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Developments - WSJ 2015-03-24 11:14:19
A UK-based private equity firm founded by a former Blackstone Group LP executive is launching Icon Real Estate a new company that will invest up to ?1 billion in real estate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg where relatively high yields and recovering economies have been attracting new foreign capital.


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Climate Progress 2015-03-24 12:28:07
The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies. CREDIT: Courtesy Concerned Barnesville Area Residents A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, …


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Contemporist 2015-03-22 21:51:05
Seriously, this is totally a secret, and only you and I know about it. There’s a wall of shelves in this house, designed by DeForest Architects, that are actually a hidden door. continue reading


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WebUrbanist 2015-03-23 01:00:44
[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] Tokyo seems inseparable from the banners, billboards, logos, slogans and other flashy neon alerts, except when seen through the lens of this French graphic designer in a startling black-and-white image series turned into a alternating GIFs. Tokyo No Ads by Nicolas …


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Contemporist 2015-03-23 08:40:34
Point One Architects + Planners (POA) designed this contemporary home in Essex, Connecticut. continue reading


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Next American City 2015-03-23 14:53:00
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Transportation, housing and income inequality are on the agenda in Boston today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Cities of Opportunities task force, which convened Sunday. Related Stories Mayors Can’t Fix Inequality, But They Can Build More Equal PlacesWhat Keeps U.S. Mayors Awake at Night?Even Some Bill de Blasio Supporters Tepid About His ElectionShades of Bloomberg …


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Developments - WSJ 2015-03-23 15:43:51
With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of one.


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Developments - WSJ 2015-03-23 15:43:51
With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of one.


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Developments - WSJ 2015-03-23 15:43:51
With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of one.


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Contemporist 2015-03-23 19:25:11
Hey contemporist friends! Here’s something to think about if you’re ever working on the design of your kitchen. This home by architect Michael Patroni and interior designer Salvatore Fazzari has a good example of how to give a kitchen island a floating effect. Instead of bringing the base of a kitchen island all the way to the floor, you can give it …


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Contemporist 2015-03-23 20:11:15
Architects France Ducharme and Martin Dufour have designed a reception center for visitors to the Aditus development in Harrington, Quebec, Canada. continue reading


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WebUrbanist 2015-03-24 01:00:47
[ By Steph in Drawing & Digital. ] The ugly banality of a worn beige electrical box in a Lisbon plaza seems to give way to colorful ceramic tiles hidden beneath, the paint cracking and peeling to reveal a glimpse traditional Portuguese patterns. Street artist Diogo Machado …


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BIM Thinkspace 2015-03-24 02:16:25
Un proyecto de construcción pasa por múltiples fases, desde su inicio hasta su demolición. Estas fases se denominan habitualmente Fases del Ciclo de vida del Proyecto (PLPs, del inglés Project Lifecycle Phases) e incluyen actividades tanto de pre-construcción (planificación, estimación de costes), como de post-construcción (ocupación y mantenimiento de la instalación). Las fases del ciclo de vida del proyecto se pueden …


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BIM Thinkspace 2015-03-24 02:15:14
I am pleased to announce that a number of BIM ThinkSpace episodes will be published in Spanish. The first episode available is Efecto del BIM en las fases del ciclo de vida de un Proyecto (Effects of BIM On Project Lifecycle Phases, published Nov 24, 2008). I wish to thank Victor Roig and the team at BIMETRC (Barcelona, Spain) for making the episodes available …


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Next American City 2015-03-24 11:00:00
Fort Collins’ seasonal tourist trolley (Photo by Steve Morgan) Our weekly “New Starts” roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects worldwide. Related Stories New Starts: Brisbane’s Tunnel, Nice and Cheap Trams, Real BRT for ChicagoNew Starts: Vancouver’s Big Transpo Plan, Spain’s Rail Opens Up, D.C.‘s Streetcar RoutesHarriet Tregoning Looks Back on Planning for D.C.‘s Breakneck GrowthForefront Excerpt: Why Streetcars Aren’t About Transit APTA Says …


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Next American City 2015-03-24 12:38:00
(Photo by Eflon) Just a few years ago, downtown Houston was a busy business center by day and almost completely empty by night ? and known more for its sprawltastic, zoning code-eschewing ways. In 2012, Houston?s Downtown Living Initiative was introduced to encourage builders and residents to come to the area. Related Stories Hoping for More Density Downtown, Houston Dangles Tax Break …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-24 16:18:50
Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on stage at the National Geographic Channel 2015 Winter TCA on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. CREDIT: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had choice words for the state of Florida Monday, saying he was “astonished” by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration’s alleged ban on using the words “climate change.” Speaking as part of a lecture series …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-24 16:03:19
Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, right, told The Guardian that denying climate change is akin to turning one’s back on God’s gift of knowledge. CREDIT: AP Photo/ Tony Avelar One of the most powerful women in American Christianity is condemning the path of the climate denier. In an interview with the Guardian published Tuesday, Episcopal Church …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-24 15:57:30
CREDIT: flickr/ Walmart California led the nation in new solar power capacity last year, and new data show it was the first state to get more than 5 percent of its annual electricity generation from large-scale solar projects producing more than one megawatt of power. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2014 utility-scale solar projects in California generated more …


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Climate Progress 2015-03-24 17:08:34
BP has left conservative group ALEC. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Dunham The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) lost another high-profile member Monday, when oil and gas mega-company BP announced it would no longer be part of the largely Koch-funded, conservative think tank. BP did not point to any particular issues behind its defection. In recent years ALEC, whose members include Republican politicians …


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