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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]

How Climate Benefits from Trees Scale with Cities

November 30, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Trees influence meteorological and climatic effects at all scales of a city, from pocket parks to entire neighborhoods. However, while research has been done on the effect of trees canopies on urban environments, in general, we are only now beginning to understand how urban canopies affect climate at all scales of the city – from an...[read more]

Report: Affordable housing doesn't lower the value of nearby homes

November 30, 2016 by Construction Dive

A recent study questions the notion that the presence of affordable housing lowers the value of a neighborhood’s homes.[read more]

Engineering Public Health: Smart Buildings to Promote Wellness

November 28, 2016 by GBIG Insight

In addition to being a technology writer, I happen to be a fitness instructor, certified by the American Council on Exercise since 2000. I keep up with the latest fitness research out of necessity to maintain my certification, but also because it interests me. The fact that a sedentary lifestyle, like smoking, is profoundly damaging to...[read more]

Elon Musk: Tesla's solar shingles to cost less than comparable roofing materials

November 28, 2016 by Construction Dive

Tesla’s textured glass roofing shingles will cost less to make and install then comparable, high-end terra-cotta and slate roofs.[read more]

Regulatory Drivers of Green Infrastructure

November 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Why do we have green infrastructure? Is it simply a better way to manage stormwater in our cities – or are do regulatory drivers relating to stormwater discharges encourage its use? What are the impacts of our federal regulatory structure on market demands?All of these questions are related.If you live in a medium-sized city or town, you...[read more]

Comstock, Stratford Capital Group plan transit-oriented housing near DC

November 17, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Comstock Homes of Washington is teaming up with real estate investment company Stratford Capital Group on a transit-oriented, multifamily project located near a key Maryland suburban station in Washington, DC's Metro rail system.The proposed four-story building will contain 110 workforce-housing units atop two levels of...[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]

Portland, OR voters green light $258M affordable housing measure

November 15, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Facing a shortage of more than 23,000 affordable housing units, voters in Portland, OR, have approved a $258.4 million bond (Measure 26-179) that will fund construction of 1,300 such units, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. To help pay for the measure, property taxes will also increase 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed...[read more]

Breakout Reports from Placemaking Week

November 14, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

At the Placemaking Leadership Forum this fall, more than 450 dedicated public space practitioners, and policymakers came together to chart the future of the placemaking movement. The second day of the event was structured around ten major issues that converge in public space, which we at PPS refer to as “transformative agendas...[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]