Responsible Property Investing

Community Planning, Planning, Real Estate Development

What is it?

Responsible Property Investing (RPI) is property investment or management strategies that maximizes the positive and minimizes the negative social and environmental effects of property investing, consistent with fiduciary responsibilities.

10 elements of RPI that help buildings perform better:

Energy conservation
Environmental protection
Voluntary certifications
Public transport oriented developments
Urban revitalization and adaptability
Health and safety
Worker well-being
Corporate citizenship
Social equity and community development
Local citizenship


Asset-Based Community Development

Community Planning, Planning

According to the Asset-based Community Development Institute (ABCD), which is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois,  Asset-Based Community Development is a methodology that helps to build strong and sustainable communities.

Above are four types of community building work which ABCD is currently involved:

  • Building community capacity. ABCD engages directly with community groups to support their asset-based community development efforts. The Institute and its affiliated faculty also participate in an array of local, regional, and international conferences and workshops as keynote speakers, workshop and training facilitators, technical support providers, and learning participants.
  • Conducting research. Using a community-based participatory research approach, ABCD partners with community residents and other local entities to conduct research that helps prepare them to achieve their own community building objectives. ABCD also works with community groups, non-profits, and an array of other institutions to evaluate asset-based community development projects.
  • Working with students. Working directly with students, Northwestern faculty, and other organizations, ABCD contributes to the development of the next generation of engaged civic leaders and community builders.
  • Producing publications and resources. Producing community building publications and other resources for practitioners and scholars in the community development field, ABCD contributes to a growing body of knowledge about the effectiveness of the asset-based approach to strengthening communities.

For more information, please visit ABCD, or download the introduction from the basic manual Building Communities from the Inside Out.

Singapore – Best Place to Live for Asian Expatriates 2012

Environment, Planning

According to ECA International, 2012 global ranking for the best livable location is Singapore, which has “good air quality, excellent infrastructure and healthcare facilities, low crime and health risks.”

“Updated annually, ECA International’s Location Ratings system helps companies to establish appropriate expatriate allowances to compensate for the level of adjustment required to complete an assignment. It objectively evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 400 locations worldwide. These factors include climate, availability of health services, housing and utilities, isolation, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, personal safety, political tensions and air quality. ”

Top 20 most liveable locations globally for Asians

Global Rank 2012 Location Global Rank 2011
1 Singapore 1
2 Sydney 2
3 Adelaide 4
3 Brisbane 3
5 Kobe 4
6 Perth 6
7 Canberra 9
8 Dublin 12
8 Melbourne 10
8 Copenhagen 10
11 Bern 17
11 Hong Kong 14
11 Vancouver 14
11 Auckland 12
15 Antwerp 17
15 Wellington 14
17 San Francisco 20
17 Tokyo 6
17 Yokohama 6
20 Amsterdam 22

Sustainability Initiatives

Economic Development, Environment, Planning

The table below shows three dimensions of initiatives which you might be interested in adopting to or examining the sustainable development.

Environmental Protection Initiatives Economic Growth Initiatives Social Equity Initiatives
Environmentally Sensitive Area Protection Brownfield Reclamation Affordable Housing Provisions
Water Quality Protection Programs Comprehensive Planning Day Care Services for Service Sector and Low Income Employees
Energy Conservation Effort Infill Development Mass Transits Access with Local Income Subsidies
Environmental Site Design Regulations Sustainable Indicators Project Neighborhood Planning
Green Building Program Urban Growth Boundary/Urban Service Boundary Sustainable Food Systems or Food Security
Open Space Preservation Programs Tax Incentives for Environmentally Friendly Development Living Wage Ordinance
Transportation Demand Management Agricultural Protection Zoning Youth Opportunity and Anti-gang Programs
Environmental Education Programs Eco-Industrial Park Development Jobs-Housing Balance
Alternative Energy Offered to Consumers Local Business Incubator Programs Homeless Prevention and Intervention Programs
Ecological Footprint Analysis Empowerment/Enterprise Zones Women and Minority Owned Business CDCs and Investment Programs
Green Procurement Incentive Zoning/Inclusionary Zoning Housing Conservancy
Operation of Inner-city Public Transit PDR/TDR Local Head Start Programming
Renewable Energy Use by City Govt. Business Retention Programs Anti-Discrimination Programs
Curbside Recycling Program Cluster/Targeted Economic Development Anti-Gentrification Programs
Alternatively Fueled City Vehicle Program Main Street Program Community Asset Mapping
Car Pool, Van Pool Ride Share Programs New Urbanist Development Approaches Local Currency Programs
Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Recycling Community Development Financial Institutions
Solid Waste Life Cycle Management Community Land Trusts
Community Gardening
Integrated Pest Management
Life-cycle Public Construction

Source: Local Government Efforts to Promote the “Three Es” of Sustainable Development: Survey of Large Cities in the U.S.

Comprehensive Plans of the United States

Comprehensive Planning, Planning

Maricopa County

Los Angeles
San Diego
San Jose
Santa Barbara County

District of Columbia




New York
Town of Boston 

North Carolina



El Paso
Fort Worth
Fort Worth (Brochure)
New Braunfels
Joshua (Brochure) 

Fairfax County
South Boston 

King County


Morph My City Challenge (MMCC)

Community Design, Planning, Urban and Regional Design

From OmniCompete

Morph My City Challenge is calling for architects, engineers, students, city planners and innovators from around the world to a two-part innovation competition aiming to encourage and reward radical new approaches to sustainable urban planning.

The two categories of Morph My City Challenge are: Greenfield prize and 2040 prize.

Deadline for submission will be 30th, May.

For more information please visit: Morph My City Challenge

The 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress (IFLA50)

Landscape Architecture

The 50th International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress (IFLA50) will be held in Auckland, Zew Zealand on 10-12 April 2013.

IFLA is the organization which represents the landscape architectural profession globally, providing leadership and networks supporting the development of the profession and its effective participation in the realization of attractive, equitable and sustainable environments. An IFLA World Congress is an ideal opportunity to share and learn from diverse cultures, with attendees from 63 IFLA member countries.

For more information, please visit: IFLA50 World Congress 2013

Also, IFLA invites global landscape architecture students to the student design competition (topic: Redemptive Landscape Architecture.) Deadline for receipt of entries on competition website will be November 30, 2012. Awards will be announced at IFLA50 Conference, April 2013. Please visit IFLA50 or the following poster for more details.

IFLA Student Design Competition 2011

Landscape Architecture

From HSR

Prior to the 48th IFLA World Congress, the annual student competition was conducted by the HSR University of Applied Science in Rapperswil. The topic’s guiding principle was “Urban Boundaries”,?because dealing with land as a resource in a sustainable way is a globally recognized goal.

A record number of entrants submitted their concepts dealing with landscape architectural responses to conflicting values for land, and showing that urban boundaries can be positive transitional elements between the urban landscape and the open landscape. The entrants were undergraduate and master students from all over the world.

A jury under the chair of Prof. Beverly Sandalack appraised and selected the winners by mid April. The competition office led by Prof. Joachim Kleiner and Dipl. Ing. Kerstin G?decke. Overall 360 design concepts were submitted which was clearly above the expectation of 250 concepts.

1st Place: Layers of Time

Title Layers of Time
Award IFLA Group Han Prize for Student Landscape Architecture
Authors Vasiliki Nikoloutsou, Isavella – Ines Oikonomopoulou- Paraskeyopoulou
University National Technical University of Athens
Department School of Architecture
Country Greece

This project deals with Kotichi Lagoon, an aquatic biosystem of international significance and the most important ecosystem of Peloponnese in Greece. The transition of the lagoon from gradual natural evolution, but mostly from unsustainable exploitation, as well as insufficient management, have irreversibly degraded the landscape. This proposal considers the borders through a new definition of time, and considers protection of the fauna and flora of the area, together with human movement, circulation, education and framed views.

The jury commended the clear and strong narrative, and the contemporary approach of dealing with the landscape as well as cultural issues. This is a very convincing project that pushes the boundaries between many disciplines and is not afraid to touch on the ephemeral and intangible concept of time. It is subtle, and could be realized with minimal intervention. The presentation is graphically very strong and poetic.