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Development Updates in the Gold Coast

April 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gold Coast Development

Construction and development news and financial cost information for buildings in Australia's Gold Coast, including development precincts with sports facilities, tower construction in Broadbeach, and hotel construction and development of the tourism industry.[read more]

Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

How ICLEI stakeholders evaluate policy options

Participants in a workshop at the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul Korea learnt how the Building Efficiency Accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative uses a variety of methods—including interactive workshops—to help city leaders learn about potential policy options and think realistically about implementation.[read more]

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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]

Cities and Technology: Imagining the Way Things Could Be

April 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Technology Creating the Future

The common thread for me between architecture, real estate development, and technology is that in all of these cases it is about imagining the way things could be in the future and then creating it. It’s about change. It’s about growth. It’s about creation. I consider myself a builder in practically every sense.[read more]

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

April 21, 2015 by David Thorpe

Nice building – but how does it perform?

A new report finds that many European countries still lack a definition of near zero energy buildings, and are not doing nearly enough to save their residents money and reduce carbon emissions. Where definitions exist, they are not very comparable between nations. But where definitions are legislated for, the market is driving improvements.[read more]

Introducing Canada's First Shipping Container Housing Project

April 21, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Shipping Container Housing

Shipping containers were once primarily considered large metal boxes to be transported on ships containing the consumer goods we buy from China. In today’s inflated real estate market, this is no longer the case. Last year, they became a home - the first of its kind in Canada.[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]

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]

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]

University of Connecticut's Depot Campus: UConn's Future Gateway

April 19, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

UConn Future Planning

A correctional facility, a mental institution, and a school for the mentally challenged. Sounds like college, right? Surprisingly enough, buildings on the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus used to be home to these very programs.[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]

Young Smart People Like Dense, Walkable Communities so Top Companies Are Moving There

April 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Business Space

Companies know that their greatest asset is human capital. And they have recently realized that a lot of young smart people want to live and work in dense walkable communities in cities, so they are moving to where their most talented employees are likely to be.[read more]