While most communities are supportive of small businesses and may have programs established to foster success, they often have other regulations in place that hinder proven strategies. In many cases, these regulations are the unintended consequences of applying blanket ordinances across multiple districts, or holdovers from previous decades, which haven’t been revisited in light of changing business and customer needs. Fortunately, there are strategies for revising these laws to promote high-quality design and business growth.

Tech Data on Monday unveiled an Internet of Things practice focused on aggregating products from different vendors in the manufacturing, logistics, retail and Smart Cities spaces. The Clearwater, Fla.-based distributor plans to differentiate its IoT offering from rivals by focusing primarily on combining finished vendor offerings rather than the silicon or chips inside the products, Victor Paradell, Tech Data's vice president of IoT Solutions for Europe, told CRN in an exclusive interview.

Thriving neighborhoods are jewels of any smart city, but how can an area’s health be measured in any meaningful way? Thanks to City Observatory in Portland, cities can now track neighborhood vitality. The key: storefronts.

According to a new report from City Observatory, which can be downloaded below, the presence, quantity, and size of customer-facing retail and service businesses can be used to indicate economic health in a neighborhood.

London, and the UK in general, are witnessing an increased interest in popular debates around the recent spurt in high-rise buildings.

If you live in the Philadelphia area and work in a newly constructed or recently renovated office space, chances are your place of employment is located in a burgeoning neighborhood on the west side of the city, called University City.

In July, the Howard Hughes Corporation began selling condos in Ae'o, one of five residential towers that the developer is building within its 60-acre master planned Ward Village on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. When it's completed sometime in 2018, the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed Ae'o will have 466 residences that range from 409 to 1,331 sf and start in the low $400s.

The King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) smart city includes four specialized buildings on an integrated campus.

AEC firms that do government work say their public-sector clients have been going smaller to save money on construction projects. Last December, the GSA issued an RFP for the FBI's new headquarters, which, at 2.1 million sf, would be 300,000 sf smaller than the FBI's current digs at the J.

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman in Zaatari, which is home to thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan Next week, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will moderate the Times' Cities for Tomorrow conference. The event (Next City is a media partner) will feature urban experts from across the country in conversation about the future of cities.

In an effort to place the United Arab Emirates at the forefront in architecture construction and design, Chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee Mohamed Al Gergawi announced that Dubai will be home to the world's "first fully functional 3D-printed building," Emirates 24/7 reports.

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