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One of the major issues we’re faced with across the United States is zoning and ordinance laws that prevent the type of smart, dense development that was once created around the world before the advent of large “master development” centric planning (ie. 1 owner, 1 massive block). So the question is, how do we rapidly create places again, built by communities, for communities, using limited funds? Our early goals with Better Block projects were to retrofit, educate and illustrate examples of great places that were prioritized for people (versus cars) and to show how those blocks create greater economics, vibrancy, improved health, and provide a neighborhood destination. Now that we’ve seen enough examples around the world that prove this works, the next step is to build them from the ground up. For this example, let’s look at a classic “High Street” in London, which is similar to classic US Main Streets and begin breaking down the form:

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Apply Now » Next Foundation Thank you for your interest in the NEXT Foundation. Please note that we will not be accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) before 3 June 2014. You are welcome to download the EOI application form now however. The NEXT Foundation application process WikiCity – How Citizens can Improve their Cities This post is also available in: Chinese (Traditional) When governments don’t build infrastructure, citizens usually complain, but can’t do much about it. They pressure public officials and protest against proposed projects, but that’s as far as citizen participation in city building usually goes. It’s reactive, not proactive. However, this model of citizen participation is being rethought by citizens around the world.

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Bike-Share Programs Across the World - Green Transportation This article was reposted with permission from Earth Policy Institute. Politicians, lobbyists, and tourists alike can ride bicycles along a specially marked lane between the White House and the U.S. Low Impact Development Low impact development housing is housing we consider for The Highest Good because it is more cost effective, lasts longer, and is built from resources that are readily available. Our goal is to operate as a think tank of sustainability and demonstrate the low-impact development of 7 different communal living mini-village models of 15-100 residences as examples and prototypes for self-sufficient and duplicable teacher/demonstration communities, villages and cities to be built around the world. Each village model will represent a different ecobuild methodology that incorporates food production, sustainable energy, and ultra-affordable and eco-friendly living. The seven different eco-approaches we are planning include earthbag, straw bale, cob, adobe brick/earth block, subterranean construction, earthship and bottle home/reclaimed materials construction, and tree-houses. Click Here for Residency Projections POD #1 – Earthbag Construction

Principles of Intelligent Urbanism Principles of Intelligent Urbanism (PIU) is a theory of urban planning composed of a set of ten axioms intended to guide the formulation of city plans and urban designs. They are intended to reconcile and integrate diverse urban planning and management concerns. These axioms include environmental sustainability, heritage conservation, appropriate technology, infrastructure-efficiency, placemaking, "Social Access," transit oriented development, regional integration, human scale, and institutional-integrity. The Beaumont Partnership Foundation INTRODUCTION With the successful re-branding of our company to The Beaumont Partnership it enables us to embark upon Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities which we were previously unable to pursue. Our company has been operating successfully in Thailand for more than 18 years, and we have been fortunate to build our business and gain the rewards that come with that success. The Partners believe it is time to give back to the country which has supported us and provided our company with so many fulfilling opportunities. We see a fundamental need in Thailand for quality education to be made available at all levels of society. Unfortunately this is not achievable for many of the under privileged. Without a sound education millions of Thais are unable to reach their development potential or improve the financial position of themselves or their families.