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Economic Sustainability

What Exactly Do Architects Do?

January 30, 2015 by Taz Loomans

The Architectural Profession

Most people don’t really know what architects do on a day to day basis. Perhaps you have a vague notion that architects make napkin sketches sitting in sleek, low-lit bars playing jazz piano and a few months later fabulous buildings like the Guggenheim in Bilbao manifest from that sketch. This is not entirely true.[read more]

An Example of Low-Rise Intensification: Union Street EcoHeritage

January 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Intensification

In a recent post about the three stages of intensification, I mentioned a project in Vancouver called Union Street EcoHeritage by SHAPE Architecture. I used it as an example for sensitive low-rise intensification. Since it’s a very cool project, I thought I would dedicate today’s post to explaining the project.[read more]

Hints of Corruption Won't Stall Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street Makeover

January 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Urban Renewal in Montreal

A much-needed planned revamp of Montreal's main commercial thoroughfare, Ste-Catherine Street, has had to be abandoned, and a $267,000 public consultation contract with a firm cancelled, amidst allegations of corruption by the city's inspector general.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

Call to Action: Help us Identify the World’s Most Endangered Markets

January 28, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Public Market Preservation

Public markets in many cities are under threat. The '10 Most Endangered Markets in the World' will be the first list ever to call international attention to markets at risk. The list will be released in late March at the upcoming 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona.[read more]

New York City's Mean Streets Get Sweeter

January 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Street Life

“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.”[read more]

3 Stages of Intensification

January 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Intensification in Toronto

We all know that the Greater Toronto Area is growing and intensifying at an incredible pace. Last year the region set a record with 25,571 new condominium units completed. If you listen to industry experts, they’ll tell you that this level of intensification is really a decade in the making.[read more]

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]

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]

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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]