, critically-acclaimed exhibitions and enables it to show more of its collection, with distinctive additions such as a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden to showcase the museum’s growing sculpture collection. The $33.1 million Stieren Center re-opened on June 7, 2008.
Jean-Paul Viguier, a French architect who has designed several modern-day Paris landmarks, served as the museum’s lead architect. TBG, Texas’ largest landscape architecture and planning firm, was responsible for designing the new outdoor sculpture gardens and other exterior features.
SOURCE: SunHerald.com – San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum Reopened After $33.1 Million Expansion.
Governor David Paterson announced that Waterfront communities along the Hudson River will share in the award of $24.9 million in grants from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program,
Grant awards for 97 projects in every region of the state cover planning, design and construction of projects that focus on economic, community, environmental and recreational improvements.
Source: Environment News Service – Hudson River Waterfront Projects Funded for 400th Anniversary.
When you consider the carbon footprint of new construction, this city promotes growth and development policies that are wasteful, destructive, and myopic. Greens and historic preservationists need to find common cause in creating a truly sustainable urban landscape.
SOURCE: Crosscut Seattle – Unsustainable Seattle.
Designing a new city in northern Libya for two million people seems a daunting task, but Rob LeBlanc doesn’t seem fazed by it.
“It’s a massive, massive project,” the landscape architect says of the resort city he is planning on the Mediterranean coast.
“It details where houses are going to go, the industrial parks, airports, office buildings.”
Landscape architects, who specialize in large scale land planning and design, are in demand around the globe, says LeBlanc, who launched his company, Ekistics Planning & Design of Dartmouth, about 12 years ago.
That demand spurred LeBlanc, 41, to start a separate company, Land Inc., about 18 months ago; it focuses solely on international projects. That company, which shares an office with Ekistics, is designing golf courses, resorts and even entire cities in countries such as China, Egypt and Morocco.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca.