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Runstad Affiliate Fellows “Next City” Event

Tuesday, May 17 @ 4:30-6:00 – Gould Hall Room 435, UW Seattle Campus Success Damage Ratio Rethinking the Balance Sheet: Lessons from Hong Kong Is it possible to craft a more sustainable future by thinking differently about how we measure … Continue reading

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Office Space: Enough is Enough

In a previous entry I discussed my amazement at the striking size differential between the typical housing unit in the U.S. and Hong Kong. The average Hong Kong resident occupies only a fraction of the living space of a typical … Continue reading

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Tales from the Private Side

Our final day of organized meetings in Hong Kong featured more extensive interaction with with decision makers from the private-sector.  Government plays a much greater role in real estate development in Hong Kong than in the U.S. as it owns the … Continue reading

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Mass Transit Scores an A+ in Hong Kong

After 4 days of traveling on the Hong Kong transit system I can honestly say that the experience has been amazing. First off, it’s often a daunting task just to figure out how to use the subway system in foreign … Continue reading

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Space Hogs

One of the mantra’s of sustainable development is the idea that smaller is better.  A smaller housing unit requires a smaller initial expenditure of resources and consumes a smaller quantity of energy throughout its lifespan.  You can’t fit as much … Continue reading

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