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Are Shipping Containers the Sustainable Building Blocks We Need?

April 27, 2015 by Claire Smith

Housing Construction and Innovation

The first shipping container home, in the US, was built nearly ten years and since then shipping container homes have seen their popularity skyrocket. In-fact you’ve probably seen post’s like this form True Activist, showing just how many of these homes have been built in recent years.[read more]

Development Updates in the Gold Coast

April 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gold Coast Development

Construction and development news and financial cost information for buildings in Australia's Gold Coast, including development precincts with sports facilities, tower construction in Broadbeach, and hotel construction and development of the tourism industry.[read more]

Artist, Vagabonds, and an Accidental Nature Reserve in San Francisco Bay

April 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Art and Nature in San Francisco

For such a far-reaching social and ecological exposition, 'Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art and Culture' centers on a surprisingly small piece of man-made land known as the Albany Bulb. A decommissioned construction landfill, the “Bulb," as it is known, pokes out into the San Francisco Bay.[read more]

The Amazing Story of How Xoma Ayob Won His Dream House

April 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Housing in Informal Settlements

Xoma Ayob was born in the shadow of the Sentinel in the Hangberg informal settlement called Texas. He can recall a time before the factories when you could simply brush the seaweed aside to pluck a crayfish out of the water. He told Molo the story of his dream house.[read more]

Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

How ICLEI stakeholders evaluate policy options

Participants in a workshop at the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul Korea learnt how the Building Efficiency Accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative uses a variety of methods—including interactive workshops—to help city leaders learn about potential policy options and think realistically about implementation.[read more]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

Mexico City's New Airport [VIDEO] Can It Really Be Sustainable?

April 22, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Air Travel Infrastructure

 

Mexico City's new airport will be one of the world’s largest airports at 470,000 square meters. This building will be the “world’s most sustainable airport” which uses less material and energy than a cluster of buildings, due to its compact single terminal.[read more]

Introducing Canada's First Shipping Container Housing Project

April 21, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Shipping Container Housing

Shipping containers were once primarily considered large metal boxes to be transported on ships containing the consumer goods we buy from China. In today’s inflated real estate market, this is no longer the case. Last year, they became a home - the first of its kind in Canada.[read more]

Bringing Attention to the World's Endangered Markets

April 16, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markets and Preservation

Public markets can be the social and economic heart of a city. While there continues to be tremendous energy and momentum around global market advocacy there are still many public markets throughout the world that are threatened by a variety of factors.[read more]

13 Tips For Saving Water the Californian Way

April 15, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Conservation in California

California is a big state. To understand water saving techniques for the average person, we need to understand California’s unique climates and ecosystems. In broad terms, we have South Coast, South Inland, North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, mountains and desert climates.[read more]

Alternative Materials: Will Our Future Resilient Cities Rise from the Landfill?

April 9, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Cities out of Landfills?

1.3 billion tons of waste is generated each year in cities worldwide. With a rabid consumerist hunger, it is unsurprising that 30% of the world’s waste comes from America. San Francisco is hoping to change this by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal by 2020.[read more]

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Nottingham: The City Where People Continue To Live In Caves

April 8, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Going underground

Nottingham, England, famous for Robin Hood, is a city built on a system of caves that have been expanded by the city's occupants over the centuries for living and working space. Some of them are available for the public to tour, others continue to be used by homeless people.[read more]