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NYC officials OK 4 new affordable housing projects

December 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

The New York City Council has given the green light to four new low- and middle-income housing developments in East Harlem and the Bronx[read more]

Preserving Green Spaces and Waterways in Atlanta

December 5, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

Paving paradise to put up parking lots, roads and houses to keep up with the growing population in metro Atlanta (now over five million) has compromised the city’s green spaces and waterways over the past several decades.Keeping up with urban development’s impact on water quality has led to massive investments in stormwater...[read more]

The Unsustainable Truth about Land Reclamation: The Worsening Impacts of Manila Bay Reclamation

December 2, 2016 by Don Johnson Lontoc

What happens when an urban project fuels alarming socio-environmental consequences? Disaster. This is what Metro Manila, a coastal megacity, and its Bay Reclamation Plan are going through.[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

November 11, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The Oyo State government recently commissioned its first, city-wide masterplan to better enable Ibadan to respond to the needs of its citizens, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.[read more]

Santa Monica, CA wants all new housing to be net-zero energy

November 3, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:The Santa Monica, CA, City Council last week approved an ordinance requiring new single-family homes built in the city to be net-zero energy based on the standards set forth in the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code. The ordinance also requires multifamily buildings to use 10% less energy than the 2016 California...[read more]

Leasing begins for Perch Harlem apartment building — built to Passive House standards

October 24, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Perch Harlem, a seven-story, 34-unit multifamily building built to Passive House standards, is now leasing, according to Builder magazineLocated in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Harlem, NY, the project includes units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with rents priced from the $2,600s. This is the...[read more]

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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]

Concrete conundrum: Understanding the building material's environmental impact

October 4, 2016 by Construction Dive

Concrete has always been in indicator of "civilization." Since its invention in the 19th century, humans have used concrete not only to tame nature but, in many cases, to pave right over it. As a result, the hard-wearing material can be found nearly everywhere there are people.[read more]

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Time To Take The ‘Urban’ Out of Urban Design?

October 3, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

For a while now I’ve had an issue with both the term and the definition of ‘urban design’.  What exactly is it?  Compare it to architecture or planning, which are professions that are easy to define and identify, even to a child’s mind.  At its most simple level, architects design buildings, while planners design cities....[read more]

ASLA Survey: Landscape Architecture Student Body Shifts

September 29, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2016 Student Collaboration Honor Award. Bridging Disciplines/Cultivating Health: Using a collaborative international community design/build model to facilitate mental health treatment. University of Washington students / Daniel Winterbottom, FASLAASLA recently released its annual graduating student survey, which was completed by...[read more]

Making Green Stick; Influencing Decision Makers toward LID Solutions

September 27, 2016 by Leda Marritz

One of the things innovative engineers do extraordinarily well is to think about solutions in different ways.  Leading-edge thinkers, engineers included, consider strategic influence – as opposed to fixed function thinking – when they think about how to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle. They disentangle themselves from the...[read more]