As Trump weighs Paris Treaty, U.S. mayors consider a move to 100 percent clean energy – Curbed

The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be examining a resolution to support a switch to clean energy by Patrick Sisson With news today that President Trump plans to back out of the Paris Climate Accords, the landmark international agreement to curb carbon emissions, the country’s...
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Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts | The Guardian

Damian Carrington It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after...
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Defining Desirable Cities and Neighborhoods Through Regulations | Architect Magazine

Local zoning laws and strategic plans that promote transit-oriented development and pedestrian-friendly downtowns are helping to shape great cities. By Ian Spula Great power to effect change in cities resides within local development codes. The era of the single-use factory, the...
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Biking in 2017: New products, paths, and tech – Curbed

Celebrate National Bike Month with a look back at our recent cycling coverage by Megan Barber Over the last 20 years, the number of bicyclists has grown rapidly from coast to coast. Although still a small minority, an increasing number of people in cities like Portland,...
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U.S. mayors launch new sustainable power push for cities – Curbed

Mayors for 100% Clean Energy asks leaders to commit their cities to 100 percent clean energy by Patrick Sisson A groups of U.S. mayors announced a new drive to encourage sustainable energy yesterday, imploring colleagues across the country to make pledges and push their cities to...
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Cycling success: 10 U.S. cities pushing biking forward, including Broward Co – Curbed

New infrastructure, better bikesharing, and safer streets by Patrick Sisson London announced a plan to spend a billion dollars on bike highways and cycling infrastructure late last year. Oslo wants to transform its downtown into a car-free zone by 2019. German cities are testing...
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The AIA’s Eight Climate Change Principles for Architects and Policymakers | Architect Magazine

Climate change is “one of the biggest global crises of the 21st century.” By Katharine Keane Today, the AIA released a statement outlining eight key principles on how architects can help mitigate and combat the effects of climate change, while calling upon...
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Miami joins Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact – Miami Today

Written by John Charles Robbins The City of Miami has formally joined the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a municipal partner, and has endorsed a climate action pledge. The move marks the city commission’s support for the compact, and its promise to consider...
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Crowdfunding: A New Catalyst for Public Interest Design? | Architect Magazine

University of Minnesota architecture students formulate a hypothetical Kickstarter campaign to unify divided communities. By Blaine Brownell Courtesy Lingxiao Shu and Qianyao Xu “Urban Bonsai” garden proposal for bridging generational gaps in China. A student’s...
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2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Gives America a D+ | Architect Magazine

The American Society of Civil Engineers has released this report every four years since 2001, with no improvement. By Selin Ashaboglu Yesterday, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its quadrennial Infrastructure Report Card, giving the United States an...
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