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The Hypocrisy of Parking Minimums

November 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Parking and Planning

Parking minimums may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that their impacts are far reaching. They change development patterns, they change project economics, and they send a message about the kind of city you hope to build.[read more]

Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

November 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Education and the Future

For human geography graduate students at the University of Colorado, statistics was, of course, coursework that was required to be completed. I preferred theory and would rather debate philosophy than mind quantitative analysis. I put off stats as long as I could.[read more]

Why Cape Town Must Get Serious About Land

November 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town and Land

In the first week of June, approximately 800 people were evicted from their homes at Lwandle informal settlement in Strand, Cape Town. It was not the first or last eviction to take place in a South African city this year. In fact, evictions happen “almost everyday throughout the country.”[read more]

A Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region

November 19, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Public spaces must be preserved

Despite the difference and different context, citizens of Accra, Amman and Beirut are experiencing similar challenges in the accessibility of public spaces. Private sector interests have a shaping force in the city and prioritize commercial developments and exclusivity over social amentities, services and public spaces.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

Finding the Lines

November 18, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Housing and History

Once upon a time, the Home Owners Loan Corporation, the New Deal era agency that refinanced struggling mortgages. graded neighborhoods based on race, country of origin and other more practical and less discriminatory methods. This practice, known as “redlining” looks different in every community.[read more]

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This 3D Weaver Could Change the Face of Architecture

November 18, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Textiles as Building Materials

Textiles have already changed the face of urban architecture. With the advancements in digital manufacturing, textiles are playing an even stronger role providing material that can be made on demand to spec with very little waste, changing how textile composites can be used as new building materials.[read more]

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678 Green Roofs Counted in Central London – But Are There More?

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

The greening of central London

A map has been compiled of all the known green roofs in central London, and discovered almost 700 – but there are probably more. Their estimated total area is 175,000 m², equivalent to around 25 football pitches. Viewers are invited to submit others not already logged to make the map more complete.[read more]

Exploring Mixed Use and the Human Dimension

November 13, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Mixed Use Buildings

On a walk from Fréjus to Saint-Raphaël, an man asked why I had just taken a photo of his house. I offered to erase the photograph, which was intended to show, in modern urbanist visual language, the delight of a stamp and coin shop as first floor retail at an intersection across the world from our hometown.[read more]

When Increasing Housing Supply Won't Lower Rent

November 13, 2014 by Jim Russell

Rent and Housing Supply

In the debate about solving the housing affordability problem, the usual supply-demand model is too simple. Simple sells. If demand goes up, so must supply. Otherwise, housing becomes more expensive. Of course we should ease restrictions on building housing. Economics 101. What about Geography 101?[read more]

Suburbs of Survival

November 13, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Suburbs and Housing

What if you didn’t have a house to live in? What if the only house you could live in at the present moment was not a shack, but had running water and electricity and a loving parent to make sure you wake up every morning even though your routine is currently more flexible?[read more]

Does Population Change Drive Demand for Housing?

November 6, 2014 by Jim Russell

Populations and Housing

If population growth isn’t driving demand for housing in Austin, then will greater supply drive down prices? That’s not the matter of debate, but it should be. I can subscribe to basic supply and demand theory while questioning the efficacy of increasing housing units as a solution to the affordability crisis.[read more]