Australia’s largest residential timber building is an affordable housing project

An affordable housing development made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened in New South Wales, Australia making it the largest residential engineered timber building in the country, according to community housing provider BlueCHP.

For More information go to: HERE

 

Has Mumbai become India’s most unliveable city?

A deadly stampede at a busy Mumbai station that killed 23 people last Friday has caused anger, not only because it could have been avoided, but because residents feel that it is yet another example of the city suffering due to officials’ apathy, writes the BBC’s Ayeshea Perera.

The biggest issue at the heart of everything say local commentators, is poor urban planning, driven by Mumbai’s high real estate values and a powerful builders lobby that influences policy in the city.

Read the BBC Article in full HERE

System Build Housing for the Future City

Urban Splash have been in the forefront of innovative design and urban development for decades. Manufactured / system build / modular housing, call it what you will, has to be the way forward.

House is precision-built to your specification in a factory, and craned into position on your street. Modern materials mean house is well-insulated and efficient to run. You can choose the size and internal format which is then delivered to site virtually ready to occupy.

The Missing Middle in Urban Housing

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The mismatch between current US housing stock and shifting demographics, combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living, has been poignantly defined by recent research and publications by the likes of Christopher Nelson and Chris Leinberger and the Urban Land Institute’s publication, What’s Next: Real Estate in the New Economy. Let’s stop talking about the problem and start generating solutions!

Unfortunately, the solution is not as simple as adding more multi-family housing stock using the dated models/types of housing that we have been building. Rather, we need a complete paradigm shift in the way that we design, locate, regulate, and develop homes. As What’s Next states, “it’s a time to rethink and evolve, reinvent and renew.” Missing Middle housing types, such as duplexes, fourplexes, bungalow courts, mansion apartments, and live-work units, are a critical part of the solution and should be a part of every architect’s, planner’s, real estate agent’s, and developer’s arsenal.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Future Cities? What a lot of Rubbish!!

Lebanon - Rubbish - The GuardianWith Thanks to The Guardian for this photograph

Rubbish has been flooding the streets of Beirut for 9 months. Failure to deal adequately (or at all) with the products of urban growth and the pressure of increasing population will introduce all kinds of diseases, social unrest and eventually bring a city to its knees. Yet, this is a valuable source of reusable consumables and power.

Go to the link below to see a  video of the situation in all its wasteful extent:
https://www.facebook.com/quartznews/videos/1136079816425719/