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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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The unique planning history of Vienna’s Donauinsel

As Vienna’s Donauinsel (Danube Island) celebrates its 25th birthday this year, the Architekturzentrum Wien recently devoted an evening to its planning history, featuring an interesting talk by Harald Erber in which he talked about August Zottl’s (and his son Hermann Zottl’s) vision behind the island as well as alternative proposals and current development scenarios. The…

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What is a climate change refugee?

“But what happens to our identity? What happens to our culture?” When I had the opportunity to listen to a young man from the Pacific Island of Kiribati this June at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, I realized that climate migration is a much bigger challenge than just providing people shelter in a different place.…

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City Pics: Stockholm

As I’ve just spent a long weekend in beautiful Stockholm, this City Pics blogpost features some common photo insights into a livable city, in particular green speaces, unique waterfronts, multimodal transport, dense neighborhoods and a vibrant public life, plus plenty of people cycling, walking and pushing their baby strollers. Not to forget a beautiful sunset,…

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The Romance and Reality of Urban Food

Two weeks ago, SFU City Conversations featured an emotional debate on Port Metro Vancouver’s Deltaport expansion plans on farmers’ fields protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve. As in this debate, the aspects of local food production and food security were also central issues in today’s City Conversation on “The Romance and Reality of Urban Food”.…

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On the state of the Canadian cleantech industry

Yesterday, I visited an information session by Céline Bak from Analytica Advisors on the launch of their “2012 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Survey” which will form the basis of their “2013 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report”. This gave me the opportunity to gather some insights into the current state of the Canadian cleantech industry and…

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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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UBC’s CIRS: A truly green building!

UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) should not only be a place where students are taught sustainability but also a living laboratory for sustainability. During yesterday’s green walk through the building I got an amazing insight into what a truly green building can look like. And, actually also into what every new…

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