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Americans Walk the Least

September 14, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Walking and American Health

The bigger the house, the further you are from community, the more you drive, the more stuff you need to fill that home and oil you need to get there/create that stuff, and the more we destroy the planet trying to get that oil. And it is really that simple.[read more]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

Five Reasons Africa Needs to Reinvent the City

September 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urban Reinvention

Africa’s cities are facing some exciting, frightening and rapid change. UN-Habitat’s latest “State of African Cities” report attempts to map this change and create a tool for future-oriented urban planning. What are some of the insights of the report, and what can Cape Town as an African city learn?[read more]


The Mietskaserne Should Be Berlin's Next Export to the World

September 9, 2014 by Peter Smith

Berlin and Mietskaserne

The Mietskaserne has been Berlin's preferred style of housing since all the way back in 1860. It has effectively kept housing costs in Berlin below those of similar peer cities, and it could help stabilize out of control costs in cities around the world.[read more]

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

September 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Disaster and Recovery

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the city last April.[read more]

A New Design for RDP Housing in South Africa?

September 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

RDP Housing in South Africa

Less is more. A classic phrase that is so often overlooked or ignored by so many. Cue Cape Town-based architectural student, Lawden Holmes. Competitive by nature, Lawden has adopted the ‘less is more’ approach with his new concept − Embracing Informality: a sustainable alternative to the RDP.[read more]

Planning for Local and Liveable Neighborhoods in Melbourne

September 5, 2014 by This Big City

Melbourne Planning

Melbourne is a city defined by its suburbs. It is the distinct character of neighbourhoods from Footscray to Frankston that help Melbourne regularly sit near the top of world’s most liveable city rankings. But the quality of life provided by Melbourne’s suburbs comes at a price.[read more]


Winner of £250,000 Wolfson Prize Calls for 40 Garden Cities in England

September 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

The winner's concept garden city of Uxcester.

A plan to give "garden city" status to up to 40 English towns has won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize. Winner David Rudlin argues for the near-doubling of existing large towns in line with garden city principles, to provide 86,000 new homes for 150,000 people built over 30-35 years.[read more]

What are Boomers Going to Do with their Suburban Homes?

September 4, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Boomers and the Suburbs

Given the magnitude of the Baby Boomers' population segment, demographers and others love to talk about the impact that this generation has had and will continue to have on society, particularly as they start to enter retirement. But arguably one of the most significant areas of impact could be the housing market.[read more]

The Tiny House Proves That Less is More [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 3, 2014 by Neal Gorenflo

Tiny house movement.

In the past 30 years or so, the average home size has expanded its waistband by nearly 40 percent from 1,800 square feet 2,500 square feet while the number of occupants per household has dropped. Tiny homes prove that less really is more when it comes to housing, and this infographic lists all the reasons why.[read more]


Visit a SuperHome and Become Inspired to EcoRenovate Your Own Home

September 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Take a tour of my home

All around the UK this month, people who live in eco-homes are opening their doors so that interested other homeowners can see for themselves what changes they have made and ask questions about the installation, benefits and drawbacks of different measures. It's the best way to inspire people to eco-renovate their homes.[read more]

Public Consultation is Broken

August 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

For new developments, the process works more or less like this: The developer makes an application to the city. The city reviews it and then agrees to move towards a public/community meeting. Once a date is set, notices go out, and the developer secretly hopes that no one will show up.[read more]