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Bids for hosting the 2017 Ecocity World Summit now open

Ecocity Builders is full speed ahead planning the upcoming 2015 Ecocity Wold Summit in Abu Dhabi. We are now excited to announce the opening of the bid process for hosting the 2017 iteration. The International Ecocity Conference Series was the first and is now the longest running conference on ecological city design. From Yoff, Senegal to Chenzen, China and Berkeley, CA, the series has been hosted on every continent except Antarctica. Does your city want to join the legacy of change-makers? READ MORE

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Co-evolution of our Bodies, Brains and both natural and constructed Environments – Deeper meanings to “As we build so shall we live”

by Richard Register, President, Ecocity Builders

We are all in it together: we, our fellow travelers on this circling planet, the plants and animals, the very minerals and laws of nature in a constant dance of emergence and entropy, sometimes called evolution.

“As we build so shall we live” has been something of a mantra, slogan, directive, even philosophy for me over many long years. I’ve taken it to mean something rather simple, obvious, but, I’ve thought, profoundly important and worth thinking about quite seriously.

The notion is that we shape our constructed environment, and once we do, it locks us by influence and sometimes by force into actions and whole lifestyles that may produce results from wonderfully friendly to awesomely destructive. In our circles many of us see ecologically healthy cities as pretty wonderful, should we ever decide to build them, and the present city designed around cars and cheap energy to be more than a little damaging. READ MORE

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What’s the matter with “The Google Bus?”

by Sven Eberlein

Yesterday I went to a panel discussion entitled A Story of Shuttles at SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. For those of you not living in SF (and the Bay Area), what’s come to be known as “The Google Bus” is a whole fleet of privately run corporate limousine buses that are shuttling employees in the tech industry from hundreds of pick-up places near their homes in SF to their workplaces in Silicon Valley. The premise, according to company representatives at the panel, is that their predominantly young, under 35 workforce is “nauseated by the suburbs” and would rather commute up to 80 miles round trip to San Francisco every day than live near their workplace, and so the companies’ job is to make that trip as comfortable as possible, to attract and retain their workforce. READ MORE

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Martha’s Vineyard Part One

by David Waight

Had enough of Winter? – Ready for a getaway? – Martha’s Vineyard Island may just be the perfect end of the winter getaway.  A popular summer resort, famous for its many beaches, it is also a good choice in the Spring and Fall before the crowds arrive or after they leave.

Temperatures may or may not be warm enough to swim during the Spring or Fall, so if swimming is essential, you should plan    your visit in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day). If temperatures don’t allow for swimming during your visit, the beaches can still be enjoyable.  Walking along the beaches, some stretching for miles, provides spectacular ocean views, abundant nature or the opportunity to just relax. In addition to beaches, activities of all types are plentiful – historic towns, hiking, bicycling, water sports of various types, farms, nature, lighthouses, shopping and spectacularly scenic vistas and these are just some of what you will find. READ MORE

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Paolo Soleri, Einstein and Gandhi

by Richard Register

Paolo Soleri two or three years before Richard met him, that is, around 1962 or 1963. He is working on his early structures at Cosanti in Paradise Valley, then some distance from Phoenix, now surrounded by urban sprawl.
Photo credit: Cosanti Foundation/Arcosanti Archives

Said a friend recently, “We hear about Paolo Soleri so infrequently these days, why do you keep mentioning him as a key person in your career, anyway?”  “My career?  Should be everybody’s survival and thriving into the future, not just one individual’s career.”

Paolo Soleri is one of the three most important people of the 20th century, and leading into the 21st century now.  Time Magazine got it backward deliberating on their two nominees when its editors and publishers chose Einstein over Gandhi as Man of the 20th Century.  READ MORE

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Takeaways from Ecocity 10 – Solutions for the 21st Century

by Richard Register, President, Ecocity Builders

I’m just back from France and helping with some planning for the 10th International Ecocity Conference/Ecocity World Summit in Nantes coming up September 25 through 27.

 

Thinking back over the last nine International Ecocity Conferences to the First International Ecocity Conference in 1990, not to speak of all the conferences in our series hosted by others I’ve participated in, a thought occurred to me. Clarification of what seems to work you might call it. And the notion of “takeaways” came up. (Pronounced “take aways” – the word looks a little peculiar…) There always seems to be a small number of highlights people remember that effect them into the future, often in important ways, a small number of things that lead to some sort of positive change in the real world we all share.   READ MORE

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How to enjoy a weekend visit to Dallas without driving, Part 2

by Johnny Elbow and Karen Ptacek, DART Marketing & Communications

Whether you’re here for business or visiting as a weekend getaway, much of Big D is surprisingly transit-accessible and pedestrian-friendly. The best place to stay is in the heart of downtown Dallas, served by all four light rail lines of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART): the region’s public transportation system.

Every hotel in downtown Dallas is within blocks from a modern DART Rail station, and the sleek trains arrive every few minutes to whisk you to the city’s most popular dining, shopping and entertainment destinations. You can ride just about anywhere DART goes – all day long – for as little as $5.

With the recent opening of the Orange Line, DART now offers 85 miles of light rail service reaching 61 stations, complimented by a vast network of buses, operating seven days a week, plus commuter rail connections to Fort Worth and Denton. READ MORE

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Car Free Journey: How to enjoy a weekend visit to Dallas without driving: Part 1

by Johnny Elbow and Karen Ptacek, DART Marketing & Communications

Gone are the days when the automobile was practically Dallas’ mascot and a visit here meant taking taxis or renting a car. Whether you’re in Dallas for business or visiting as a weekend getaway, much of Big D is surprisingly transit-accessible and pedestrian-friendly. The best place to stay is in the heart of downtown Dallas, which is served by all four light rail lines of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the region’s public transportation system.

Every hotel in downtown Dallas is within blocks from a modern DART Rail station. Sleek trains arrive every few minutes to whisk you to the city’s most popular dining, shopping and entertainment destinations.

Dallas DART

And here’s the best part; you can ride just about anywhere DART goes – all day long – for as little as $5. READ MORE

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“Much Better than Climate Change Adaptation”

by Richard Register

October 27, 2009 and I was getting off Vancouver’s SkyTrain at the Lake City Way Station. With me was my friend Jennie Moore, Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship for the British Columbia Institute of Technology. “There it is,” I said, camera in hand. “I’ve been looking for that poster for my ecological city slide show.” Before me was a sign I’d seen several times flashing by through the window of my moving train. It turned out to be part of a campaign by the Vancouver Aquarium. Featuring an image of a polar bear floating on a slab of ice in an almost open ocean, the copy read:

“Adaptation is not an option. Canada’s Arctic. In the grip of change. Visit the new exhibit to understand the impact.”

The polar bear, on all fours, gazing to the horizon, looked like any you’d expect on a poster, calendar or in a coffee table book… except that it had the black stripes on white of an African zebra. READ MORE

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Car Free Journey, February 2013

How to Get to Downtown Sarasota

By Air:  Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is served by Delta, Jet Blue, US Air, United, and Air Canada. From the Airport, local SCAT buses ($1.25 one way, $4 for a one-day pass) #2, 15, and 99 operate Monday-Saturday. On Sunday, SCAT route #215 provides the only public bus service to the airport. The #99, operating from 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, is the best bus to take to the Ringling Museum. It also serves Bradenton, connecting to MCAT local buses there. (From Bradenton, MCAT bus #6 Cortez travels to Anna Marie Island beaches.)

By Train: AMTRAK buses from the Tampa and Orlando stations stops downtown in front of the Hollywood 20 Movie Theatre. From here, it’s a short walk a block south to Ringling Blvd, where you can catch SCAT routes 1 and 1A. READ MORE

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