Filed under: Awareness, bike, Cycling, Food, Lifestyle, New Ideas, Organic, Outdoor, Recycling, Sharing, Slow Life, Urban Mobility, Urban Spaces | Tags: colaborative projects, community
Towards the human city it’s a unique project from a spanish couple, Fernando Casado and Paula García, which aims to map 101 transformative and successful urban initiatives. Believing that many global issues can be addressed by local bottom-up initiatives regarding housing, safety, education, sustainability, climate, food, health, mobility, equality and governance. One of the main character common in all projects is the citizenparticipation, demonstrating that local authorities are now in need of citizen-led organization in order to make effective changes.
Project “Mejor en Bici”, bike sharing in Bogotá, Colombia.
The couple is working on a documentary to tell show the project at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III and will create a global database with those successful urban cases and turn it in an open source platform where anyone can update with their own urban experiences.
Project: The Unexpected Petry of Cities, Washington DC.
From: Guardian UK
Filed under: Awareness, bike, DIY, Green, Lifestyle, Recycling, Sharing, Slow Life, Swap, Take Action, Urban Spaces
Repairing things is, nowadays, very “retro”. People just buy a new one. But the Repair Café, now a worldwide silently protesting against the planned obsolescence. They have all necessary tools to fix clothes, electrical appliances, bikes, furniture, etc and also repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanic. The great and innovative idea aims to teach people “to see their possessions in a new light.” and realizing all the perks of repairing their own things.
This is a great initiative to help us to reconsider the way we consume and relate to consumer goods. Since its beginning, the Repair Café has prevented a 3,200kg of wast around the globe.
Location: Milano, Italy
Foto by INFORMAZIONE LIBERA via Patrizia Marinozzi
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“Parklets” are spreading over parking spaces creating some innovatives urban areas across America. Plots of urban land (usually parking spaces!) are taken by the city government and turned into small and great parks to hang out.
Filed under: Awareness, Digital, DIY, Green, Lifestyle, New Ideas, Outdoor, Recycling, Take Action
TrashOut is a free crowdsourcing app which gives users a way to report illegal dumps. Users comment reports, upload pictures, check the TrashMap and also be rewarded with badges for reporting and helping to clean up public spaces.
Available for iOS and Android.
According to Life Edited, swapping may be the new shopping. I do believe so.
Considering this huge trend, here are some cool swapping websites for fashion lovers, that also love shopping online:
America’s favorite swap hostesses and internationally recognized sustainable style experts, spreading secondhand style.
Same idea as Swapaholics: Clean out your closet and take everything you want to swap and take it to the nearest Clothing Swap® event. Company is based in San Francisco, CA for 17 years now. All “left over” items are donated to charity shops.
World’s number #1 fashion swap website, you can upload images of your unwanted clothes and accessories and swap for other items or even sell it.
New York City is painting it WHITE.
In a collaboration between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings, this project facilitate the cooling of city’s rooftops. When roofs are reflectives (like white) it helps to reduce cooling costs during summer by cutting energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Anyone living in NYC can get involved.