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Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

  Sustainable design will soon be transforming one of Europe's most active transportation hubs. The Flying Garden Tower, designed by Austria's Coop Himmelb(l)au studio, will be built in Frankfurt's Gateway Gardens urban development district. Standing

Holy urbanization! Dunwoody Megapolis just ate my office! by Bill Torpy of the AJC

An artist’s rendition of High Street, a development the size of a small city that will swallow the tract to the west of Perimeter Mall that is now the site (not that it matters) of the AJC. Bill Torpy of the AJC is one of my favorite...Show More Summary

Is HUD lax on ethical and legal violations? Its inspector general thinks so

Senior Department of Housing and Urban Development officials have faced minor consequences for alleged ethical and legal violations including nepotism, conflicts of interest, sexual harassment and financial fraud. HUD’s independent watchdog...Show More Summary

Powerful Idyllic Nature Frames Evoked in Sky Furniture Collection by thecraftlab

The new SKY collection by Irina Neacsu evokes the emotion of idyllic frames inspired both by nature and by the urban landscapes of Romania. The series represents the development of a newly charted direction in the creation of thecraftlab:...Show More Summary

Hackers (in Seattle): A Chance to Win $10k

This coming weekend in Seattle, Zillow is sponsoring a hackathon with participation from the White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and offering up a $10k grand prize for the winner. Show More Summary

White House budget: HUD to see bump

The president’s proposed budget includes $49.3 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, about $4 billion more than what Congress approved for fiscal 2015. The administration asked for funds to help 4.7 million low-income families afford rent. About $21.1 billion of it would go toward the Housing Choice Voucher program – enough to […]

Urban planners may have finally found how to get to Sesame Street

With "equitable development," planners say they've finally figured out how to make sustainable, healthy neighborhoods accessible to everyone.

L.A. County sets high goal to get all veterans off the street by 2016

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Traipsing through skid row, trailing media cameras and advance staff, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro stopped to talk to a homeless woman with a white blanket draped over her head.

Over 900,000 Homeless Kids Are Invisible to HUD. We Can Change That!

When I worked as an outreach case manager in Los Angeles, nothing was more heartbreaking than when I would have to turn a homeless family away because U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development didn't feel the family was "homeless enough". Show More Summary

The Cubitat: Necessities of Living, Fit Inside a Cube

4 weeks agoHumor : Neatorama

Cubitat is a 10 x 10 x 10 cube that features a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry and storage. Presented at Toronto’s Interior Design Show recently, the Cubitat is the concept of Urban Capital developers David Wex and Mark Reeve and designer Luca Nichetto. Show More Summary

Urban sprawl promotes worm exchange across species

The complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans is a little more clear, thanks to new research. “We developed a model concept that allows us to link the probability of worm species occurring in wildlife and occurring in rats, and linked them to the probability of this occurring in a certain geographical area,” he says the lead author says.

300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

The mixed-used 300 Ivy Street development in San Francisco aims to return space to the public realm and create the comfortable, human-scaled edges. Designed by David Baker Architects, the development tries to transform urban residential blocks into neighborhoods

Former lobbyist ran HUD policy office and championed looser regs while working for industry group

For three years, former lobbyist Deb Gross ran a key policy office within the Department of Housing and Urban Development while serving as deputy director of an advocacy group with a stake in the agency’s decisions. As a HUD official,...Show More Summary

URBAN PLANNING IS ABOUT CONTROL: Looking Back: The Ideal Communist City. As is sometimes asserte…

URBAN PLANNING IS ABOUT CONTROL: Looking Back: The Ideal Communist City. As is sometimes asserted by urbanists today, the new socialist cities were about more than mere economic growth; they were widely posed as a means to develop a new kind of society, one that could make possible the spread of Homo sovieticus (the Soviet […]

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Are Turning Overlooked Recruits into Stars

Urban Meyer is widely considered one of the best recruiters in college football, but his ability to scout and develop lower-rated players is as equally impressive as his knack for hauling in blue-chip prospects. Sure, the 5-star recruits...Show More Summary

Housing Starts Rebounded in December, with Progress from Earlier in the Year

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new residential construction rebounded in December.Read the Rest...

Urban opportunities being squandered in Dickson

last monthAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Just days before Christmas last year, Dickson residents noticed that a development application with significant ramifications for the Dickson precinct was available online – with a month to comment. The development application involves 91 documents with no easy access to the most relevant information. Most residents were on holidays and many are on the authority’s email list, [...]

Downtown is for People

last monthHumor : Kottke.org

In 1958, Fortune magazine published the first major essay by Jane Jacobs that laid out her case against modernist urban developers. Downtown is for People was the catalyst for the publication of Jacobs' seminal The Death and Life of Great American Cities three years later. You've got to get out and walk. Show More Summary

‘The Urban Yoga’, Slovenian Architect Experiments With Space by Performing Yoga Poses Within Urban Environments

last monthHumor : Laughing Squid

Anja Humljan, an architect and Yogi from Slovenia, has developed The Urban Yoga, a project in which she experiments with how human bodies interact with space by performing various yoga poses in the different urban environments of New York, Paris, Madrid and Ljubljana. Photos captured the grace of her body movements against the grit of […]

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