Posts Tagged:Sustainability

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Video Sunday: Aspern Lake and Subway Construction Timelapse

Vienna’s aspern Urban Lakeside is definitely one of the most exciting urban development projects currently in Europe, aiming at accomodating 20,000 residents and providing 20,000 workplaces at the edge of the fastest growing German-speaking city. As stated on its website, it is a project of novel dimensions: “It is the most important urban development venture…

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Hammarby Sjöstad: Sustainable urban development at its best

When I went to beautiful Stockholm for a long weekend last month, I also spent a sunny Sunday afternoon in Hammarby Sjöstad, the city’s landmark sustainable urban development district. As I’ve taken some pictures, let me share some of the ingredients of this exciting urban development project.   A dense and walkable neighborhood First of…

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Sustainable development means creating resilient systems

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to an inspiring and entertaining talk by Dennis Meadows, one of the leading thinkers on sustainability and author of the seminal 1972 book “The Limits of Growth”. In the course of the “Future Lectures” at Vienna’s new University of Economics and Busines he talked about “Strategies for Personal…

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South East False Creek: One of Vancouver’s many great urban development projects

South East False Creek is one of Vancouver’s many great urban development projects as the city turned the Olympic Village from 2010 into a residential neighborhood that embraces modern architecture, sustainability, density, quality of life and a beautiful waterfront. Next to the historic salt building, the great public square, the cafés and shops as well…

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Sustainable ideas worth spreading

Yesterday, I visited the TED Global Talent Search event in Vancouver, an evening full of 22 inspiring and diverse talks that each only lasted for 3-6 minutes but had a great impact due to their powerful and exciting messages. This event was part of a global talent search in 14 towns on six continents for TED2013, the…

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Cities and communities are at the forefront of energy development in British Columbia

The GreenTech Exchange and the BC Women in Energy Network yesterday hosted a panel on “Community Energy Development: The Role of Small-Scale Energy Systems in Achieving a Clean Energy Future“. This event made clear that cities and communities in British Columbia are at the forefront on climate change, sustainability and clean energy development. In his…

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Next Generation Sustainability: UBC’s regenerative approach to sustainability

This weekend, I visited a panel discussion on “Next generation sustainability” at UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). Professor John Robinson, who was recently named Canada’s Environmental Scientist of the Year, talked about the concept of regenerative sustainability, UBC’s sustainability initiatives and CIRS’s contribution as a living laboratory for sustainability. Regenerative sustainability means…

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Urban farming insights from Vancouver

The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo also featured several interesting talks. For instance, Chris Thoreau, an urban farmer from Vancouver who brings his food as a food pedaler by bike to his customers, talked about the exciting topic “Urban Farming in Vancouver”. In fact, as 80% of the Canadian population is lives in cities, growing food in the cities is an important step…

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