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A WEEKLY FEED OF NEWS AND IDEAS TO ENJOY IN A SUSTAINABLE CITY
Jul 31, 2015
Looking back at IDEAS CITY 2015
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their dis­course is secret, their rules are absurd, their per­spec­tives deceit­ful, and every­thing con­ceals some­thing else. —Italo Calvino, Invis­i­ble Cities The theme of this year’s IDEAS CITY Fes­ti­val is The Invis­i­ble City, an homage to Italo Calvino’s lit­er­ary mas­ter­piece of 1972. […]
by Kuntian Yu
Jul 22, 2015
"Keep it slow:" touring the High Line
The High Line has become a top destination for visitors. Does it still work for New Yorkers? Sarah Holder takes a tour.
by Sarah Holder
Jul 12, 2015
Why I love the QueensWay
The QueensWay would transform an abandoned railway in Queens into parkland.
by Jonah Garnick
Jul 5, 2015
Dematerializing the car
  Ecol­o­gist Eric Sander­son has writ­ten a care­fully detailed and beau­ti­fully designed book on the need to redesign soci­ety with­out cars. Pro­j­jal Dutta, Direc­tor of Sus­tain­abil­ity for the MTA, keeps a per­sonal Tum­blr titled “Tak­ing the car out of car­bon,” with a sim­i­lar mes­sage (both Sander­son and Dutta are advi­sors to City Atlas). Enrique Penalosa, the vision­ary for­mer mayor of Bogota, advised City […]
by David Kroodsma
Jun 18, 2015
James White: ice & the city
Director, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
James White explains that the future of the city depends on how the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets melt in a warmer climate, and on what we do to slow the process down by curbing emissions.
by Jamie Carpenter
Jun 1, 2015
Fifty Years of Landmarks
New York's Landmarks Law preserves not only the culture of the past, but the energy put into buildings of the past.
by Nicholas MacDonald
May 29, 2015
What's your big idea?
We're thinking big. Trans-Atlantic big.
by City Atlas
May 23, 2015
The great nuclear hope returns
One puzzle on which top experts disagree is the role of nuclear power in providing a solution to climate change.
by Rowan Wu
May 5, 2015
Here Comes Solar: residential solar comes to NYC
Will solar panels soon become as iconic to New York's rooftops as the ubiquitous water tower?
by Rowan Wu
Apr 22, 2015
Insouciant coyotes take Manhattan
An adventurous coyote led police on a futile chase through Riverside Park on the Upper West Side, the second to be seen in Manhattan in April, and the sixth NYC coyote sighting of 2015, a record-breaking pace.
by Madeleine Levin
Apr 6, 2015
CUSP map: taking a look under the hood of the city
A new crowdsourced map shows some important features of the city and describes how we can respond to changing climate.
by Chiara Zaccheo
Mar 28, 2015
Bicycling around a warming globe
Part epic journey, part field research: David Kroodsma and Lindsey Fransen bicycled across Asia researching climate. It turns out that low carbon travel is possible with time and strong legs, and probably a much better way to see things.
by Jamie Carpenter
Mar 22, 2015
New York's lead role in solving for the future
A panel at Columbia looked at how New York is taking a leading role in how cities both cope with, and solve, the planetary challenge of climate change.
by Rowan Wu
Mar 12, 2015
Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Park
What makes this park, a new jewel for New York City, so successful?
by Madeleine Levin
Mar 2, 2015
Joel Towers
Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
"We’re educating students who will go out into the world and have 60 years or more of productive and engaged life. What is the world going to be like 60 years from now?"
by Madeleine Levin
Feb 23, 2015
A new book about what we don't know
Gernot Wagner is an economist who focuses on what he doesn’t know. Tail events, the black swans, the unknown unknowns. The future.
by Jamie Carpenter
Feb 14, 2015
How can global finance...help the globe?
Can global finance rapidly shift gears to trigger a new wave of sustainable investing?
by Jamie Carpenter
Jan 25, 2015
Using geology to fix the atmosphere
What if the key to halting climate change lay not in the atmosphere above our heads, but in the rock beneath our feet?
by William Wepsala