Category Archives: Demographics and Urbanisation

Light pollution may give urban birds an advantage

City blackbirds are becoming reproductively mature earlier than rural birds, which is thought to be due to artificial light at night. Humans have the ability to avoid light pollution to some extent by closing curtains or using eye-masks, but urban … Continue reading

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Cat cafés

A Japanese phenomenon is set to arrive in London in the near future with the launch of a ‘cat café’, a place to eat and drink while interacting with resident cats. The idea is that people living busy lives or … Continue reading

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Do green spaces reduce crime?

There has been a long held belief that trees and bushes allow offenders to hide and ambush victims as well as aiding an escape, effectively facilitating crime. Contrary to common belief, well maintained plantings and urban greening have been found … Continue reading

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‘Millennials’ are not as ‘green’ as expected

We often target advertising campaigns and information toward a particular demographic cohort in order to influence behaviours or opinions. However, this requires an accurate understanding of the group of interest. A psychology professor at San Diego State University suggests that … Continue reading

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A living building facade

Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have recently patented a new type of concrete that holds promise for green building walls. This concrete façade promotes the growth of lichens and mosses (known as ‘lower plants’) while deterring other plant … Continue reading

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Shoe box apartments

San Francisco is a desirable city and is facing growing pressure to provide housing for an influx of urban dwellers. The city currently has almost no vacancies. The city is toying with the idea of constructing micro units for singles … Continue reading

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The 8-80 philosophy

A Canadian company has developed the concept of 8-80 cities, the philosophy that a city that is good for eight year olds and eighty year olds will be a great city for all citizens. The company has worked in four … Continue reading

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