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The homeless crisis is getting worse in America’s richest cities

December 3rd, 2018 at 7:33 am » Comments Off

A toxic combination of slow wage growth and skyrocketing rents has put housing out of reach for a greater number of people. Daniel Olguin, 28, works on his computer in the front of his van, while his wife, Mary, 26, checks on their almost-2-year-old child in the back. The couple, who have a band called […]



A fifth of China’s homes are empty. That’s 50 million apartments

November 18th, 2018 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Risk is potential for flood of sales during any property slump. Xi has said homes are for living in, not for speculation. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s mantra that homes should be for living in is falling on deaf ears, with tens of millions of apartments and houses standing empty across the country. Soon-to-be-published research will show […]



The future of cities

November 15th, 2018 at 2:25 am » Comments Off

Cities may occupy just 2 per cent of the earth’s land surface, but they are home to more than half of the world’s population and generate 80 per cent of all economic output. And their dominance is growing: by 2045, an extra 2 billion people will live in urban areas. At Pictet, we think it […]



Driverless cars could free up land for more housing

October 7th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

Look, no hands! Big car and technology companies such as BMW, Apple and Google are investing in driverless technology. Widespread adoption of driverless cars would release thousands of acres of land for new housing and reduce the strain on transport infrastructure, according to research published today. The report, centred on Edinburgh, suggests that congestion is […]



Study: Decentralized microgrids can provide 90% or a neighborhood’s energy needs

September 16th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

“The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water.” A new report funded by the Dutch government finds that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, through the decentralized sharing of energy at the local level between multiple households. This report adds fuel to […]



Cities will automate first. We should prepare now

August 17th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

Three robotic arms move brushes languidly across canvases as the glass eyes of cameras gaze ahead. The robots are painting a still life—lit with a tarnished black standing lamp—of a stuffed fox, a bird perched on a branch, a skull in the center, and a seashell to the side. This summer in Paris, it is […]



Google is building a city of the future in Toronto. Would anyone want to live there?

July 8th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night. TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, people sit in colorful Adirondack chairs and footfalls of […]



Wellness real estate has blossomed into a $134 billion industry worldwide- and it’s growing fast

June 27th, 2018 at 9:33 am » Comments Off

From personalized wellness programs to fitness-focused apps, luxury homes are focusing on making residents feel better It’s the non-stop pace of our digital lives. An increasingly isolated and aging population. Rising chronic illness. Climate change. Given the pressures of the modern world, a gym membership and taking the occasional “mental health day” often just aren’t […]



Florida’s ‘city of the future’ is first solar-powered town in America

June 9th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.Video America’s first solar community coming to life in Florida Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.



Designed for a community of tech elites, these tiny homes are 3D printed, run by Tesla batteries, and cost $250,000

May 30th, 2018 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

A 609-acre California coastal community, Walden Monterey, serves as a respite for those needing to recharge their batteries — especially the region’s leaders in tech. The enclave’s founder, Nick Jekogian, invites potential homeowners to visit the property and stay in portable homes, called “roving rooms,” to truly experience the sustainable, outdoor-centric lifestyle the community has […]



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