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Alstom signs MoU with Iran's IDRO to develop mainline and urban transport

Alstom and Iran's Industrial Development & Renovation Organization (IDRO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the mainline and urban transport sectors.

Developer acquires 192 acres in Houston’s Stafford submarket

Best known as a hub for valve manufacturing companies, the Houston submarket of Stafford maybe be flowing in a new direction. With the idea to create an urban center for the city, Dallas-based StreetLevel Investments recently purchased 192 acres near Interstate 69 that included the former Texas Instruments campus...

India: Delhi's VIP Zone on List of 20 for Smart City Project

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area, which houses bungalows of ministers, politicians and bureaucrats, made it to the first list of 20 urban centers to be developed under the NDA government's flagship smart city program.

The Ethical City: an Idea Whose Time Has Come

The values, principles and questions surrounding urban ethics are vital considerations as the global community prepares for the HABITAT III summit where governments will agree on an agenda to guide urban development for the next two decades.

Solving homelessness requires finding answers to these 2 questions

On any given night in the United States, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, over half a million people are without a home. That number may have decreased nationwide in the past few years, but California remains on the forefront of the problem, accounting for 20 percent of the country’s homeless in […]

Heartbreak as historic Hong Kong village demolished

last weekNews : The Raw Story

A 650-year-old urban walled village in Hong Kong — the last of its kind — will be destroyed to make way for development in what critics say is another nail in the coffin for the city’s cultural heritage. On a chilly morning, around 20 remaining residents of Nga Tsin Wai, an...

HRC Members Submit Comments to Ensure Equal Access for Trans People Seeking Shelter

Post submitted by Jordan Dashow, HRC Policy Assistant This month, the Human Rights Campaign submitted 365 comments on behalf of its members to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in response to a proposed rule change that would provide increased protections for transgender people seeking emergency shelter and temporary housing. Show More Summary

Winners Of Smart Cities Challenge Usher In The Future Of Indian Urban Development

Today, 28 January, marks the announcement of the first set of winners of the Smart Cities Challenge, a competition devised by the Government of India to encourage bottom-up innovation and inspire cities to work with local citizens to...Show More Summary

It's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between urban China and Africa

African cities these days are bearing an intriguing resemblance to those of China, thanks to a myriad of Chinese builders and developers in the country. [ more › ]

Rural Intercity Bus Demand: Phase II

A previous study conducted by the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center developed an intercity mode choice model with survey data from the state of North Dakota. This model estimates the impacts of mode characteristics, including travel...Show More Summary

Affordable starter homes are popping up on oddly shaped lots in New Orleans

Unlike the approach taken by most U.S. housing developers, Tate and Rutledge seek out underused urban lots to build on, rather than greenfield land. The Starter Home project combines thoughtful site-specific design with real estate speculation...Show More Summary

The Internet of Things in the electric power industry 

In 1882, Thomas Edison opened the first commercial central power station in lower Manhattan, serving a one-quarter-square-mile area, and launching urban electrification.1 New companies arose to help develop large regional and then a national electric grid, providing the reliable power needed to unleash waves of innovation. Show More Summary

Staten Island's Abandoned Farm Colony Has Been Sold To A Developer For $1

   There are remote parts of Staten Island that are a little creepy, what with the clowns, the rogue turkeys, the utter abandonment, the serial killer urban legends. The Island's farm colony is one of the more vast decrepit areas, home to rotting buildings, vegetation, and the occasional urban explorer. Show More Summary

US Awards $1Bln to States to Prepare for Climate Change Disasters

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1 billion for programs in ten US states that were declared winners of a contest dubbed the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition, according to a White House press releas...

Public Forum – Urban Renewal – David Dawes

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There’s a notice in circulation for a public forum at the Albert Hall to be addressed by David Dawes who is the chief of the LDA/Directorate – the section of the ACT Government that oversees the sale of land, the development of new suburbs and the redevelopments within established suburbs. As far as I know David [...]

New Housing Starts Eased in December, but Up 10.8 Percent in 2015

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts eased 2.5 percent, down from an annualized 1,179,000 in November to 1,149,000 in...

Are We Witnessing the Rise of the Downtown LA NIMBYs?

Developers of the Alexan Tower made big alterations to their building renderings after organized opposition from neighbors. via Urbanize LA Downtown Los Angeles is a hotbed of new development, but while proposed high-rise towers in neighborhoods like Hollywood have...

New ‘Valdemars Have’ residential block will reinterpret old red brick townhouses in Denmark

Danish design studio Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the competition to design a new residential development in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. The 'Valdemars Have' urban residential block will reinterpret the concept of old red brick townhouses and create a unique public urban garden. Show More Summary

Cost of Sprawl in US, one trillion per year

More sprawling, disconnected urban development increases urban infrastructure investment requirements as infrastructure and public service provision needs to be extended into peripheral areas, leading to a significant reduction in available resources for core infrastructure, basic services and public transport. Show More Summary

Small Designer Homes on Odd Lots Offers New Model For Urban Development

The first Starter Home project by the Office of Jonathan Tate and Charles Rutledge, a small home design scheme meant to increase availability in New Orleans by designing homes for odd lots. All images via Jonathan Tate. A traditiona...

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