Reinvent Cities

Bike Share Kiosks Coming to Five Vietnamese Cities

The Saigoneer reports that bike-share programs are set to launch in five cities in Vietnam beginning in 2015. As anyone who’s traveled to Vietnam knows, people there love motorbikes—so a switch to clean pedal power is a logical step that could do wonders for improving air quality. According to the article, Ho Chi Minh’s District 1, home to…

From Toxic to Trendy: The Evolution of the Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal has long been known as one of New York City’s most polluted waterways. It’s so toxic, that the EPA declared it a Superfund cleanup site. But according to the New York Post, the canal and its surrounding neighborhood are undergoing a remarkable transformation. As the canal gets cleaned up, developers are seizing the opportunity…

Citiscope.org Launches with Stories on Urban Innovation

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Announcing the official launch of a nonprofit news venture with a critical mission: coverage of urban innovation around the globe. Citiscope explores “how cities are inventing new ways to cope with such challenges as climate change, poverty, congestion and environmental quality,” the site explains here.

Oz Goes Green with 202020 Vision

Don’t overlook Australia when it comes to green initiatives. Under its 202020 Vision, Oz plans to expand its green urban space 20 percent by 2020. Parks, orchards and bike paths are among the new amenities. The project is spearheaded by the Australian government, academia and private sector, according to Australia’s Architecture & Design. As part of the…