Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale?

By Flavie Halais MONTREAL, Canada —  In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be …

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Hoboken NY

Resist. Delay. Store. Discharge. A Comprehensive Urban Water Strategy

The Sandy-affected region is a long coastline with many assets, and as we now know, at risk. A fully comprehensive …

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Kansas City Skyline

The Millennial City, Part 3:  The Gentrification Reset

The Debate Your city is on the hot seat now. As a city leader you have done your job to …

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California Agriculture

Drilling Deeper into California’s Drought and Water Distribution

There’s a lot of conversation going on around water in the arid West during this drought year, but not all …

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Finding a place for cities in the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”

by Neal Pierce Has an “age of the city” arrived — an era in which cities not only make up …

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Worker Cooperatives Emerging for Sustainable Development

Cooperative business models have gained traction as a catalyst for sustainable economic development over the past decade. The United Nations …

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Foundations Shaping the Future of Our Cities

Nine billion people living well within the limits of the planet by mid-century. That is the simple but powerful “Vision …

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Detroit 2014

Meeting of the Minds 2014: Breaking New Ground with Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and Sustainability

Public sector, NGOs and private sector leaders to convene in Detroit For immediate release. What: Meeting of the Minds is an …

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Three Global Transport Trends: Reshaping Urban Policy

Here are three global transport trends that should be reshaping urban policy. They already are in the world’s most dynamic …

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