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HUD Uses Design Competitions to Achieve Policy Goals

January 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Policy Goals and Seeking Innovation

 

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, “HUD didn’t want to move at the speed of government” in its effort to create more resilient coastal designs in New York and New Jersey, said Marion McFadden, deputy assistant secretary at HUD, at an event at the American Institute of Architects.[read more]

Hints of Corruption Won't Stall Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street Makeover

January 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Urban Renewal in Montreal

A much-needed planned revamp of Montreal's main commercial thoroughfare, Ste-Catherine Street, has had to be abandoned, and a $267,000 public consultation contract with a firm cancelled, amidst allegations of corruption by the city's inspector general.[read more]

New York City's Mean Streets Get Sweeter

January 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Street Life

“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.”[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

Complete Streets vs. Trucks

January 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

What about the delivery vehicles?

As more communities invest in green, complete streets to create environments that are both safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists, there are growing problems for those who must move goods, says Peter Plumeau of the Resource Systems Group.[read more]

Is Suburbia the Answer? Jobs and Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

January 27, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Suburbia, Jobs, and Housing

Is low density suburban development a mistake? Take a look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stalled single-family home developments, whose streets contain signs displaying prices from nearly a decade ago.[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

January 26, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Small-scale sustainability

In my writing I frequently celebrate leadership in community sustainability from such progressive, highly urbanized metro areas. But it can be tough to find green practices in smaller towns and cities, many of which are struggling to stay alive and have trouble assembling the resources for new initiatives of any sort.[read more]

Vancouver Takes an Icepick to its Heritage Train Station

January 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Heritage vs. Innovation in Vancouver Architecture

For years, there has been a small parking lot next to Vancouver’s Waterfront Station offering spectacular views of the city’s North Shore. While many have argued that a park should be put there to open the area up to the public, it turns out that the city has much grander plans for the site.[read more]

Engaging Local Governments at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Mitigation and Government Policy

The Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Reduction will take place from in March in Sendai, Japan, where an agreement on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction will be adopted. This framework will support our collective efforts to build nations and communities that are resilient to disasters.[read more]

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Micro-Apartments in San Francisco

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco. The 160 square foot apartment holds enough space for one person. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which transforms into a table for two.[read more]

Future London: 5 Developments to Watch in 2015

January 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Cranes over London

London’s rate of change means that cranes along the skyline are something of a fixture, but the vast swathes of the city undergoing redevelopment in 2015 stand as a telling reflection of the priorities, opportunities and challenges of London today.[read more]

Was Choosing Frank Gehry to Design Paris' Foundation Louis Vuitton in Bad Taste?

January 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Frank Gehry and Building Design

 

A product of its times? A techno-monumentalist Blockbuster? The Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated in Paris at the end of October 2014, became the object of all the praise of the great national publications. Still, the foreign press has shown itself more nuanced and critical.[read more]