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Simple Policy Can Discourage Building Reuse

Density plays a key role in the creation of a walkable, pedestrian-oriented, sustainable community. Though there are examples of denser development patterns that are not walkable, it is hard to create walkability without hitting a certain threshold of units per acre, so bolstering the streetscape with new buildings can be important for the sustainable aspirations […]

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Vacation Doesn’t Need to be From Sustainability

When most of us manage to carve out the time, money and effort required to clock out of the daily grind for a while, the top priority is stepping away from the nagging mundane worries that are waiting for us every morning. Vacation spots excel at helping to push thoughts of the job, the commute, […]

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Solving the Recycling Cost Gap is About Value

Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but despite their longevity, they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost. In most places, recycling […]

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Reviewed: Walkable City

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time By Jeff Speck In One Line: From broad strokes to streetscape specifics, the author covers the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them.  In the age of millennials, walkability is all the rage. If […]

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Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship.  The complexity of sustainability is one of its worse enemies. Our modern attempts to condense information can […]

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Cities of 2030, Today

Cities can grow to defy our current perceptions of plausibility. In the future, each spire in a collection of gleaming, vertical towers could harness density through a mixture of use types from working to living to growing food. Not only could each building produce its own renewable energy, but the excess could be pumped back […]

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Reviewed: A Country of Cities

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America By Vishaan Chakrabarti In One Line: Nice graphics tell a familiar urban story more fit for casual readers than seasoned design professionals. In the midst of a global economy that is already migrating towards cities, Chakrabarti adds his voice to the drumbeat of density in […]

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