• The case for climate-responsive urban design

      The recent heatwave has been exacerbating the urban heat island effect in many cities. As more and more people are moving into urban areas, bringing more cars, more asphalt roads, more parking lots, urban planning should take into consideration the changing climate patterns. Large metropolitan areas all around the world are rediscovering the importance […]

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  • The digital future of urban water management

        The US water infrastructure is at least 50 years old and the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that there are 240,000 water main breaks in American cities each year. Under the pressure of climate change and aging pipes, many cities are turning to new technologies to improve their water management. Digital Water, […]

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  • Walkability on the rise in US metro areas

      According to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report, by the George Washington School of Business the trend towards increasing walkable urban spaces is affecting all the major American metro areas, including smaller ones like Phoenix and Tampa. The report examines the walkable urbanism in 30 of the largest metropolitan areas, as well as their projected […]

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  • Food forests, a new urban space on the rise

      Atlanta and Philadelphia are two American cities spearheading the introduction of a new urban element: the food forest. An amped up version of community gardens, food forests are large parks planted with hundreds of fruit-bearing trees and edible plants that visitors are allowed to gather for free for their own consumption. Food forests are […]

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  • US cities lead for sustainability

      According to JLL Capital Markets, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are leading examples in the efforts to cut greenhouse gases emissions with extensive city-wide plans. A recent article on The Investor also noted that the US have the largest inventory of LEED certified buildings. Tom Roundell Greene, Director, Global Sustainability at JLL observed “We are […]

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    Architect and Urban Planner Stefano Boeri Speaks at F.A.O.’s First World Forum on Urban Forests

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations held its first World Forum on Urban Forests recently in Mantua, Italy, with 93 countries attending. One of the highlights of this symposium was the presentation by architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri, a pioneer of the vertical forest, gave a presentation on the subject. The Vertical […]

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  • A team of school kids plan their sustainable city

    STEAMS Education: The Sustainable Cities Challenge

    As part of our corporate social responsibility program, Gedeon GRC Consulting has been developing several educational programs aimed at schools in our area. We are particularly proud of the Sustainable Cities Challenge which educated a class of 5th grade students on many disciplines that are critical to future success of our cities: Science, Technology, Engineering, […]

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