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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]

People-Oriented Cities: Mixed-Use Development Creates Social and Economic Benefits

People Oriented City Value

Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the residential core, and the two areas are poorly linked by public transport. Mumbaikars have the longest commute of any Indian city resident, averaging more than 47 minutes each way every day.[read more]

The AirBnB Phenomenon: What's the Impact on Cities?

July 24, 2014 by This Big City

AirBnB and Urban Change

While some say AirBnB is helping build a “sharing economy” where money is redistributed to low-income individuals and small businesses, others claim it’s fueling a lucrative underground economy, promoting the evasion of taxes and contributing to an acute shortage of affordable housing.[read more]

Serious Games for Urban Planning

July 24, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Planning Gaming

Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualize development initiatives before they are put into policy.[read more]

How Will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Aging Urban Resources

Two super-hospitals are currently under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research.[read more]

Drink Your Water, And Eat The Bottle?

July 23, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier
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Drink, Eat Water Bottle

The need for drinks on-the-go that won’t pollute our environment with bottles is far from news, as the movement to increase the use of reusable/refillable water bottles has been gaining momentum. But as the movement grows, so does the American appetite for drinks sold in plastic bottles.[read more]

Detroit Aquaponics Business Combines High-Tech Ag, Social Justice Mission

Green Business and Social Justice

Many of Detroit’s urban agriculture ventures have a down-on-the-farm feel, but not the CDC Farm & Fishery. With its tubes and tanks, the business seems futuristic. You see, they are among the first aquaponic operations to set up in Detroit following the passage of an urban agriculture ordinance.[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]

The Impression You are Leaving

July 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Impressions

Toronto has gone through a dramatic transformation over the last decade or so. In fact, I recently had a friend say to me: “Brandon, 10 years ago you told me that Toronto was going to be a super cool global city. I didn’t believe you then. But you were right."[read more]

Retreating from the Public Good?

July 22, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Public Good and Choice

Near Glasgow there’s a former mining village called Twechar. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, they decided they wanted to ‘do a Todmorden’ and turn unpromising public areas into colourful growing spaces. The local authority thought Edible Twechar was a wonderful idea.[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]

Obstacles Ahead for São Paulo's Master Plan

July 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sao Paulo's Plan

The Master Plan of the city of São Paulo is a set of guidelines, backed by the power of local law, whose purpose is to guide urban growth through the next sixteen years. The new plan was approved this week after nine months of discussions among councilors to arrive at the final version.[read more]