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What Equity and Real Estate Investors Need to Know About Sustainability

May 21, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Leading equity investors take heed

Over the past 10 years, leading equity investors have become increasingly interested in the sustainability features of their real estate investments – often described with respect to environmental, social, governance (ESG) attributes and performance.[read more]

Young Urbanists, Architects, and the Future of Informal Settlements

May 20, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica

Future Cape Town and its Young Urbanists members hosted two renowned architects, Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica, last week. They spoke about housing and educating the future in developing cities.[read more]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

A Time-Lapse of the Urban Explosion in Dubai [VIDEO]

May 15, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Growth in Dubai

I’ve only been to Dubai once. I had a lot of fun, but it’s not my favorite city in the world. That’s largely because I tend not to be drawn to cities where you feel like you need to drive in order to properly experience it. This time-lapse video sure makes the city look cool. But sustainable?[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 2)

May 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Layering Nature in Seattle

How Seattle has long been an innovator in layering built and natural infrastructure to fully complement each other. Over the past few decades, the city has taken advantage of all that rain so ever-present greenery seems to equal — if not dominate — the roads, bridges, and buildings.[read more]

Could This Catch On? Homes Made from Gabion Baskets That Are Sustainable, Affordable Housing

Housing Problems and Solutions in Marrakech

In Marrakech, Morocco, a model home is being constructed as a part of a project that seeks to build houses made of gabion baskets in rural regions of Morocco. The association behind this initiative is Architecture & Development, an association focusing on international solidarity.[read more]

How Seattle Balances Nature and the Built Infrastructure (Part 1)

May 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The sensitive integration of nature in Seattle

“Seattle has been about human intervention in the natural landscape, setting heavy engineering in a bucolic setting,” said John Owen, partner with Makers architecture and urban design, during a tour organized by the American Planning Association (APA) for their conference in this northwest city.[read more]

Lighting our Cities: More than Meets the Eye

May 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Urban Lighting Schemes

Light and lighting are ever-present elements of city life, from flickering bus lights to overhead streetlights, to the large lighting features which illuminating our cities’ skylines. But while many other aspects of urban life enjoy dedicated research fields, something of a silo exists between lighting designers and social research.[read more]

Building from Waste: Glimpses Into the Future of Our Built Environments

Hello, I'm back! Waste as a building material

Can waste have a second life as a building material? This is the question brought to surface through ETH Zurich’s Building from Waste exhibition, based on the book 'Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction'. E.g. one tile is composed solely from old coffee grounds and binding agents.[read more]

What Do Seniors Need in Parks?

May 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Parks and Seniors

The proportion of seniors in the population is growing. The World Health Organization, AARP, and other organizations have called for more age-friendly communities, with parks and open spaces that offer what seniors needs to feel safe. What do they need?[read more]

Public Space Projects Coming to Vancouver this Summer: A Zipline, a Slip n' Slide, and a 'Porch Parade'

May 8, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Space Projects in Vancouver

Metro Vancouver has announced plans for a zipline in Queen Elizabeth Park, a slip n’ slide in North Vancouver, and a ‘Porch Parade’ in Robson Square. So instead of the usual hiking, biking, and beach bumming that Vancouverites enjoy, you can now add sliding, zipping or porch sitting in the city to your agenda.[read more]

Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India's Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela

Temporary City in India

 

In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. From January 14 to March 10, as many as 34 million people are estimated to have passed through the festival, which occupies an area larger than that of Athens, Greece.[read more]