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Las Vegas: Sustainable oasis or mirage?

February 16, 2016 ,,,,,,Comments Off on 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, 2016Comments Off on Urban Gardens Flood Denver’s Food Deserts

  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…

Step 3: Lay some vinyl

November 25, 2015 ,,,Comments Off on Step 3: Lay some vinyl

We began by scoping street art in Lisbon. We walked the stories, past and future, of Houston and Turin. Now, for our third step for sustainability, we explore the idea of resiliency, what makes a city resilient, and find ourselves wholly entertained by the sounds of Milan and Memphis.  …

Step 2: Go for a walk

November 11, 2015 ,,,,,Comments Off on Step 2: Go for a walk

We began the Steps for Sustainability in Lisbon, seeking inspiration from street artists on how to reimagine cities. Our next step takes us to Turin and Houston, two cities whose pasts are influential in defining their paths toward a post-carbon future.

Steps for Sustainability: First, get some spraypaint

November 5, 2015 ,,,,,Comments Off on Steps for Sustainability: First, get some spraypaint

The streets of Lisbon are covered in art, at least according to advocates of the cultural iconography sprayed, stenciled, and sculpted across os bairros, the neighborhoods, of Lisbon. Others, in blinding contrast, view street art as unsolicited social commentary indulged by wasted resources and unrealized potential. If they only knew……