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Why planting more trees is one of the smartest things a city can do

Trees can make a city sidewalk prettier, sure. But that’s not even their best trick. A growing pile of research suggests that planting more urban trees, if done right, could save tens of thousands of lives around the world each year — by soaking up pollution and cooling down deadly heat waves.<p>In …

Ecology

Barcelona is banning cars from massive new 'superblocks'

Many cars are no longer welcome in Barcelona.<p>In September, the city began implementing a plan to create a set of new "superblocks," car-free areas that are designed to maximize public space. Each superblock combines 12 city blocks together into a pedestrian-friendly mini grid, with drivers forced …

Roads

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Note-Taking

The 21 countries in the world with the best infrastructure

This requires continual investment from businesses and the government in order to remain competitive and to keep an economy running smoothly.<p>The World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Survey looks at the financial health and risks of countries around the world.<p>One of the sub-indexes ranks …

Economic Development

How Barcelona's "Superblocks" Pedestrian Plan Hopes to Return the Streets to the People

Cars have reshaped cities across the world, largely at the cost of everyone outside of a private vehicle. In recent years the "grid city" of …

Me Gustaría Aprender Fotografía… ¿Por Dónde Empiezo?

Sabes que te gusta la fotografía y desde hace algún tiempo buscas la manera de aprender a hacer mejores fotos. De vez en cuando lees artículos en …

Frank Lloyd Wright

7 Smart Home Designs for Hot and Humid Indian Weather

What do we all desire on a hot summer day?<p>A soothing, relaxing and comfortable home that can let us relax without being affected by the outside …

Landscaping

​10 prefab houses to die for

Love it, hate it, but you can’t deny it – we are, of course, talking about prefabricated homes, one of the newest and greatest fads in the …

Prefab Homes

Vincent Callebaut’s Botanic Center fights urban smog and harvests clean energy

A concrete behemoth in Brussels has been transformed into a smog-fighting clean energy generator in Vincent Callebaut’s latest vision, the Botanic …

Prefab energy-smart home pops up in just one day

A beautiful home in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey took as little as 24 hours to pop up on site. Local architect Marina Rubina completed the …

Architecture

El Ritmo como Elemento Compositivo y Cómo Sacarle Partido

Seguramente, al escuchar la palabra 'ritmo' pienses instintivamente en música. Es un elemento fundamental en las melodías que tiene la capacidad de …

Rethinking the Administrative and Political Organization of Urban Outskirts

<i>By Adèle Charbonneau</i><p>Urban agglomeration is an inevitable consequence of explosive growth in cities. Indeed, the expansion of cities and their outskirts has created a situation where administrative boundaries are inadequate in regards to the geographic distribution of communities, resources, and …

Urbanism
Harvard

¿qué hace público al espacio urbano?

<i>Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, "Perder lo que es de todos (y 3)".</i><p><i>El País, 06 de diciembre de 2013</i><p>¿Dónde se sientan ustedes cuando quieren tomar un poco el …

Manual para observar al humano en la ciudad

Cuando Jan Gehl observa a los humanos se parece a un naturalista perdido en la sabana africana. El urbanista danés ha dedicado su vida profesional a …

“Una ciudad sostenible reduce la pobreza y las desigualdades”

El director de ONU Habitat para América Latina y Caribe cree que una mayor regulación ayudaría a que distintas clases socioeconómicas tuvieran acceso …

Techos y azoteas verdes obligados por Ley en Francia y Dinamarca #Arquitectura

Ser sostenible no es una opción es la única alternativa. Asi lo han entendido algunos países industrializados y otros de Latinoamérica. Hasta hace …

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital

Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country's urban agriculture capital with 821 …

Usar tuits geolocalizados para el planeamiento urbanístico y el uso del suelo

<b>Enrique</b> y <b>Vanessa Frías-Martínez</b>, dos hermanos e investigadores de ciencias de la computación, en Telefónica Research y en la Universidad de Maryland …