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Upgrade Slums in 230 Cities for just $14.5 million? Impossible! - But They Did It.

July 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Planning their future in Comilla, Bangladesh

Millions of people live in slums in Asian cities. The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) has been running a program to try to upgrade living conditions for these people that has proved itself to be massively effective and at little cost. How has it done this?[read more]


Three Strategies to Marry Residential Housing and Urban Cycling

March 24, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Housing and Urban Biking

Removing the legal requirement upon developers to include a certain amount of car park in space for new housing developments liberates space and finance to create recreational facilities for block residents, as well as promoting bicycle urbanism, as this post demonstrates.[read more]

Millennials Lead Baltimore Forward

December 12, 2013 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore and Millenials

Mayor Rawlings Blake has an oft-stated goal to add 10,000 net households in Baltimore by 2020. The city’s newly adopted slogan is, “Baltimore, A Great Place to Grow.” This growth is badly needed to reverse the toll of losing 1/3 of the city’s population since 1950.[read more]

"Homes for a Changing Region" Series: Planning for People

December 7, 2013 by Metropolitan Planning Council

On the surface, it seems like such an obvious tenet of planning: Communities need to take stock not only of what their current population requires, but of their future population as well. The term “planning” itself means preparing for future action—it is by definition forward-looking.[read more]

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

November 15, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Floating Innovation in Amsterdam

IJburg is a unique urban planning experiment that consisted of creating a neighborhood from scratch, and is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam, where there is scarce developable land, and the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive process.[read more]

Urban Growth: China's Empty Cities [VIDEO]

September 25, 2013 by Future Cape Town

China's Empty Cities

It is said that there are around 64 million empty apartments in China. With China’s population and prosperity growing at a rapid rate, Adrian Brown asks an expert if it’s all good urban forward planning or an economic bubble that’s about to burst.[read more]

The Housing Conundrum Facing Cape Town

September 3, 2013 by Future Cape Town

Housing in Cape Town

In a young democracy such as South Africa's, many issues are dripping with political influences. Nowhere is this felt more strongly than in the rampant urbanization of Cape Town, and the way political forces play on the emotions of what is essentially, an economic issue.[read more]

H.U.D Introduces Rebuild By Design, a Competition for Hurricane Resilience

July 2, 2013 by Grace Magee

Rebuild by Design Competition


A new campaign from the Hurricane Sandy Task Force and HUD aims to provide public and private funding for an innovative city plan which exemplifies resilient local infrastructure.[read more]

Urban Renewal: Baltimore's Vacants to Values Housing Program

June 1, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

from vacant to valuable?

In late 2010, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake initiated the Vacants to Value program. In particular, the city undertakes careful market analysis of Baltimore neighborhoods to determine their potential for development.[read more]

Thinking Green Beyond the Inside of Your House

May 19, 2013 by Glenn Meyers

going green outside the home

When people think about green buildings, what comes to mind is solar panels, geothermal energy, improved insulation, and so forth. Although we often forget it, being green also includes what lies beyond the walls![read more]

The Rise of Women's Role in Society: Impacts on Housing and Communities

May 1, 2013 by Luis Rodriguez

women in society

The rise of women’s role in society will result in significant impacts on housing and communities across Canada. They will not only influence future housing demand, but also define the communities and housing in which they live.[read more]

The Case for a Lazy Urbanism: Connecting to Place

March 13, 2013 by Kristen Jeffers


I would now like to make my case for a “lazy” urbanism. What does your city need for people who like or have to just “be” in a city and not build a city?[read more]