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    Act’s policy is to abolish the RMA which Dr Whyte says would free up the supply of land for residential building.

    In a light hearted dig at Dr Whyte, Mr Parker said “we’ve promised Epsom that if we’re elected and they elect Act we’d like an RMA-free zone for Epsom and see how long it is before they want the RMA back”.

    "A few more prisons, nice five-storey buildings blocking everyone’s view, all permitted without the RMA", he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

    — Epsom should trial Act’s RMA policy - Parker - NZ Herald 8 September 2014
  2. alexinsd:

    Urbanism works when it creates a journey as desirable as the destination.

    -Paul Goldberger

    (via thisbigcity)

  3. incidentalcomics:

    The Shape of Ideas

    (via gonewithdreaming)

  4. thisbigcity:


    Playful urban design. A Baltimore bus stop that doubles as a giant typographic sculpture.

    So now we know. The coolest bus stop in the world is in Baltimore. 

  6. thisbigcity:

    Which city quotes inspire you? Share them with us and we might include them in this series!
  7. thepeoplesrecord:

    NYC approves apartment building with separate entrance for the poor
    July 23, 2014

    It would be difficult to come with a more on-the-nose metaphor for New York City’s income inequality problem than the new high-rise apartment building coming to 40 Riverside Boulevard, which will feature separate doors for regular, wealthy humans and whatever you call the scum that rents affordable housing.

    Extell Development Company, the firm behind the new building, announced its intentions to segregate the rich and poor to much outrage last year. Fifty-five of the luxury complex’s 219 units would be marked for low-income renters—netting some valuable tax breaks for Extell—with the caveat that the less fortunate tenants would stick to their own entrance.

    The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development approved Extell’s Inclusionary Housing Program application for the 33-story tower this week, the New York Post reports. The status grants Extell the aforementioned tax breaks and the right to construct a larger building than would ordinarily be allowed. According to the Daily Mailaffordable housing tenants will enter through a door situated on a “back alley.”

    Any of the unwashed folk who complain about such a convenient arrangement, of course, are just being ungrateful. As the Mail points out, fellow poor-door developer David Von Spreckelsenexplained as much last year:

    "No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."

    In these economically fraught times, it’s easy to forget that the super rich earned their right to never see you, hear you, smell you, or consider your pitiful existence. Expecting them to share an entrance would be unfair.


  8. thisbigcity:


    Billboard Homes for the Homeless

    Project Gregory is a non profit effort that converts existing billboard structures into affordable housing units. Maintenance costs, skills, and resources are covered through funds raised by the advert space and partner reciprocity.The Republic of Slovakian project utilises the electricity used to keep the billboard lit at night to power the home’s interior.

    This project is open source and Project Gregory encourages all cities in all countries to construct new, innovative designs and involve as  many companies as possible to help make a difference.

    Second time we’ve featured this, but it’s such an interesting idea. This apartment looks better than mine!


  9. The nonprofit Urban Green Council has issued a warning against the eponymous glass clad high rise commercial tower, saying that:

    “Our report shows that you would have to go back over 1,000 years to find buildings that used as little insulation as today’s all-glass structures,” the nonprofit’s website states. “But with better glass, designed views, improved construction training and greener codes, we can have buildings that are as healthy as they are beautiful.”

  10. subtilitas:

    Pezo von Ellrichshausen - Cien house, Concepcion 2011 (previously). Photos (C) Cristóbal Palma.

    Loving the interior and exterior textures in this house.