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The Story of Two Urban Giants [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Skyscrapers and History

I recently stumbled upon an interesting documentary about two New York skyscrapers that were built in the 1930s as telecommunications buildings: the Western Union Building and the AT&T Long Lines Building. It’s fascinating to see how they have evolved along with technological change.[read more]

Uphill Cycling a Breeze Thanks to This City's Bike Escalator

October 23, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Escalators

Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable.[read more]

Indian Business Leaders Slam Government Guidelines on Smart Cities and Propose Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

The report's cover

An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Casablanca Train Station

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage, and the first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities.[read more]

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]

Solar City Will Offer New Homeowner Financing Program on Solar Systems

October 17, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

For those wanting to convert their electrical energy supply to solar panels, but have been road-blocked by affordability issues, such as the up-front cost, Solar City has announced it will start offering homeowners a form of financing for their solar system called MyPower.[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]

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]

No Need to Waste Energy at Home: How to Improve Your Efficiency [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Home Energy Waste and Savings

Dreading the coming Winter, and those ugly heating bills that almost always accompany it? Yep, we hear you. On the upside, there are lots of things you can do to ensure that you don’t waste energy at home, and only pay for actual heating of your home’s space (and not the great outdoors).[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]

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]