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Green Prefab Homes: An Introduction

March 30, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Green Prefab Homes

Prefabricated homes, or kit homes, have been on the homebuilding scene for a long time. But now there are green prefabs. The basic ideas behind using a kit are fairly simple: Reduce design cost, reduce materials cost, eliminate the amount of construction waste, and shortened construction time.[read more]

Ebbsfleet: More Bailout than Garden City

March 26, 2014 by Julian Dobson


To describe the transformation of a former quarry into commuter housing as Britain’s first garden city for 100 years was a stroke of marketing genius by George Osborne. In all the excitement, commentators barely questioned the government’s decision to plough £200m into the Ebbsfleet scheme.[read more]

Orchid House"s Solar House Primer

March 20, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Orchid House

If you have not heard about Orchid House in Taiwan, now is the time. When the problem with urban home building is limited land space coupled with population growth problems, Orchid House points to the most logical solution: building upward.[read more]

Former Factories Receive a Second Life in Waterloo, Ontario

March 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Factory Redevelopment

When we think of old buildings, images of dilapidated, abandoned structures come to mind. Often, for the sake of progress, old buildings are demolished, and a part of the city’s history turns to dust. However, in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, some old buildings are given a new lease of life.[read more]

Why We Need Urban Development Heretics

March 18, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Urban Heretics

When shopping centre developer Hammerson walked away from Sheffield’s much-vaunted New Retail Quarter last year, it could have been a blessing in disguise. Here was an opportunity to radically rethink the ‘mall without walls’ template for city centre regeneration.[read more]

The Economics of Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

D.C. and Gentrification

This past decade has seen Washington, DC host one of the most rapid transformations in the United States. Once a city in decline, known for crime and plagued by disinvestment and poor governance, a quick look at the District’s skyline will tell you that much of that is no longer the case.[read more]

Now, Real Estate Where Anyone Can Invest

March 17, 2014 by Fundrise Blog

Real Estate Investment

Three years ago we started with a very simple idea: give everyone we could the opportunity to invest in real estate. At that time, only high net-worth, accredited investors were allowed to invest, while the other 97% of the population was excluded.[read more]

History Of A House

March 16, 2014 by Kate Gallery

House Histories

Our new house is older than we imagined. The real estate listing noted it was built in 1906, but we were told it could very well be older. The home may have been raised up 6 feet or so, perhaps around the date listed, but chances are it was built earlier.[read more]

New and Very Practical Art Forms: Buildings on the Cheap

March 16, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Buildings on the Cheap


One of the most popular places to visit at GBE concerns buildings on the cheap, the remarkably alluring Hobbit-like house Wales residents Simon and Jasmine Dale built into a hillside using a hodgepodge of used and organic materials.[read more]

Fathoming the Unfathomable

March 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fathoming Architecture

Buildings hold immense ranges of possibilities. Though specific uses may be suggested by the architect, the exact future occupation of a space can’t be predicted. In other words, architecture unavoidably deals with uncertainty.[read more]

Industrial Mills of Jones Falls Redeveloped for a New Baltimore

March 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Redevelopment

The city of Baltimore has been charming developers of the once abandoned stone mills clustered around the Jones Falls area. The lure is tax related, but for this redevelopment project, it is in the form of Planned Unit Developments and new market tax credits.[read more]


Which European cities are most productive and efficient?

March 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Is this the most resource-efficient European city?

The circular economy is a new buzzword for designing out waste and getting value from every stage in the life of raw materials. How can cities become more efficient and derive economic value from this sustainable objective?[read more]