Archive for February, 2010

Decarbonize Our Cities

February 23, 2010
Decarbonize Our Cities

A new plan was recently unvieled for the “decarbonization” of Chicago.  The brain-child of architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG), the study hinges upon eight key strategies for meeting the city’s carbon reduction goals of 25% by 2020.  These numbers were set out by the renown Chicago Climate Action Plan and included the […]

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Taxi Sharing Begins in NYC

February 22, 2010
Taxi Sharing Begins in NYC

During the MTA strike of 2005, people picked up random passengers and New Yorkers shared cabs with each other because it made sense. As soon as necessity for such activities dwindled and the MTA started (haggardly) running again, people stopped. It was kind of like when folks jammed into commuter trains and mass transit when […]

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Your Brain Needs the Nature

February 16, 2010
Your Brain Needs the Nature

So don’t deny it of that, please. More and more research is leading scientists to believe (and engage in further research) that we humans function much better when there is some piece of nature around us. Even if it is just a small patch of grass or a glimpse of a tree, we seem to […]

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Video: Urban Food Prints and the Feasibility of Urban Agriculture

February 16, 2010

I came across a set of animations this weekend that I thought our readers would be interested in checking out.  The first is called “Foodprint Manhattan” and was presented by The Why Factory during last year’s Hudson Quadricentennial events on Governor’s Island.  (I wasn’t able to find a video with audio but the text is […]

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The Fight For Coney Island…

February 11, 2010
The Fight For Coney Island...

Or is it Brighton Beach? It depends on who you ask. What to do with the 9 acre park that is the official merging place of Brighton Beach and Coney Island? Residents in the neighborhood claim that the space–Asser Levy Park–is actually in Brighton Beach only and many of them are the primary opposition to […]

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