Katelyn Symington

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Putting the Public in the Right of Way: Streets as Urban Open Space

American cities are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround as urban living is growing more popular with young adults. This shift in preference is by …

Urban Design

Hopes of a new urban age survive minister's fall

The resignation of Australia’s first minister for cities and the built environment after just 99 days is a setback for federal leadership in these …

Getting Residents Engaged in Participatory Mapping

Participatory mapping has become an increasingly popular planning tool. The examples that follow highlight how communities are using participatory …

Conference 'Innovative Enterprise - Financing the Circular Economy', in Luxembourg. - European Commission

Ladies and Gentlemen,<p>I am grateful for this opportunity to present to you the new Circular Economy package - one week after its adoption.<p>Today's …

What Makes a Neighborhood Successful? City Expert Weighs In

With roles both Chicago and Washington, D.C., government that revolved around urban design, planning, and transportation, and a tenure at Zipcar helping the car-sharing service get off the ground, <b>Gabe Klein</b> has firsthand experience seeing how new forces, from technology to transportation, have …

Urban Design

Fashion chain H&M offers $1m recycling prize for reusable clothing

Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching an effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials.<p>The move comes as critics point out the damage being caused by a …

Sustainability

Suspended Glass-Bottomed Pool to be a Swimmable Pathway Between Two Buildings

It's not everyday that multiple buildings are connected via a swimming pool, but that's the plan for two upcoming apartment blocks in London's new Nine Elms district. Marketed as a “world's first,” this suspended basin will be 16-feet wide and 10-feet deep, with a glass bottom so that swimmers can …

Swimming Pools

An 'artificial leaf' could one day power the world with clean energy

The race is on to find a new way to power the world free from polluting fossil fuels, and a group of Australian scientists think they've found an …

H&M's New Denim Line Is Made of Recycled H&M Clothes

H&M's new denim collection is all about making flared overalls and jumpsuits really, really sustainable. So sustainable, in fact, that it's taking old H&M clothes and reworking it into new H&M denim. The new collection consists of 16 denim styles for men, women, and children that are created with …

Sustainability

Retailers are finding that 'sustainable' sells

For many retailers today, sustainability sells.<p>But sustainability is no longer a matter of providing a reusable shopping bag or cutting greenhouse …

A French architect has a vision for a sustainable floating city that looks like a manta ray

Jacques Rougerie says he has a special affinity for the sea, which makes sense—his life’s work has been designing aquatic architecture. Rougerie’s SeaOrbiter ship, a fantastical roving laboratory that has been described as “a starship <i>Enterprise</i> for the water,” is currently under construction. And …

Architecture

Could a Saharan Super-Skyscraper Be the Future of Urban Living?

Earlier this year, the innovative French architectural design firms Nicholas Laisné Associés and OXO Architectes released conceptual plans for …

Urban Design

What Does Mental Health Have To Do With Urban Design?

Mental health can be seen as a sliding scale with disease on one end, optimal condition on the other. Most of us sit somewhere in between, hopefully …

Sprawl Kills

Traffic fatalities are one of the leading causes of death in cities across the globe, and it’s worst where there’s most sprawl.<p>Sprawl makes for an unfortunate living environment, not just because it is fairly reliably drab and dull. Sprawl actually kills. Traffic fatalities are one of the leading …

The privatisation of cities' public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand

I was recently sent a link to a YouTube video entitled We Too, in which a trespasser sneaks into the under-construction, 34-storey Lexicon skyscraper near the Silicon Roundabout in London, and pitches a tent on the top floor.<p>In the video, after a good night’s sleep, the interloper unzips the front …

Urbanism

What is Britain's Smart Cities about?

The Telegraph's Britain's Smart Cities conference took place on 11th October 2016. City leaders and smart cities experts engaged in vibrant debate that provided unique insights into the latest thinking and demonstrated new benchmarks for the industry.<p>The Britain's Smart Cities conference brought …

The Charter of the New Urbanism

The Congress for the New Urbanism views disinvestment in central cities, the spread of placeless sprawl, increasing separation by race and income, …

7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities

As a part of its EMBARQ Sustainable Urban Mobility initiative, the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has created a global reference guide called …

Sustainability

Waste is a Design Flaw

I had a conversation on sustainable product development with Eric Leafquist, a product manager at Dassault-Systemes-SolidWorks. SolidWorks is a …

Sustainability

Can we design the ideal city or must it evolve organically? – Jared Keller

In 1970, Paolo Soleri set out to build a utopia in the barren desert of Arizona. The Italian architect’s sojourn in the wilderness was an unusual …

Habitat III is all about cities. The UN should give them a seat at the table

Habitat III will be the UN’s first urbanisation conference in 20 years – and some countries are trying to prevent cities from participating. Yet from the global economy to climate change, cities offer our best hope for solutions<p>UN conferences on urbanisation occur just once every 20 years. The …

Urbanism

What Happens Next When Two Soap Recycling Programs Join Forces?

Recycling tiny soaps leftover in hotel rooms across the globe was unheard of until 2009, when two non-profit organizations both started revolutionary …

Nonprofits

From Billboards to Beach Gear: Turning Old Billboards Into Surfboard Bags, Backpacks and More

I think we can all agree that it's great when a company can upcycle what would otherwise become landfill waste -- say, for instance, an old highway billboard -- into a useful product -- say, for instance, a weekender duffle.<p>Turns out an old Gucci ad can live a happy second life as a surfboard bag, …

Are recycled plastic roads a realistic idea?

In a perfect world, we would already have alternate clean sources of energy, we would not waste so much and we would stop using plastic bags. But we …

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Engineering