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February 24, 2016

This Week on Sustainable Urban Development: A Round Up of Stories Worth Sharing

Each week, we round up news stories and articles on sustainable urban development that are worth sharing.   

How to revive a city

Watch eight Ted Talks on how to revive a city which range from how public spaces make cities work to reinventing the apartment building and developing urban gardens. " "Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it's important."

Energy Landscapes: An Aerial View of Europe’s Carbon Footprint

A photographer captures the extent of European carbon footprint by flying over countries, such as Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and documenting the landscape and built environment. "Over a series of months, MacLean documented historical design advantages that many European nations have inherited and now knowingly reinforce in their physical landscapes..."

Masdar's zero-carbon dream could become world’s first green ghost town

"Years from now passing travellers may marvel at the grandeur and the folly of the futuristic landscape on the edges of Abu Dhabi: the barely occupied office blocks, the deserted streets, the vast tracts of undeveloped land and – most of all – the abandoned dream of a zero-carbon city. Masdar City, when it was first conceived a decade ago, was intended to revolutionise thinking about cities and the built environment."

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

"A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer."

A Universal Lesson in Breaking the Habit of Car Commuting

"Last fall, the World Wildlife Fund moved its U.K. headquarters from Godalming to Woking. One of the main reasons given for the move was the desire for a more sustainable work environment. To that end, the company encouraged employees to trade their car commute for the train; Woking had much better rail connection anyway, and for six months after the move WWF-UK paid the fare difference for workers whose rail costs rose or who switched from driving."

Rotterdam Exchange: Water Management and Multi Benefit Solutions

Last year, the Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) and resilience team members of different cities met in Rotterdam to share lessons learned and innovative approaches to water management. "The “Rotterdam Exchange: Water Management & Multi-Benefit Solutions Handbook” highlights the learnings from this three-day Exchange and features tactical solutions and tools from both participating 100RC member cities and 100RC Platform partners."