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View Resource Open Architecture Network

The Open Architecture Network site starts things off with a bold and passionate statement: "Le Corbusier had it all wrong". It's definitely a good way to get visitors" attention upon entering the site. The Network is an online, open source community which seeks to improve living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. On the site, visitors can share their design ideas and plans,...

View Resource New York Metropolitan Flora Project

Started in 1990, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden began a rather ambitious project to document the flora in all counties within a 50-mile radius of New York City, including all of Long Island, southeastern New York State, and northern New Jersey. Much of the funding for the project comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the New York Community Trust. As part of the public outreach component of...

View Resource World Bank eAtlas of the Millennium Development Goals

The World Bank established a set of Millennium Development Goals as both a challenge to poor countries to demonstrate "good governance" and to wealthy nations as a spur that would hopefully encourage them to support economic and social development. Recently, the World Bank created this visually engaging and sophisticated interactive atlas to track those eight goals, which include the promotion of...

View Resource Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development

Throughout the history of cities, many folks grew some of their own food in local garden plots, and in some cases, they were able to supplement their household income with the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. As the United Nations has recently predicted that 60% of the world's total population will live in cities by the year 2030, more and more concerned parties have become interested in...

View Resource The New York Subway

This website provides an interesting history of the New York Subway as well as numerous other resources on subways. The home page boasts four random subway images and news items. Sections of the site include: "Development of the Subway," "Stations," "Maps," "Subway Cars," "Behind the Scenes," "Other NYC Rapid Transit," and the "Transfer Station" which offers supplementary resources on the...

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