“Eco-sensual design” – it’s got a Marvin Gaye kind of ring to it [video] – but I like it. It’s Montreal architect Owen Rose’s (meme-worthy) shorthand for the relationship that exists between smart ecological design and the sheer pleasure of b…Continue reading
I rarely read Fortune magazine. OK, that’s an overstatement. But it came across my desktop last week when they ran an interview with Jay Carson, disheveled CEO of the newly formed C40 Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).If you’ve been around t…Continue reading
JR East railway, one of Tokyo’s largest railway operators, has opened a 535 sq.m. (5758 sq.ft.) rooftop farm on top of the company’s Lumine Ogikubo Building.
Part of a series of buildings linked to the Ogikubo railway and metro station, the garden is…Continue reading
By 2025 two-thirds of the global population will live in conditions of at least moderate water stress. According to an interesting piece by Howard LaFranchi in last weekend’s CS Monitor, community-scale systems — not mega-projects — may provide so…Continue reading
I’ve been amazed at how little attention UN Habitat’s Report on Cities and Climate Change has garnered since its release at the end of March.
The report (which I contributed to) makes some important points, summarized in an earlier entry, both about …Continue reading
Here are some of the first bixis of 2011, notice anything different? New ads, mounted above the wheel and on the baskets, have raised a lot of criticism on Twitter so far.
Most of the docking-stations around town are still empty. But bixis are startin…Continue reading
It’s no secret that Canada is running a massive infrastructure deficit. Four years ago the Canadian Federation of Municipalities pegged the price tag for renewing aging bridges, roadways, transportation and sewage systems at $123 billion.
Writing …Continue reading
If you are in Montreal right now you’ve seen it: the Bixi docking stations are popping up all over the city. Sitting empty they have a strange sci-fi ghost town look. But the bikes are supposed to be back on the streets by April 15th. Ottawa has al…Continue reading
New York-based writer Felice Cohen lives in an amazingly small apartment — 90 sq.ft. to be exact. Since it was profiled in the Daily Mail, this video of her micro-abode has gone viral. Cohen’s Manhattan apartment isn’t breathtaking in terms of desig…Continue reading
I’m one of the many contributing authors for this year’s UN Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements, launched in London on Monday (see also BBC). This is the first time that the report, one of the most authoritative sources for analysis on urban iss…Continue reading
Montreal is set to build a new landmark green roof on it’s eccentrically colored convention center. This summer the Palais des Congrès de Montreal – better known for being clad is huge swaths of neon multicolored glass – will be inaugurating a $20…Continue reading
Alex Steffen, the founding editor of the excellent worldchanging.com (who I wrote for during the blog’s seven year run), has announced an interesting new project. His new book-in-the-making “Carbon Zero” is being crowd-funded over at kickstarter. If …Continue reading
I’ve got a short opinion piece running in the new March/April edition of Water Canada magazine.
Water infrastructure is a favourite of mine. It tends not to be as glamorous as energy or transportation, but those pipes buried under our streets can be …Continue reading
For my Montreal readers, the local Green Drinks event tomorrow will be screening the movie Dirt! I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailer looks excellent. Particularly the urban gardening and depaving section near the end. Reminds me of a project I w…Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to write about Steve Cohen (director of Columbia Universty’s Earth Institute) Valentine’s Day piece in the Huffington Post since it came out on Monday. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of the savage grilling that Climate and Sustaina…Continue reading
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is hosting a fascinating sounding lecture next week called “Sustainable Systems as if People Mattered.” Not in Vancouver? No worries the full proceedings will be webcast here. The full details are …Continue reading
It was former London Mayor Ken Livingstone who started the ball rolling in 2007 when he announced that “Urban areas are responsible for over 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, so the battle to prevent catastrophic climate change will be won or …Continue reading
Calgary’s new Mayor Naheed Nenshi seems intent on shaking things up, and the Globe and Mail this weekend has a snapshot on some of the green shifts that he is pushing in the city formerly known as Cowtown. Walkability, denisty, transit oriented devel…Continue reading
Writing for The Montreal Gazette this weekend, William Marsden had an excellent front page article on the challenge that Canadian cities face to adapt to climate change. All I can say is that its about time! In the early days, discussions about c…Continue reading