Whether manifesting as floods, droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, derechos or temperature extremes, effects of climate change are likely to exert steadily greater impact on American cities in the years ahead. The certain negative consequences to the built environment have spurred proactive real estate developers to embrace climate-resistant design principles. Aim: To future-proof their properties against
In American suburbs spawned in the post-war era, sidewalks largely existed for show. Everyone drove everywhere; few would have been caught dead walking. In such a municipality, it was implausible you’d make a new acquaintance on the street, unless you exchanged names, numbers and insurers after being involved in a fender bender. Like artificial turf,
You’ve navigated the endless challenges of the pandemic, from rising prices to self-guided tours of models, and signed on the dotted line to ensure that perfect next home is yours. Problem is, now you have to furnish the place. It turns out the normally-hassle-free process of finding sofas, tables, chairs and beds is equally problem-plagued
In 2018, the United Nations officially designated June 3 as World Bicycle Day, a 24-hour period earmarked for celebrating the beloved two-wheeled conveyance all over the planet. It’s on this day that earth’s inhabitants are encouraged to applaud the bicycle’s uniqueness and versatility, as well as its sustainability as a means of transportation. In New
With America’s infrastructure challenges and acute housing shortage demanding solutions, is it possible standardization may provide a few of the answers? Some leading design industry observers believe so. They are convinced standardization and repeatability when combined with the ability to produce all kinds of buildings and taken to warp speed just might be game changers.
Lots of architectural efforts seek to generate the next big breakthrough or start the next cutting-edge trend. But in many, it’s also important the design of new projects respect the heritage and culture of the settings in which they will be located. Displaying a reverence for history and the authentic legacy of a region is
Rising mortgage rates mean fewer would-be buyers can afford first homes. That takes them out of the land of the American Dream, and places them squarely, and possibly interminably, back in renting country. These folks, who otherwise would have left the renting population, are instead adding to the cohort. Their increased demand is helping propel
For all too many years, many if not most American cities turned their backs on the rivers responsible for their very existence. The thinking held that banks along those tributaries were best left to factories, warehouses, and industrial real estate. If detritus associated with manufacturing needed trashing, well, the rivers provided a prime dumping spot.
Given the never-ending forward march of architecture and technology, it’s no surprise the buildings being developed today are growing ever sleeker, taller and more modern. As these slender splinters reach for the Manhattan sky, the dense urban landscape is being filled with architectural wonders unimaginable a few generations ago. Still, urban settings thrive on robust
Across the nation, this past winter saw construction of more than 50 new campgrounds and RV parks, offering more than 15,000 new RV sites. At the same time, work has continued coast to coast on the expansion of many existing parks. It’s all a result of record recreational vehicle sales, which gained a big boost