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What was promised as the tallest building in the world built by modular construction is delayed and the subject of lawsuits. State documents, recently made public, describe water damage, tolerance challenges, and unanticipated repairs.
9 hours ago   City Limits
<p>Architect Helmut Jahn's design for a new single-room occupancy building on the edge of Chicago's former Cabrini Green project gets high marks, but some criticize the cost of using high-end architects for affordable housing.</p>
Mar 2, 2007   The Chicago Tribune
<p>Slate magazine offers a photographic slideshow of the influential New Urbanist community of Seaside, Florida.</p>
Mar 2, 2007   Slate
<p>Some suburban school districts are dividing new high schools into smaller wings to create a tighter sense of community.</p>
Feb 28, 2007   Minneapolis Star Tribune
At Project for Public Spaces, Inc. we think successful public spaces are the key to the future of cities. By "successful spaces" we mean spaces that are used, but what we find more often than not, in the centers of cities, are some very bad spaces – meaning that they are pretty much devoid of opportunities to do anything – even though they look good. We have also found that the least successful spaces and buildings are often the newest ones. Blog Post
Feb 27, 2007   By
<p>An architect sculpts ever-changing atmospheres with light and recorded sound. Everything from jungle birds to ocean breezes to wind chimes enhance the experience of the built environment.</p>
Feb 27, 2007   NPR Weekend Edition
<p>Houses in gated communities generally command values 5-7% higher than equivalent houses non-gated communities. Despite the rapid growth of gated communities, many critics question the value.</p>
Feb 26, 2007   The Los Angeles Times
<p>In response to meeting regional housing demand requirements stipulated by the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee of Berkeley, California, considers a high-rise development plan proposed by city staff.</p>
Feb 26, 2007   The Berkeley Daily Planet
<p>Even with widespread demolition of old buildings to make way for modern towers, the city still has more art deco buildings than anywhere else on earth. A new photo book hopes to inspire the city to preserve its rich architectural legacy.</p>
Feb 23, 2007   Time Magazine
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has visited Downtown L.A.'s Skid Row that the city has a serious homelessness problem -- with more people living on the street than any other city in the nation. A recent article in the Economist focused on the recent crackdown by the city's police on the homeless population of skid row. With more and more residents moving into the area, and city officials keen to clean up downtown's streets, police chief William Bratton committed additional police officers to patrol the area to round up criminals (and presumably break up the population of street dwellers). Blog Post
Feb 21, 2007   By Christian Madera
<p>Companies are realizing that they can save money with green office buildings.</p>
Feb 21, 2007   Forbes