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Amazon is betting on prefab homes

Amazon is betting on prefab homes

Amazon is betting on prefab homes. Amazon putting its money behind pre-fabricated homes. The tech giant’s Alexa Fund was among the investors in Plant Prefab’s Series A funding round. The company, which manufactures custom single- and multifamily homes, raised $6.7 million, according to a statement. The move comes as Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa has expanded…. READ MORE

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

As we move towards a future of driverless cars, shrinking parking lots, and smart, connected buildings, there’s another quiet trend taking root: biophilic city planning and building design. Biophilic design is bringing nature back into urban areas, balancing all that concrete and steel with more living plants, water, sunlight, and natural materials. It’s a way… READ MORE

Bay Area’s Housing Crisis Could Chase Facebook, Others Away

Bay Area’s Housing Crisis Could Chase Facebook, Others Away

High housing costs in Silicon Valley have at least one major tech company threatening to move elsewhere. Facebook Vice President of Communications and Policy Officer Elliot Schrage told investors during the company’s annual shareholders meeting that Bay Area housing costs need to be addressed if tech firms, such as Facebook, want to remain in Silicon Valley, Realty… READ MORE

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

Increasing autonomous ride-sharing could reduce the need for parking spaces—and make denser, more profitable developments possible Six years after Nevada became the first state to allow driverless cars on public roads, real-estate developers and city planners around the country are stepping up their efforts to court pilot projects. In downtown Las Vegas, for example, a… READ MORE

The changing face of retirement: Apartment living, active lifestyles, and rural homes

The changing face of retirement: Apartment living, active lifestyles, and rural homes

How a “silver tsunami” of aging boomers will reshape the senior housing market Trend forecasters rightfully focus on the housing needs of millennials when predicting the future of the U.S. real estate market. But the rising senior population, sometimes referred to as a “silver tsunami,” suggests baby boomers shouldn’t be written out of the story just yet…. READ MORE

City Hall promises to scale back price of affordable housing

City Hall promises to scale back price of affordable housing

“We cannot provide affordable homes for our families if we cannot afford to build these homes to begin with,” says mayor Soon to be outgoing Mayor of San Francisco Mark Farrell announced ambitions this week to combat the rising cost of affordable housing construction in San Francisco. Via a Tuesday press release, the mayor’s office… READ MORE

Senior Explosion: Developers Look to Cash in on Rising Older Population

Senior Explosion: Developers Look to Cash in on Rising Older Population

With a nationwide 65-plus population on the rise, shrewd developers are building medical offices, hospitals and senior housing. How’s that working out? Soon after his death in Houston in 1939, the estate of Monroe Dunaway Anderson, a Tennessee cotton trader, wrote a $1,000 check to the Junior League Eye Fund. It was the first gift… READ MORE

Faith Organizations Partner with Private Developers to Build Affordable Housing

Faith Organizations Partner with Private Developers to Build Affordable Housing

Increasingly, faith-based institutions are partnering with private developers to develop vacant or underutilized parcels—more specifically, to help bridge the affordable housing divide. Since the 1970s, St. John’s Global Ministries of the Kingdom, a 93-year-old Baptist church in Queens, has sought to build a new church and develop an unused lot. Now, with the help of the… READ MORE

The $500 million plan to fix Millennium Tower

The $500 million plan to fix Millennium Tower

Engineers would bolt half of troubled building to bedrock The 58-story Millennium Tower cost an estimated $350 million to build in 2008, but the cost to fix the sinking and tilting skyscraper may climb even higher, reaching even to $500 million. San Francisco Chronicle’s Mattier and Ross—who first broke the story of the Millennium Tower’s meandering foundations in… READ MORE

3D-Printed Buildings — A Fad Or A Viable Cost-Saving Solution For Developers?

3D-Printed Buildings — A Fad Or A Viable Cost-Saving Solution For Developers?

In the past decade, the ability to 3D-print buildings has become one of the latest, though still controversial, technological advancements in the construction industry. In the past decade, the ability to 3D-print buildings has become one of the latest, though still controversial, technological advancements in the construction industry. Developers across the globe are experimenting with the cutting-edge technology, using massive 3D… READ MORE

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