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Architect and Developer Partner to Build Affordable Prefab Housing in Sweden

March 5, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Prefab Housing in Sweden

In this month’s issue of Monocle magazine they profile an interesting prefabricated and affordable housing project in Knivsta, Sweden. The way it was built is quite simple. The modular housing units were fabricated off-site and then inserted on-site into a prefabricated concrete frame.[read more]

What Will the Condo Market Look Like in 10-20 Years?

March 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

The future of condos looks good as cities densify

Over the past week I’ve had two separate people ask me my thoughts on the future of the condo market in Toronto. One of them was working on a University study and one of them was trying to figure out what (condo) property managers would look like in the future.[read more]

Where the Jobs are Being Created in Cities

March 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Job Creation

According to a new report released by City Observatory, US cities have officially reversed a 50-year trend towards decentralization. In some ways, it just makes intuitive sense. People started returning to cities and so the jobs followed (although there were also structural changes to the economy).[read more]

Historical Vandalism? Vancouver Remembers Past Landmarks With Signage

March 3, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver History and Marketing

There is a trend in Vancouver where clever real estate marketers name condos – and sometimes even rebuild or leave the old signage – to commemorate more historically important and interesting buildings that are being torn down. Here are some examples.[read more]

Women Earn Less than Men in Architecture and Engineering Professions

March 1, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Women and Pay Equity

An uneven playing field exists in a number of professions, including the architecture and engineering occupations—women in these fields earn 82 percent of what men make, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2014 averages.[read more]

REVEALED: The Most Segregated Cities in North America

February 26, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

North America and Urban Segregation

The Martin Prosperity Institute in Toronto has just released a new study called Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros that reveals the physical sorting and separation of advantaged and disadvantaged groups within cities.[read more]

The Great Intensification Debate: What's Better for Cities?

February 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Intensification

Neighborhood investment needs to be a balance between preservation and progress. This doesn’t exclusively mean high-rise intensification. It could mean removing the barriers to laneway housing.[read more]

What is the Craziest City Job?

February 20, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Cities, Jobs, and Needs

 

I learned what the craziest city jobs was last week after watching Supersized Earth, a BBC documentary on global cities. The show featured the window cleaning company Cox Gomyl, whose brave workers are tasked with cleaning the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.[read more]

A Community-Based Financing Model for Local Food: Maine Harvest Credit Project

February 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Maine Harvest Credit Project

A new venture in Maine seeks to provide financing to local farmers and food producers by establishing a credit union focused on Maine’s local food economy. The Maine Harvest Credit Project is the brainchild of Sam May and Scott Budde, Mainers with backgrounds in finance and the local food movement.[read more]

Why Our Towns Need a Better Future than Tesco Can Offer

February 19, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Britain and Town Center Planning

Last month local leaders in the UK who had hopes to regenerate landmark sites in partnership with Tesco had to end years of planning: the retailer pulled out of schemes to develop 49 sites, create at least 8,000 jobs, more than 1,100 new homes, and nearly 2.5m square feet of retail space.[read more]

Want to Conquer a Territory? Install Rail and Buy Property

February 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rail Plus Property

The town of Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway connected the area. And traditionally its economy has been closely connected to that rail. The company has predicated its economic success on buying property and importing tourists.[read more]

6 Benefits of Cape Town's Open Data Policy

February 12, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Cape Town Data Policy

The City of Cape Town is making datasets available for analysis by the public via their Open Data portal and over time, several analysts have predicted, it will result in a much more responsive, adaptive, and agile administration, among many other benefits.[read more]