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Greener Buildings Need Less Parking

March 30, 2016 by Tyler Caine
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It would be fair to say that the baseline of sustainability in building construction is rising. Whether it is due to improving technology, updated building codes or the slow but steady growth of consumer demand, we are in the process of making buildings tighter and smarter. At the same time, the nature of proactive lobbying in the...[read more]

Tech Updates : How to Design a Stormwater Drainage System

March 24, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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Since this time, engineers have searched for better methods and environmental scientists have been seeking alternative designs that will collect, treat and move the storm water after the snow melts or a rainstorm occurs.[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

Vancity Buzz ‘Women in Urbanism’ Series

March 22, 2016 by Jillian Glover

I am very honoured to be the second woman featured in Vanity Buzz’s Women in Urbanism series by my friend, Melissa Bruntlett. The profile piece provides a great overview of my career path and also gives me the opportunity to announce my new job as a communications specialist at Modus Planning, Design and Engagement:Had you spoken to...[read more]

Rooftop Solar could generate half of Miami-Dade County's Electricity

March 21, 2016 by Gray Read

Solar panels on the roof power both house and electric carThe solar train is leaving the station (with or without FPL).Here are some back-of-the-envelope calculations.The total area of roofs in Miami Dade County is:  116 million square meters. Or 1.244 billion square feet.  Or 44.6 square miles. Thanks to Jeffrey Onsted, an FIU...[read more]

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Smart Ways To Partner On Environmental Causes

March 13, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Government entities are entering into several types of partnerships with the private sector. Many of these partnerships are set up to conserve resources and sustain the environment. The job is simply too big for these two groups to accomplish on their own. The challenge for a government agency, however, is to manage the request for...[read more]

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Exploring the Popularity and Positive Aspects of RVing

February 18, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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RVing is a great American pastime that’s as popular as ever – especially since gas prices dropped. Traveling by RV instantly takes you back to the heyday of American road trips when the highway system was new and people were experiencing a new sense of freedom.[read more]

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Roofless Solar Gives Urban Sustainability a Big Boost

February 17, 2016 by Derek Markham
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When it comes to making changes, people always say there's no better time than the present, right? And yet when it comes to making changes in our energy sources, it seems like many of us are still waiting for some big shift to happen. Part of the reason for this may be because we aren't used to having a choice in our electricity sources, so investing in a home solar array or buying into a community solar program seems odd or like something only “other” people do. Or, perhaps our idea of what solar really costs is a few decades behind, and we haven't noticed that solar is already comparable with traditional energy costs in many U.S. cities already.[read more]

The Likeways Approach Towards Urban Navigation

February 13, 2016 by Martin Traunmueller

Sick of walking along boring routes through the city suggested by Google Maps? The Likeways mobile application offers a novel approach towards wayfinding to its users.[read more]

MDs Now Prescribe Walking to Boost Health

January 28, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces
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It’s plain common sense, backed by a wealth of recent medical research. In fact, a major new study found that lack of physical activity is twice as deadly for us as obesity.[read more]

North Carolina’s Fight to Restore Historic Tax Credits

January 27, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program used for restoring historic properties in North Carolina has successfully been reinstated. The tax credit system, which also includes the credit for income-producing properties, phased out at the end of 2014 as part of state tax reform measures taken by North Carolina lawmakers. Since first introduced in 1998, experts estimate that the tax credits have generated $1.4 billion in statewide revenues with each project generating approximately four jobs.[read more]

Waterfront Redevelopment Sought at Cannes Marchandises in La Bocca, France

January 26, 2016 by The Global Grid

The Cannes Town Hall and Sncf Real Estate have signed an agreement for an urban development project for 23 hectares (57 acres) on the edge of the Mediterranean at the site of “Cannes Marchandises,” the Cannes train station in La Bocca. In part unused for decades, this important urban site in southwest France is now unblocked.[read more]