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Ireland’s housing crisis 'stems from shortage of apartments'
Video Wall • Eoin Burke-Kennedy
RTA announces seven new bus routes from Tuesday
Gulf News • Staff Report
Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area
ArchDaily • Tessa Forde
Facebook nabs first urban office in downtown San Francisco
The Real Deal New York • Business Insider
Design rentals around party spaces, says architect-developer
San Diego Union Tribune • Roger Showley
Getting to Know: Jennifer Mitchell with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Richmond Times-Dispatch • Robert Zullo
How Parks Lose Their Playfulness
The New York Times • Thomas De Monchaux
Poor Beirut neighborhood's facelift only skin deep
Al-Monitor • Florence Massena
3 signs that gentrification is coming to your neighborhood
Salon • Alternet, Michal "Mj" Jones
From Ambient to Personal Temperature: Capturing the Experience of Heat Exposure
Environmental Health Perspectives • Daniil Lyalko
 
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Construction, Real Estate
Ireland’s housing crisis 'stems from shortage of apartments'
Video WallEoin Burke-Kennedy
Economist claims shortage of apartments, not houses, is behind current crisis The State’s housing crisis stems from a shortage of apartments, not houses, economist and author of the Daft.ie report Ronan Lyons has claimed. The distinction, he said, was crucial to understanding...
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Green Transportation, Urban Design
RTA announces seven new bus routes from Tuesday
Gulf NewsStaff Report
Dubai: Dubai’s sprawling transport network is set to expand further with the addition of seven new routes from Tuesday, including two Metro links. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced that its expansion programme will also see changes to 24...
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Urban Design
Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area
ArchDailyTessa Forde
From a pool of over fifty submissions, Resilient by Design have chosen ten winning teams to collaborate with engineers, climate change experts, designers, architects and community members to imagine a better future for The Bay Area in the face of potentially devastating...
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Facebook Inc, Real Estate
Facebook nabs first urban office in downtown San Francisco
The Real Deal New YorkBusiness Insider
Up to 3,000 Facebook employees are to be working in the heart of San Francisco by the end of the year. The tech giant inked a $35 million lease for 436,000 square feet of office space because busing employees about two hours...
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Real Estate, U.S. Congress
Design rentals around party spaces, says architect-developer
San Diego Union TribuneRoger Showley
To attract young renters to his projects, architect-developer Mike Burnett believes in designing around parties. “Always design for the party — this is very important in a site plan,” Burnett, 40, told San Diego apartment owners and managers last week. “How are...
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Green Transportation, Professional Services
Getting to Know: Jennifer Mitchell with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Richmond Times-DispatchRobert Zullo
Title: director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, a state agency that oversees and funds the state’s participation in rail transportation and public transit programs, planning and projects
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Urban Design
How Parks Lose Their Playfulness
The New York TimesThomas De Monchaux
A few years ago, the Hudson River Park Trust floated an idea for a new island. Called Pier 55, it was to be a two-and-a-half-acre wavy rectangle 200 feet off Manhattan reached by two narrow bridges, replacing the remains of Pier 54...
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Urban Design
Poor Beirut neighborhood's facelift only skin deep
Al-MonitorFlorence Massena
Houses and other buildings in Ouzai, a poor southern neighborhood of Beirut near the airport, have come alive with color since Ayed Nasser set his heart on rebranding his childhood neighborhood. Nasser, a Lebanese investor and co-founder of real estate company Loft...
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Real Estate, Urban Design
3 signs that gentrification is coming to your neighborhood
SalonAlternet, Michal "Mj" Jones
When she returned one evening from what I thought was a routine dog walk around the neighborhood, my partner was nearly in tears. Perplexed and concerned, I probed for an answer. She explained the sinking feeling of watching her hometown of Oakland,...
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Environmental Health, Science
From Ambient to Personal Temperature: Capturing the Experience of Heat Exposure
Environmental Health PerspectivesDaniil Lyalko
Note to readers with disabilities: EHP strives to ensure that all journal content is accessible to all readers. However, some figures and Supplemental Material published in EHP articles may not conform to 508 standards due to the complexity of the information being...
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