How Biden Can Free America From Its Zoning Straitjacket

If a state wants funds for infrastructure, it should meet strict conditions about housing construction.

#affordable-housing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #california, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #zoning

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Local Alliances Put Some Cities on the Fast Track to Recovery

Economic development agencies have created comeback plans for cities like Austin, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., positioning them to rebound from the pandemic quicker than others.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #austin-tex, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #shutdowns-institutional, #tucson-ariz

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Biden’s Big Bet: Tackling Climate Change Will Create Jobs, Not Kill Them

For decades, Democrats have countered opposition to “job-killing” environmental regulation by saying combatting climate change would create well-paying new jobs. President Biden is betting on it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

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Stephen Bechtel Jr., 95, Dies; Led Family’s Giant Engineering Firm

He modernized the Bechtel Group as it oversaw construction on scores of megaprojects, including the Bay Area transit system and Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Industrial City.

#bay-area-rapid-transit, #bechtel-group, #building-construction, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #stephen-d-bechtel-jr

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Noise Complaint: Construction is Ruining My Life

Renters may feel powerless to effect change in their buildings, but they have leverage — especially in the current market.

#building-construction, #noise, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restoration-and-renovation

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The Return of the Foyer

The pandemic has prompted some builders to reconsider open plan apartments to include an entry space, a de facto “airlock” between the outside world and the rest of the apartment.

#building-construction, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Where Have All the Houses Gone?

The inventory of homes for sale is startlingly low. The pandemic is part of the reason, but it’s not the whole story.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreclosures, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #united-states

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Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zoning

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Housing Parents in a Pandemic: How About the Backyard?

Wanting to keep older relatives safe and close, families are taking a harder look at the structures known as accessory dwelling units.

#accessory-dwelling-units, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states

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The Down Side to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks

432 Park, one of the wealthiest addresses in the world, faces some significant design problems, and other luxury high-rises may share its fate.

#432-park-avenue-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #building-construction, #cim-group, #condominiums, #douglas-elliman-real-estate, #elevators-and-escalators, #high-net-worth-individuals, #macklowe-properties, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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‘One Property at a Time’: A City Tries to Revive Without Gentrifying

Neighborhoods in Newark are beginning to see a flurry of redevelopment, a decade after the city’s downtown gained vogue.

#abandonment-property, #affordable-housing, #amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #baraka-ras, #beth-israel-medical-center, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minorities, #new-jersey, #newark-nj, #nike-inc, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states-economy, #whole-foods-market-inc

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So You Want to Open a Hotel? Now?

Some new hotels and inns are thriving during these trying times by doubling down on the local market, creating escapist atmospheres and employing other, almost unheard-of tactics.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #four-seasons-hotels-ltd, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #marriott-international-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #zingle-inc

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Chinese and Indian Troops Clash at Their Disputed Border

Indian officials played down the events, which come as Beijing continues to encroach on disputed Himalayan areas.

#arunachal-pradesh-india, #building-construction, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #sikkim-india, #territorial-disputes

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What Will Happen to Your Next Home if Builders Get Their Way?

A lobby is trying to block building codes that would help fight climate change.

#building-construction, #energy-efficiency, #fuel-efficiency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-code-council, #miami-fla, #national-assn-of-home-builders, #polis-jared-s-1975, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #weather

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Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

The Chinese economy grew 2.3 percent last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday in Beijing.

#building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government

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Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

In the aftermath, some people are deciding to just begin new lives elsewhere. The pandemic and longstanding housing problems haven’t made the choices any easier.

#affordable-housing, #building-construction, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #los-angeles-county-calif, #malibu-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #riverside-county-calif, #san-bernardino-county-calif, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #wildfires

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Air Cargo Construction Is Booming, Thanks to Amazon

Airports across the United States are devoting more space to freight shipments as online shopping surges in the pandemic.

#airports, #amazon-com-inc, #anchorage-alaska, #building-construction, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fedex-corporation, #freight-cargo, #kentucky, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-commercial, #san-bernardino-calif, #united-parcel-service-inc

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A New Tool in Treating Mental Illness: Building Design

Research into the health effects of natural and man-made surroundings is spurring the development of psychiatric facilities that feel more residential and welcoming.

#architecture, #building-construction, #mental-health-and-disorders, #real-estate-commercial

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Rescuers Search for Survivors in Norway Landslide That Killed at Least 7

Seven bodies have been recovered following the disaster last week in a village north of Oslo. Three people are still missing.

#ask-norway, #building-construction, #deaths-fatalities, #landslides-and-mudslides, #norway

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Home Solar Is Growing, but Big Installers Are Still Losing Money

Some companies are having trouble surviving and making money installing panels because of intense competition and the high costs of doing business.

#batteries, #berger-william-john, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #jurich-lynn, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #small-business, #solar-energy, #stocks-and-bonds, #sunnova-energy-international, #sunrun-inc, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states

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The Real Estate Collapse of 2020

The pandemic devastated the housing industry this year, but there were a few flickers of life.

#building-construction, #condominiums, #discount-selling, #landlords, #mortgages, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #suburbs

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Humboldt Forum in Berlin Finally Opens (Kind of)

A modest ceremony inaugurated the troubled museum, one of the most expensive and ambitious culture projects in Europe. The only thing is, you can’t go in.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #berlin-germany, #building-construction, #colonization, #humboldt-forum, #museums

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Modular Construction Meets Changing Needs in the Pandemic

The process of creating prefabricated units that can be quickly assembled has shifted as developers turn to medical buildings, affordable housing, data centers and even a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #real-estate-commercial

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Businessman Pays Overdue Utility Bills for Dozens of Floridians, Again

Mike Esmond knew what it was like to be broke and get his heat cut off in a brutal winter. So, for the second year in a row, he paid residents’ overdue utility bills in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

#building-construction, #cam-ranh-bay-vietnam, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida-panhandle, #hurricane-sally-2020, #pensacola-fla, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #swimming-pools

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Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #building-construction, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guards, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #san-diego-calif, #smuggling, #sullivan-land-services, #trump-donald-j, #ultimate-concrete, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers

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Pandemic Creates New Considerations for Arena Construction

The Islanders’ new home at Belmont Park and the venue for the expansion Seattle Kraken have added safety measures for their plans to host fans when they open in 2021.

#belmont-park, #building-construction, #hockey-ice, #new-york-islanders, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Crane Accident in Midtown Manhattan Sends Debris Falling

The material that rained down from a tower terrified passers-by, though no one was injured. The building will be the second-tallest residential skyscraper in the city.

#accidents-and-safety, #billionairesrow-manhattan-ny, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #buildings-department-nyc, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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How the Virus Slowed the Booming Wind Energy Business

Renewable energy developers have struggled to finish projects as the pandemic disrupts construction and global supply chains.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #edf-renewables, #electricite-de-france-edf, #energy-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #milligan-neb, #nebraska, #wind-power

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Coronavirus and Home Design

A recent survey of architects reveals that clients are looking for ways to improve the time they spend at home.

#architecture, #building-construction, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Stairwell Collapse in Houston Leaves 3 Workers Dead and 1 Injured

The 15-story building had been inspected hours before the accident.

#accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #buildings-structures, #deaths-fatalities, #houston-tex, #marathon-oil-corporation, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wood-and-wood-products

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After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope

Americans may be finding some common sense about building homes in vulnerable areas.

#building-construction, #coast-erosion, #disasters-and-emergencies, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #wildfires

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Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace.

The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.

#building-construction, #california, #colorado, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Americans Back Tough Limits on Building in Fire and Flood Zones

A majority support outright bans on construction in disaster-prone areas, as well as paying people to move, researchers say — policies that local governments have been reluctant to adopt.

#building-construction, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

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In Coming Wave of Pandemic-Induced Vacancies, Some See Opportunity

As the outlook for retail, hotel and office space shifts, some developers are already planning to convert empty properties to new uses.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Group at Center of Bannon Indictment Used Private Funds to Build Border Wall

The criminal charges were the latest twist for We Build the Wall, which had drawn praise from top Homeland Security officials while causing controversy over its construction methods.

#bannon-stephen-k, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #building-construction, #defense-department, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #kobach-kris-w, #kolfage-brian, #philanthropy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #we-build-the-wall

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Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

A building block in most construction projects, concrete is responsible for about 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Several companies are working to create a greener mix.

#building-construction, #cement, #concrete, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-commercial

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China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

Strong sales at China’s biggest construction equipment maker show Beijing’s strategy for recovery after the virus. But while the company, XCMG, is prospering, the rest of the economy is struggling.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-trade-and-world-market, #local-government, #machinery-and-equipment, #railroads, #xi-jinping, #xuzhou-china, #xuzhou-construction-machinery-group

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‘Time Is Always Money’: Pandemic Lockdowns Hasten Infrastructure Work

Improvement of roads and rails has accelerated, but the crisis has strained budgets, muddling prospects for the projects and the real estate developments that count on them.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #real-estate-commercial

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What the Coronavirus Has Done to New Development

The pandemic paused residential construction and stalled sales. Now developers in Long Island City and Greenpoint are scrambling to bounce back.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #condominiums, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-river-nyc, #greenpoint-brooklyn-ny, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional

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The Return of Home Renovations

Contractors have been allowed to go back to work since early June, but coronavirus protocols will probably make any apartment renovation take longer than usual.

#building-construction, #condominiums, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-reopenings, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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As Major League Soccer Expands, Teams Are Getting New Homes

Seven teams are building privately financed stadiums, a departure from the billions of public dollars spent on new arenas in other sports leagues.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #columbus-crew-soccer-team, #inter-miami-soccer-team, #major-league-soccer, #real-estate-commercial, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?

When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground.

#biological-and-chemical-warfare, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doomsday, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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New York City Begins Reopening After 3 Months of Outbreak and Hardship

As many as 400,000 people may return to work on Monday in a city still recovering from the pandemic and roiled by protests.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-city

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New York to Begin Limited Reopening in Upstate Region

Parts of New York that have met seven health and testing criteria will be allowed to restart construction, manufacturing and curbside retail.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #new-york-state, #shutdowns-institutional

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‘We Are Not Learning Lessons’: South Korea Mourns an Avoidable Disaster

Major fires, many of them linked to lax safety standards, have plagued South Korea for decades. The latest, on Wednesday, killed 38.

#accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #fires-and-firefighters, #moon-jae-in, #south-korea, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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N.Y. Building Sites Reopen, Carefully, in Sign of Life Gearing Back Up

More than 5,200 construction projects have reopened in New York City, offering a glimpse of new routines in postpandemic workplaces.

#building-construction, #building-and-construction-trade-council-of-greater-new-york, #building-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-building-congress, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #real-estate-commercial, #turner-construction-co, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Texas Oil Port Hit by One-Two Punch: Falling Demand and Overproduction

Corpus Christi has become the largest energy exporter in the United States, but several expansion projects have been delayed or scuttled, threatening jobs and investments.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corpus-christi-tex, #energy-and-power, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #real-estate-commercial

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Renovation, Interrupted

With most construction projects deemed nonessential during the pandemic, apartment renovations have been frozen in a messy limbo.

#building-construction, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #park-slope-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional, #sutton-place-manhattan-ny, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

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