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Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

New “Safe Sleep Policy” Legalizes Homeless Camping in Portland, Oregon

October 14, 2016 by The Global Grid

Tents pitched along a Portland streetPortland’s homeless population has been on a steady increase the past several years, eventually forcing the city to declare a homeless emergency at the end of 2015. This gave the city power to waive land-use restrictions so they could convert existing buildings into emergency shelter space and start...[read more]

A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]

The Value of an Integrated Sustainability Strategy for Real Estate Companies and Funds

July 26, 2016 by GBIG Insight

The 2016 installment of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Summit was full of friends and leaders from across the real estate industry.I had the opportunity to participate in a session moderated by Dr. Jason Hartke (DOE), David deVos (Prudential Real Estate Investors) and Jennifer McConkey (Principal Real Estate...[read more]

The Changing Design of Urban Housing

July 25, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Last week I reviewed student projects at the local architecture department. One half of the projects dealt with a dis-invested community in Baltimore with most of the design task involving housing. The other half of the projects were part of a design competition in a community in Los Angeles around a museum and a community center. ...[read more]

Offsite builder, architect launch line of energy-efficient prefab homes

June 30, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Offsite "high performance" building manufacturer Ecocor has teamed up with Richard Pedranti Architect to develop a line of prefabricated homes that meet the strict energy-efficient requirements of the "Passive House" standard. The team currently has 11 customizable models that range from 323 square feet to 2,685 square...[read more]

An Elevator Company's Challenge for Architects and Urbanists

June 6, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

Even though urban life has globally become the predominant form of existence, the hunger for an urban Utopia, for an all different city in which all is perfect, has lost its luster. Too often has this been tried and failed, too often the results were mediocre or so far from "perfect" that the term has become a mockery.[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith

For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith

 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

The Push for Energy Efficiency in America’s Historic Buildings

May 12, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Historical buildings are everywhere. In a country with such a (relatively) short history, we Americans care deeply about protecting our historic and archeological resources. Every week, 20-30 properties are classified as historic buildings worthy of preservation by the National Parks Service, which administers the National Register of...[read more]


3 Examples of Making Housing Sustainable… and Affordable Too!

April 19, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

There is no question that sustainable housing is ideal for the environment. However, the cost to build an environmentally friendly single-family home or multi-unit dwelling historically has made it impossible for most people to own or rent one.However, through a combination of government funding, technological advancements, and human...[read more]

Cutting Edge Green Buildings in London, Stockholm and San Francisco

April 12, 2016 by Laura Tozer

The first residents moved into Hammarby Sjostad in Stockholm in 2002, which was developed as a sustainable neighbourhood with a closed loop urban metabolism approachFor my PhD research project, I'm visiting three cities with some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the world. On my trips to London and...[read more]