Infrastructure


5 Reasons Why Infill Development Is Needed Now

by Yahya E. B. Henry What is Infill Development? Infill development is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed.  Most communities have significant vacant land within city limits, which, for various reasons, has been passed over in …

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March 19, 2012

Community Redevelopment Through Small-Scale Infill Development

by Yahya E. B. Henry Rebuilding the fabric of inner cities has been a passion of mine since understanding the power of design and infill development-more specifically small-scale infill development. Small-scale infill can be classified as projects comprising less than 100 housing units and fewer …

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September 11, 2010

O Brother (Yahya) Where Art Thou?

by Yahya E. B. Henry This summer has been a blur and seemingly, far from over. Over the past 3 months, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the Southern states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and South Florida. Some work, some play but overall an education. …

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August 20, 2010

Rebuilding Haiti: Innovation & Sustainability

Andres Duany, famed architect for the firm DPZ and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), is becoming part of the solution to the crisis in Haiti.  He has designed a basic cabin concept that can be pre-fabricated and built within days to house Haitians …

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Drive Less, Live Longer

Driving can be hazardous to your health and in more ways than you think. A new study shows how driving less can help you live longer. The transition away from automobile-centered environments creates the ideal scenario for more walkable streets and safer communities. From AOL …

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Tempered Optimism is Key to a Sustainable Green Infrastructure

It’s a beautiful, warm spring day here in Richmond, VA.  The sprinklers were going in neighborhood yards as I left for work this morning and the clouds are moving lightly on the breeze.  With the sun shining and the birds chirping outside of my office …

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Americans Rebuild for the ‘New Urban Century’

Many point to Charlotte has an example of good urbanism and city vision. Charlotte’s leadership understood decades ago that the city could not sustain it’s suburban growth and made proactive steps to create the economic engine it is today. Aribra seeks to engage smaller to …

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February 25, 2010

The American Poor Spread to Suburbia, but We’re not Ready

Demographics are shifting and our current land use policies are not prepared to handle a significant shift in migration. With the poor having such a large presence in suburban America, retailers will face some challenges moving forward. If these trends continue, we can expect to …

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January 19, 2010

Natural Resource Mismanagement Connected to Loss of Life in Haiti

by Christi Elflein Haiti is a country that has suffered for decades with widespread poverty, political corruption, environmental destruction, and natural disasters.  Last week’s earthquake was devastating and made worse by the situation it was already in.  The Haitians desperate situation has lead to 97% …

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January 13, 2010

Flawed Building Likely a Big Element

Much of the devastation in Haiti has been attributed to inadequate design, building materials and construction standards. The country has been challenged with insufficient infrastructure only to be shaken to its core by a 7.0 earthquake. A lot of lessons can be learned here about …

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