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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

August 19, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Smart Cities and Luddites

There’s nothing like technology to stop people thinking straight. Just as the Daily Mail seems to find a new cure for cancer every few days, so technology-watchers love to predict amazing new futures for cities. The ‘smart city’ epithet is particularly attractive right now.[read more]

Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don't Blame Housing Supply

August 15, 2014 by Jim Russell

New York and the Housing Supply

Are the rents being too damn high more a function of limited supply or strong demand? I considered the empirical analysis of supply side economic theory. This generic perspective doesn’t mean that what failed to materialize in a labor market would similarly fail in a housing market.[read more]

Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

August 13, 2014 by Jim Russell

Housing and Economics

Just a few hours ago, I got wind of an article that characterizes housing affordability in Los Angeles as only a supply problem. The experts quoted deserve my attention and respect. I think the positions voiced typify the supply side argument.[read more]

A Conversation: Are Youth Included in the Vision of a City, and Do They Care?

August 12, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Youth and Urbanism

Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar kickstart conversations – and invite you to finish them in Comments. These dialogues are freeform to encourage debate and let in a little fresh air on some classic debates about the present and future of our cities. So, please take sides and join in.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]

Recycling Waste into Homes for the Homeless of San Francisco

August 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Waste, Recycling, and Homelessness

With over 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, there are a variety of housing services available. Although even with shelter programs, and temporary and subsidized housing options, more than half of homeless individuals are still sleeping on the street.[read more]


15 Technology Initiatives Greening European Cities Any City Can Take Inspiration From

August 6, 2014 by Green IT Amsterdam Region

IT – green it!

We would like to share a selection of some of the most inspiring initiatives from regarding green mobility, energy systems, smart city development, urban infrastructure, and greening industry efforts. At this moment those practices are being shared among cities with an inspiration to develop their own plans.[read more]

Nairobi, Kenya's 1973 Master Plan Receives an Update

August 6, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Nairobi's Urban Plan

Urban planners from the County Government of Nairobi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have produced a new Master plan called Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN). This is expected to guide the growth and development of the City for the next 15 years.[read more]

The World's Tallest Slum: Relocations Begin

August 6, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Slums and Relocations in Venezuela

Last Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas Noticias, BBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage.[read more]

Six Ways to Reimagine Planning to Assist the Urban Global South

August 6, 2014 by This Big City

Planning in the Global South

Six ways of improving consultation and planning to improve life in the urban global South, that arose from discussions at a conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Development Planning Unit at University College, London.[read more]

What the Latest Housing Data Mean for the Environment

August 4, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Housing and the Environment

Few things have been as simultaneously destructive to the natural environment, the economy, and our social fabric as the tidal wave of suburban sprawl that washed over the US in the late 20th century. Driving rates and related emissions soared as we had to drive longer and longer distances to get anywhere.[read more]