The study of metropolitan areas and how their inhabitants interact with them is key to planning our future as a species
This new tool can help us understand how people respond to urban spaces before they’re built.
Throughout the month of March, World Wildlife Fund’s new President and CEO, David Miller, will be travelling across Canada for the Earth Hour Tour: Out of the Dark, Into the Future. The tour will bring together diverse experts to imagine and discuss a future where climate change is no longer a threat. This panel will address questions about what this future state looks like, how it’s different than the world we live in today, and what Edmonton is doing to prepare for this new reality. The panel discussion will provide a valuable opportunity for students, stakeholders and media to connect with the Earth Hour message and vision for a low-carbon world. Edmonton’s panel consists of local experts that will speak to: City plans currently under development that will address energy challenges; A citizen deliberation that was conducted over six Saturdays to provide the City with direction and input for energy transition; The leadership role of the University of Alberta, building on its historic district energy system while embracing new and efficient building standards and alternative forms of energy; Edmonton’s unique opportunity (Blatchford Redevelopment) to design an entirely new community that will exemplify sustainability; and The role of post-secondary institutions in ensuring people are equipped with the skills and foresight to design for present-day use while accommodating future needs. Panelists include: Jim Andrais (Office of Environment, City of Edmonton) David Kahane (Political Scientist, University of Alberta and Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD)) Mark Hall (Blatchford Redevelopment, City of Edmonton) Len Sereda (Facilities & Operations, University of Alberta) Richard Dixon (University of Alberta School of Business, Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and Environment (CABREE)) Moderator: David Miller (CEO & President, World Wildlife Fund) This panel presentation tour is coordinated as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge and We Love Cities campaign. Learn more at edmonton.ca/earthhour. *A light lunch will be provided. Doors open at 10:45 a.m.
An interesting passage from the great book ‘Brussels - A Manifesto. Towards a Capital of Europe’, about the difference between city and urbanization, civitas and urbs, and the citizen member and the individual.
"With the development of infrastructure as the primary core of modern…
An inspiring and thoughtful example of how to mix lights, beauty and history, Canada’s first outdoor neon sign museum is in place and ready to shine. Here’s a sneak peek of the 104 street, 104 avenue wonder - its official opening is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
Leaf and Lyre Urban Farms: SPIN Farming
Interesting website on abandoned malls in America. Definitely a cool link to scroll through!!
A Beautiful Waste
by Powering a Nation
I am so stoked, my paper proposal for the Under Western Skies Conference on the topic of Geoengineering has been accepted. Read my 250-ish word proposal below:
"Humans’ entrance into the Anthropocence is the result of developed nations’ inaction to change current ways of living, coupled with societies’ ideas of infinite progress and technophilia. Resultantly, carbon emissions have reached 400ppm — an unprecedented level in homo sapiens sapiens existence. Climate change is working against human interests, continually dragging down the global economy. Now, regardless of significant societal changes, we must face the potential impact of ensuing climate change within this century: an aggressive stance towards Earth’s natural systems (nature) and not to serve our own behaviours. Society has slowly framed the Earth’s natural systems as a threat: mitigation as diplomacy, resilience as defence, and now Geoengineering as control, or rather, war.
Geoengineering is the next step in managing anthropogenic climate change. However we still must consider the uncertainties when implementing these technologies. Within Geoengineering there are two classifications of technologies: Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM). SRM attempts to solve the incoming solar radiation Earth receives, typically through increasing the Albedo effect. SRM is criticized as a ‘Band-Aid’ solution when compared to CDR, which extracts carbon in the atmosphere.
Geoengineering is still not understood enough, both technologies have risks and absurdities; any resulting global implementation could ripple through the Earth’s complex systems. I will explore the history, public perception, ethical implications, evidence, and current policy to argue for immediate formation of preventative international policy. Experiment Earth will not only affect civilization, but the contemporary Earth system as a whole. ” - Joe Hobbs
Afterwards it may be published in an edited book!!! So excited.
The projected shift from single-family to multifamily living will likely have many large, long-lasting effects on the U.S. economy…Similarly, the possible shift toward city living may dampen demand for automobiles, highways, and gasoline but increase demand for restaurants, city parks, and high-quality public transit. Households, firms, and governments that correctly anticipate these changes are likely to especially benefit.
After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you could be excused for not wanting to see any more of it. But today’s snow actually brought us some pretty cool ideas for public spaces and traffic safety improvements along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.