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August 20 2014

Redevelopment & Community Garden Controversy in La Querelle, Brussels, Belgium

August 20th, 2014Posted by 

The neighborhood of la Querelle, located in the heart of Les Marolles, is due to benefit from a profound renewal. This construction, which will be launched soon, is bound to offer a better living environment for the tenants of various tower blocks, as well as to all residents of this historic neighborhood. Born from a […]

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August 18 2014

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood located in the Seine-Saint-Denis department just outside of Paris is barely recognizable. “They had to change something, […]

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August 13 2014

Smart Snow Removal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the future, snow removal in Montreal will be done more efficiently, and it will be accompanied by more information provided to citizens. This will be done with the launch of the Info-Snow Challenge, which is part of the Montreal, Smart and Digital City program. Following a co-creation event held in May dealing with the same […]

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August 11 2014

Open Data in Agen, Aquitaine, France: Towards Greater Transparency

August 11th, 2014Posted by 

Agen’s city council has released their plans for a new mandate. We now have the opportunity to check what was done, and the consequences of the measures taken by the local government. Open data is the subject of the 93rd, and latest, of Agen’s legal articles. The application of this concept is occasionally rather vague. […]

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August 06 2014

Architecture of Le Corbusier: World Heritage Sites in Firminy & Loire, France

August 6th, 2014Posted by 

After two failed attempts to make the work of the famed architect Le Corbusier recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 and 2011, interested French cities, as well as communities from six other countries, are taking up the struggle again. Working in accordance with a mandatory timeline, they submitted their request to the Committee of French […]

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August 04 2014

Casablanca, Morocco to Extend Tramway Service and Abandon Aerial Metro

August 4th, 2014Posted by 

During a meeting held on July 24, the City Council of Casablanca voted to abandon the project for an overhead aerial metro in favor of expanding the tramway system, which began service in 2012. These works will require 16 million dirhams in total, or about 1.9 million US dollars. After the inauguration of the thirty-one kilometer […]

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July 30 2014

Students Envision a Future Transportation Corridor for Strasbourg, Alsace, France

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Envision a new urban corridor between Strasbourg’s local airport and the European Parliament Building, also featuring a “European-Express.” That is just one of the ideas dreamt up by prize-winning urban planning students for a contest entitled “Strasbourg 2050.” They are formulating projects suitable for the lofty aims of this competition, which is to “imagine the city […]

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July 28 2014

How A Group of Journalists Are Promoting the Suburbs of Paris, Île-de-France

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

They adopted a slogan that sounds like a magical remedy and they promise to send people exclusive information by email. The site Enlarge your Paris, which was created by a handful of journalists living in the suburbs surrounding Paris, offers to do what its name suggests. For the past year, the site’s small volunteer team […]

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July 23 2014

The New Bierger-Center of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: Drawing From the Past

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On Monday, June 30, the new Bierger-Center in Luxembourg City’s Guillaume Square officially opened its doors. The transformation, renovation, and expansion of this historically significant group of structures was done by STEINMETZDEMEYER architects and the engineers of InCA Ingénieurs Conseils Associés (general coordination) through intelligent and subtle dialogue with contemporary styles. Alternately a sanctuary for the Dominicans […]

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July 21 2014

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or placottoirs in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces that are installed in the parking areas in front of businesses. What makes […]

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July 16 2014

Electric Bikes and Expanded Service: The Vélo’v of Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

The three-speed Vélo’v bikes are a familiar part of the urban landscape to Lyon’s inhabitants. This bicycle sharing service could adopt a new system due to changes being supported by the urban community of Grand Lyon. Firstly, they want to make the entire stock of Vélo’v bicycles electric, and there is also a desire to […]

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July 14 2014

Touristic Safari: The Urban Cable Car of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro

July 14th, 2014Posted by 

Usually possessing more or less informal types of housing and close-knit communities, favelas, a term specific to Brazil, continue to mark the collective imagination. In our geography books, we are shown heaped up shelters made of waste material extending out of sight. In the media, we most often associate them with violence and the dominance […]

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July 09 2014

A Novel Innovation for Rental Bikes in Marseille, France

July 9th, 2014Posted by 

How long does it take to go from Marseille’s Old Port to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM), the city’s new pride and joy? 5 minutes along the quay, with watch in hand. And from the popular Belle de Mai neighborhood to the Joliette metro station? No more than 8 minutes. And from […]

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July 07 2014

Shaping Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Accessibility for All

July 7th, 2014Posted by 

The development of the city center and the region are inseparable. Montreal’s downtown is rapidly losing ground to the region’s other job centers, and if this trend persists, it will look more and more like the scarcely visited downtown areas of many American cities. The cause of this phenomenon is simple: for about fifty years, […]

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July 02 2014

Port Authority of Quebec Develops Intrusive Silos in Quebec City, Canada

July 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Last November to general surprise, a silo designed to store wood pellets sprang up overnight in l’Anse au Foulon, on the land surrounding Quebec City’s port. Measuring 45 meters, or about 12 stories high, this silo was followed by a second one several months later. It was not long before people reacted and the administration […]

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June 30 2014

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

My last post, which was dedicated to densification in Lausanne, provoked a courteous and detailed response from the President of Lausanne’s Socialist Party, Benoît Gaillard. His remarks raise interesting questions about densification and its local implementation. The following thoughts are based on the examples of Vaud and Lausanne, but they are applicable everywhere. Firstly, it […]

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June 25 2014

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handful of dollars. That is the belief of the Montreal Center of Urban Ecology (CEUM). In the […]

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June 23 2014

A Smart City Taking Shape in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

June 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The sustainable urban project of the La Confluence neighborhood in Lyon is developing thanks to the help of Japanese technologies implemented as part of an agreement with the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). From Hikari, the first energy positive mixed block to the renewal of Perrache, here is a review of the […]

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June 18 2014

A New Beginning for the Parc du Vallon in Lyon, Rhônes-Alpes, France

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

Situated in the heart of the Duchère neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, the Parc du Vallon reopened its doors on the week of June 6th after three years of work. A vast green space of 11 hectares, it is an area conducive to relaxation, while also absorbing the site’s topography and preserving the […]

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June 16 2014

When Art Deco Conquered Fes, Morocco

June 16th, 2014Posted by 

Far from the narrow alleys, dead ends, and slopes that wind in the medina of Fes, Morocco, the new city has exhibited completely different architecture since the era of the French Protectorate in 1912. It is in the style of the first artistic movement of architecture and decoration to conquer the world – Art Deco. […]

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