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Da Vinci fire follow-up: Good urbanism not just architecture and bars

22 hours agoArts : Culture Monster

Federal investigators have concluded that the massive downtown Los Angeles fire that consumed much of the Da Vinci apartment complex was arson, as The Times reported earlier this week. Which means that the Da Vinci and its developer, G.H. Palmer Associates, will continue to generate headlines...

Surat Set To Become India’s First Smart City Under Microsoft’s CityNext Project

Microsoft CityNext has partnered with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to develop Surat as a smart city with advanced urban planning and citizen empowerment processes never heard in India. Using Big Data, Internet and eGovernance, CityNext will help to make the city as a model of development and progress. Show More Summary

Commentary - A Lesson Of The Skewed Opportunity Costs Of Progressive Fundamentalism: I Support Progressive New York City's Proposal To Pay The Widow Of Eric Garner $75 Million - As Long As Tavis Smiley & Jonathan Kozol Stop Talking About "Urban Schools Wi

BLACK LIVES MATTER HOW "VICTIM COMPENSATION" /REPARATIONS ARE SUPERIOR TO COMPETENCY IN DEVELOPING "YOUNG HUMAN RESOURCES" INTO SUPPORT PILLARS OF THE DESIRED STANDARD OF LIVING REJECT THIS PALTRY AMOUNT OF $75 MILLIONERIC GARNER'S LIFE...Show More Summary

Julián Castro shares his thoughts on leadership

Julián Castro became secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in July after serving as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. He now is responsible for overseeing 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion, as well as for promoting community development and housing opportunities nationwide. Show More Summary

Urban Stressors May Contribute to Rising Rate of Diabetes in Developing Nations

As people in developing nations relocate from rural areas to cities, the increased stress is affecting their hormone levels and making them more susceptible to diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Towering figure in Queens' development steps aside

Carlisle Towery, 78, moved to New York from his home state of Alabama in 1961 to study urban planning at Columbia University. He joined the Manhattan-based Regional Plan Association as chief urban... To view the full story, click the title link.

HUD union parties with the boss

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ranks dead last among mid-size agencies, but you could not tell that from the good time its employees, including the boss, had at a union holiday party Wednesday. Members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 476 took over Carmine’s Restaurant on 7th Street NW, feasted […]

Housing Starts and Permits Eased Somewhat in November

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department and Housing and Urban Development said that housing activity eased somewhat in November.Read the Rest...

How to Fingerprint a City

5 days agoOdd : Strange Maps

Thanks to Big Data, a new "Science of Cities" is emerging. Urban processes that until now could only be perceived subjectively can finally be quantified. Point in case: two French scientists have developed a mathematical formula to 'fingerprint' cities. Read More

October’s Very Own x Canada Goose 2014 Capsule Collection

Cold weather outerwear brand Canada Goose and Drake’s October’s Very Own collective have come together to develop two new models. The first piece is a sleeveless vest that’s perfect for urban explorers, and the second piece is a… The post October’s Very Own x Canada Goose 2014 Capsule Collection appeared first on Highsnobiety.

Brokerage Urban Compass on course for big job

RFR Realty will likely tap residential brokerage Urban Compass to exclusively market the developer's forthcoming 61-story luxury tower at 610 Lexington Ave., Crain's has learned. Should the deal pan... To view the full story, click the title link.

Are our cities about to get a lot smarter (and greener)?

The world’s cities could be on the brink of an infrastructure revolution to match the development of urban power grids and the emergence of the car. That is the central conclusion of a series of reports and initiatives this week that suggest the market for so-called “smart city” technologies could be about to explode, solving Continue reading ?

Could Ohio State Land Both 5-Star RB Damien Harris and 4-Star RB Mike Weber?

Ohio State remains in search of a stud running back with workhorse potential in the 2015 class. However, recent developments suggest the Buckeyes are firmly in the mix for two of the nation's premier rushers. Urban Meyer and his staff have long coveted 5-star Kentucky recruit Damien Harris, hosting him for an official visit earlier this season. Show More Summary

Exhibition proposes new and inventive ways to address increasing inequality of urban development

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Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, a 14-month initiative to examine new architectural possibilities that address the rapid and uneven growth of six global metropolises?Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, NewShow More Summary

Strong neighborhoods, parenting can bridge 'achievement gap'

A study of academic achievement suggests that urban youth may benefit from strong families and safe neighborhoods in addition to child-centered interventions. The study aimed to learn what factors influence how young people develop their future aspirations -- and how those aspirations shape their experiences at school.

Homelessness Is Down, But More Families are on the Brink

Homelessness in the United States is on the decline. According to a report released last week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on any given night about 578,000 people sleep in homeless shelters or on the street. That...Show More Summary

Developers look to create underground LES park

Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City's High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees. Private... To view the full story, click the title link.

Competition / URBAN DESIGN COMPETITIONS / Atelier Albania - National Territorial Planning Agency

Atelier Albania the laboratory unit of the National Territorial Planning Agency mandated by the Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism and the Office of the Prime Minister of Albania, is launching two international design competitions with a clear objective of generating practical solutions that will improve public space. Show More Summary

Competition / Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Culture and Education Quarter Design Competition / London Legacy Development Corporation/Malcolm Reading Consultants

London Legacy Development Corporation’s regeneration of east London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is one of the most ambitious urban renewal programmes in Europe. It forms the legacy of the hugely-admired London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Show More Summary

Recommended Reading: The Potential Gehry Effect on Toronto; MoMA's Past Battles

Welcome to Curbed's weekly roundup of architecture, real estate, and urban planning-related feature stories. Please be in touch if you have a story to recommend. Rendering via Dezeen 1. Toronto developer and theater producer David Mirvish partnered with Frank Gehry...

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