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São Paulo, Brazil's Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5km

October 1, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Wealth and Space in Sao Paulo

Within just a 2.5 kilometer space, the ten most expensive addresses in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, are concentrated. This is despite the fact that São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilometers.[read more]

7 Reasons Why High-Rises Kill Livability

September 29, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

High Rises and Urban Living

What do you do when you’re the city of Portland and millions of people are supposed to move into your city in the coming decades and you have an urban growth boundary? Build up, right? To a certain extent yes, but not above the fifth floor, says world-renown architect Jan Gehl.[read more]

Seven Myths About New Urbanism

September 29, 2014 by This Big City

New Urbanism Myths

Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and an untiring defender of the suburbs, begins a recent column in the Washington Post with a perfectly valid question: “What is a city for?” He then proceeds to get that question completely wrong.[read more]

What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

September 27, 2014 by This Big City

Burning Man and Cities

Recently 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. As a first time visitor, I initially found Burning Man to be like the SimCity of social experimentation.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Portlandia Is Dying

September 24, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Portland and Migration

The college educated agglomerate in quite a few places. Some places are Pittsburgh and others are Asheville. Not all brain gain is created equal. Sometimes, as is the case in Portland, brain gain is brain waste. Build an emerald city. Attract the best and brightest. They will come and do nothing.[read more]

When Rent Control Goes Too Far

September 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Rent Control Excess

I was catching up with a friend of mine over coffee this morning and he was telling me about his recent trip to Porto, Portugal. The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But he was also telling me how eerie it was to see so many abandoned and decaying buildings.[read more]

Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez
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Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

The Challenge of the Century: Maarten Hajer

September 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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Challenge of the Future

It has been estimated that over 70% of the world’s population shall be living in cities by 2050. This means that over the next 40 years we shall be witnessing a mass exodus of over 2 billion people to the cities hoping to make their homes there.[read more]

The Demand for Character Office Space

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Office Space Demand

Recently, the Toronto Star published an article talking about the growing demand for character office buildings in submarkets outside of Toronto’s core. Specifically, it was talking about the Downtown West and Liberty Village submarkets (citing a report from CBRE).[read more]

The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Futurism and Arcology

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.[read more]

Urban Housing: Rise of Rental

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rental Properties

In the US, rental apartments as a share of all new housing is at record highs — over 30%. And that’s partly because credit remains tight (certainly compared to pre-2008) and economic growth has been tepid. But also because of demographic changes.[read more]

Should You Own or Rent Your Home?

September 18, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

The Choice to Rent or Buy

I was at a good friend’s wedding and a topic that came was whether it is better to own or rent your home. North America, conventional wisdom would suggest — almost mandate — that you have to own your place. If you’re still a renter, well then you’re “throwing away your money” my friend. But are you really?[read more]