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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How Melbourne Reinvented Itself One Block At a Time [Video]

June 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Melbourne street life

Melbourne is famous in urbanist circles for the revitalization of its central area. In 1992, 40% of the buildings were empty above the first floor and only 5 residents actually lived in the core. Today, there are over 29,000 residents in the central area and Melbourne has become revered around the world for its vibrant public spaces and innovative laneway repurposing.[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]

2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

June 26, 2015 by GBIG Insight

The plan

If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. For almost a decade, The 2030 Challenge has provided an inspirational, measurable goal for properties to reach for – and measures for figuring out how we’re doing.[read more]

Vancouver Millennials Need to Get Over The Dream of Owning a Single Family Home

June 18, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Middle class protestors – a bit rich?!

The City of Vancouver has announced plans that will encourage the development of more family housing around parks, schools and community centres (i.e. three bedroom apartments, townhomes, etc). The dream of owning a single family home in Vancouver is dead. I urge millennials to get over it. If you want a big home, move to the suburbs.[read more]

Adorable Tiny House Village Solves Cohousing and Affordability Challenges

June 18, 2015 by Shareable .

Want to live in Lilliput?

In Portland, Oregon, there's a tiny house village that combines the best of tiny living and cohousing. The Simply Home Community is four tiny houses tucked behind a larger house of 1450 square feet, which gives the tiny house villagers a place to gather for social events, community meetings, and meals.[read more]

The Pressing Need To Provide More Affordable Housing

June 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Upgrade the slums

What must we do about the pressing issue of more affordable and social housing – one of the biggest issues of our times, from Cape Town to Lagos and London? Not only is there a desperate shortage worldwide, but a residential population in the central city is essential to creating the vibrant urban culture that one wants to see on a daily basis.[read more]

How Sustainable Solutions Are Being Implemented in Lagos with Help from the Dutch

June 17, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Floating school in Lagos

On a cool Lagos evening, Olamide Udoma sat with Robert van Kats and Remco Rolvink of DASUDA (the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa) to discuss sustainable solutions for Lagos, a leading African city, and how they are starting to take action. This is the first of a three part interview.[read more]

The Future of Woodstock: How Socially Inclusive Change by Design Works

June 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Listen to the people

Claire du Trevou reports from the ‘Change by design’ workshop hosted by Architects Sans Frontiers UK and Development Action Group (DAG), which put the regeneration of Woodstock under the microscope. Through extensive mapping of land use, coupled with spatial narratives, a development framework for the town could evolve.[read more]

Transforming Melbourne: Are Tall Buildings the Best Solution for a Growing City?

June 16, 2015 by This Big City

Melbourne’s population growth shows no sign of slowing. Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures estimate the city could become home to almost 8 million people by 2053. The new plan is to build upwards, but is that really the best option?[read more]

The Unfulfilled Promise of Modernism

June 15, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Corbusier had plans for us

What is Modernism and what is its meaning? Modernism was not really an architectural style but a social movement in response to social and cultural upheaval and an attempt to develop an architecture and a city that responded to conditions neither buildings nor cities had to respond to before.[read more]

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Work Starts on Europe's Largest Urban Permaculture Passivhaus Eco-Community

June 15, 2015 by David Thorpe

The site will contain 68 homes.

Work is starting today to develop the site of the largest permaculture-based, Passivhaus urban eco-community in Europe, in Leicester, England. When finished, the settlement will contain 68 homes for rent at affordable rates for essential workers.[read more]