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One-third of the world’s urban population could lack access to affordable housing by 2025

London — According to a new McKinsey Global Institute report, if current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, the urban population in need of affordable housing could grow from 330 million households to 440 million by 2025. At least 1.6 billion people or one-third of the urban population could be living in substandard housing or be so financially stretched by housing costs that they forego other essentials such as health care.

GEI's relocates Manhattan office

Boston — GEI Consultants, Inc., a geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firm, recently relocated and expanded its New York City office. In 2013, GEI merged with the Manhattan and Jericho, N.Y., offices of Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, who have served New York metropolitan area architectural and engineering firms, contractors, private clients and public agencies for more than 80 years.

FTA holds online dialogue on private-sector participation

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration is hosting an online dialogue on private-sector participation from Oct. 22, 2014 to Nov. 26, 2014. The Private Sector Participation provisions of MAP-21 require FTA to undertake actions, including a rulemaking, to promote more effective utilization of private sector expertise, financing, and operational capacity to deliver costly and complex new fixed guideway capital projects.

Louis Berger wins project to support post-Sandy programs for business recovery and resiliency

Morristown, N.J. — The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) awarded Louis Berger a multi-year, on-call contract to provide environmental services for post-Sandy business recovery and resiliency programs. Louis Berger will provide comprehensive environmental, economic, historic resources and strategic consulting services for citywide business recovery and rebuilding projects potentially eligible to receive federal grant funds.

MIT study shows effective way to desalinate water from fracked wells

Cambridge, Mass. — The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia say they have found an economical solution for removing the salt from this water.

Asphalt gets cooler, greener

Lanham, Md. — Asphalt pavement mixes have grown significantly more sustainable over the past five years thanks to the increased use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies. According to the latest survey of asphalt mix producers conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 106.4 million tons of warm-mix asphalt — nearly a third of all asphalt pavement mix production — was used during the 2013 construction season.

Bridging the gap: Bridges and the people they connect

Athens, Ohio — It can be hard to imagine a world without bridges. Fortunately, the ancient Romans stepped up to the plate. Ohio University’s Online Masters in Civil Engineering program took a look at the five major bridge designs in the world’s history, and examined the people and cultures they connect.

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