Join the urban farming movement

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Urban farming, whether found in large urban cities like Chicago, or in a Palestinian refugee camp near Bethlehem, is rapidly becoming a worldwide movement. All it really takes is a small, available plot of ground, an accessible rooftop on a warehouse or other urban building; or even a large balcony in a private home for growing a […]

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UN: Urban Trees Needed Everywhere

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Tighten your city’s green belt on World Habitat Day: Plant trees everywhere, in cities all over the Middle East. When we think of treehuggers, and people who advocate treeplanting, we think 80s hippie, or Julia Butterfly Hill, the gal who lived in a tree for 2.5 years to fight against deforestation. Or the old-fashioned model […]

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Tree-trimming Mob Uncovered in Israel

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The sting operation  “Weeds in the Underbrush” uncovered a cartel of tree-trimmers in Israel. It’s really quite common to see the entire tops of trees lobbed off, and sitting by the side of the road in Tel Aviv, and other cities in Israel. It makes one sad, especially since it’s often done in the summer […]

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Time For A Cycling Revolution and “Critical Mass” In Cairo

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Before the 25th of January no more than 150 cyclists could pedal together without attracting police authorities’ attention. In Cairo, Inji El Abd from Cycling for Change, talks about a revolution for bikes. Che Guevara had his motorcycle and they had their bicycles: Revolutionaries on wheels went from all corners of Cairo to Tahrir Square to demand […]

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Interview: Melissa Sterry And The City That Loves Floods

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A 21st Century Bionic Pioneer, Melissa Sterry talks to Green Prophet about built environments that embrace the volatile new world order. Melissa Sterry makes our spooky future full of increased flooding, stronger hurricanes, and severe drought look like a playground. By applying Resilience Theory, Biomimicry, and Living Architecture principles to every aspect of building, she […]

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Lebanon's Going Ahead With $8 Billion Cedar Islands Project, Despite Dubai Debt

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We reported earlier in the year that a Beirut-based property developer has designs to build a Dubai “World”-like set of islands in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon. Modelled after Dubai’s The World and Palm Islands, developers in Lebanon report that its $8 billion development project will not sink. This is all despite […]

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Sustainability In The City (of Tel Aviv), To Celebrate 100 Years Now And 100 In The Future

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Some green groups are criticizing the city of Tel Aviv for not being sustainable at all; they’re also criticizing the city for this new conference happening April 1-2, on urban sustainability. It is part of dozens of events to celebrate Tel Aviv’s 100 year birthday this year. For your reading pleasure, and interest, Green Prophet […]

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Brazil's Jaime Lerner Says "Cities Are The Answer," And Provides Hope and Model For The Urban Middle East

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Sitting in his favorite cafe, outside his home, Jaime Lerner opens his little black notebook. He sits and scribbles ideas while waiting for his next meeting with one of the many mayors, diplomats, governors and senators who make the pilgrimage to meet him from all over the world. His notebook, much like Leonardo da Vinci’s […]

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Masdar "Zero Carbon" Super City Breaks Ground This Month in Abu Dhabi

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Taking God-Knows-How-Much of the world’s non-renewable energy sources to build, developers of the world’s first zero carbon city, Masdar City, proclaim that the historic groundbreaking in Abu Dhabi will take place this month. (In advance, Daniel’s posted on Abu Dhabi’s Podcar People Mover). While I think the concept is definitely thought provoking — as the […]

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Tel Aviv “City Rats” Give New Ideas to Urban Planners

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“Rat tracks” made by rats in two city plans: Manhattan-style (left) and New Orleans or Jerusalem-style (right). In both plans rats cover the same distance, but rats in the “Manhattan” grid cover more territory. Rats Say: Manhattan Rules! Before “green” urban planners build that new sub-division, neighborhood, city street, or town, they might want some […]

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