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Next American City 2014-04-15 12:06:00
He eases the sampan into position with an oar tethered to its prow. Phnom Penh?s modest skyline stretches across the opposite bank of the river, with half-finished apartments, office towers and hotels dwarfing the gilded spires of the city?s palace and Buddhist temples. Nearby, other fishing boats ply the murky waters with their lines and cast nets while, downstream, numerous rusty …


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Life Without Buildings 2014-04-15 13:00:21
From Bauhaus to Dollhouse: When Architects Think SmallWorkers furnish Queen Mary’s Dollhouse in the drawing room of Lutyen’s London apartment                           (via The Queen’s Dolls’ House by Lucinda Lambton) Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was one of the foremost British architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though his name …


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Next American City 2014-04-15 14:12:00
Credit: BPD on Twitter It has to be one of the most memorable and exuberantly received tweets in the history of the genre: ?CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody.? This message, from the Boston Police Department, capped the tense manhunt in the aftermath of last year?s marathon bombings. …


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Next American City 2014-04-15 14:48:00
Narendra Modi addresses a crowd during a February rally. Credit: AP Photo/Anupam Nath Starting last week and continuing for a month from now, Indian voters will head to the polls in the largest exercise of democracy in human history. From illiterate peasants to urban business tycoons, more than 800 million voters are eligible to choose their parliament, which will in turn elect …


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WebUrbanist 2014-04-15 17:00:01
[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Beyond any inherent beauty or formal references to surrounding mountains, there is a more profound proposition in this series of structures about the way we walk into, through and above spaces. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) was commissioned by …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-16 16:00:07
CREDIT: Shutterstock In a victory for clean air, public health, and the Obama administration, a federal appeals court has upheld Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring large power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollutants. The court rejected claims by industry and some states that the agency should have considered the cost of the clean air rules. Writing …


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Next American City 2014-04-16 15:04:00
Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu A consensus seems to have emerged that the big-name, big-footprint tech companies that call San Francisco home could do more to contribute to the life of that city. Where things get fuzzy is when it comes to exactly what they should be doing on the ground in San Francisco that they’re not yet. Take this new op-ed from …


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Plataforma Arquitectura (in Spanish) 2014-04-16 16:00:45
© Koichi Torimura Arquitectos: Makoto Yamaguchi Design Ubicación: Karuizawa, Distrito de Kitasaku, Nagano, Japón Área: 68.0 m2 Año: 2003 Fotografías: Koichi Torimura Ingeniería Estructural: Space and Structure Engineering Workshop © Koichi Torimura Descripción de los arquitectos. Karuizawa es una ciudad bijou, ocupada mayormente por viviendas de fin de semana, con visitantes provenientes desde Tokio. La casa se alza sobre una empinada ladera orientada al sur, en …


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WebUrbanist 2014-04-16 17:00:45
[ By Steph in Culture & History & Travel. ] You can’t exactly fault ancient architects for building structures that were unable to withstand stone-shattering earthquakes, or simply experimental in nature – failure is part of the learning process, after all, and engineering methods were obviously less …


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Next American City 2014-04-16 16:45:00
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaking Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2013. Credit: Fortune Live Media on Flickr Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has resorted to pleading with New York City and New York state to take money from his company’s coffers: $21 million of it, in the form of a year’s worth of occupancy taxes his room-renting site would pay if it could. The problem …


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Next American City 2014-04-16 16:35:00
After a typhoon, so-called five-sixers loan money to victims at extremely high rates of interest. Photo credit: Department of Foreign Affairs via Flickr ?We?re rich too,? says Patricia Herrera with a good-natured laugh, ?but only in misfortune. That?s our kind of richness.? Related Stories Can a House Be Typhoon-Proof and Earthquake-Proof at the Same Time? The Slum That Became Manila’s Recycling Champ Scientists Develop “Scuba Rice” …


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Next American City 2014-04-16 16:19:00
Detroit firefighters putting out a fire. Yesterday, the pension boards reached a tentative deal with the city that keeps monthly pension checks for fire and police intact. Credit: Sean Marshall on Flickr Detroit?s pension boards reached an agreement late Tuesday with the city on retiree benefit cuts. Retirees took a lighter hit than was initially predicted — a victory for those who …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-11 21:52:27
Two new studies confirm that warming-driven climate change is already drying the U.S. Southwest and other parts of the globe. More worrisome, nearly a third of the world’s land faces drying from rising greenhouse gases — including two of the world’s greatest agricultural centers, “the U.S. Great Plains and a swath of southeastern China.” These studies add fuel to the growing …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-11 20:18:12
CREDIT: Shutterstock An oil pipeline that spilled over 20,000 barrels into a Michigan river has been rebuilt and will re-open for business on May 1, InsideClimate News reports. The pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., goes from Griffith to Ortonville in Michigan, cutting across over 100 wetlands, streams and rivers in its 235-mile path. It will be able to carry up to 500,000 …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-11 20:18:12
CREDIT: Shutterstock An oil pipeline that spilled over 20,000 barrels into a Michigan river has been rebuilt and will re-open for business on May 1, InsideClimate News reports. The pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., goes from Griffith to Ortonville in Michigan, cutting across over 100 wetlands, streams and rivers in its 235-mile path. It will be able to carry up to 500,000 …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-12 18:39:01
CREDIT: AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty On Friday evening, Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill to expand solar power in Maine that had passed the legislature with broad bipartisan support last month. The bill aimed to restore a $2,000 solar energy rebate program that ended last year that helped Maine homes and businesses install solar and hot water projects. This was …


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WebUrbanist 2014-04-14 17:09:16
[ By Steph in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ] You might feel like you’re dreaming or even drunk when you wander into these bizarre, surrealist interiors, from a bar that looks like the inside of an alien to a hotel room modeled after TRON. Going beyond …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-04-14 16:55:00
Prior to Revit 2014, these parameters were very unreliable and prone to error. With Revit 2014, we saw the introduction of a new family parameter called Room Calculation Point, which can help with reporting consistency. However be mindful of the fact that this setting has to be manually activated, otherwise the information will remain as unreliable as before. You can read …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-14 18:59:22
CREDIT: Shutterstock In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan shut down a good deal of its nuclear reactors — and it looks like coal may be replacing them. Before the 2011 accident, in which a tidal wave caused three of the six nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to go into meltdown, Japan only got 62 percent of its electricity …


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Climate Progress 2014-04-14 21:11:46
Oil sands development in Alberta. CREDIT: Shutterstock Canada’s energy industry has officially surpassed transportation as the largest producer of climate-change causing greenhouse gases, in no small part because of large increases in tar sands extraction, according to a government report quietly released Friday. In its overview of reported greenhouse gas emissions from industry facilities in the year 2012, Environment Canada said that …


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