Buildings & Design: Page 2

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    How Jersey City’s resiliency plan preps them to weather the storm

    How the leaders of Jersey City ensure that their community remains safe and healthy for generations to come.

    April 10, 2023
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    Economic uncertainty, financing issues causing construction delays

    Material prices are growing at a much slower pace than a year ago, according to a new National Multifamily Housing Council quarterly survey, and the labor market is showing signs of improvement.

    By Mary Salmonsen • April 5, 2023
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    Smart Cities Dive 2023 Outlook

    In the year ahead, city leaders will continue to face economic headwinds while tackling the housing shortage, rethinking land use, dealing with changes in travel behavior and implementing federal spending programs to electrify and decarbonize cars, buses and buildings.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Every rental unit has level 2 EV charging in its own garage in this Arizona development

    Individual chargers will become standard across the housing industry in the future, predicts the property’s development and management team.

    By Mary Salmonsen • March 24, 2023
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    Cities see hyperlocal ‘activity centers’ as key to sustainable growth, less car dependency

    Most metropolitan area residents live within three miles of an activity center, according to Brookings Institution research. Officials are planning around such centers to help residents meet their everyday needs while driving less.

    By Gaby Galvin • March 21, 2023
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    Mixed-use project breaks ground in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District

    The Wynwood Plaza will feature a landscaped pedestrian thoroughfare by the designers of New York City’s High Line.

    By Mary Salmonsen • March 17, 2023
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    On climate change, this group of mayors thinks globally and acts locally

    Climate Mayors Executive Director Kate Wright discusses how the organization is helping mayors lead on climate policy and implement provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act and 2021 infrastructure law.

    By March 17, 2023
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    Skanska predicts construction costs will rise above inflation in many US cities

    The new report examined construction costs in 21 U.S. markets, including Dallas; New York City; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Seattle.

    By Zachary Phillips • March 14, 2023
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    Dynamic curbs could make cities more livable but would require getting more people out of cars, experts say

    During the early years of the COVID-19 pandemic, cities allowed sidewalk dining streeteries and parklets. Now they’re “tearing half of them down to turn them back into parking spots,” a Lyft executive said.

    By Maylin Tu • March 13, 2023
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    Biden proposed budget boosts funding for clean energy, permitting, efficiency programs

    The budget released Thursday includes $11.9 billion for the Department of Energy climate and clean energy research, development, demonstration and deployment, a 20% hike over the FY 23 enacted amount.

    By Ethan Howland • March 10, 2023
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    To fight e-bike fires, New York state and city lawmakers crack down on unsafe batteries, chargers

    “Reconditioned and untested batteries are contributing to a serious threat to the health and safety of New Yorkers in their homes and in their jobs,” state Sen. Liz Krueger said.

    By March 8, 2023
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    The average apartment size is shrinking

    Tallahassee, Florida, has the largest new apartments in the country at 1,182 square feet, while Seattle has the smallest at 659 square feet, according to a new study.

    By Mary Salmonsen • March 2, 2023
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    45 projects receive first Reconnecting Communities grants from US DOT

    With funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program aims to restore connections between communities that had been severed by highways and other transportation infrastructure. 

    By March 1, 2023
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    $250M for curbing climate pollution, advancing environmental justice available from US EPA

    Each of the 67 most-populated U.S. metropolitan areas is eligible for $1 million in planning grants, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will follow with $4.6 billion to help cities and states implement their plans later this year.

    By March 1, 2023
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    ‘Impossible to build’: REIT Vornado postpones mixed-use development planned for New York’s Penn Station

    The Vornado development is part of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to redevelop Penn Station with tax revenue generated by the project.

    By Sebastian Obando • Feb. 28, 2023
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    PACE programs are a popular strategy for local decarbonization financing: report

    Property-assessed clean energy programs are more common than taxes and other strategies as a source of dedicated climate funds for local governments, a Brookings Institution report found.

    By Feb. 27, 2023
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    ARPA fund spending shows regional differences in local government priorities, researchers say

    Large cities and counties have spent the largest share of state and local fiscal recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act on government operations. But their spending on other priorities diverges from there, researchers found.

    By Feb. 23, 2023
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    New York City aims to improve access for people with disabilities to homeless shelters, affordable housing

    Mayor Eric Adams signed four bills to create an accessibility advisory board, mandate signage for power-operated doors, and require new city-funded housing developments to use universal design principles, among other efforts.

    By Feb. 22, 2023
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    Why storefront car crashes happen at convenience stores so often

    7-Eleven’s recent $91 million settlement for an accident in its forecourt highlights an alarmingly common — and potentially hazardous — issue.

    By Brett Dworski • Feb. 17, 2023
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    Smart city conferences to attend in 2023

    From electric vehicles and micromobility to housing and climate resiliency, here are some notable events for smart city leaders this year.

    By Feb. 13, 2023
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    Office-to-residential conversions often hinge on government cooperation

    Adapting offices for residential use is often more difficult, more expensive and less profitable than new construction, one developer said.

    By Dan Rosenbaum • Feb. 13, 2023
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    The Super Bowl’s most recent stadiums and how much it cost to build them

    SoFi Stadium was just two years old when it first hosted the Super Bowl last year, but Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium has hosted six times since 1987.

    By Zachary Phillips • Feb. 10, 2023
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    Insulating existing buildings with low-carbon and carbon-storing materials can reduce emissions: report

    “Deep energy retrofits” that use certain insulation systems can turn existing buildings into storehouses of carbon instead of emitters of greenhouse gases, according to an RMI report.

    By Feb. 9, 2023
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    House bill aims to create lending institution for infrastructure projects

    The Federal Infrastructure Bank would work with state and local partners on private infrastructure investments via loans and loan guarantees, helping finance work such as transportation projects and broadband connectivity.

    By Jennifer Goodman • Feb. 8, 2023
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    Philly launches digital tool to ease building permitting process

    The pilot aims to improve access to information about necessary permits, approvals and other requirements for some residential and commercial projects, the city said.

    By Feb. 7, 2023
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    Pickleball is booming. Here’s how cities are adapting to the craze.

    As the paddle sport’s popularity soars, cities are opening new courts but keeping an eye on equity.

    By Gaby Galvin • Feb. 7, 2023