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Monday News Roundup

Jan 30, 2012

The top headlines from last week all in one place:

Our (Un)Sustainable Vocabulary(xkcd)
A comic detailing how the word “sustainable” is unsustainable 🙂

Inca Public Market by Charmaine Lay and Carles Muro(Dezeen)
Check out the zigzagging wooden roof of this market hall in Majorca, Spain.
The Threat of Poor Urban Design to Public Health (Planetizen)

A profile of the work of Dr. Richard J. Jackson, one of the leading voices calling for better urban design for the sake of good health.

The green dividend from reusing older buildings (Switchboard)
We already know that, in many cases, retaining older buildings can strengthen the enduring legacy and enjoyment of a community. But is it good for the environment?

Does Car + Bike = A Good Thing? (Sustainable Cities Collective)
Besides gaining ultra-buff legs, many ‘part-time’ bike commuters end up with an extra $12,400 at the end of the year!

A Profile of the ‘Jane Jacobs of Urban Design’(Planetizen)
An engaging profile of David Lewis, the community planning pioneer whom Richard Florida calls the ‘Jane Jacobs of Urban Design,’ as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

Rio de Janeiro unveils its first BRT station (Sustainable Cities Collective)
With 10 regular turnstiles and two adapted for wheelchair users, the station was designed to take advantage of natural ventilation using wind sensors.

How Bicycling and Walking Directly Impacts Health (Sustainable Cities Collective)
The 2012 benchmarking report for bicycling and walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding and other factors.

How a rain garden cleans industrial pollution(Switchboard)
As NRDC’s water program rightfully emphasizes, one of the most vexing conundrums in highly urban areas is how to handle polluted rainwater runoff.
Ranking Housing Affordability in America(Planetizen)

A report investigates to what extent the affordability of housing is tied to land use policies and how much is related to other factors.