News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Mickey Jacob, FAIA / ARCHITECT / November 2013
I had the privilege of attending last month’s Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, where more than 300 global leaders from North America, the U.K., and Europe gathered to collaborate on an agenda for the healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future of cities. The event, chaired by Charles, Prince of Wales, represented a historic moment: This broad group of international participants discussed and shared ideas for the post-industrial challenges facing cities on both sides of the Atlantic—places as diverse as Bilbao, Spain; Germany’s Ruhr Valley; Manchester and Liverpool; Rotterdam;Read More
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities / July 11, 2013
The report “Innovation and the City” [PDF] is an important addition to our knowledge of urban policy innovation. It summarizes the results of a six-month research effort by policy researchers at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and the New York-based Center for an Urban Future. The research team interviewed over 200 experts (including our own Emily Badger) and surveyed more than 120 policy innovations. (I should disclose here that I am Global Research Professor for the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies).
These responses wereRead More
David W. Myers / UrbanLand / July 1, 2013
Thousands of retail complexes across the United States, from small strip centers to megamalls, stand vacant or suffer from double-digit vacancy rates. Sears, JCPenney, and RadioShack, for decades among the most profitable retailers in America, may need to close a combined 1,000 or more stores over the next year or two, say some independent researchers. And several publications, as well as many Wall Street analysts, have declared that rising internet sales on websites such as Amazon.com and eBay will bring the demise of thousands more bricks-and-mortar stores and hundreds of malls soonerRead More
Jerry Adler / Smithsonian Magazine / May 2013
Experts in the emerging field of quantitative urbanism believe that many aspects of modern cities can be reduced to mathematical formulas
Glen Whitney stands at a point on the surface of the Earth, north latitude 40.742087, west longitude 73.988242, which is near the center of Madison Square Park, in New York City. Behind him is the city’s newest museum, the Museum of Mathematics, which Whitney, a former Wall Street trader, founded and now runs as executive director. He is facing one of New York’s landmarks, the Flatiron Building, which got its name because its wedge- like shape reminded
Annie Donovan, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality / Skoll World Forum / 2013 Forum
The communities of the future will be smarter about their use of resources. That seems inevitable. More investment is flowing to technologies such as upgraded power grids with smart meters that allow users to better manage their consumption of electricity, and energy-efficient buildings that reduce the cost of operations and improve human health through better air quality. An emerging area that is gaining momentum and deserves the attention of impact investors is green infrastructure for stormwater management. It is a strategy that holds promise as a smarter way to reduce infrastructureRead More