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Tag Archives: Density

March 12, 2017
One of World’s Densest Countries Going Green

Currently, it’s estimated that densely populated urban areas contribute up to 70 percent of Greenhouse Gas emissions even though they cover only 2 percent of the world’s area. Singapore, however, has planned to pivot its city through a green initiative since 2008.

March 9, 2017
March 8, 2017
Québec: A Catalog of Density
Urban Kchoze

So, I’ve recently discovered an interesting tool to visualize census data for Canada, that made me want to do a kind of encyclopaedia of density, for typical forms of development in Québec, and maybe a bit from Canada too.

March 6, 2017
CA Needs More Density To Meet Climate Goals
Los Angeles Times

To meet the bold new climate change goals, California will put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from renewable sources. But those efforts will come up short, without dramatic changes to how Californians live.

Study Sparks Debate Over Compact Development And Driving
Taylor & Francis

Compact development is often recommended as a way to get people to drive less and create more sustainable communities. However, different studies over the years have yielded different outcomes, leading to a muddled understanding about the true impact of compact development.

March 5, 2017
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February 21, 2017
Seattle Approves University District Upzone
Seattle Times

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an upzone that will pave the way for the University District to become Seattle’s next high-rise neighborhood.

Density and the Missing Middle: Learning from Europe
Price Tags

There has been a lot of discussion about housing density and what higher density can look like without going to the high-rise tower form. On CBC Radio and in a lecture at Simon Fraser University local architect and adjunct professor Michael Geller speaks directly to the problem.

February 14, 2017
Future Cities Won’t Have Office Parks

The new urban development emerging in Seattle — dense, walkable and mixed — is the future of cities. And we need to see more investment in these ideas as more people move to urban environments.

February 12, 2017
February 9, 2017
Compact Development Does Not Reduce VMT
Reason Foundation

A recent article in the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) finds unlike earlier studies, compact development does not encourage people to drive less.

San Mateo’s Controversial High-Density Housing Approved
San Mateo Daily Journal

Considering the balance between the impacts associated with new developments against the regional need for more housing, the San Mateo City Council voted to pave the way for a new controversial high-density residential building on El Camino Real.

How Future Cities Should Be Designed
The Week

While big, densely populated cities like New York or Shanghai seem like energy-guzzlers, keeping millions of people in close quarters has advantages.

February 6, 2017
February 1, 2017
A New Approach on Housing: Forget Neighborhood Density
Voice of San Diego

The new, seemingly bipartisan consensus is to largely admit defeat in neighborhood-level density fights and instead, just pass citywide policies that make it easier to build within the existing density.

January 31, 2017
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January 19, 2017
Density Impacts Cities More Than Retrofits

Densifying cities could cut emissions more than doing energy retrofits on buildings. That’s according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

January 17, 2017
Could D.C. Learn From Houston’s Housing?
Greater Greater Washington

Though DC has been adding lots of housing, new development is often in large, expensive blocks in limited neighborhoods. Houston’s approach to densification — replacing detached single family homes with townhouses — offers some important lessons for DC’s long-term growth.


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