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Design & Architecture

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]

Learning From, But Not Copying, New York's High Line

October 7, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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New York High Line Legacy

The High Line Park attracts 5 million visitors a year and is believed to be directly responsible for about $2.2 billion in new economic activity. The increased tax revenues over the next 2 decades are expected to reach about $980 million. Without a doubt, the High Line has been a huge success.[read more]

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' is What Cities Need

October 7, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

Avenue Finesse

Last month in Cassis, the Avenue Victor Hugo told the stories surrounding its pavement and curbs. People walked the Avenue, between a small square-with-fountain and the quay, while the trees, awnings and overhangs together cast the shadows that passers-by always need.[read more]

For Smart Growth, Not All Urban Density is Created Equal

October 7, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Smart Growth and Urban Density

A lot of what is being built in the name of smart growth these days is far less human-scaled and, to my eye, far less appealing. You are highly unlikely to see new featured as feel-good ambassadors for smart growth on the website of a leading advocacy organization.[read more]

Engaging Istanbul's Youth for a More Sustainable City

October 7, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Youth and Urban Sustainability

A focus on sustainable development can help Istanbul preserve its rich cultural history. For example, Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula – a UNESCO World Heritage site – contains 295 pedestrianized streets that have helped to increase the vibrancy, safety, and accessibility of Istanbul’s historic hub.[read more]

As Cities Grow, So Should Their Energy Efficiency

October 6, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Growth and Efficiency

If you want to find major emitters of greenhouse gases, look no further than your city’s skyline. Buildings account for more than one-third of all final energy consumption and half of global electricity use. They’re responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]