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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

"Downtown East" Project Revitalizing Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota

April 23, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reviving Downtowns

The Downtown East Development project in Minneapolis, Minnesota is revitalizing an aging portion of the city. Situated between the city’s Central Business District and the Mississippi Riverfront in the Mills District, this mixed-use development sits in a prime location.[read more]

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

Urban Food Waste

 

It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]

Tell Us Your Walking Stories – for a Healthier and Sustainable Future Urban Environment

April 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Urban Walkability

In October 2015 the city of Vienna will host the Walk21 conference with the motto "stepping ahead“. The "Walking Stories" by the Walk21 Network touch upon current issues in the field of active transport, urban quality and sustainable urbanism.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

How to Attract a Young, Educated Workforce to Inland Empire, California

April 20, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Workforce Recruitment

The Inland Empire was one of the hardest-hit regions in California during the recession. Now, the fastest growing jobs are also the lowest paying. How should it attract higher paying jobs?[read more]

A Comparison Between Low-Rise and High-Rise Housing Costs

April 19, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Earlier this week the Globe and Mail reported that the average price of a house in Toronto has risen to $613,933 and that the average price of a detached house has risen to $1,042,405. Those are a big numbers. Low interest rates are a big part of this story. But there’s also a supply story at play here.[read more]

10 Ways that Cities can Take Advantage of the Urban Manufacturing Revival

April 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Manufacturing Revival

My good friends over at Distl here in Toronto have recently published their first Insight Report. It’s called Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing.' The report is 39 pages and is really well put together. There’s case studies spanning San Francisco to Toronto, and some great takeaways for city builders.[read more]

The Daily Life of Informal Settlements in a Series of Striking New Videos

Informal Settlement Life

As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Cassim Shepard is particularly attentive to the many complex ways that the rise of rapid global urbanization is affecting people at a very fundamental level, including what they see, feel, and do in their daily lives in the city.[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

In Praise of Things Public

April 13, 2015 by Glenn Vowles

Public, and the Public Good

Things that are public are available to everyone. If they are truly public that is. This makes it a positive, valuable, powerful, democratic idea. Take for instance: public health, education and social services; Bristol’s excellent public parks and open spaces; public meetings; and public rights of way.[read more]