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August 22 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Lindsay Naughton in St. Louis, Missouri

August 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The opportunity to intern with The Grid gave me the chance to truly explore St. Louis, Missouri. With plans to open the National Blues Museum and create an international technology hub, to exploring the history of Forest Park and the city’s role in hosting the first US Olympics, there was already much of the city […]

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August 14 2015

Historic Preservation Projects Given Green Light in Downtown Manaus, Brazil

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

The revitalization project of Tenreiro Aranha Square and of the area surrounding the Adolpho Lisboa Market in Manaus was presented on the morning of August 11th by the Director-President of the Municipal Urban Planning Institute (Implurb), Roberto Moita. The meeting held in Manaus City Hall building was attended by the municipal secretaries, the Mayor Arthur Neto, […]

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August 13 2015

Project by Lebanese Architect Lina Ghotmeh Preselected for ‘Reinventing Paris’

August 13th, 2015Posted by 

In November 2014, Paris City Hall presented its call for urban proposals for “Reinventing Paris.” It was a plan aiming to “give the keys of the fabrication of 23 territories” to “all those who contribute to the fabrication of the city,” explained Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of the French capital. At the center of this […]

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August 11 2015

3 Objectives Guide the Makeover of Paris, France’s Champ de Mars

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

It’s time to start two years of work! As part of a joint operation between the Métropole and the City of Lille, Paris, France’s “Champ de Mars” (Field of March) esplanade begins its metamorphosis. This reclassification includes the creation of two parking zones at the north and south ends with a large amount of green […]

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August 11 2015

Invigorate Montreal, Quebec’s Viger Square Rather than Raze It to the Ground

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

An “informational public meeting” on revamping Viger Square of Montreal, Quebec, on June 16 allowed for the re-emergence of a variety of strong oppositional forces to the demolition and redevelopment project for Viger Square’s Daudelin Islet. Everyone was in agreement: the City’s will to demolish and alter the works of Charles Daudelin was moved. First […]

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August 11 2015

The Suburbs Copy Montreal, Canada In Order to Compete with It

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

Public pianos, self-service bikes, street food trucks … the suburbs are drawing more and more inspiration from Montreal. This summer, several projects born in the metropolis are being launched in the surrounding suburbs. The objective is to retain the consumer-residents. “We have plenty of nice activities, there’s no reason to go elsewhere to benefit from […]

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August 10 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Katelyn Hewett

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I begin my time at The Grid. I still remember one of my first assignments, a book review on Charles Montgomery’s Happy City. I thought writing a book review would be a good experience, but worried the text would prove to be a bit […]

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August 10 2015

A Book Review: “The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture”

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

In a relatively recent commercial, General Electric presents their vision of the future of work, a future where human-driven design is assisted by machines. The main actors of the commercial are 3-D printers and industrial robots, suggesting their potential impact in the projected future. Expectedly, architecture is well within the domain of the impact of […]

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August 07 2015

Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France is Arming its Citizens with Solar Reflectance Education

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

Experts at the Chamber of Trades and Artisans in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France have introduced professionals and individuals to innovative technologies related to housing. For example, lowering the temperature of a building by 4-7 degrees Celsius without air conditioning is now possible. Faced with climate change and rising temperatures in urban areas, new construction materials have come […]

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August 07 2015

Handicap Accessibility and Cultural Heritage in Mayenne and Nantes, France

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

While seeing a wheelchair coming through the meandering paths of a fortified castle would have seemed a bit crazy a few years ago, our historic buildings have made progress in regards to accessibility. The respect of the law is not the only thing at stake (remember that all public buildings must be accessible or have […]

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August 05 2015

Montreal, Canada’s Angus TechnoHub Phase 2 Breaking Ground in 2017

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

Christian Yaccarini, President of the Angus Development Organization, introduces the second phase of the Angus TechnoHub, an eco-neighborhood in Montreal, Canada that promises to use the best new technologies to become a global model in sustainable urban development. The first phase of the Angus TechnoHub started 20 years ago on the former Angus Shops industrial […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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July 31 2015

7 Neighborhoods Selected for Urban Renewal in Lille, France

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

The French Ministry of the City (Ministere de la ville) announced in December 2014 that seven neighborhoods out of the ten proposed in the Lille metropolitan area had been selected by the National Agency for Urban Renovation (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine) for the New National Program of Urban Renewal (Nouveau programme national de […]

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July 30 2015

Help From the Region In Order to Reinvigorate Delle, France’s City Center

July 30th, 2015Posted by 

Under the rays of the sun, the Delle, France city center and Raymond Forni Square is a small town center the way we like them. Pretty and classic with its outdoor cafe seating, its little fountain, and the business owner who gossips with her friends on the doorstep of her store. A nice photo which, after all, […]

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July 28 2015

France’s Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Launches Interactive Historic Restoration

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

Why Such a Construction Site? After the 2014 redesign of the romantic and landscaped gardens, in the image of those that existed in 1850, the Azay-le-Rideau Chateau began a wide-spanning construction site at the beginning of 2015. The aim is to restore the original carpentry dating back to the 16th century, the slate cover, the facade […]

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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

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

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

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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