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Returns on Resilience: The Business Case

How can we justify planning resilient communities from an economic perspective? This report highlights several projects, representing a range of property types across three U.S. regions, that were designed to physically and financially perform well in the face of climate threats unique to their locations.

October 16, 2015 Visit Site
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UN Habitat Background Paper: Public Spaces for All Designed to Live Together

Urban October is a time of raising awareness, promoting participation, generating knowledge and engaging the international community towards a New Urban Agenda. As part of Urban October 2015, the UN Habitat released a backgrounder exploring how planners, designers, architects, engineers, and residents can work together to design better public spaces that foster healthier, happier communities.

October 6, 2015 Visit Site
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The impact of green space on heat and air pollution in urban communities

This David Suzuki Foundation report analyzed 102 peer-reviewed studies published over the past five years that explored the role of urban green space in providing cooling effects and reducing air pollution. It found that urban green spaces provide significant health benefits by filtering harmful pollutants from the air and providing cooling effects during extreme heat.

October 6, 2015 Visit Site
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Active Cities Report

The Active Cities Report is a blueprint for leaders to transform any city into an active city. It includes practical guidance, sample metrics and inspirational examples – as well as a summary of the evidence that proves an active city is a competitive city.

August 19, 2015 Visit Site
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The Circular Economy 100: Case Studies

The Circular Economy 100 is a global platform bringing together leading companies, emerging innovators and regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The circular economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative by intention; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimise, tracks and eliminates the use of toxic chemicals; and eradicates waste…

July 23, 2015 Visit Site
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CITIE

CITIES (City Initatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) supports city leaders to develop policy to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s comprised of (1) a framework that sets out the policy levers city governments can use to support innovation and entrepreneurship, (2) an online diagnostic tool to allow cities to explore their performance and assess how they compare to their peers,…

July 2, 2015 Visit Site
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New Canada Ideabook (MASS LBP)

This Ideabook, produced by the 100 young delegates of the provinces and territories of Canada on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation Conference, presents aspirations for the next fifty years of Confederation. Their ideas — some playful, others urgent and serious — are intended to start a conversation. Their efforts should remind…

July 2, 2015 Visit Site
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Rethinking Smart Cities From The Ground Up

This report tells the stories of cities around the world – from Beijing to Amsterdam, and from London to Jakarta – that are addressing urban challenges by using digital technologies to engage and enable citizens.

June 25, 2015 Visit Site
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Social Innovation to Answer Society’s Challenges

Innovation is no longer a simple strategic option: it is a global imperative. How can we innovate to meet growing human and society challenges, with new business models, products and services that make sense for corporations and benefit each global citizen? This 2014 report from Frost & Sullivan outlines social innovation opportunities to address five…

June 22, 2015 Visit Site
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Le guide du plan d’urbanisme / Guide to the Master Plan

Le guide du plan d’urbanisme / The Guide to the Master Plan (downloadable in French and English in PDF format) is an illustrated guidebook produced by the Office de consultation public de Montréal et Bricolage urbain. Its aim is to help Montrealers understand urban planning in everyday language and learn where and how they can have…

May 12, 2015 Visit Site