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How Public Art Can Reveal Urban Experiences

March 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Urban Life and Art

One of the first projects to engage with the Cape Town Partnership’s City Walk placemaking project around the Company’s Gardens, St. George’s Mall and the Fan Walk, City of Lives is a project that recognizes our city’s streets as being full of interesting people.[read more]

New Alliance Aims to Set Accreditation Standards for Garden Cities

March 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Letchworth, where it all began

A process has begun to create a set of standards to define a garden city following concern that the idea has been appropriated by certain developers who would not necessarily develop the most sustainable plans, and to champion the idea to the public.[read more]

3 Risks that Real Estate Developers Face

March 20, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Real Estate Risk

Real estate development is a risky game. So much so that some people in the business like to say that their primary function is to mitigate risk. Today I’m going to focus on 3 risks that developers face. There are, of course, others risks, but these are some of the biggest.[read more]


Gaps Identified in European Law to Ensure Healthy Indoor Air Quality

March 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

A good internal environment is essential for health.

Between 30-50% of excess winter deaths can be attributed to cold indoor temperatures, but the requirements for indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not comprehensive and clear enough in eight surveyed European countries, according to a new study from Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).[read more]

Demolishing One of London's Infamous Brutalist Housing Projects [VIDEO]

March 19, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Brutalism and Housing Projects


As it faces demolition, the Architectural Review‘s history editor Tom Wilkinson considers the legacy of London’s Robin Hood Gardens, one of east London’s most notable brutalist housing projects, which were consistently voted some of the most hated buildings in the country.[read more]


New Urban Innovation Centre Will Incubate Ideas for Smarter Cities

March 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

Mapping the Future at the Urban innovation Centre.

A new Urban Innovation Centre has opened in London as a facility for urban innovators, particularly in the area of 'smart' cities, to incubate and pioneer their work. Its state-of-the-art facilities will be used by businesses, academics and city leaders to collaborate and turn ingenious ideas into real systems that will be used around the world to improve the quality of life for citizens whilst reducing environmental impact.[read more]

Project Profile: Fashion House in Toronto by CORE Architects

March 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Architectural Profile

Recently I was asked to do a post that would examine and profile the Fashion House Condos in Toronto’s King West neighborhood. I like that the existing Silverplate heritage building was preserved and integrated into the base of the condo.[read more]

The Sky Has No Limit: Transforming an Elevated Road Into a Sky Garden in Taiwan

March 16, 2015 by Wayne Gao

Sky Garden Transformaion in Taiwan


An inspirational campaign to transform a 4 kilometer (2.4 miles) elevated road into a distinctive landscape was launched in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014. If it succeeds, Capital Sky Garden/Biking Highway would be Taipei’s version of Highline Park in New York City but on a significantly larger scale.[read more]

On Placemaking: An Anthropologist's Perspective

March 16, 2015 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Placemaking Perspective

Placemaking. It’s been called everything from a buzzword to a movement. It even comes in varieties like “creative.” And, depending on who you ask, it’s two words and not one. But what is it? And furthermore, what makes it such a hot topic? Defining placemaking has been one of its biggest issues from day one.[read more]

Drones Will Elevate Urban Design

March 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Drones and Design

The FAA recently released long-awaited guidelines for commercial drones. Despite many skeptics’ expectations of stringent laws that would ground the drone industry in the US, these proposed regulations are pragmatic and will undoubtedly lead to growth and innovation.[read more]

Why Cities Need to Address River Flooding Now

Cities and Flood Risk

Cities contribute 70% of energy-related greenhouse emissions and play an essential role in climate change mitigation. However, since average global temperatures are already rising and the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly palpable around the world, cities also need to focus on adaptation.[read more]

Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

Living Building Certification

A world leader in sustainable innovation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has achieved the Living Building Challenge for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs.[read more]