Alfredo Landaeta

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Hidden Gems of Latin American Architecture

Vacation time is near. Would you like to visit some of the most enchanting places in Latin American architecture? We know you're an architecture …

South America

CityLab University: Inclusionary Zoning

You’ve seen the term. But do you really know what it means? Here’s your essential primer.<p>If you’ve hung around the CityLab site, sat through a City Council meeting, or hobnobbed with a housing developer, you’ve probably run across the term “inclusionary zoning.” You might even think you know what …

Housing

Cities and the Vertical Economy

Vertical clustering—of certain high-status industries on the higher floors of buildings, for example—is an important part of urban agglomeration.<p>In today’s knowledge economy, the clustering of companies and talent is the key driver of innovation and economic growth. Such clustering is usually …

University of Toronto

'This waterfront needs a highway': the huge mistakes cities keep making

Why don’t cities learn from the mistakes others have made? We list the terrible ideas that keep being recycled<p>Making mistakes is an important part of life. It’s an opportunity for growth and a lesson to others. Unless, of course, you’re a city. Too often, cities think they’re unique and repeat the …

Urban Design

American Cities Are Drowning in Car Storage

Parking spaces are everywhere, but for some reason the perception persists that there’s “not enough parking.” And so cities require parking in new …

Urban Design

Drawing inspiration from imaginative planners past

Imagine for a moment a vast underground rail network that stretches as far as Melbourne’s suburban fringes. Trains arrive and depart every five to …

Urbanism

Studio Gang's Striking Tower at Yonge & St. Clair Unveiled

Over 200 people packed the room at a community consultation Thursday evening to get their first glimpse of Slate Asset Management's One Delisle, a …

Skyscrapers

Toronto wants mid-rise housing, but can we afford it?

Builders in Toronto are facing something of a dilemna: Residents want fewer high-rises and planners are making available more sites suitable for more compact buildings, but costs are making mid-rise residential properties exceptionally expensive to construct.<p>“My colleagues, we like mid-rise work,” …

Urban Design

Cistri on LinkedIn: “Retail is once again proving…

Retail is once again proving to be one of the most dynamic and competitive industries on the planet. So, what strategies are centres implementing to …

Faceted Classification

'Nobody has that much money' — 1 sinking city's fight against rising sea levels

Annie Hackett, 20, looks out at the water less than 20 metres from the Erckenbrack Park playground in which she's standing. She lives in Foster City, …

Sea Level

How to Pedestrianize a Vital Urban Street

London’s plans for Oxford Street show that even the busiest roads can ban vehicles—but there's one major misstep.<p>Finally, it’s happening. After years of discussion, London’s Oxford Street is being pedestrianized. A key London axis known for its huge popularity as a place to shop—and its equally …

Sleepy in Songdo, Korea’s Smartest City

The hardest thing about living in an eco-friendly master-planned utopia? Meeting your neighbors.<p>Three years ago, 35-year-old Lee Mi-Jung followed her husband from the small coastal city of Pohang, best known for its steel industry and fish market, across the South Korean peninsula to Songdo. Billed …

Urban Design

Report links ‘good density’ with urban investment as Vancouver’s affordability crisis continues | The Star

Vancouver needs a wider range of housing developments that includes purpose-built rentals for families and units for lower income households, he …

Here are the four elements of a cyclist-friendly ‘protected intersection’ | The Star

Amid efforts to eliminate preventable fatalities on Toronto’s streets, safety advocates are proposing a four-point plan to make the city’s …

Bike Lanes

Charles Mann: ‘The relationship between population and consumption is not straightforward’

Younger people are considerably less enthusiastic about limiting the reproduction of poor people and brown people Charles Mann<p><b>Charles C Mann is a science journalist, author and historian. His books</b> <b>1491</b> <b>and</b> <b>1493</b><b>, looking at the Americas before and after Columbus, were widely acclaimed. His new book,</b></b> …

Albert Einstein

This Canadian company wants to solve the climate crisis by sucking CO2 out of the sky

While it sounds like the makings of science fiction, one Canadian startup believes it’s figured out a way to suck carbon dioxide from the air and …

REITs are defying the odds | The Star

Sometimes things don’t always go according to plan in the investing world.<p>Take real estate investment trusts (REITs) for example. They’re …

The Hidden Forces That Shape Cities

It’s not always big leaders with big plans.<p>Why is London’s public transit thriving while New York City’s is struggling? It might be tempting to ascribe the difference between the two cities as one of social and political culture—high European public spending versus American agnosticism about the …

The Death of the Small Apartment Building

Big apartment buildings are going up at a record pace in the U.S., but little ones are ever rarer. That’s a problem.<p>Developers in the U.S. built 358,000 units of new multifamily housing in 2017. That’s less than half the number of single-family homes built last year, but the gap between the two has …

We Need to Talk About the Far-Out Future of Cities

How do we shift our mindsets? How do we think about our urban historical past? Mayors, thought leaders, and practitioners weigh in.<p>It has become almost cliché to recite the fact that for the first time in the history of our species, the majority of people live in cities. Rarely, however, do we …

The town centre being built around Sydney's newest train station

It’s currently just a hole in the ground surrounded by fields, but Sydney’s newest town centre is one step closer to becoming a reality.<p>Thousands of …

The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel

As more of us flock to urban living, city designers are re-thinking buildings’ influence on our moods in an era of “neuro-architecture”.<p>“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of …

Examining Street Life Before the Automobile

Exactly when I first stumbled upon Shorpy.com I do not recall. It may have been due to StumbleUpon, actually. Once realizing the treasure I’d found, …

The 20 greatest modern landmarks on Earth

Yes, Transit-Rich Neighborhoods Are More Affordable

Contrary to the implications of a recent attention-grabbing study, “location efficiency” matters—good transit does lower transportation costs. Decades of research show how.<p>In October 2017, a study called “Complicating the Story of Location Affordability” appeared in the journal <i>Housing Policy …

30 Tippett Development Revised With Additional Rental Units

offThe immediate area around Wilson subway station is in the midst of a complete transformation, with upwards of 3,600 new residential units either …

Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail

On his way to a doctor’s appointment, Steve Schneider sits at a bus stop in North Park on Tuesday afternoon surrounded by trendy coffee shops, tattoo …

Urban Design

70 Fascinating Photos That Capture Everyday Life of Toronto in the Early 1960s

These fascinating photos were taken by gcosserat that show street scenes of Toronto from 1962 and 1965.<br>Bloor Streetcar, Toronto<br>Brentwood Towers, …

Does density promote affordability? Economists say yes, public is often skeptical

A dozen people sat at a table in a rec center in south Minneapolis, debating the city's comprehensive plan as a giant fan roared nearby.<p>A city …

Why megaprojects to deliver houses in South Africa might not work

In 2014, the South African government announced a new direction in housing policy. The aim was to phase out smaller low cost housing projects of a …