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POCACITO Invites You to Germany

March 11, 2016No Comments

We are currently accepting applications for the inaugural POCACITO tour in Germany. You can find more information and submit your application here.  

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…

(Renewable) Energy Capital of the World?

Houston’s commercial real estate market boomed in 2015, with the oil industry plans to expand. But the oil market’s bust has made uncertainty the rule in 2016. The lights are still on in Houston, though, as the city finds different ways to renew its status as energy capital of the world….

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…

Las Vegas: Sustainable oasis or mirage?

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s statement in one of the early Democratic Presidential debates, “We’re here in Las Vegas, one of the most sustainable cities in America,” was widely shared on social media and met with disbelief.   I'm still blown away that O'Malley called Las Vegas "one of the most…

Urban Gardens Flood Denver’s Food Deserts

February 8, 2016No Comments

  According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 23.5 million people live in food deserts and 14% of American households were food insecure in 2014. The USDA’s definition of a food desert is a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low-access (more…

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…