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Solar-powered DURAhome is a 100% self-sufficient shelter built for disaster zones

The New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) developed the DURAhome—Diverse, Urban, Resilient, and Adaptable—for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon that’ll kick off this Thursday, October 8. Designed to symbolize the...Show More Summary

Developing Vandeventer & Forest Park: IKEA — Exception Or New Rule?

Big box stores with surface parking lots don’t fit in urban contexts — they’re sub-urban. For example, the Menard’s in O’Fallon IL I drove past on Saturday, a MetroBus stop is right out front but there’s no accessible pedestrian route to get to the entrance. See it on Google Street View...

West LA Getting Expo-Adjacent Mixed-Use Development Near Expo/Bundy Station

Images via Urbanize LA The upcoming expansion of Metro's Expo Line has developers scrambling to put up housing projects along the route, which will stretch from Culver City all the way to downtown Santa Monica. Several projects have already...

At HUD, long-standing morale problems start to ebb

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has long been known to have one of the biggest morale problems in government — despite its crucial mission to create affordable housing, reduce homelessness and enforce fair housing laws. In recent years, HUD has ranked at or near the bottom of the annual government survey of how federal employees […]

Development Watch: Major Urban Tech Campus Proposed in Bustling Central SoMa

A full SoMa block that now houses a parking garage and auto repair shop will be transformed by developer Boston Properties into an urban campus, most likely for tech. The developer, which is also behind the Salesforce Tower, has submitted...

Atlanta’s University Choice Neighborhood Gets $30-Million HUD Revitalization Grant

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro paid a visit to Atlanta on Monday where he announced that Atlanta was one of five cities to be awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Implementation Grants. In Atlanta, $30 million will go toward the University Choice Neighborhood in the city’s west side. From a statement sent […]

Beyond public transportation: Innovative approaches to affordable and sustainable transportation

Finding environmentally friendly modes of urban transportation is a key issue for cities working to ensure sustainable development. In the Global South, the number of cars is rapidly growing, generating issues of congestion and carbon dioxide emissions. Show More Summary

First Slice 9/28/15: Atlanta set to receive $30 million federal grant to help Westside neighborhoods

Mayor Kasim Reed this morning, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Congressman John Lewis, D-Atlanta, is expected to announce that Atlanta has won a $30 million federal grant to boost the neighborhoods...Show More Summary

At Home: August Market Snapshot, Urban Land Institute Awards & Recycled Kitchens

Atlanta Real Estate Market Snapshot – August 2015 [ABR] Urban Land Institute Atlanta Honors Developments of Significance [ABC] Metro Atlanta’s Top-Selling Counties in August [Atlanta Agent Magazine] Get Ready for Cold Weather: 10 Home Maintenance Tasks to Do Now [Apartment Therapy] Recycled Kitchens, Salvaged Splendor [NYT] Brought to you by.  For regular updates on […]

HUD 202 Cannot Be Zeroed Out

What's HUD 202? It's a crucial U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that helps expand the supply of affordable housing with support services for the elderly. It provides our very low-wealth elderly with another option to live independently, with dignity. Show More Summary

Census Bureau delivers another wonky month of housing start results

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development delivered their joint report on housing starts for the month of August today -- and with it, another mixed bag for the housing market. After reporting slower-than-expected...Show More Summary

8 Smart Cities: A Peek At Our Connected Future 

Smart cities are all the rage when it comes to urban development projects driven by the dynamic growth in the devices and infrastructure that enable the Internet of Things (IoT).What once started with only a handful of cities implementing various urban improvement pilot projects is expected to explode. According to Gartner, smart cities will use […]

Public Art: Public Art at Fourth/Broadway Wants You to Enjoy Urban Blight Before It's Gone

Photos by Stephen Ziegler The derelict building on the corner of Fourth and Broadway in the Historic Core only gets more and more unusual as development dollars continue to swirl around the neighborhood. Hoping to draw some attention to...

Poverty and the Presidential Candidates

John Dickerson reports: On Monday, Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott will announce that they are hosting the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity. Named after former representative and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp, the forum will take place on Jan. Show More Summary

Joint HUD-DOJ Demonstration Designed to Prevent Homelessness among Victims of Domestic Violence

To help prevent victims of domestic violence living with HIV/AIDS from falling into homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making more than $9 million available to state, local governments, and non-profits...Show More Summary

In the Developing World, Waste Can Be a Vital Resource

Rapid urbanization has burdened cities with an issue that no one can ignore -- unprecedented amounts of trash. World cities generate a whopping 1.3 billion tons of waste per year -- an issue that will only get worse unless strategic steps are taken. Show More Summary

Morocco’s Islamist party has just made another major breakthrough

The Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has undoubtedly made steady electoral gains in Morocco’s recent local elections. The party with the lantern logo lit up the urban polls in its first major electoral test since winning a slight plurality of votes in the legislative elections of 2011. In a region where other Islamists […]

Clean-Water Strategy in the World's Highest Capital

This September, at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York, heads of state will officially adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among others, they are expected to select SDG 11: the urban SDG, which has the goal ofShow More Summary

Making Cities Thrive

The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals on the agenda at the United Nations summit later this month reflect a world that is becoming much more urbanized. An increasing number of cities are dealing with multiple stresses, such asShow More Summary

Making Cities Thrive

The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals on the agenda at the United Nations summit later this month reflect a world that is becoming much more urbanized. An increasing number of cities are dealing with multiple stresses, such asShow More Summary

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