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Full steam ahead: Why transit hub development is seeing a resurgence

February 24, 2017 by Construction Dive

Major hubs like Union Station in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania Station in New York City and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia are taking stock and ordering up hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in facelifts not only to expand traveler capacity but to look good doing it.[read more]

Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

NY-NJ Port Authority approves $32B infrastructure spending plan

February 17, 2017 by Construction Dive

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $32.2 billion capital plan Thursday that will fund projects in both states for the next 10 years.[read more]

Good Design Is Sustainable

February 15, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Good landscape design is intrinsically sustainable. While a certain level of ecological sustainability may be achieved by adhering to a checklist of environmental best practices, long-term sustainability is achieved by engaging broader cultural, economic, and socio-economic goals. It’s now widely recognized that city dwellers tend to live a less wasteful and more energy-efficient lifestyle than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.[read more]

San Francisco aims to boost alternative transportation with new development regulations

February 14, 2017 by Construction Dive

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a points-based measure that will require developers who want to include free parking with their projects to also provide features that will promote alternative transportation methods, such as bikes, car-sharing and shuttles to buses[read more]

Iconic U.S. Steel Tower Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

February 14, 2017 by evolve environment::architecture

Pittsburgh's tallest building, the US Steel Tower, has recently achieved ENERGY STAR certification. The accomplishment is the result of a strategic effort to retrofit the building with new controls, lighting and HVAC equipment, and other improvements. The US Steel Tower is one of the largest and oldest office buildings in the world to earn ENERGY STAR certification, the US EPA's designation for commercial buildings ranking high in energy efficiency.[read more]

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

February 10, 2017 by Brooke Nally

 Saving money on your utility bill, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your home’s value—the advantages of going solar are appealing for most homeowners. While most people can benefit from installing solar panels, some roof styles, home locations, and other factors impact how much energy you can generate and how...[read more]

Urban Lessons from Hong Kong and Tokyo

February 7, 2017 by Timo Hamalainen

One of the best things is strolling across cities around the world. They’re all different, yet remarkably similar. It’s the perfect opportunity for reflecting how your own city or cities compare. Two places I’ve recently had the pleasure of exploring are Hong Kong and Tokyo.These Far East mega-cities may seem an odd couple at first, but...[read more]

Proposed DC bill seeks tighter regulations for home-sharing services

February 6, 2017 by Construction Dive

Home-sharing services like Airbnb could face stricter limits on rental terms under a bill put before Washington, D.C.’s city council last week.[read more]

The Evolution of Green Urbanism

February 6, 2017 by Dean Saitta

The evolution of urban planning has been the subject of several recent museum exhibitions, blog posts, books, and infographics. These representations of planning history are useful for several reasons. They remind us of where we are and how we got here. They stimulate debate about the people and ideas chosen for inclusion as well as...[read more]

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It’s Never Too Late: 3 Ways to Improve Post-Construction Sustainability

February 1, 2017 by Gary Seider

Sustainability isn’t a new concept, but it is a new priority.In the past, builders rarely thought about a structure’s long-term use during the construction phase. If the end result looked great and functioned efficiently, its sustainability decades down the road wasn’t of any concern.Now, the opposite is true. When materials are sourced...[read more]

Report: Ports, rail and waterway infrastructure of high priority to Trump administration

January 31, 2017 by Supply Chain Dive

The Trump administration has put together a preliminary list of 50 high priority infrastructure projects to be funded in the upcoming overhaul.[read more]