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Innovative State DOT Programs Help Communities Become More Livable and Transportation Systems More Sustainable

April 21, 2015 - in Corporate, Transportation

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015—Earth Day was created 45 years ago as a way of putting environmental concerns front and center. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is released a new video to commemorate Earth Day and to showcase…

Twenty-Five New Projects Help Implement Chicago’s GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Plan

October 16, 2014 - in Planning, Projects

CHICAGO, October 16, 2014 - More than two dozen new projects led by local governments and nonprofits will receive staff assistance or grants to drive…

Acoustic Design Makes for a More Livable City

The sound quality of urban environments is an important consideration for people’s health and well being. The World Health Organisation notes that one…

Finding Europe’s Quiet Areas

April 30, 2014 - in Analysis, Planning, Projects

At least 110 million people are adversely affected by noise from Europe’s busiest roads alone. People need to escape this pollution and access quiet places to work, relax and live a healthy life. Such ‘quiet areas’ should be protected under EU legislation,…

The Urban Infrastructure Initiative: Final Report

April 28, 2014 - in Uncategorized

Today, more than half of the planet’s inhabitants are living in urban areas. By 2050, more than 70 % of the global population will live in cities. The scale and pace of urbanization in the coming decades is unprecedented in human history. The battle for…

South Australia’s Transport Planning Criticized

November 11, 2013 - in Planning, Transportation

Civic Trust chairman Darian Hiles said he supported the State Government's transport plan's emphasis on improving public transport but said it was "locked into" flawed policy directions, including making residential development along major arterial roads and…

Designing Cities for Better Health: If You Build It, They Will Walk

May 30, 2013 - in Planning

Barrie, a small city on the edge of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, might not strike many as a hotbed of urban design trends. But a new community planned for the city will incorporate arguably the most sweeping urban planning trend in North America. Harmony Village,…

Citizen Urban Planners to Help Shape Our Growing Cities

May 1, 2013 - in Planning, Projects, Transportation

Since its inception in 2007 the annual international phenomenon 'Jane's Walk' has created an opportunity for people to actively engage in city planning. Over the course of one weekend-- this year on May 4th and 5th-- citizens in urban areas around the world…

Density and Neighborhood Form Guided by Made for Walking

March 5, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

In this era of high energy prices, economic uncertainty, and demographic change, an increasing number of Americans are showing an interest in urban living as an alternative to the traditional automobile-dependent suburb. Many people are also concerned about…

The World Wants Vancouverism. Shouldn't Canada?

February 24, 2013 - in Planning

Vancouver has been remade dramatically, rendered into a thickly vertical city jammed with people and activity. Its combination of high population density in cozy downtown neighbourhoods, intimate street life and popular public transit has become one of Canada’s…