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Playa Vista unveils tech and sustainability innovations

Playa Vista, the connected urban community on the Westside of Los Angeles by Brookfield Residential, has announced its newest neighborhood is the most technologically advanced in Southern California. Set in the heart of Silicon Beach, Playa Vista’s newest detached-home offering, The Collection, is the first Los Angeles County neighborhood to offer Apple HomeKit smart-home technology standard in all homes. The 66 new residences combine with Playa Vista’s extensive sustainable components.

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Fenway Center to start construction

Fenway Center is designed to be a model for smart growth, transit and sustainable energy oriented development respecting the urban grid, replacing a large surface parking lot and filling in existing space between long, wind-swept bridges with new buildings and retail amenities along Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue. The buildings are arranged so that the taller buildings are located adjacent to Yawkey Station, serving as an architectural marker and gateway, while the smaller buildings are scaled down in respect to the Audubon Circle neighborhood and Fenway Park area.

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Urban Land Institute’s 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence

Thirteen real estate development projects from around the globe have been selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. The winners, each of which demonstrates an innovative, forward-looking approach to design and development, include eight projects in the United States, two in Canada, one in Europe, and two in Asia.

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360 5th Street in San Francisco’s SoMa District Gets Green Light

“The building faces 5th Street, a major arterial, and is bound by Clara Street and Shipley Street,” said Jessica Musick, Associate Principal in KTGY’s Oakland office. “The side streets are narrower ‘living streets’ where the intention of the city is to create residential enclaves. The architecture facing the living streets is designed at a smaller scale, with street-level front doors and stoops. We have also included references to the San Francisco tradition of bay windows. The bays provide both character and texture to the building façade at the same time, filling the residences with light and directed views to the outside.”

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Urban Land Institute’s 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence

Thirteen real estate development projects from around the globe have been selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. The winners, each of which demonstrates an innovative, forward-looking approach to design and development, include eight projects in the United States, two in Canada, one in Europe, and two in Asia.

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Texas Trees Foundation announces new Dallas Urban Heat Island Effect Report

Janette Monear, Texas Trees’ chief executive officer, remarked, “Our foundation is focused on making spaces cooler, greener and cleaner, and data has long affirmed that trees are vital to achieve this laudable and critical goal.  The study we have released today is a wake-up call for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home: We must act now to mitigate the urban heat island effect for the sake of our health, the economy and viability of our community.  North Texas is seeing unprecedented growth, and with growth comes new buildings, roads and parking lots.  It’s imperative that we come together to balance the grey with the green to ensure North Texas is a desirable place to live and work.”

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