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Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015

March 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Resilience in Venice

“Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It just so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create 'acqua alta' (high water) for six days in a row.[read more]

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Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

March 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

News from the Pacific Urban Forum 2015 

The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges.[read more]

Village in the City: A View from Kuala Lumpur

March 26, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Change in Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Baru’s vernacular architecture and human scale has remained a village within a city, with low-rise wooden detached houses, kitchens and cafes spilling into the streets, and rich social life. Ethnic Malay families from several villages were relocated here and given land rights to maintain a ‘village life.’[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]

New Alliance Aims to Set Accreditation Standards for Garden Cities

March 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Letchworth, where it all began

A process has begun to create a set of standards to define a garden city following concern that the idea has been appropriated by certain developers who would not necessarily develop the most sustainable plans, and to champion the idea to the public.[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]

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Gaps Identified in European Law to Ensure Healthy Indoor Air Quality

March 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

A good internal environment is essential for health.

Between 30-50% of excess winter deaths can be attributed to cold indoor temperatures, but the requirements for indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not comprehensive and clear enough in eight surveyed European countries, according to a new study from Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).[read more]

Demolishing One of London's Infamous Brutalist Housing Projects [VIDEO]

March 19, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Brutalism and Housing Projects

 

As it faces demolition, the Architectural Review‘s history editor Tom Wilkinson considers the legacy of London’s Robin Hood Gardens, one of east London’s most notable brutalist housing projects, which were consistently voted some of the most hated buildings in the country.[read more]

Project Profile: Fashion House in Toronto by CORE Architects

March 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Architectural Profile

Recently I was asked to do a post that would examine and profile the Fashion House Condos in Toronto’s King West neighborhood. I like that the existing Silverplate heritage building was preserved and integrated into the base of the condo.[read more]