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The case for super-ambitious Living Buildings. A talk with Jason McLennan

Seattle architect Jason McLennan created the Living Building Challenge, a standard far more demanding than the widely used LEED standard. Here's why.

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Potentially habitable planet discovered. Climate backup plan complete

This means we've got our backup plan, and there's no need any more to deal with this thorny global warming problem.

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Urban revitalization via art contest in Grand Rapids, Mich.

My interest in the ArtPrize contest underway in Grand Rapids, Mich., stems from this line from Gene Duvernoy: "Cities are what's going to get us out of this mess ... and what makes cities livable is art."

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A chat with Earl Blumenauer about livable communities and right-wing paranoia

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) spoke with Grist about livability, paranoia, and spreading the success of Portland.

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Want Dinner with Leonardo DiCaprio and George Soros?

In New York last week for the Clinton Global Initiative and United Nations Week, I attended a small dinner party late one night that featured film star Leonardo DiCaprio, billionaire philanthropist/investor George Soros, the President of the central African nation …

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How one Swedish city gets people to trade silly car trips for bikes [VIDEO]

A clever public health campaign in Malmö, Sweden, is getting people onto bikes by making them feel silly for driving short distances when they could bike instead.

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Why an additional road tax for bicyclists would be unfair

People who ride bikes are already shelling out more than their share for asphalt. Here's why it makes good economic sense for cities to encourage cycling.

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Can Abu Dhabi's bright green experiment ever grow up to be a true city?

Masdar seems at first glance like a dream come true for anyone who cares about cities as proving grounds for innovative environmental technology. But will it ever have that urban magic?

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San Francisco transportation agency wants to put brakes on automobiles

The executive director of the city's transportation agency said, "Like in the FDA's food pyramid, too many cars are not good for you."