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U.S. Supreme Court Decision is Breakthrough for Race Relations, Housing and Social Mobility

July 3, 2015 by Peter Smith

A significant ray of hope

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Texas Department of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project is a landmark ruling for racial and economic equality. It was a victory for those fighting in favor of more protection in the housing market for vulnerable populations.[read more]

How to Double Building Energy Efficiency in Your Area With the UN's SE4ALL [Video]

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Introduction to the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Watch this webinar to discover how to double the rate of energy efficiency improvements in the building sector in your area by 2030, under the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform initiative.[read more]

The Beautiful Marriage of Affordable Housing and Transport-Oriented-Development in Brazil

Minha Casa Minha Vida

How Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV – “My House My Life” in English)—Brazil’s affordable housing program—is transforming current patterns of urbanization in the country. MCMV has been responsible for a third of all housing projects in Brazil in 2013 and is helping to bridge the way we think about housing and TOD.[read more]

Walking Helsinki with Urban Planning Activists: Kallio to Pasila [PHOTO ESSAY]

July 1, 2015 by Nora Lindström

The pretty Puu-Vallila area

A photo essay of a walkabout in the Kallio-Vallila-Pasila area, a suburb of Helsinki, the southern capital of Finland, with Selkäranka, an urban planning activist group, starting at the infamous Vaasankatu in Kallio, then through the gorgeous Puu-Vallila area (literally: Wood-Vallila) and then industrial Teollisuuskatu (Industry Street) to the railway station in Pasila.[read more]

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]