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The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

January 27, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Self Storage Growth

Similar to the growth of digital space in the cloud, the displacement of our excess stuff to an out-of-sight location can be perceived as utilizing an endless amount of space with little repercussion, but this strengthening trend has fuelled an industry in the business of taking up space while giving little back.[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

Are Small Retail Condos a Sustainable Use of Buildings?

January 27, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Retail and Real Estate

Retail is one of the hardest — if not the hardest — real estate category to get right. If you don’t have the right setup, the right location, and the right tenant mix, you can fail pretty easily. It’s a bit of an art. And that obviously applies to both landlords and tenants.[read more]

Complete Streets vs. Trucks

January 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

What about the delivery vehicles?

As more communities invest in green, complete streets to create environments that are both safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists, there are growing problems for those who must move goods, says Peter Plumeau of the Resource Systems Group.[read more]

Is Suburbia the Answer? Jobs and Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

January 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Suburbia, Jobs, and Housing

Is low density suburban development a mistake? Take a look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stalled single-family home developments, whose streets contain signs displaying prices from nearly a decade ago.[read more]

Giza 2030: From Deterioration to Gentrification?

January 27, 2015 by This Big City

Giza Urban Planning and Gentrification

In Egypt, countless studies have outlined local issues and visions for our urban future. Such studies, which cost the state millions, gather dust in the drawers of governmental institutions. A closer look shows that it is a blessing that the schemes and projects of the proposed visions did not see the light of the day.[read more]

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There's a $90 Trillion Plan to Rid the World's Cities of Cars

January 26, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The way to go.

Over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. 24 leaders from government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries think it should be spent fighting climate change. And one of the key challenges is to remove cars from cities.[read more]

Vancouver Takes an Icepick to its Heritage Train Station

January 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Heritage vs. Innovation in Vancouver Architecture

For years, there has been a small parking lot next to Vancouver’s Waterfront Station offering spectacular views of the city’s North Shore. While many have argued that a park should be put there to open the area up to the public, it turns out that the city has much grander plans for the site.[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

January 26, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Small-scale sustainability

In my writing I frequently celebrate leadership in community sustainability from such progressive, highly urbanized metro areas. But it can be tough to find green practices in smaller towns and cities, many of which are struggling to stay alive and have trouble assembling the resources for new initiatives of any sort.[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

What Excites You About Cities and Transportation?

January 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Transport and the Future

“Climate change is already costly and shaping development,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s chief climate representative. “The problem is this poor trade-off has been set-up: we can either have growth, progress, prosperity, or we can halt all our dreams to reduce carbon emissions. It’s not a vote getter.”[read more]

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Micro-Apartments in San Francisco

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco. The 160 square foot apartment holds enough space for one person. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which transforms into a table for two.[read more]

Future London: 5 Developments to Watch in 2015

January 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Cranes over London

London’s rate of change means that cranes along the skyline are something of a fixture, but the vast swathes of the city undergoing redevelopment in 2015 stand as a telling reflection of the priorities, opportunities and challenges of London today.[read more]

Michigan's Governor Dissolves State Food Policy Council as MSU Looks to Build Local Council Network

January 25, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Michigan Food Policy and Support

The Michigan Food Policy Council was created in 2005 with the task of bringing together stakeholders across the state interested in improving the food environment in Michigan. The council worked with a variety of urban and rural community groups, providing direct support to farmers as well.[read more]

Was Choosing Frank Gehry to Design Paris' Foundation Louis Vuitton in Bad Taste?

January 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Frank Gehry and Building Design

 

A product of its times? A techno-monumentalist Blockbuster? The Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated in Paris at the end of October 2014, became the object of all the praise of the great national publications. Still, the foreign press has shown itself more nuanced and critical.[read more]