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Designers Give A Damn But Does The Money? Yes!

Architecture for Humanity has now posted sign-like-you-give-a-damn-live”>updates and media files from Design Like You Give A Damn: Live! DLYGAD Live unites designers, architects, planners, community based NGOs, public sector practitioners and a few investors to reflect on smart, responsive, inclusive design in marginalized communities. In this alone, it achieves what few […]

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Iqbal Quadir Got Me Thinking… How Can a House Be a Cow?

Two nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Microfinance Club of New York’s panel with Iqbal Quadir, Founder and Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, Firas Ahmad, Director of Emergence Bioenergy, moderator Duncan Goldie Scot, Director of Musoni and Mission Markets, […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: New Faces, Shared Spaces in Urban Investing (Part 2)

One of the wonderful things about SOCAP is that entrepreneurs, investors, companies, NGOs, researchers and students from diverse universes can come together to share ideas, solve problems and co-create. For me, it meant connecting with folks not just in housing and urban investment but also in parallel, […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: Urban Housing and Infrastructure (Part 1)

Hard to believe it’s been two weeks since SOCAP11 – the conversations following our panel “Investing in Home: The Role of Housing and the Built Environment” continue and are generating insights into how social enterprise, impact investment and housing/urban investment intersect (and don’t yet). Many of us […]

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Pushing Past Policy- Valerie Stahl’s Summer Intern Experience

As a graduate student at Sciences Po in Paris about to enter my second year of tackling the task of “governing the large metropolis,” I tend to take a very governance-based, policy-minded outlook to my research, writing, and general observations regarding urban issues. Until this summer, the […]

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Investing in Knowledge: Karen’s Takeaways from the Summer

I am sincerely grateful to have spent these past four months supporting the work at Smart Cities Advisors.  Lenora introduced me to the space of social enterprise and impact investing – a movement aligning profit with purpose, and directing market mechanisms toward social impact.  What I take […]

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SOCAP Panel Preview: Greg Giornelli, Purpose Built Communities

Greg Giornelli is President and COO of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta, GA that supports holistic community redevelopment focusing on mixed-income housing strategy, cradle-to-college education, and supportive services.   Through their Purpose Built Communities Network, they provide guidance and technical assistance to foundations, community […]

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Challenges of Heritage Conservation in the Developing World and Urban Impact Investment (Part 1)

As the new and rapidly growing urban areas of the developing world reach to build dynamic, competitive cities, promoting heritage conservation is a central issue – not just for foreign tourism, as is often thought – but also for promoting livelihoods, economic development, cultural identity and urban […]

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Green Materials in the Spotlight

Smart Cities Advisors has been researching the hot space of green building materials of late. According to NextGen Research, green building materials were globally a $455.3 billion market in 2009 and were predicted to become $571 billion market by 2013.  In developed markets, diverting reusable materials from […]

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Real Estate Talks Green in New York

A green building summit I went to held by Bisnow here in New York pointed up how much the concept has picked up momentum in the business world and how the vocabulary of business and green in building and real estate is evolving as a necessary tool […]

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