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Redevelopment & Infill

What Is the True Value of a Vacant or Abandoned Building?

July 24, 2014 by Audrey Henderson

The Value of Vacant Spaces

Any real estate agent or Realtor can tell you that the three most important factors in determining the potential value of a particular parcel of real estate are, in order: location, location, location. Location can trump other aspects of a structure, including whether it is occupied and its state of (dis)repair.[read more]

The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale

July 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Argentine Architecture

In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th century, to present, into its built environment.[read more]

America Can Learn from this French City's Complete Streets

July 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

French Complete Streets

Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old (and new) city gracefully mix street trams/lightrail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets, and pedestrians can move about with relative ease.[read more]

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Ten Ways to Manage Flood Risk by Designing for Exceedance

July 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Making space for lots of water

Climate change is bringing extremes of weather, amongst the most damaging of which are extreme downpours of precipitation which overwhelm the ability of urban drainage systems to take the water away, and cause flooding. CIRIA has published a set of design guidelines and best practice recommendations for managing the risks.[read more]

The Branding of Places

July 21, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Branding Place

Most people would agree that branding is a powerful and important exercise in the world of business. We recognize that brand equity is something that pays dividends in the future. But one area that still feels like it’s in its infancy is place branding.[read more]

The Bus House: the Ultimate Act of Upcycling?

July 19, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling the Bus House

 

As I have actually heard from numerous builders in recent years, the term “green building” has largely just become “building”: incorporating efficiency features, renewable energy systems, and natural lighting and air flow elements just make sense.[read more]

Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

July 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

DC and Transit Development

As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, D.C. provided me with quality dining, museums, monuments and transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse.[read more]

Detroit Program Turns Underutilized Spaces Into Incubation Kitchens

Detroit Spaces and the Food Business

Finding a place to prepare one’s product is a challenge faced by many food startups. In Motor City, a nonprofit program called Detroit Kitchen Connect is solving that problem by linking up local food businesses with underutilized neighborhood kitchen spaces.[read more]

The Ephemeral Village 2014: A Visionary Event in Montreal, Canada

July 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Temporary Placemaking

For the second year in a row, the Quebec Urban Design Association (ADUQ) has initiated a call for proposals in order to build an Ephemeral Village 2014. ADUQ’s goal is to transform underused places and turn them into gathering spots, places for experimenting with Montreal’s best: its creativity.[read more]

Venue Projects Transforms the Defunct Beef Eaters Restaurant into a Lively Community Asset at The Newton

July 13, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Urban Renewal in Portland

The storied Beef Eaters Restaurant, originally built in 1961 and more recently recognized by its iconic sign, has re-opened its doors as The Newton, named after the original owner Jay Newton. Venue Projects has modernized this once sprawling and inward looking building.[read more]

Landlords Forced to Update Bedsit and Studio Style Apartments in Dublin, Ireland

July 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin and Landlords

Since new regulations came into effect in Dublin, it is impossible to deny their impact on the housing market. The increase in the number of houses coming on the market that are divided into a number of individual units is undeniable and for-sale signs have popped up outside many places.[read more]

Insider's View of Lagos with Architect Rem Koolhaas [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Rem Koolhaas and Lagos

Receive a first-hand account of architect Rem Koolhaas’ experiences working as a professional architect in the bustling city of Lagos. Koolhaas speaks about his life carrying a dualistic personality as a professional architect and curious human being into the city.[read more]