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Modern Sukkah Design Competitions Reimagine Ancient Shelters

October 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

The Modern Sukkah

Ancient verses from the Jewish Bible and contemporary landscape design do not often overlap, but this year no fewer than five design competitions and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Canada have asked designers to create modern interpretations of the sukkah.[read more]

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Why Are European States Refusing to Eco-Refit Their Public Buildings?

October 17, 2014 by David Thorpe

The European Commission has set a target for 3% of public buildings throughout the continent to be renovated to improve their energy efficiency every year. We all know this will save public money on energy bills. But most countries are dragging their feet. Why?[read more]

Is the Future for London's Cyclists on the River, the Street, or Both?

October 17, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

London Biking Best Practices

We recently examined some of the most interesting and innovative bicycling infrastructure projects in cities worldwide, but a recent proposal for an eight-mile floating bike path on London’s River Thames might top all of these ideas in originality.[read more]

Dumpster Diving to Meet Living Building Challenge Requirements

October 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Buildings Requirements and Waste

 

All green building standards either encourage or even require percentages of recycled material. You might find this element met in the building itself, or in fixtures and furnishings, but in almost every case, you going to see “new” products made from recycled material.[read more]

A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

October 15, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Pedestrian Safety

A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same period. Another 68,000 walkers on average are injured every year.[read more]

Line Ramstad's Democracy Through Design

October 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Democracy and Design

“Do no harm.” These are the wise and important words echoed again and again by Line Ramstad, the Norwegian-born designer who since 2009 has lived and worked in a refugee camp in a disputed zone near the border of Thailand and Burma.[read more]

Walling in the One Percent: Protecting an 'Eco-City' from Sea Level Rise

October 14, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Building for the elites in Lagos

Lagos is one of the world’s largest coastal megacities and the most populous city in Africa. The financial capital and main port of the continent’s western region, it is considered a high risk area for coastal and urban flooding due to climate change and sea level rise, aggravated by the lack of adequate drainage.[read more]

What the Largest Real Estate Development Project in the United States Looks Like

October 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

US Real Estate Projects

Urban Land Magazine recently published an interesting article on the Hudson Yards project in New York, which is the largest private real estate development project ever undertaken in the United States. It is over 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, and a $20 billion development project.[read more]

5 Things that Architects Will Never Tell You or They’d be Out of a Job

October 11, 2014 by Taz Loomans
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Architecture and Practicality

Build it and they will come, right? For architects, all solutions to urban, suburban, and even rural problems lie in the built environment. Just look at Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin, Paolo Soleri’s Arcology. These are all visions for cities that are supposed to be more egalitarian, more accessible and in harmony with nature.[read more]

Rotterdam Reinvents the Urban Food Market

October 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rotterdam Urban Food Market

Every now and then a piece of architecture comes along that makes you feel like your city should be more beautiful — or at least very least: bolder. In this case, it’s the new Market Hall in Rotterdam, which has been making the rounds on the internet since it opened last week.[read more]

An Urban Building Built from Its Own Waste? The London Organic Skyscraper

October 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycled Skyscraper

A special mention at the SuperSkyScrapers competition, the London Organic Skyscraper “grows” as it’s built, over time, from panels made from plastic waste from current residents. The collection and separation of materials, as well as the fabrication of the panels, would all take place within the building itself.[read more]

Seeking Sustainability, the Building Industry Targets Human Health

October 8, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Building Sustainability

Even with the progress that both designers and governmental offices have made in bolstering the ecological stewardship of our new building stock, the average baseline of construction is still notably far from the realm of consistently viable options we have at our disposal, let alone the cutting edge.[read more]