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Ship Out of Water: Minneapolis puts sustainability on hold for football season

This April, the City of Lakes will have the first Water bar in the world. Yes, that’s what you just read – a bar specialized in tap water will open its doors in the Minneapolis hipster district Northeast. Even for water-rich Minneapolis — its very name originates from the Sioux…

Spring Cleaning, Memphis-style

Recently, a bill that would prohibit cities spending gas tax revenues for bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure was scheduled for a vote at the Tennessee General Assembly. Its approval could be a severe blow to Memphis’s recent bike friendly development, as well as a setback in the political acceptance for a post-carbon transition…

A city for the future, a city for its people

On November 1, 1755, an earthquake nearly destroyed the city of Lisbon and its surroundings. As a consequence, the city had to be rebuilt from scratch: the entire Baixa, the historic heart of the city, ceased to exist, and the new Lisbon became the city of the citizen, not the crown.   This story…

Copenhagen’s Green Goals

Copenhagen aims to be the first carbon-neutral world capital by 2025. Although we’ve all become used to Copenhagen’s ambitious leadership on sustainability, this goal could prove to change the way governments on both sides of the Atlantic address climate change.     It doesn’t take long to notice that Copenhagen…

Rethinking water sourcing

“Catalonia is also part of Spain.” That statement came from an unexpected source in 2008. It was José Montilla, then acting-president of the Catalan regional government. Although Montilla is not known to be a fierce proponent of Catalan independence, that statement might sound a bit out of place.   José Montilla felt…

From post-industrial landscapes to post-carbon cities

  Europe’s third longest bridge is in Scandinavia and connects Malmö, in Sweden, with Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city. This spectacular bridge created a bi-national city-region, connecting Sweden’s third largest city with the rest of the world. For Malmö, it was a crucial step to improve the city’s attractiveness after its…

Where a post-carbon future confronts the ghosts of the past

Facing the recurring dilemma of change – building the bridge between the past and the future – is the responsibility that comes with the right to the city. In Denver, the redevelopment of the international airport into a model community for residential sustainability is labelled progress. But it remains haunted by its past….

Step 4: Roll tape

Last time we wandered the halls of La Scala in Milan and juke joints of Memphis to discover (and hear) how music inspires the dynamism and identity of cities, essential foundations for the post-carbon cities of tomorrow. The fourth step takes us on a vision quest through Malmö and Minneapolis, two more…