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Economic Sustainability

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

March 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Oceans and Understanding

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of lenses to “unlearn our binary, dichotomous relationship with the ocean.”[read more]

Night Time Informal Street Trade in Bangkok Creates Jobs, Unlike in Cape Town

March 26, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Informal economies create jobs and should be encouraged.

In Bangkok informal economic activity on the streets is well accepted and facilitated, leading to a dynamic night-time informal trade culture. Informal trade is pronounced in the city centre in areas such as Siam Square. This is in great contrast to the situation in Cape Town.[read more]

Le Phare Skyscraper "Not Suitable" for Quebec City, Canada's Northern Climate

March 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Canada and Skyscrapers

In its proposed form, Quebec City's Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate” due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round", according to André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture.[read more]

Manipulate the Housing Market with this One Neat Trick

March 24, 2015 by David Edmondson

Regulations often result in unintended consequences. Money flows to find any crack in the system, after all, and often those cracks are in very odd places. Zoning and building codes are no different, and they can manipulate not just how people do business but how we built our cities.[read more]

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

The Risks of Visionless Urbanization

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, atmosphere and history.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

A Beautiful House Design for Denser Suburbs

March 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

A nice three-apartment home

It’s common for many of the houses in central areas of Toronto to be converted into duplexes and triplexes or to flip back into single family homes after being subdivided for rentals. It goes to show how adaptable the single family house can be. But it’s not everyday that you see such a high end triplex being built.[read more]

How Smart Regulations can Improve Public Transport in Brazilian Cities

Brazil and Transportation Innovation

Over the past few years, demand for buses has been declining in major Brazilian cities. How should city and transport leaders respond to this alarming trend? One possible solution is to improve the quality and productivity of bus service. To achieve this, smart regulations can play an important role.[read more]

Missouri Council Finds Strengths and Weaknesses in Ozarks Local Food System

Local Food in the Ozarks

What makes a local food system? That’s what the Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council set out to discover through their food system assessment for the 20 counties surrounding Springfield, Missouri. Their findings show the strengths and weaknesses of the local food economy.[read more]

3 Risks that Real Estate Developers Face

March 20, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Real Estate Risk

Real estate development is a risky game. So much so that some people in the business like to say that their primary function is to mitigate risk. Today I’m going to focus on 3 risks that developers face. There are, of course, others risks, but these are some of the biggest.[read more]

Incubating Trend-Setting Cultural Scenes in Cities

March 19, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

A couple of days ago I wrote about a documentary series called Real Scenes. It’s a fascinating series that examines the electronic music scene in a bunch of different cities from New York to Berlin to Tokyo. What’s fascinating about these films is the inside look it gives you into how these “scenes” develop.[read more]