Design Garages So They Can Easily Become Housing!

Design Garages so They Can Easily Become Housing!

  • August 14, 2018

Increased use of autonomous ride-sharing cars is expected to reduce the need for parking spaces in the future. Therefore, it is wise to design today's parking garages in a way that they can be easily transformed into offices, shops or even housing. “Future-proof” parking garages “Within a decade, certainly within two decades, the demand of parking is going to radically change. These buildings that we’re putting up are going to last more than two decades,” said Thomas Fisher, director of…

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Inventive Urban Greening: Sydney Rises To The Green Infrastructure Challenge

Inventive urban greening: Sydney rises to the green infrastructure challenge

  • August 9, 2018

Two previously industrial areas in Sydney are undergoing enormous urban development. One area - Coal Loader Platform - became a public space for meeting, resting and recreating. The other area became a multi-residential development called Eve Apartments. These projects demonstrate how to create a new and improved environment with inventive urban greening. The Coal Loader Platform The Coal Loader Platform is located on the western side of Sydney’s Waverton peninsula. This area was dedicated as…

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5 Of The World’s Most Sustainable Building Materials

5 of the world’s most sustainable building materials

  • July 19, 2018

New eco-friendly, sustainable building materials have emerged to reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operations. To determine how eco-friendly a certain building material is, we must consider several factors. For example, materials that are locally sourced don't use a lot of energy for transportation. The durability of material is another factor. Materials that have to be replaced frequently, are obviously not eco-friendly. Another criteria is the embodied energy of…

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Achieving The Appropriate Urban Density – Learning From Europe

Achieving the appropriate urban density – learning from Europe

  • July 14, 2018

Urban planners today aim to create compact, transit-oriented urban landscapes. In his blog post, Michael Lewyn, assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island, explains that there are two options to achieve this goal. Tall buildings or ...? Many cities are facing a growing number of new residents. That means that more housing is needed. At the same time, cities should be dense enough that public transport can be efficient. One way of achieving this…

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What Does Midnight Electricity Use Tell Us About Morning Traffic Congestion?

What does midnight electricity use tell us about morning traffic congestion?

  • July 10, 2018

In their study, PhD candidate Pinchao Zhang  and assist. prof. Sean Qian show that the pattern of when electricity is used in households during the night can predict the start of morning traffic congestion better than real-time monitoring of transit. The study is based on 79 days' worth of time-of-day electricity data from 322 anonymous households in Austin. Predicting traffic congestion Predicting the beginning and duration of traffic congestion is difficult. There are many variables that…

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The Best Apps For Planners On The Go!

The Best Apps for Planners on the Go!

  • June 22, 2018

Planetizen published a list of mobile planning apps that are currently most popular among planners. They invited planners from various sectors (private, public, academia, advocacy) to participate in a survey regarding mobile planning apps. The result is a list of apps that help planners be  more effective and productive. In this article, we will concentrate on the apps that are most suitable for urban planners. Mapping Urban planning requires spatial analysis, visual presentation and…

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Modelur At AIA’18: Blueprint For Better Cities

Modelur at AIA’18: Blueprint for better cities

  • June 13, 2018

We are happy to announce that we will be presenting Modelur at this year's AIA conference.  This year's theme is "Blueprint for better cities". It’s the architecture & design event of the year! Get ready for three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design, hosted in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Over three days, we’ll explore a theme that resonates with us…

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What Can Bees Teach Us About Building Better Urban Ecosystems?

What Can Bees Teach Us About Building Better Urban Ecosystems?

  • June 5, 2018

Researchers at St. Louis University discovered that cities can be a place where bees thrive. That is good news because bees are endangered and we need them. Bees are vital for reproduction of many sorts of plants. If bees disappear, the foods that we take for granted will decrease in supply and increase in price. But research shows that cities can create urban ecosystem that will support the bees' population. A Good Habitat for Bees Researchers…

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Cities Are Complex Dynamic Systems

Cities are Complex Dynamic Systems

  • May 30, 2018

Technological disruptions combined with environmental, social and economic changes are transforming the way we live. This affects the development and management of contemporary cities directly. As a consequence, our cities are facing many new challenges that need to be taken into account when planning them. Let's look at the major driving forces that direct cities' development: Economic trends Economy has a high impact on the quality of life in the…

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How Can GIS Enhance Urban Planning?

How can GIS enhance urban planning?

  • May 25, 2018

Today’s cities require complex urban plans that can be adapted quickly. Good software can ease the making and adapting of comprehensive plans. One such type of software is Geographic Information System (GIS). Let's have a look at what GIS is and how it can be used in urban planning. System that helps us visualize data It is really hard to visualize how an area looks like from a list of altitudes in a spreadsheet.…

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