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The 6 Rules of Making Attractive City [VIDEO]

May 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Creating Urban Appeal

This short, brilliant video is a manifesto featuring Alain de Botton, the founder of London’s The School of Life, who explains how to make attractive cities with six fundamental rules. Botton explains that city planners should identify more scientifically the principles that determine how a city gets to become ugly or pretty.[read more]

80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World – Book Review

May 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Designed for the Future by Jared Green

In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Jared Green offers 80 thought-provoking and frequently inspiring answers to this question from landscape architects, urban planners, architects, journalists, artists, and environmental leaders in the U.S. and beyond[read more]

Does the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Go Far Enough?

May 20, 2015 by Chris Cheatham

Is there a point to IECC 2015?

The 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is being implemented but critics say that the time, inconvenience and expense of implementing a new code with only a slightly more than 1% better energy impact is unwise, and 3 changes arguably have a detrimental effect on energy savings.[read more]

Young Urbanists, Architects, and the Future of Informal Settlements

May 20, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica

Future Cape Town and its Young Urbanists members hosted two renowned architects, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica, last week. They spoke about housing and educating the future in developing cities.[read more]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[read more]

A Time-Lapse of the Urban Explosion in Dubai [VIDEO]

May 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Growth in Dubai

I’ve only been to Dubai once. I had a lot of fun, but it’s not my favorite city in the world. That’s largely because I tend not to be drawn to cities where you feel like you need to drive in order to properly experience it. This time-lapse video sure makes the city look cool. But sustainable?[read more]

Laneway Housing has Potential to be an Affordable Low-Rise Housing Solution

May 12, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Laneway Housing In Toronto

I believe that laneway housing has the potential to be a more affordable low-rise housing solution in Toronto, as well as in many other cities around the world which have a similar urban condition. Laneway housing is becoming an incredibly popular topic here. A big part of this has to do with affordability, or the perception of affordability.[read more]

Could This Catch On? Homes Made from Gabion Baskets That Are Sustainable, Affordable Housing

Housing Problems and Solutions in Marrakech

In Marrakech, Morocco, a model home is being constructed as a part of a project that seeks to build houses made of gabion baskets in rural regions of Morocco. The association behind this initiative is Architecture & Development, an association focusing on international solidarity.[read more]

Building from Waste: Glimpses Into the Future of Our Built Environments

Hello, I'm back! Waste as a building material

Can waste have a second life as a building material? This is the question brought to surface through ETH Zurich’s Building from Waste exhibition, based on the book 'Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction'. E.g. one tile is composed solely from old coffee grounds and binding agents.[read more]

How Bitcoin Could Transform Home Buying

May 8, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Bitcoin and Purchasing a Home

I recently heard Brad Burnham, venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures, say in a talk that if you’re thinking about Bitcoin just as a currency, then you’re thinking about it in the wrong way. Bitcoin, and the underlying block chain architecture, have the potential to be very transformative.[read more]

Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India's Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela

Temporary City in India

 

In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. From January 14 to March 10, as many as 34 million people are estimated to have passed through the festival, which occupies an area larger than that of Athens, Greece.[read more]

Revealed: Best and Worst US Cities for Income and Social Mobility – and Why

May 6, 2015 by Bradley Calvert
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Income and Mobility

The Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard University recently released a very fascinating study on the economic opportunities of children. The study looks at where children grow up and what their anticipated income will be once they are older.[read more]