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Recovery?  What recovery?

Recovery? What recovery?

Every few months, we are reminded that the economic recovery has been anemic up to now, but next year, it will be different.  In case you missed it, over at the NYT’s Upshot, Neil Irwin took a look at the latest trends in housing and provided a sobering corrective to this conventional optimism: The number […]

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Site Maintenance Underway

Site Maintenance Underway

We’re undergoing site maintenance this week, so you may notice slight changes in the site’s appearance/functionality over the next several days.  Our blog and other features should be back in full force next week. 

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SEED:  Can High-Quality Design Change the World?

SEED: Can High-Quality Design Change the World?

That is the question being raised by the Design Corp. through its Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) process.  According to the project website, “SEED maintains the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the […]

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Rotterdam Crowdfunds a Walkway

Rotterdam Crowdfunds a Walkway

Last week we looked at the potential for crowdfunding urban improvements.  This week Springwise has a piece on efforts by the City of Rotterdam to crowdfund a pedestrian walkway: [A] wooden pedestrian bridge dubbed the Luchtsingel will span 350 meters and require 17,000 planks. Citizens are invited to chip in and help fund the effort […]

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Want to Go Green?   Get Old. . .

Want to Go Green? Get Old. . .

. . . Buildings, that is.  According to a recent study released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, older buildings may make the best green investment: The Greenest Building explores the environmental impacts associated with the decision to demolish and replace existing buildings – and especially the carbon dioxide savings that might be offered […]

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Construction Employment:  Light at the End of the Tunnel

Construction Employment: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Only it may be a very long tunnel.  But over at Calculated Risk Bill McBride argues that things are looking up in the battered and bruised construction sector.  So far, 2011 has seen an increase in total construction jobs for the first time since 2006. After five consecutive years of job losses for residential construction […]

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