These Urinals Turn Pee Into Fertilizer For Local Food | FastCompany
Phosphorus extracted from the temporary park urinals will go to a green roof in the city. And today, the water utility will launch a new recovery plant designed to mine the phosphorus out of all of the wastewater in the region. Amsterdam’s pee alone can fertilize 10,000 football fields’ worth of plants, according to officials.

These Urinals Turn Pee Into Fertilizer For Local Food | FastCompany

Phosphorus extracted from the temporary park urinals will go to a green roof in the city. And today, the water utility will launch a new recovery plant designed to mine the phosphorus out of all of the wastewater in the region. Amsterdam’s pee alone can fertilize 10,000 football fields’ worth of plants, according to officials.

Environmentally friendly traffic jams? | The City Fix
Traffic and congestion is a common sight during rush hours around the world. After battling through hours of traffic, the hunt for a good parking space can be just as tiring and difficult. These jams are worst in large urban centers where there is a heavy concentration of private cars. In Amsterdam, traffic jams and parking shortages are becoming a problem, even though car traffic hasn’t increased. That’s right… Amsterdam has bike jams.

Environmentally friendly traffic jams? | The City Fix

Traffic and congestion is a common sight during rush hours around the world. After battling through hours of traffic, the hunt for a good parking space can be just as tiring and difficult. These jams are worst in large urban centers where there is a heavy concentration of private cars. In Amsterdam, traffic jams and parking shortages are becoming a problem, even though car traffic hasn’t increased. That’s right… Amsterdam has bike jams.

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The Nature of Cities explores both the nature in are own backyards - Austin and San Diego and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future - Malmo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Freiburg, Amsterdam and Paris.

The film features Sustainable Communities professor Timothy Beatley as he tours these places with City Planners, Landscape Architects, Ecologists and Residents.

Commentary by Richard Louv (Last Child in the Woods) and Dr. Stephen Kellert (Biophilic Design) provide the background for looking at the living possibilities of how we can be in an urban environment integrated with the nature around us.

60 minutes

Produced by Throughline Productions

There is a review here

The top 20 urban planning successes of all time

A fascinating post just appeared on the Public Servant Blog:  “The top 20 urban planning successes of all time.”  Written by “L.G.,” the list includes the following:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Billerica Garden Suburb, Massachusetts (“the country’s first garden suburb designed specifically for workers”)
  3. Camden Town, London (“There is no one age group, race, gender or socio-economic group that outnumbers another”)
  4. Chicago Boulevard System
  5. Eugene, Oregon (“plans to be carbon neutral with no waste by 2020”)
  6. Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
  7. Granville Island, Vancouver (“possibly the most successful urban redevelopment ever seen in North America”)
  8. Greensburg Sustainable Comprehensive Plan
  9. High Line
  10. Lijnbaan in Rotterdam (“the first purpose-built pedestrian street”)  
  11. Lower Garden District, New Orleans (“vehicles do not dominate this neighborhood”)
  12. Marimont, Ohio (“charming historic architecture, lush foliage, award-winning schools and friendly, community-minded residents”)
  13. Nine Square Plan, New Haven, Connecticut (“following the principles of ideal cities gleaned from the Bible”)
  14. Ponce Center City, Puerto Rico
  15. Sanibel Island, Florida (“nine major ecological zones”)
  16. South Livermore Valley Specific Plan, California (“3,229 acres under permanent agricultural easement”)
  17. Taos, Pueblo, New Mexico (“Possibly one of the earliest high-rise towns”)
  18. The Law of the Indies (“instructions for site selection and the layout and construction of new towns”)
  19. The Miami Valley (Ohio) Region’s Fair Share Housing Plan of 1970 (“the first ‘fair share’ housing plan in the nation”)
  20. The Plan of Philadelphia (“the first large American city to utilize the grid street pattern, to provide dedicated land exclusively for open green public squares”)

From the freeways of Los Angeles to the canals of Amsterdam, cities are taking the lead in the fight to reduce carbon output. As world leaders squabble over how to cut greenhouse gases, city hall is becoming the best hope for climate action. Given their smaller jurisdictions, local officials can green-light eco-projects faster than nationwide schemes can be implemented. “We’re not going to wait for national politicians, we’re acting right now,” says Toronto Mayor David Miller, who plans to invest more than $1 billion in public transport and eco-friendly air-conditioning systems for buildings by 2017.

Finding parking space within a parking garage

Having trouble to find a parking space within a parking garage?

Especialy in dark or undergound garage, it hard to find a free space for your car.

Would it be nice to escort by a light path of led`s right to the free space. This will save time, full, money and less polution in the air.

This al can be done by led`s, sensors and rfid.

Another advantage is that you, once parked, can tag this space on your mobil to find you car back.

All can be done with less power consuption using solars panels outside the building because the led`s do not consume much

City Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

(but could be everywhere in the world in a growded city)

#gdchallenge Ed Landman