September 4, 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.

Who's Returning To The City

(RECAP: Are children, Millennials and baby boomers returning to cities? The best answer: sometimes, sometimes, and maybe not.)

Walkability, but hold the red tape

(RECAP: Urbanists must adopt less bureaucratic approaches so the next generation can build and grow the economy. Hence the proliferation of “lean” codes that emphasize only the essentials of shaping community.)

A Retirement Home for the Homeless

(RECAP: The goal of a ground-breaking pilot program called Elder Care Health Outreach (ECHO) is to provide better care to an at-risk population, reduce health-care costs and emergency room visits and enable these seniors with a way to "age in place.")

How nonprofits are saving run-down homes

(RECAP: Housing organizations across the country are salvaging blighted houses, preserving their historic character and preparing them to withstand years of future use.)

Media Facades: Building Facades Become Urban Communicators 

(RECAP: “Mediatecture” is being seen as the forerunner of buildings that can actively change and adapt themselves. In this respect, their future potential is not to be underestimated.)

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