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Barcelona, Medellín and the Right to Housing

July 22, 2015 by This Big City

A conversation starter

Barcelona and Medellín both suffer from the same problem of guaranteeing the right to housing. And this is exactly what is presented in the exhibition called Piso Piloto, or Pilot Project, hosted at the same time in both cities. It is an attempt to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge regarding housing and its relationship with public space.[read more]

Modi Launches India's Smart Cities and Housing for All Initiatives

Ahmedabad – beacon of smart development

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launches the government’s ambitious Smart Cities initiative, which aims to tackle key issues resulting from India’s rapid urbanization. In addition, the ‘Atal Mission’ and ‘Housing for All by 2022’ will also be announced.[read more]

What Equity and Real Estate Investors Need to Know About Sustainability

May 20, 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]

The Amazing Story of How Xoma Ayob Won His Dream House

April 24, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Housing in Informal Settlements

Xoma Ayob was born in the shadow of the Sentinel in the Hangberg informal settlement called Texas. He can recall a time before the factories when you could simply brush the seaweed aside to pluck a crayfish out of the water. He told Molo the story of his dream house.[read more]

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 21, 2014 by The Global Grid

Harbor Renewal in Ireland

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment.[read more]

Don't Judge the Town by Its Houses

November 29, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Prices and Home Values

Anyone who loves bungalows, lofts, Craftsmans, live/works, row houses and any other type of pre 1950’s suburbia style homes often learns that in small towns or less hot neighborhoods, they will find their perfect home, but without the big city and hot neighborhood prices.[read more]


Upgrade Slums in 230 Cities for just $14.5 million? Impossible! - But They Did It.

July 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Planning their future in Comilla, Bangladesh

Millions of people live in slums in Asian cities. The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) has been running a program to try to upgrade living conditions for these people that has proved itself to be massively effective and at little cost. How has it done this?[read more]


Three Strategies to Marry Residential Housing and Urban Cycling

March 24, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Housing and Urban Biking

Removing the legal requirement upon developers to include a certain amount of car park in space for new housing developments liberates space and finance to create recreational facilities for block residents, as well as promoting bicycle urbanism, as this post demonstrates.[read more]

Millennials Lead Baltimore Forward

December 12, 2013 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore and Millenials

Mayor Rawlings Blake has an oft-stated goal to add 10,000 net households in Baltimore by 2020. The city’s newly adopted slogan is, “Baltimore, A Great Place to Grow.” This growth is badly needed to reverse the toll of losing 1/3 of the city’s population since 1950.[read more]

"Homes for a Changing Region" Series: Planning for People

December 7, 2013 by Metropolitan Planning Council

On the surface, it seems like such an obvious tenet of planning: Communities need to take stock not only of what their current population requires, but of their future population as well. The term “planning” itself means preparing for future action—it is by definition forward-looking.[read more]

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

November 15, 2013 by The Global Grid

Floating Innovation in Amsterdam

IJburg is a unique urban planning experiment that consisted of creating a neighborhood from scratch, and is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam, where there is scarce developable land, and the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive process.[read more]

Urban Growth: China's Empty Cities [VIDEO]

September 25, 2013 by Future Cape Town

China's Empty Cities

It is said that there are around 64 million empty apartments in China. With China’s population and prosperity growing at a rapid rate, Adrian Brown asks an expert if it’s all good urban forward planning or an economic bubble that’s about to burst.[read more]