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Racial Segregation and Income Inequality in American Cities

May 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Addressing Urban Inequality

There are significant racial income gaps in the United States. According to City Observatory, the average black household earns 42% less than the average white household in America. This goes a long way towards explaining events like those that have recently beset Baltimore.[read more]

A Photo-Tour of Lagos Island: How Tourism, History and Commerce Can Coexist

May 2, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Exploring Lagos Island

Take a photo tour of Lagos Island, the historical heart of Lagos banking and commerce district & home of Nigeria's largest market. The buildings alone within this area are a display of Nigerian history, from the birth of Lagos (around 1300-1400 CE) till today. Despite all the history that encompasses this island, it is rarely visited for this purpose.[read more]

How the Mega-Rich are Distorting the Markets for Apartments and Art

May 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Wealth and Urban Living

When people talk about a possible housing bubble in Canada they often cite house prices to median household income as a key ratio. The question then becomes: How can house prices be such a high multiple relative to local incomes? That’s relevant, but it’s not the entire story.[read more]

Designing Housing to Improve Inclusion and Opportunity in Cape Town

April 30, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Housing

Cape Town remains geographically and socially segregated despite the fact that undoing apartheid's spatial divides has been a goal of the democratic government since 1994. But urban researcher Andrew Fleming thinks that redesigning housing can change this.[read more]

Household Solar Is Becoming the New Normal, and That Makes Some Utilities Uncomfortable

April 29, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Home Solar and Utility Pushback

A couple of weeks ago, my wife Sharon and I were out for a long neighborhood walk. This is not unusual for us, but on this particular day we took a route we hadn't walked in quite some time. I was pleased to notice that one of the traditional, colonial-style houses we encountered was sporting solar panels.[read more]

In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People?

April 29, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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Designing Places for Humans

Cities have long been known as hotspots for innovation. In the past, much of this could be attributed to cities being the centralized physical location and as nodes for connecting with other people and cities around the world. Yet in the new era of global communication this dependence on physical proximity is decoupling.[read more]

Montreal, Quebec's City Center Will Turn into a Camp to Advocate for Social Housing

April 28, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal Social Housing

Starting May 21, 2015, the Popular Action Front for Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) will establish its “open-ended camp” in Montreal’s city center, a camp that has received the support of around 20 celebrities, in order to advocate for the creation of social housing.[read more]

Where are Millennials Going to Move When They Start Having Children?

April 27, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Millenials, Kids, and Housing

As a millennial myself, I know that I’ve always told myself that I want to stay urban for as long as I can, even when I have kids. But do most of them want to do this, or move to the suburbs or countryside? On the answer depends much in terms of ecological footprint, planning and community.[read more]

Development Updates in the Gold Coast

April 25, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gold Coast Development

Construction and development news and financial cost information for buildings in Australia's Gold Coast, including development precincts with sports facilities, tower construction in Broadbeach, and hotel construction and development of the tourism industry.[read more]

Helping Civic Leaders to Make Buildings More Efficient

How ICLEI stakeholders evaluate policy options

Participants in a workshop at the 2015 ICLEI World Congress in Seoul Korea learnt how the Building Efficiency Accelerator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative uses a variety of methods—including interactive workshops—to help city leaders learn about potential policy options and think realistically about implementation.[read more]

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Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

April 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

Embodied energy measures lifetime use. Source: Rapiere by Architype

No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take this forward.[read more]

Cities and Technology: Imagining the Way Things Could Be

April 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Technology Creating the Future

The common thread for me between architecture, real estate development, and technology is that in all of these cases it is about imagining the way things could be in the future and then creating it. It’s about change. It’s about growth. It’s about creation. I consider myself a builder in practically every sense.[read more]