Posts tagged with 'housing'
Thinking “Incrementally”: Addressing the Global Housing Deficit by Engaging the Poor
Thinking “Incrementally”: Addressing the Global Housing Deficit by Engaging the Poor
Surprising many in the architectural community, this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize went to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Though the award—often regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture—prompts images of iconic skyscrapers or cultural centers, Aravena initially achieved fame for his firm’s ...
From Grassroots Organizing to Affordable Housing: A Conversation with Diana Mitlin
From Grassroots Organizing to Affordable Housing: A Conversation with Diana Mitlin
Diana Mitlin is a Principal Researcher with the International Institute for Environment and Development’s (iied) Human Settlements program, conducting research on urban poverty and community development. Mitlin is also an academic, teaching on Global Urbanism at the University of Manchester. ...
Living Cities: Collaboration is Key
Living Cities: Collaboration is Key
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its establishment, Living Cities hosted panel discussions on Tuesday on leadership, innovation and problem-solving mechanisms in urban areas. Living Cities was established in 1991 by philanthropists and corporate leaders who believed that real change in ...
Kickstarter Gives a Boost to Sustainable Urban Development
Kickstarter Gives a Boost to Sustainable Urban Development
A new project listed on Kickstarter, a crowdsourced fundraising platform, is asking for support to create a documentary on gentrification in Brooklyn, New York. The documentary, “My Brooklyn,”  will explore the public policies of the past 10 years that have led to gentrification. ...
New Report: Transport Determines Housing Affordability
New Report: Transport Determines Housing Affordability
The District of Columbia Office of Planning, in cooperation with the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology, released a study that found transportation costs range from $8,500 to $25,000 per household in the D.C. region. The report,  “H+T in DC: Housing + Transportation ...
Space Hogs in Hong Kong
Space Hogs in Hong Kong
A key mantra of sustainable development is the idea that smaller is better. A smaller housing unit requires a smaller initial expenditure of resources and, perhaps more importantly, consumes a smaller quantity of energy throughout its lifespan. Another potential benefit ...
Research Recap, March 7: Location Efficiency, Oil-Free Transport, Highway Wear and Tear, Ramping Up Rail
Research Recap, March 7: Location Efficiency, Oil-Free Transport, Highway Wear and Tear, Ramping Up Rail
Welcome to “Research Recap,” our series highlighting recent reports, studies and other findings in sustainable transportation policy and practice, in case you missed it. SMART GROWTH + GREEN TECH = ENERGY EFFICIENCY “Housing type and location, along with energy-use features ...
Research Recap: Smarter Cities, Safe Cycle Tracks, Manhattan-Centric Transport
Research Recap: Smarter Cities, Safe Cycle Tracks, Manhattan-Centric Transport
Welcome to “Research Recap,” our series highlighting recent reports, studies and other findings in sustainable transportation policy and practice, in case you missed it. SMARTER CITIES The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Smarter Cities project identified the top 15 metropolitan regions in ...
In Tijuana, Another Charter City, Valle San Pedro
In Tijuana, Another Charter City, Valle San Pedro
So far, 700 homes have been built in what will be a 13,000-hectare development to house one million people by 2030 in Valle San Pedro, what is being billed as the “first comprehensive and sustainable urban development” in Mexico, according ...
New Report: Fundamental Real Estate Shift in the U.S.?
New Report: Fundamental Real Estate Shift in the U.S.?
Residential construction in urban neighborhoods has accelerated over the past two decades, says a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 2010 edition of Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions foresees a fundamental shift in the real ...
Moving through the Recession, Part 5: Are Exurbs Still Declining?
Moving through the Recession, Part 5: Are Exurbs Still Declining?
Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors announced that sales of previously occupied homes in the United States fell 0.6 percent last month. This drop came after a sharp decrease in December and a more modest one in January. ...
World Habitat Day: Planning for Our Urban Future
Today is World Habitat Day 2009! Join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and UN-HABITAT to advocate, educate and donate in support of raising awareness about shelter and urban development, including affordable housing, urban planning, governance, slum upgrading, ...
"Beltway Burden": The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation
"Beltway Burden": The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation
The Urban Land Institute recently published a report about the “cost of place” in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, looking at the combined costs of housing and transportation. Turns out, any housing savings that a family enjoys by living 15 ...
The Housing Bubble and Urban Design
The Housing Bubble and Urban Design
A McMansion under construction in Texas. Photo by Dean Terry. In the last few months major magazines and papers have written provocative pieces about the housing bubble in the United States and what it means for the future of the ...
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