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Unlocking Low-Carbon Growth Through Energy Efficient Cities

December 8, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Green Cites and Decarbonization


Urbanization is reshaping the economy, energy systems, and climate of our planet. Though global greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow, new practices in building energy efficiency and urban design can harness urbanization to address climate challenges while meeting these local needs.[read more]

London's Garden Bridge: Backing and Backlash

December 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

London Garden Bridge

With planning approval granted from both Lambeth and Westminster, the final planning hurdle for the London Garden Bridge will be the seal of approval from the Mayor himself. But many Londoners are not convinced as convinced as the scheme’s celebrity backers.[read more]

The Lagos Tour: Roundabouts, Bridges, and Bottlenecks

December 4, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Lagos and Congestion

The Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge is a cable bridge that links Lekki to Ikoyi. The bridge was commissioned on 29th May 2013. Access to the bridge from the Lekki Peninsula side is in Lekki Phase I, a fast growing neighborhood built in the late 1990s. Lagosians have fallen in love with this bridge.[read more]

Mining Company to Fund the Relocation of an Entire City: New Kiruna, Sweden

December 3, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Populations and Relocations

In the northern part of Sweden, on the Arctic Circle, there is a city threatened to extinction by the pressures of mining operations. This city is Kiruna, and its foundations could indeed collapse thanks to the greatest iron deposits in the world.[read more]

The Geography of Real Estate Markets Is Shifting Under Our Feet

December 3, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography of Real Estate Markets

Our understanding of how real estate markets function is not keeping up with how real estate markets function. I’m concerned about that disconnect because policies aimed at unleashing supply in order to make housing more affordable use outdated models.[read more]

Barangaroo Comes Together

December 2, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Sydney Waterfront Development

After a decade of planning and development, Barangaroo, a 22-hectare port on the Sydney waterfront, is coming together as a rich, $6 billion, mixed-use development that will fill in missing gaps in the city’s waterfront promenade and offer a stunning, one-of-a-kind park with an embedded Aboriginal cultural center.[read more]


Planning for One Planet: A Dialogue for Thought

December 1, 2014 by Luis Rodriguez

Planning and Dialogue

The reality is that access to opportunity varies depending on where you live. Different regional labor markets offer different types of jobs, and not all pay wages that offer a path out of poverty. Those jobs that do aren’t spread evenly across places, and may not be accessible to low-income workers.[read more]

Africa's Future Cities

December 1, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Africa and Urban Planning

New cities are beginning to appear across the African continent. Promotional material is singular, promising glossy, aspirational spaces to live, work and play. These New Cities reflect past trends in Europe, taking the blueprint of Sir Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities in England.[read more]

Don't Judge the Town by Its Houses

November 29, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Prices and Home Values

Anyone who loves bungalows, lofts, Craftsmans, live/works, row houses and any other type of pre 1950’s suburbia style homes often learns that in small towns or less hot neighborhoods, they will find their perfect home, but without the big city and hot neighborhood prices.[read more]


We Need A Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

November 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Low energy house types in Europe

A European study on the cost effectiveness of deep renovation of existing buildings contains recommendations for individual member states and says a definition of nearly Zero Energy Buildings is needed so designers and architects know what to aim for.[read more]

Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models

November 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Simulating Landscapes

We need to find a word that brings us back to common ground. In a lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Christope Girot, professor and chair of landscape architecture in the architecture department at the ETH, suggests that “topology” may be the word.[read more]


Royal Society Warns Cities To Prepare for Climate Change

November 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Cities will bear the brunt of climate change. Some already do.

Governments are being called on to develop resilience strategies for cities to combat the double effects of a rising and ageing population and climate change, in a new report from the Royal Society. The report examines the effect of extremes of weather and climate, in particular floods, droughts and heat waves on people living in cities and outlines how improvements could be made to protect them by comparing the options available.[read more]