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This Student-Designed Pallet House Can Survive Hurricanes

March 5, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Pallet House

Used shipping pallets represent the biggest source of waste wood. Many people have used them to make funky, distressed furniture projects. That’s great, but you wouldn’t want to use this wood for something you really need to count on, right? No one would want to live in a pallet house, right?[read more]

Architect and Developer Partner to Build Affordable Prefab Housing in Sweden

March 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Prefab Housing in Sweden

In this month’s issue of Monocle magazine they profile an interesting prefabricated and affordable housing project in Knivsta, Sweden. The way it was built is quite simple. The modular housing units were fabricated off-site and then inserted on-site into a prefabricated concrete frame.[read more]

New Orleans Nonprofit Incubates and Connects Local Farmers and Growers

Local Farmers in New Orleans

New Orleans Food and Farm Network has been sponsoring growing projects and providing technical and financial support to local agriculture. Their latest project takes the New Orleans local food movement a step further by incubating small food producers through a commercial kitchen and business education program.[read more]

Gugulethu Seven Memorial: In Memory of Anti-Apartheid Activists

March 5, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Memorial

In terms of symbols of memorialization, the Gugulethu Seven monument is a haunting one. The arms of the young men flailing up in the air are reminiscent of Francisco Goya’s painting “The Third of May 1808”, with more motion rather than frightened surrendering of the man in Goya’s work.[read more]

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

Sao Paulo Bus System

For São Paulo Brazil, which is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that its residents have access to fully reliable transportation options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city.[read more]

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

Planning for Demographic Change in Atlanta

March 4, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Atlanta population flux infographic

Last year it was reported that of the largest cities Atlanta was one of the worst at attracting young professionals. They also need to work on retaining them.[read more]

Citizen Science in the City: Lessons from Melbourne's BioBlitz

March 4, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists contribute their time and energy to support thousands of research projects around the world. They collect, categorize, and analyze data, generously volunteering their time and their personal resources in return for little other than recreational enjoyment or the personal satisfaction of helping others.[read more]

What Will the Condo Market Look Like in 10-20 Years?

March 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

The future of condos looks good as cities densify

Over the past week I’ve had two separate people ask me my thoughts on the future of the condo market in Toronto. One of them was working on a University study and one of them was trying to figure out what (condo) property managers would look like in the future.[read more]

Toronto Aquaponics Startup Works Toward a 'New Normal' in Local Food Production

Local Food Production in Toronto

Pablo Alvarez and Craig Petten are Toronto natives with a combined 40 years of experience in the food industry. By starting a new aquaponic farm in their home city, the co-founders hope to both increase Toronto’s food stability and increase people’s connection with their food.[read more]

How To Turn Plastic Bottles Into Twine [VIDEO]

March 4, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Plastic bottles to new rope

As a good greenie, I’d argue that plastic bottles are one of those things we should mostly “reduce” our use of rather than “recycle”. But I do use them, so I was fascinated by this video which shows you how to turn plastic bottles into twine.[read more]

Lahore's Roads to Nowhere

Lahore and Transport Infrastructure

Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road safety worse.[read more]

Where the Jobs are Being Created in Cities

March 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Job Creation

According to a new report released by City Observatory, US cities have officially reversed a 50-year trend towards decentralization. In some ways, it just makes intuitive sense. People started returning to cities and so the jobs followed (although there were also structural changes to the economy).[read more]

Architectural Fantasy and Social Reality: Two Types of Floating City

March 3, 2015 by This Big City

Architectural fantasy all at sea?

Many architects have come up with concepts of future utopian cities, some of which are related to smart, sustainable, and bio-tech innovation. However, it is not clear at the moment whether these cities can really address the challenges of tomorrow’s world, or if they are going to end up as unrealistic utopian ideas.[read more]

Historical Vandalism? Vancouver Remembers Past Landmarks With Signage

March 3, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver History and Marketing

There is a trend in Vancouver where clever real estate marketers name condos – and sometimes even rebuild or leave the old signage – to commemorate more historically important and interesting buildings that are being torn down. Here are some examples.[read more]