July 17, 2013

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Building the indestructible metropolis 

(RECAP: A number of design competitions have sprung up in the past few months asking for "extreme weather architecture" solutions that could become the new standard for communities building in disaster-prone regions.)

Urban sustainability: what will a smart city look like in the future?

(RECAP: By 2050 there will be five billion urbanites. With pressure on resources and climate disruption, new technology and conceptual design will be more important than ever.)

Disruptions: How driverless cars could reshape cities

(RECAP: With many scientists and car companies expecting self-driving cars to become commonplace in the next decade, researchers, city planners and engineers are contemplating how city spaces could change if our cars start doing the driving for us.)

A new way to diffuse NIMBYism?

(RECAP: Can affordable housing developers shift the NIMBY discourse by joining forces with market-rate developers of adjacent properties? A fascinating story of NIMBYism diffused in Somerville, Mass., suggests they might.)

Introducing the retirement commune

(RECAP: It may be time to start calling the “Me Generation” the “We Generation.” Aging in community, rather than all alone, is going to make the boomers’ experience of old age different than anything that ever came before.)

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