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July 27 2015

How is the City of Fortaleza, Brazil Doubling the Size of Its Bike Share Program?

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

Through the Secretary of Conservation and Public Services (SCSP), the city of Fortaleza, Brazil will install over 40 bike stations for Fortaleza’s bike sharing program, “Bicicletar.” The announcement was made on Thursday July 16, during a news conference at the City Hall. The new stations will be installed in October of this year through March of […]

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July 27 2015

France Considers Terminating Kilometric Allowance for Bike Commuters

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

It happened on May 21, 2015 at a meeting of the National Assembly in Paris, France. While examining the laws on the ongoing energy transition, the deputies began a debate on a surprising amendment introduced by the Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal. This amendment sought to terminate the kilometric allowance accorded by employers to workers who choose […]

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July 27 2015

Expo 2015 Highlights Italy’s Diverse Regional Food Culture & Identities

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

If there is one thing that you ought to know about Italians, it is that they are very particular about the way they cook, what they eat, how they eat it, and in which order each dish is eaten. I live in a house full of Italians, which means I gain a daily education in […]

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July 26 2015

In a Crowding World, Is the Future of Raleigh’s Transitional Housing in Tiny Homes?

July 26th, 2015Posted by 

On June 25th, design and planning professionals gathered at AIA North Carolina’s Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) to listen to a panel of experts discuss opportunities for alleviating homelessness through design. The conversation centered on a hypothetical, transitional housing community, outside of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, following the announcement of the finalists for Activate14’s Tiny […]

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July 24 2015

City Council of São Paulo, Brazil Approves Opening of the Minhocão Expressway and Avenida Paulista to Pedestrians and Cyclists

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

On July 1st, the City Council approved a motion to support the opening of Avenida Paulista and the elevated Costa and Silva expressway - called the Minhocão by locals (literally “giant worm”) — to pedestrians and cyclists. After the presentation of the first impact studies, the council members positively rated the initiatives, which will go through […]

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July 24 2015

Marseille, France Increases Wayfinding for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

There is great news for those who choose to bike to work in Marseille, France. Specific signs for pedestrians and bikers have just been installed along the Promenade de l’Huveaune. With all the work being done for the new Vélodrome Stadium, a new walk and bike path has been created along Huveaune River between the Michelet Boulevard […]

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July 24 2015

UNESCO Classification of Le Havre, France Makes Life Difficult for Some Residents

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

Ten years after its UNESCO classification, people unanimously agree that the Auguste Perret style has led to a more positive perception of Le Havre, France. However, several dissonant voices express that it is not always easy to live in such a monument. “I am not afraid to say it: I would prefer to not have […]

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July 23 2015

Will Metro’s TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In December of 2013, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) issued separate Request for Proposals (RFPs) for three Metro-owned sites in Boyle Heights. Since then, Metro has announced several transit-oriented development projects by the Gold Line stations. Specifically, these are the Mariachi Plaza Commercial Development, The Santa Cecilia Apartments, Las Mariposas Apartments, Los […]

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July 23 2015

The British Devolution Debate Has Focused On “The North,” but Many Feel Bristol Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

Unlike most countries in Europe, the United Kingdom has no clearly defined “second city.” Its capital, London, is a political, economic and cultural heavyweight, whose contributions greatly outstrip the rest of the country and, in fact, the world. Behind it, however, there is no clear second place. The regional capitals of its other constituent nations – Scotland, […]

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July 23 2015

Neon Signs Around the World are Facing Extinction – or Preservation?

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The retro neon signs that adorn old businesses are becoming more and more rare in our cities. Even in New York they are seen as an endangered species. The Guardian recently wrote about how “Subway Inn” on Lexington Avenue was added to the list of the deceased. “New York used to be synonymous with neon […]

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July 22 2015

Prisoners in Uberlândia, Brazil Gain Skills in Food and Clothing Production

July 22nd, 2015Posted by 

A nursery with the capacity for producing about 400 cases of vegetables monthly, in addition to medical and aromatic plants, rainwater harvesting, and the sprouting of hundreds of seedlings. This is part of the scenery surrounding the Professor Jacy of Assis Prison in Uberlândia, in the Triângulo Mineiro of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where 25 inmates work. […]

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July 22 2015

Where is the Largest Playground in the World for Adults?

July 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The City Museum’s founders, Bob and Gail Cassily, purchased a 750,000 square foot building in 1983 for sixty-nine cents per square foot in downtown St. Louis. Back then, the mostly vacant structure held the former International Shoe building offices and its ten-story warehouse. The couple renovated the building, and in 1997, opened the City Museum. […]

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July 22 2015

The Grid’s Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2015 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 22nd, 2015Posted by 

Global Site Plans’ The Grid is proud to bring the list of the Top 20 Architecture Website of 2015. For the fourth consecutive year, we’ve compiled the most visited websites that cover architecture, interior design and home improvements and highlighted their best features. Our ratings are compiled with the helpful hand of Alexa Analytics. Have […]

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July 21 2015

Building in Montgermont, France Seeks 20th Century Heritage Distinction

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

We should save the West Popular Bank building in Montgermont, France. This is the alarmist cry of the architect Odile Decq in a recent international petition to Francois Hollande and Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin. The creator of this building, inaugurated in 1990 and for which she received numerous international prizes, is worried about what will […]

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July 21 2015

Strasbourg, France to Re-reveal Plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

On the thousand-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame Collection Foundation, (the organization that supports Strasbourg, France’s Notre-Dame Cathedral), the foundation’s museum is equipping itself with two new rooms that will hold the drawings and plans for the cathedral, dating back to the middle ages. Inaccessible to the public since 1989, these showpieces will once again be […]

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July 20 2015

First Phase of Transnational Golden Corridor Completed Along Lys River, France

July 20th, 2015Posted by 

The European project “Corrid’Or” (Golden Corridor) is taking shape. It involves the development and landscape design of 10,000 hectares (roughly 38.6 square miles) of green recreational space by Lille Metropole. The objective is to create a transnational park in the Valley of the Lys extending 26 km (16.15 miles) from Erquinghem-Lys to Lys à Halluin. […]

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July 17 2015

Brittany, France Harvests Marine Current Power with Hydrofan Technology

July 17th, 2015Posted by 

The consortium Hydrofan was created in January 2015 after two years of reflection between its partners DCNS, Coriolis Composites, and the University of Southern Brittany. It is launching a research and development program that aims to develop hydrokinetic turbines made of composite materials. The goal of this project, which will last three years and is funded […]

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July 16 2015

The Olympics Settle in at Montreal, Canada’s City Center

July 16th, 2015Posted by 

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) inaugurated the Canadian Olympic House at 500 West Rene-Levesque Boulevard in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. La Presse had access to a guided visit of the place little before its opening. Here are some salient facts about it. The Best Montreal Presence The idea for the House began to germinate in the […]

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July 14 2015

Quebec, Canada Increases Funding for “The Unusual Passageways” Art Walk

July 14th, 2015Posted by 

Gigantic pigeons, dripping plastic buildings, different explosions … The roads and dead ends of the Old Port of Quebec, Canada are once again invaded this summer by the successful event “Les Passages Insolites” (The Unusual Passageways). This year, 12 ephemeral works of art have been installed between the Gare de Palais and the ferry. If […]

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July 14 2015

My Light Systems: Bringing Greater Autonomy to Domestic Solar Energy

July 14th, 2015Posted by 

My Light Systems is a startup from Saint-Priest outside of Lyon, France that offers to optimize the photovoltaic energy that a household produces. They have developed a system that makes domestic solar electricity production more readable. The software is also capable of managing a household’s consumption in order to bring it closer to energy autonomy. […]

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