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June 09 2014

La Rue Royale of Orléans, Centre, France: A Beginner’s Guide

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

Construction began in 1753 with expropriations, demolitions, then construction of the façades. The entirety of the project was financed by the city. Two successive loans amounting to a total of 400,000 pounds were necessary to complete the work. This program was part of a larger royal desire to modernize and beautify the French road network […]

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June 04 2014

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has announced the installation of “bike streets” where bicycles will have priority over motor vehicles. Imported from Europe, this concept of sharing roadways […]

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June 02 2014

Preservation and the Future of La Samaritaine in Paris, Île de France, France

June 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The administrative tribunal of Paris’ decision on May 13 to revoke the reconstruction permit for La Samaritaine on Rue de Rivoli, entrusted to Sanaa architects, provoked surprise. Since then, there has been an outburst of critical remarks against the ruling, and against the citizen associations who filed the appeal (such as The Society for France’s […]

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May 28 2014

A Neighborhood at a Crossroads in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

People may soon be yelling “Everyone to Saint-Charles!” in the Old Port of Marseille, which is the city’s main port and current cultural center. A utopian idea for some, and an unlikely fantasy or electoral promise for others, this call could one day become part of the city’s vocabulary. Indeed, under Frédéric Cuvillier, the Secretary […]

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May 26 2014

Underground Public Parking Lots: An Idea That Should be Buried in Brussels, Belgium

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

At the end of January of this year, the City of Brussels announced its project for reorganizing the city center’s squares and boulevards, labelled “A New Heart for Brussels!” to great fanfare. The most striking proposition of this plan is the redevelopment of public spaces in the heart of the city’s historic center, consisting of […]

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May 21 2014

Real Density Versus Experienced Density in Paris, Île-de-France, France

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

In our era, the obligation of increasing the density of urban fabrics consistently comes into play in development projects. This question became unavoidable as land use increased. And so, today the majority of urban operations are concerned with areas already built upon. Density is also an important economic issue: in opposition to urban sprawl it […]

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May 19 2014

Importing the Architectural Follies of Montpellier, France to Montréal, Canada

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

Unusual, original, and out of the ordinary, follies have existed since the seventeenth century (and even before). They are often extravagant, unreasonable, or fantastic. Associated with the aristocracy and more recently with eccentrics, these buildings are above all known in Europe. For example, the city of Montpellier, France is home to such historic buildings dating […]

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May 14 2014

Living in a City Under Construction in Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Taking Urban Changes Badly A wooden fence, the unusual comings and goings of commercial vehicles, the proliferation of signs demanding pedestrians to walk in a specific area, and strange, new street furniture: there’s no doubt we are talking about a neighborhood under construction. And for local residents, problems arise because all of their habits start […]

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May 12 2014

Lessons Geneva Can Learn From the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

In psychoanalysis, a disaster is the absence of direction or of a point of reference. Today, it must be admitted that this absence affects all aspects of society. This results in the abundance of games for crowds hungry to win quick fortunes, our everything-offered-for-free era, and to finish the list, the excesses of design. In […]

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May 07 2014

Contemporary Architecture for Place Saint-Michel in Rennes, Brittany, France

May 7th, 2014Posted by 

The consequences of the fire of June 21, 2010, during the Fête de la Musique, are still visible. But not for much longer: a new construction project of 15 to 20 housing units and a future business space of 150m2 are planned for the same location. The reconstruction has taken some time owing to the […]

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May 05 2014

Moroccan Architecture to be Showcased at the Venice Biennale of Architecture

May 5th, 2014Posted by 

The Venice Biennale will take place, and a heterogeneous public of thousands of professionals will cross paths. Journalists, government officials, and public and private contractors will all be there. It is also a place with a strong presence of event-focused communication in the form of expositions, conferences, colloquiums, and theme evenings. Architecture will hold the […]

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April 30 2014

Gérard Collomb Reveals His Ambitions for Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

Recently reelected for the third time as Lyon’s mayor, Gérard Collomb wants things in the city to continue progressing at a brisk pace. The following is an interview with this well-known local politician. Do you consider the overarching theme of your third term to be large urban projects? Gérard Collomb (G.C.): Yes, we are going […]

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April 28 2014

Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians in Conflict in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April 28th, 2014Posted by 

I received a flood of vicious, angry emails following an editorial I wrote about how it is necessary to revise Quebec’s Highway Safety Code. People are accusing me of wanting to see special treatment given to cyclists, even though they are “all raging mad, and think they can do whatever they want.” Yet, the idea […]

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April 23 2014

Why There Are No Trees in the Place du Pantheon or on Rue Soufflot in Paris, France

April 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On March 8th, 2014 the Parti Socialiste’s candidate for the mayorship of Paris announced her redevelopment project for the Place du Panthéon, a square that she considers to be “isolated” and “inaccessible!” Anne Hidalgo intends to plant trees all along Rue Soufflot and in the Panthéon’s very square in order to “arrange shady spaces,” which […]

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April 21 2014

Tactical Urbanism in Laval, Quebec, Canada

April 21st, 2014Posted by 

On April 1st, two students of architecture and urban design at the University of Laval launched their project of tactical urbanism #chaisesnomades on the school’s campus. And it was no April Fool’s joke! “Tactical urbanism is a movement popularized in the United States” explained Alexandre Boulianne and Jean-François Laroche, the individuals behind the project. “It’s […]

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April 16 2014

Two Projects to Celebrate 1,000 Years of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, France

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015. In addition to this municipal project, an enormous clock will be added to the interior of the building upon the wishes of the diocese. The clock’s installation is scheduled to take place between March and May […]

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April 14 2014

Exporting the Smart City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France, France

April 14th, 2014Posted by 

For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors. Concurrently with the Chinese President’s official visit to France, a delegation of 20 individuals accompanying professor Xiong Zhang, scientific head of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Smart Cities project, came to learn more about the IssyGrid project. The […]

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April 09 2014

Green Light Given for Bike Path in Montreal, Canada

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

On March 25th, the administration of the city of Montreal finally gave the green light to a development project aiming to create an elevated bicycle route that will eventually be located under the Saint-Laurent railway overpass on the corner of Bellechasse Street. This area, riddled with potholes, will be targeted for a complete facelift in […]

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April 07 2014

Passion for the Arts in Former Slaughterhouses in Casablanca, Morocco

April 7th, 2014Posted by 

In Casablanca’s outskirts, in the working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi, a surprise awaits visitors. Behind the imposing pediment of the city’s former slaughterhouses, among a labyrinth of alleys and small squares, you can come across young skateboarders, rappers, and dance crews putting the final touches to their performances, and in the large hall graffiti and […]

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April 02 2014

The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris, France and Beyond

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced concrete benches). Let’s introduce the sofa into public spaces. Sitting Down in Our Cities: Why So Much Hate? Although […]

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