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Ridiculous Amenity Alert: South Park Tower Will Have "First-Ever" Drone Landing Pad

Ground broke last week on developer Trumark Urban's 25-story condo tower, Ten50, at Grand and Eleventh, and at that event developers announced that this high-rise would have the "first-ever" drone landing pad. According to a press release, the drone...

Chicago consortium taps industry brainpower to make cities work better

A Chicago-based consortium is tapping the brainpower of Microsoft, Siemens and other industry leaders to turn the city into a big urban lab for developing and testing solutions to infrastructure challenges. CityWorks is a project ofShow More Summary

U.S. paid up to $37 Million to Subsidize Housing for Unqualified Tenants

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) did not properly monitor who they were subsidizing. Too often, the department subsidized rent for tenants who didn’t qualify for it and did not meet the work requirements, all for a total of $37 million for 100,000 apartments.

What Hillary Clinton Gets Right About Improving U.S. Social Mobility

Richard V. Reeves: "We don't have enough social mobility" was Hillary Clinton's blunt, and accurate, assessment at a Center for American Progress panel on urban development, economy, and job creation.

China urbanization 1992-2010

The seven snapshots of the five largest and rapidly developing regions during 1992 and 2010 (Note: The natural cities were derived from nighttime images during the period for the five largest and rapidly developing regions near Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Fuzhou, and Shantou. Show More Summary

Elite Properties

last monthArts : Art21 Blog

There are ruins, and then there are ruiners. Urban areas in the western hemisphere no longer develop organically—or with regard to geographical features or agricultural or even industrial needs—but rather …

Alchemy Pacts With Swirl To Develop Films With An Urban Bent

Alchemy has entered into a multi-year joint venture with The Swirl Group to create and acquire material that appeals to urban audiences. Under terms of the deal, home entertainment rights to seven of The Swirl Group's completed films go to Alchemy. Show More Summary

Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Long familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development. read more

The Cost Of Bad Urban Design: $1 Trillion A Year

A new study from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute pinpoints the cost of the U.S.'s sprawling development. Exactly how much does America's sprawl cost every year? Somewhere in the range of a trillion dollars, according to a new research paper. Read Full Story

SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

Egypt is getting a new and improved capitol city designed by architecture firm SOM. The privately-funded project consists of a 700-square meter development with an urban park, residential neighborhoods and a business and government district. The project will

Thirsty crops should require state regulation

This is what the Brown administration isn't talking about as it tightens the spigot on landscaping: Urban use accounts for only 20% of California's developed water. Agriculture sucks up 80%.

High-speed rail and development are drought-intolerant, readers say

last monthHealth : Booster Shots

Many urban thinkers say an environmentally sustainable Los Angeles would have higher-density housing with shared gardens and fewer of the single-family homes with lawns that are prevalent in Southern California. Such an urban landscape would reduce the need for personal cars and cut back on...

High Line design firm to develop linear park and urban trail for Miami

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The company behind New York's High Line is to design a similar project in Miami. James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) has been selected to transform a 10 mile (16 km) stretch of land below the city's Metrorail into a linear park and urban trail. Show More Summary

We could put utility-scale solar plants in our cities

Big solar projects don't have to be built in undeveloped areas, new research finds. We could fit them right into developed urban areas.

Housing Starts Plummeted in February, but Permits Reflect Continued Strength

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that residential construction activity plummeted in February,Read the Rest...

Los Angeles River neighborhoods could be the next urban agriculture paradise

The Urban Greening Plan’s main goal is to establish an environmentally and economically sustainable urban development that activates the Los Angeles River and develops a brand for its surrounding and demographically diverse neighborhoods. Although many of

East China Urban Landuse Per Thousand People Change

This map shows the expansion and uneven development land use in East China. The north coastal provinces have higher per thousand people urban land use than south, but the southern have faster per thousand people urban land use growth during the last ten years (from 2000 to 2010). Show More Summary

6 Downloadable Food Machines For The Urban Homesteader To Make On Their Own

No need to spend a lot on your next worm hotel or chicken coop. Now you can make them yourself with these open-source designs. Open source product development started with software. Now it's spreading to hardware as well. Projects like WikiSpeed and WikiHouse show how distributed groups of people can refine new designs and create products with no decisive owner. Read Full Story

What Champions Of Urban Density Get Wrong

Just because it's physically possible to squeeze more buildings and people into a city doesn't mean that you should. After a century of encouraging Americans to light out for the open spaces of suburbia, the nation's development gurus have now decided that what we really need are more crowds. Show More Summary

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered with Australia's Monash University to offer a free online

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