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22.09.2014
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What we can learn from Iceland

"Human interactions with the raw elements of nature"

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“In Icelandic landscapes, in small towns, and in the resurgent capital city of Reykjavik, are scenes and stories that transcend nature, culture and the built environment. In the imagery of such places, we see scaled expressions of urban settlement and transport, ...

both past and present, including dramatic examples of human interactions with the raw elements of nature”, writes Charles R. Wolfe in an recently published article for The Atlantic Cities - www.theatlanticcities.com

After his travel to Iceland Wolfe outlined nine lessons we can learn the country far up north, such as “Measure urban sustainability by clarity of the sky at night” or “Provide street retail integrated with sidewalk life”. All nine lessons are worthwhile to take a look at and to consider when aiming at building better places.
Check out all nine ideas and read more by
Charles R. Wolfe

About the author:
Charles R. Wolfe is an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting, including the use of innovative land use regulatory tools and sustainable development techniques.

Picture: Iceland by © Danny Nicholson via Flickr