Baugruppen save money over conventional developer-driven housing projects

Excerpt from David Roberts on Grist, 2013 A fascinating series of posts by Michael Eliason of the Brute Force Collaborative, a Seattle design firm. They are all about baugruppen, or building groups, which appear to address exactly the kinds of concerns I mention above. zanderroth architektenBaugruppe in Prenzlauerberg. Eliason introduces baugruppen here. The basic idea is that a group of people comes together to work …

Developing a Framework for Zero Carbon Buildings

Net zero carbon buildings are green and healthy buildings. They use energy ultra-efficiently and are supplied by renewables. They are comfortable homes where money isn’t wasted on energy bills, productive workplaces insulated from extreme temperatures, and healthy schools free from dirty air.  Action is needed today, because most buildings will be standing for generations to come. Missing this opportunity locks …

 What cities could learn from the slow food movement: Recognize that technology can create platforms for citizens to immerse themselves and engage meaningfully in different experiences within the urban environment.

Recognize that technology can create platforms for citizens to immerse themselves and engage meaningfully in different experiences within the urban environment. 04.27.19, Fast Company, What cities could learn from the slow food movement: Smart cities should go slow. [Photo: Ben Duchac/Unsplash] BY LAKSHMI PRIYA RAJENDRAN All over the world, governments, institutions, and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications, and …

San Francisco supervisor introduces IPO tax proposal

Jason Plautz, Smart City Dive April 29, 2019 May 10, 2019: San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced his proposal for an initial public offering (IPO) tax outside of city hall on Thursday, just before Uber’s first day of trading on the stock market in the largest IPO of the year. Mar said six supervisors support the proposal, according to the San Francisco Business Times, which …

Can NY Make Buildings Super Efficient, Super Fast?

“What’s smart about this bill is it doesn’t ask for a small increase. It asks for a big increase,” says Greg Kats, president of Capital-E, a clean-energy consultancy and capital firm. “It’s the kind of thing where if you’re going to do something, you should do quite a lot of it, because the transaction costs [for landlords] to set it …

LA targets eradication of gas and diesel vehicles, boost transit and high quality mobility within 10 minute walk from home

April 30th, 2019, Climate Home News Mayor unveils plan aiming for 100% zero-emissions vehicles by 2050 amid sweeping climate package for the city. y 2028, every resident ought to be able to access “high-quality mobility options within a 10-minute walk from home”. All buses will be electric by 2030, the plan claims. By Natalie Sauer Los Angeles’ car-choked arteries will run clean …

Saving the local grocery store

Excerpt, from the Long Read, May 2019 Grocery stores have two ironclad rules. First, that grocers set the prices, and farmers do what they can within those mandates. And second, that everyone works with distributors who oversee the aggregation and transport of all goods. Harvest has traditional relationships with companies like Coca-Cola, but it breaks those rules with local farmers and …