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'More than a home'
BBC
Can the Mall of America survive the retail apocalypse?
The Guardian • Dominic Rushe
2 injured in extra-alarm fire in West Town
Chicago Tribune • Chicago Tribune Staff
Part of S.F. Housing Complex Reserved for Seniors at Risk of Displacement
KQED • Cesar Saldaña
Liuzhou Forest City
Architizer • Architizer Editors
Here’s a Really Good Sign the Economy Is Rebounding
Fortune Magazine • Grace Donnelly
What if? … and other questions that lead to big ideas: The talks of TED@UPS
TED • Brian Greene
Nieuw Bergen
Architizer • Architizer Editors
India Must Rethink Infrastructure Needs For 100 New 'Smart' Cities To Be Sustainable
Electronic Component News • Jdelaosa
UN-Habitat and DLR sign a memorandum of understanding on sustainable urban mobility
Green Car Congress • Mmillikin
 
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Real Estate, Urban Design
'More than a home'
BBC
Phnom Penh is among Asia's fastest growing cities and that means much of its old architecture has to go, with residents being evicted and paid off so big investors can move in. The city's most iconic example of the 1960s so-called New...
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Real Estate, Urban Design
Can the Mall of America survive the retail apocalypse?
The GuardianDominic Rushe
Twenty-five years ago this August, the Mall of America, America’s largest shopping mall, opened its many, many doors for business. The Minnesota mall is currently wrapping up a year of celebration at the dizzyingly vast temple to consumerism. It’s a celebration that...
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Construction, Politics & Policy
2 injured in extra-alarm fire in West Town
Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune Staff
An elderly woman was among two people injured early Saturday in an extra-alarm fire in a residential building on the city's West Town neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Just before 1:45 a.m., firefighters responded to the 2000 block of West...
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Real Estate, Urban Design
Part of S.F. Housing Complex Reserved for Seniors at Risk of Displacement
KQEDCesar Saldaña
A housing complex for low-income seniors that was at the center of controversy between San Francisco and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration celebrated its grand opening Friday. The Willie B. Kennedy Apartments — named after...
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Architectural Design, Climate Change
Liuzhou Forest City
ArchitizerArchitizer Editors
The Master Plan by Stefano Boeri Architetti for a new green city that fights air pollution is now under construction in China. The Liuzhou Forest City commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning will be completed by 2020. A city where offices, houses,...
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Construction, Labor Policy
Here’s a Really Good Sign the Economy Is Rebounding
Fortune MagazineGrace Donnelly
Residential construction rebounded from a three month decline in June with housing starts increasing to 1.22 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The number of housing projects started last month shows an...
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Urban Design
What if? … and other questions that lead to big ideas: The talks of TED@UPS
TEDBrian Greene
What if one person could change the world? What if we could harness our collective talent, insight and wisdom? And what if, together, we could spark a movement with positive impact far into the future? For a third year, UPS has partnered...
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Architectural Design, Construction
Nieuw Bergen
ArchitizerArchitizer Editors
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands Year: 2017+ Client: SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) Size and Programme: Mixed-use, 28,700m2 with 242 apartments (sale and rental), 1,700 m2 commercial units, 270m2 Urban farming and underground parking Design: MVRDV - Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries...
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Sustainability, Urban Design
India Must Rethink Infrastructure Needs For 100 New 'Smart' Cities To Be Sustainable
Electronic Component NewsJdelaosa
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major...
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Auto Industry, Climate Change
UN-Habitat and DLR sign a memorandum of understanding on sustainable urban mobility
Green Car CongressMmillikin
« Audi offering free emissions software upgrade for up to 850,000 diesels | Main | Hybrid and electric cars account for 7.5% of Kia 1H 2017 Europe sales, up from 1% in 2016 » The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and...
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