When affordable housing starts in a factory

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Eric Jaffe, SideWalkLabs, 18 May 2018

“On the one side, I was building all kinds of hardware and software with the engineering team,” says Holm. “And then in the outside world, looking at how to scale out the physical stores, I was looking at this world that was just completely inefficient.” He was dealing with city bureaucracy, working to obtain the right permits for various parts of the construction, and hitting seemingly unavoidable delays throughout the process. “I was like: ‘This is crazy.’ ”

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There are better ways to get around town

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John Massengale, New York Times, 15 May 2018

New York City’s Department of Transportation has led the American movement for better streets …

The next step is to adopt congestion pricing below 96th Street in Manhattan and then:

1. Decrease the number of Manhattan streets that function as transportation corridors primarily devoted to moving machines through the city.

2. Design and build Slow Zones where people actually drive slowly.

3. Make the transportation corridors that remain better urban places, with a better balance between city life and moving cars.

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Nightingale Housing wants you to own a great apartment

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Lucy Feagins, The Design Files, 13th February, 2018

The Nightingale Model empowers architects to develop their own thoughtfully designed medium-density apartment buildings. Profit margins are capped, and savings are passed directly onto homebuyers. For their part, homebuyers have to play by the rules too. They must be owner-occupiers, and they must agree to certain limitations about on-selling their apartment in the future, to ensure affordability is passed on.


To find out more about Nightingale Housing, click here. To watch Jeremy McLeod’s TEDx Talk, click here. And for a short film featuring Jeremy and a tenant / soon to be owner, click here.

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Why 80% of Singaporeans live in government-built flats

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The Economist, Jul 6th 2017

This vast national housing system surprises visitors who think of Singapore as a low-tax hub for expatriate bankers and big multinationals. But HDB is a linchpin of economic and social policy and an anchor for the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), which has led Singapore since independence. It is also a tantalising but tricky model for Singapore’s fast-urbanising neighbours to follow.

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Citymapper

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Cities are complicated. We use the power of mobile and open transport data to help humans survive and master them. Apple Apps of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. Google Choice Editors’ Choice + Best Apps of 2016, 2017

Tools for measuring public life

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We offer tools that draw on decades of applied research demonstrating how a walkable human scale is part of what makes cities interesting. The public life tools available on this page will help you measure how people use public spaces and better understand the relationship between those spaces and the public life that takes place in them.

Urban design is really the language of the city. When you walk down the street everything you see has been designed.

Amanda Burden, urban planner

The secret to building affordable homes

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Jonna Dreiman, Monocle, 9 November 2017

Even if this project is quite cost efficient we have tried to use high quality materials with nice finishes. The modules are built in a factory in Sweden on an assembly line with nine stations. The factory can make up to two apartments every day and this modular apartment can be stacked into small buildings and even big buildings.

For more of architect Andreas Martin-Löf’s work with prefabricated and affordable housing, click here.

ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Mobility Index

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arcadis.com, 2017

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for sustainable mobility in cities. As the Index demonstrates, mobility challenges differ from city to city and vary according to geographical, ecological, economic and political factors. In this section, we outline some of the top trends in urban mobility as well as looking to the future to provide food for thought for those responsible for their city’s mobility.

 

Pocket Living

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Pocket Living

Pocket Living is a property developer with a difference. We sell well-designed homes to local people so the people who make a city can also make it their home. Our compact Pocket homes are sold outright at a discount of at least 20% to the surrounding market rate. They’re only for first time buyers who live or work locally; we call them city makers.


For more from Pocket Living and their affordable housing developments, click here.

At this moment you are going to shape the cities for generations to come. People need to realise this is an opportunity that will never come again. 

Charles Correa
architect

Superblocks: how Barcelona is taking city streets back from cars

ARTICLE / SHORT FILM

David Roberts, vox.com, Apr 22 2017

Cars dominate cities. Spend some time walking around most cites and you’ll find yourself pushed to narrow sidewalks, waiting for crosswalk lights, you’ll find cyclists navigating really narrow strips of space. American’s are used to cars the way fish are used to water. And that’s so ubiquitous in the US I think most people, it just never occurs to them it could be otherwise. But what if there were a way to change that? To give space back to pedestrians and bicyclists? And to make cities more friendly to people outside of a car. It turns out Barcelona might have a solution.


For more from Vox on Cities and Urbanism, click here.