March 11 2014

Nairobi Old Estates: A Glance at the Ofafa Jericho Eastlands

March 11th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi owes its development to the Kenya to Uganda Railway project, initiated by the colonialists in 1896. The railway ran from the coastal town of Mombasa to Kenya’s neighbor country Uganda. The town was then demarcated around 1905 through racial segregation and land was designated to different races; the Europeans, Indians, and […]

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February 28 2014

The Irish Aversion to High-Rises and How Dublin is Dealing with Urban Sprawl

February 28th, 2014Posted by 

Urban sprawl in Dublin can be attributed to the hostility to high-rise living felt by many people in Ireland. The demand for homes is there, but it is not being met with apartments for two main reasons. Firstly, a majority of Dubliners don’t want to see high-rise buildings in the city. Dublin City Council recently […]

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February 13 2014

Should Seattle Be Worried About Affordability?

February 13th, 2014Posted by 

Compared to some of its counterparts, Seattle is not terribly expensive. But as population quickly grows, decision makers will have to grapple with affordability. Recently elected Councilwoman Kshama Sawant made rent control a staple of her campaign. Others believe relaxing planning rules so developers can build is the best remedy. The enigma of affordability plagues […]

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January 23 2014

Shanghai’s New Districts Fall Short of Attracting Residents

January 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On December 27,2013, the Shanghai 14th Municipal Commission passed the Shanghai Underground Space Planning Regulations, which will be implemented from April 1, 2014. The Regulations signal Shanghai’s intention to carry out new planning initiatives. In recent years, Shanghai has positioned itself to be an international financial center, and its various new districts have been building iconic […]

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December 31 2013

Space Standards Continue Shrinking in the United Kingdom

December 31st, 2013Posted by 

Recently, Governments within the United Kingdom have proposed a housing standards review considering the minimum space standards. First announced in 2010, the government stressed the need for an industry-led examination of housing standards. This topic was aroused by the shocking statistics of new homes that were being built at smaller sizes than the already existing homes. […]

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December 30 2013

400 New Housing Units in Rennes, Brittany, France

December 30th, 2013Posted by 

It’s done! After more than ten years in the making and several large changes, the future Madeleine development zone behind the Nantes Bridge was approved by the Municipal Council. The first incarnations of this operation date back to 2002. At the start, the project consisted of restructuring Pompidou Boulevard. It was too large, not very […]

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December 05 2013

Planning Mixed-Income Communities: 5 Ways Yesler Terrace Does it Better

December 5th, 2013Posted by 

Can the barriers between people at different income levels be broken by simply having them live near each other? Seattle is attempting to answer this question through planned mixed-income communities. Yesler Terrace is a bold project operated by the Seattle Housing Authority. It aims at completely redefining the area, which happens to be the oldest public […]

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December 02 2013

Homelessness on the Rise: 13,500 Tenants Evicted in Greece

December 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Athens and other major Greek cities, due to the economic crisis, are experiencing a sad mismatch between the increase of the overall homelessness and the rise of vacant buildings. Many middle- and lower- class people of moderate educational backgrounds that before the economic crisis could live in relatively good standards, now populate the decadent streets […]

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November 26 2013

Beijing Develops Tongzhou New City as its Sub-Center

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

On June 29th, the eleventh Beijing Municipal Party Congress positioned the development of the Tongzhou New City as “the sub-center of Beijing.” Liu Qi, Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China said in the government report that it’s time to speed up the pace of urbanization, and to further implement […]

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November 20 2013

Homeowners’ Associations: Friend or Foe of Aesthetic Diversity?

November 20th, 2013Posted by 

While in Almaty, Kazakhstan, I observed apartment-dwellers’ eclectic modifications to their balconies. As these extended from otherwise homogeneous Soviet-period apartments, I noted how this eccentricity contributed to the distinctive character of Almaty’s cityscape.                             In the United States, condominium and home owners’ […]

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November 18 2013

Self-Made City: Collective Intelligence in Co-housing Projects from Berlin

November 18th, 2013Posted by 

In the past, participatory planning used to be regarded as an annoying factor in the already intricate procedures of urban planning. Fortunately, today participation seems to permeate through a variety of city projects. This time around, the good news comes from Berlin. Self-Made City is a bilingual (German-English) book by the German Jovis. As the […]

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November 14 2013

The Rehab Trend in Kansas City, Missouri

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

Everyone remembers the financial meltdown that coincided with the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. Since early 2009, during the first term of President Obama, the plans for the stimulus package gave way to a novel and sustainable way of combating the rampant foreclosure problems. Although Kansas City was plagued with this problem and the […]

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November 12 2013

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

IJburg is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam. In this city of high density and scarce developable land, the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive planning process. IJburg is a unique urban planning experiment that consisted of creating a neighborhood from scratch. The project came mainly to respond to a […]

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October 17 2013

Social Equity Or NIMBYism? Marin County’s Battle With Affordable Housing

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

Marin County is home to thousands of acres of open space; national, state and regional parks; and one of the most staggering equity disparities in the country. According to the American Human Development Project, the median income for the wealthiest community in Marin County, Tiburon, is $80,000; the lowest is Canal at $21,000. The Canal […]

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October 01 2013

Morocco’s New Cities Program Lacks Basic Service Accessibility

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

In 2004, development work was launched in the first site, Tamansourt, nearby Marrakech, of Morocco’s “Villes Nouvelles” (New Cities) program. By 2020, the program aims to create 15 cities evolving around the major country’s urban centers to host a total of 1,150,000 residents. With an investment of over $12 billion, this program had opened 5,000 […]

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September 20 2013

Sustainable Luxury: The New Face of Urban Living in Minneapolis

September 20th, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of sweeping high rises, one often envisions the streets of New York, Chicago or Miami. However, this recent trend of providing luxury living space for young professionals and urbanites is sweeping the nation. Specifically, the growth of luxury apartments in Minneapolis has goals of altering the city to provide sustainable and high-density […]

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September 19 2013

Santa Rosa Infill Project Falls Short of Expectations

September 19th, 2013Posted by 

The idea began with great intentions: tear down a blighted building in Santa Rosa’s underused Courthouse Square and replace it with a multi-story mixed-use tower. The building in question, an antiquated AT&T long-distance switching facility, is an architectural eyesore and a barrier to Santa Rosa’s potential to create a thriving downtown. However, three years and […]

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September 17 2013

Abandoned Minor League Stadium Revamped to Serve as Apartments

September 17th, 2013Posted by 

Bush Stadium resides in the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium was home to Minor League and Negro League baseball teams from 1931 to 1996, when the Indianapolis Indians’ new stadium opened in the southwest corner of downtown. Since then, it has seen numerous uses: a mini racetrack for midget racecars, a junkyard […]

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September 12 2013

Tract Housing Curbed: One Suburban Neighborhood Embracing Architectural Design

September 12th, 2013Posted by 

Architectural diversity is something that is often times becoming increasingly more difficult to find within suburban areas. Suburban areas are embracing the concept of tract housing; a sort of ‘one house fits all’ in new construction. Through the construction of a vast array of varying styles and designs of houses, one Lincoln, Nebraska neighborhood is […]

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September 12 2013

Exclusivity at Any Expense: The Lack of Affordable Housing on Chicago’s North Shore

September 12th, 2013Posted by 

The Village of Winnetka has taken a hostile stance towards the affordable housing expansion In March of 2012, the affluent Chicago suburb of Winnetka, IL soundly defeated a referendum expanding affordable housing options in the village. The anti-affordable housing group Winnetka Home Owners Association (WHOA) had campaigned for a year to gather signatures to place […]

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