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A building made from cannabis? Yes, seriously - with hempcrete

August 22, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainable housing built with hemp

Ever head of building with cannabis? Hempcrete is a building material with many interesting properties for those interested in sustainability and construction or renovation. It combines a cannabis (hemp) shiv with a lime matrix to give it high elasticity and vapour permeability to help create a healthy building that actually locks up atmospheric carbon.[read more]

Quicksand for Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash Field

August 22, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore Beach Volleyball

For 13 years, beach volleyball has become a success in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, drawing young adults for clean, athletic fun in a beautiful setting. But as the city moves ahead with plans to replace the volleyball courts with a parking garage and rooftop lawn, typically unengaged millennials are fighting back.[read more]

Can Personal Rapid Transit Replace 90% of Cars on the Road?

August 22, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Personal Rapid Transit

Sustainable urban mobility can come from multiple sources. Personal rapid transit (PRT) combines public transport with personalized routing. Though their designs vary, PRT systems generally consist of four- to six-passenger pods that are autonomously controlled while traveling along guide-ways.[read more]

The Value of Public Art: What's a Bean Worth?

August 22, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Chicago's Bean

Many of you, I’m sure, have seen this public sculpture before, either in person or somewhere online. It’s called Cloud Gate and it’s by Anish Kapoor — though its nickname has become, quite simply, the bean. It’s been a hugely successful piece of public art, so I asked what people thought the ROI of it might be.[read more]

In Photos: Portside, Cape Town's New Tallest Skyscraper

August 22, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town's New Tower

Check out these photos of Cape Town’s newest skyscraper completed in March 2014: Portside. With 32 floors standing 139 meters tall, it is the city’s largest tower. The objective of joint constructors DHK and Louis Karol Architects was to create an environmentally friendly building.[read more]

The Power of Public Spaces

August 21, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Public Space Power

Recently I’ve been awed by the power of public spaces. Summer in Portland draws everyone out into the public realm. So far this summer I’ve been to two festivals at Pioneer Square, a street festival, a movie at the park, Shakespeare at the park, several picnics and have enjoyed time by myself at different parks.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 21, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Renewal in France

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood just outside of Paris is barely recognizable.[read more]

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

August 20, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

The Timeless City

Take away context clues, and cities become more interesting matrices—with blank cells to complete—where each of us personalizes how space meets time. A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure—yet somehow enhance—the reality of place.[read more]

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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

Making Space for Street Vendors: Towards Equitable Urban Development

August 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Space for Street Vendors

Informal street vendors in cities around the world experience daily challenges to their economic livelihoods. For example, street vendors are perceived to be detrimental to city life, unhygienic, noisy, and to obstruct smooth flow of commuters, pedestrians and traffic.[read more]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]