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How Competitions Were Used to Speed Up Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

January 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Policy Goals and Seeking Innovation

 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, so it started a special competition to speed things up.[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]

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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]

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]

Giza 2030: From Deterioration to Gentrification?

January 27, 2015 by This Big City

Giza Urban Planning and Gentrification

In Egypt, countless studies have outlined local issues and visions for our urban future. Such studies, which cost the state millions, gather dust in the drawers of governmental institutions. A closer look shows that it is a blessing that the schemes and projects of the proposed visions did not see the light of the day.[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Micro-Apartments in San Francisco

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco. The 160 square foot apartment holds enough space for one person. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which transforms into a table for two.[read more]

Before and After at 109 Hazelton Avenue

January 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Renewal and Design

I recently connected with one of the principals of a Toronto-based construction management firm called Ripple Projects, which focuses primarily on contemporary custom homes. The founders spent many years prior to this doing similar projects at similar companies, such as Wilson Project Management.[read more]

Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles 'Interior Urbanism'

January 23, 2015 by This Big City

Interior Urbanism

In today’s world it seems we find ourselves no longer capable of separating the places of production from places of refuge. This is the great value of discussing the meaning of the “interior” in relation to forces that produce the city and the contemporary urban structures.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

The Geography of Housing Affordability in Texas

January 21, 2015 by Jim Russell

Housing Geography in Texas

Within the policy geography of Texas, housing affordability is highly variant from city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood. And in Brooklyn, concerning the increase in residential price per square foot from 2004-2012, large swaths of the borough saw either decrease or stagnation. Don't believe the hype.[read more]

Two Thoughts on Reviving Post-Industrial Cities

January 20, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Post-Industry Urbanism

If you think about the resurgence of cities such as Detroit, you’d be hard pressed not to think of people like Dan Gilbert. He has become the poster boy for Detroit’s resurgence by moving his companies to downtown and buying up most of the office buildings.[read more]