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What Champions Of Urban Density Get Wrong

Just because it’s physically possible to squeeze more buildings and people into a city doesn’t mean that you should.<p>After a century of encouraging Americans to light out for the open spaces of suburbia, the nation’s development gurus have now decided that what we really need are more crowds. Not …

Urbanism

Are 'Treescrapers' the Future of Dense Urban Living?

A vertical garden tower just won a significant award for architecture. Is it time to start taking these designs seriously?<p>Passive House designers are the Fremen of the architectural world. They look at buildings the same way that <i>Dune</i>’s noble desert tribe thinks about water. For the Fremen, the …

Oddly Shaped Brick Could Revolutionize Sustainable Building

A design studio in Colombia is tackling one of architecture’s growing energy challenges by using an unexpected traditional building material: …

How Cities Can Get to New Levels of Efficiency: Embrace the Internet of Things

On a 15-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 75 in Dallas, an experiment is underway that demonstrates the role the Internet of Things (IoT) will play in …

Internet of Things

Are these the seven most sustainable cities? - in pictures

Landmarks around the world went dark for Earth Hour this weekend but many cities are making longer term moves towards sustainability. From Hamburg’s coffee pod ban to São Paulo’s ad-free streets – seven cities taking radical steps

São Paulo

Cities and Nature in the Age of Urbanization

Mayors are leading in addressing climate change, acting with a nimbleness that’s impossible for even the best-intentioned national governments. At …

Urban Design

Why we still don’t understand sleep, and why it matters

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he began to experience …

Losing sleep has a lot more to do with inequality than you may think

Francine Almash is a 46-year-old single mother of three boys living in a cramped Brooklyn apartment. She works freelance as a copy editor and is also …

Why you should probably get more sleep than Rihanna

Count Rihanna among the ranks of successful people, Barack Obama and Donald Trump among them, who thrive on very little sleep.<p>“I only sleep three or …

Lessons in reducing stress from Arianna Huffington

Want to retrain your brain to say no to stress? Take some lessons from a woman who didn’t stop working until she collapsed from exhaustion.<p>Most …

What Is Melatonin and Why Does It Help You Fall Asleep?

Daylight savings time and travel may be the culprits in keeping you awake (or in some cases, online shopping is to blame). Whatever the case, you’ve …

Busting the 5 Biggest Myths About Insomnia

Happy are the souls who’ve never been up at 2 a.m. Googling “how to beat insomnia.” The rest of us have tried online tips (e.g. don’t eat before bed) …

Sleep

Revealed: The things you should never do before bed

Having a bad night's sleep can really set your day off to the worst possible start.<p>Many of us complain of feeling tired and groggy, but it doesn't …

How Marriott Redefined The Chicago Skyline with an Innovative Approach To Design

04 Min Read Time - Creative inspiration can come from anywhere. Just ask the team behind the new Marriott Marquis Chicago.

The ‘most ridiculous’ statement in finance and why investors should ignore it

‘The market fell/gained today because...’<p>You probably read this kind of sentence every day somewhere on Bloomberg, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and, …

Stock Markets

The stock market is sitting on a powerful time bomb, and the Fed is starting to worry

Margin debt in the stock market hit another record, $561 billion at the end of October, up 16% from a year ago, the New York Stock Exchange reported on Tuesday. Margin debt and the stock market move together. And even on an inflation-adjusted basis, the surge has been breath-taking.<p>This chart shows …

Stock Markets

The “bull market in everything” should worry investors

All good things must come to an end and Goldman Sachs wants investors to remember that message. Right now, record-high stock markets, low interest rates, and high demand for credit are making it a pretty comfortable time to be an investor in almost anything. A balanced portfolio of US stocks and …

U.S. drives CIBC, TD profits; Enbridge boosts dividend

Noah Zivitz<p>Managing Editor, BNN<p>Follow|Archive<p>TD Bank cranked out double-digit growth in its core Canadian and U.S. retail banking divisions, but …