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Design & Architecture

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Means More Than Cars

July 22, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

What does this picture tell us?

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods now mean many things—depending on context—including transportation modes; sustainability and the shared economy; public safety and particular approaches to community participation; and aspects of social equity.[read more]

'One Planet' Home Wins Planning Battle

July 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

The 'hobbit house' can live!

A zero energy roundhouse, built by a young family, has been saved from demolition following an appeal to the local planning authority. Their campaign to save their house touched the hearts of thousands, who wrote in support, but this wasn't what saved the home.[read more]

Are Tunnels for Light Rail Really Cost Prohibitive?

July 20, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Worth the cost?

Many seem to buy the argument that tunnels are boondoggles. Being against transit tunnels is sold as prudent reasoning even where hardly any alternative exists, like the case of the rail tunnel under the Hudson River. So maybe a closer look at how such a tunnel is actually built is in order.[read more]

Post-Earthquakes, How Walking and Placemaking in Kathmandu is Changing

July 20, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Not exactly wheelchair friendly.

Insights into the walkability in Kathmandu, Nepal and the emergence of a new importance of public space since the earthquakes hit Nepal earlier this year. A report by Walk21 Vienna Ambassador Kristie Daniel.[read more]

Beyond Sim City: How Video Games Are Affecting City Planning

With increasingly advanced software and the rise of the “sand box” gaming genre (video games that enable players to freely design their environments) has come a flurry of city building simulators. They are having a major impact on real world urban design by inspiring dialogue and educating individuals on how to create sustainable cities.[read more]

Another Affordable Zero Carbon House. When Will Mainstream Builders Get It?

July 20, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Whhy aren't all new homes like this?

A zero carbon house has been completed in Wales that cost $93 per square foot (£1000/m2), which is within government guidelines for the cost of social housing, and took just 16 weeks to construct. It's the second such example in Wales, yet the Government has just scrapped plans for all homes to be zero energy by 2016 on grounds of affordability.[read more]

Three Office Buildings Using Passive Heating and Cooling Design

July 17, 2015 by David Thorpe

Cool it like this

Passive heating and cooling refers to techniques to manage the internal temperature and air quality of a building without using power. Here are three examples of new buildings where such techniques have been employed.[read more]

A Living Church Grows in New Zealand

July 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

It's alive!

Here's a truly green building: a 100-seat chapel at Ohaupo, New Zealand, made almost entirely from mature trees by Barry Cox, who spent four years “growing” the church, but by re-homing semi-mature trees, he accelerated the maturity of the structure, giving it the appearance of a project 20 years in the making.[read more]

How Offices, Schools and Restaurants Benefit from Urban Design Inside Buildings

July 16, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Inside or outside?

What does it tell us about the state of society, technology, planning and design if we use urban design terms to describe interior space arrangements and room names to describe urban design? This article is an attempt to get to some of the bigger developments behind these relationships and the terms we use to describe them.[read more]

We Have An Anti-City Culture: Fragmented, Segregated and Car-Dominated: Interview with Tariq Toffa

July 16, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Tariq Toffa

Future Johannesburg speaks with Tariq Toffa, South African architect and lecturer in the architecture department at the University of Johannesburg about the main challenges for urban planning in South Africa, the empowerment of communities, and some of his current projects.[read more]

New Exec Course Urges Connection of Green Building with Health Promotion

Building for Health

The built environment has profound effects on human health and the world around us. The new Building for Health executive education program is a highly engaging course that equips executives with the cutting edge research and skills to lead at the in­tersection of human health and the built environment.[read more]

How to Go Beyond Disaster Risk Preparedness and Reap The 'Resilience Dividend” – That Pays Back All The Time

July 14, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Let's avoid this.

All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that their cost will go up. Building owners can benefit by going beyond merely being prepared to building resilience, and thereby reap the “resilience dividend” that pays whether disaster strikes or not.[read more]