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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 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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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 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, Montreal 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

Alpine Village of Hallstatt, Austria has been Copied Brick-for-Brick in China

July 14th, 2015Posted by 

The picturesque lakeside village of Hallstatt, nestled between the towering peaks and narrow valleys of Upper Austria, is a small piece of paradise. Idyllic Alpine beauty almost overwhelms the centuries-old market town. Swans and boats dot the surface of the mountainous lake, while the town’s Baroque architecture, its stone-and-timber facades, narrow streets, and steep churches […]

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July 09 2015

Toulon, France Developers Await Approval for Dubai-Style Artificial Island

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

A Varois architect is counting on installing a vast floating island in the harbor of Toulon, France. He contends to have received an initial agreement and estimates that it will take 10 years to complete this tourism-minded project. There are already the Palm Jumeirah and The World, two immense artificial archipelagos created on the open […]

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July 07 2015

Dalat, Vietnam: The City of Flowers & French-Vernacular Architecture?

July 7th, 2015Posted by 

While investigating landscape architecture in Saigon and Vietnam’s other cities, one is inevitably led back to Dalat, a small town in Vietnam’s south central highlands. It is here that many of the perennial plants used in urban planting schemes are grown, as well as many of the cut flowers sold on the streets of Vietnam. Indeed, Dalat is […]

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July 07 2015

Montreal’s Energy-Plus Varennes Library is Designed for the Modern Consumer

July 7th, 2015Posted by 

The construction work for the new futuristic library in Varennes, Montreal is complete. We are talking about the first institutional building in Canada that produces as much electricity as it consumes. We went on a guided visit of a space that adapts to its era. Dark solar panels line the roof, the facade is green with […]

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June 25 2015

Vienna, Austria Hosts The World’s First Interdisciplinary Biennale

June 25th, 2015Posted by 

With its enormous budget, ambitious designs, and dogged controversy, Milan’s Expo has captured the architectural community’s attention. But urbanists are increasingly looking towards the Austrian capital of Vienna for inspiration. Earlier this month, Vienna’s array of world-famous museums and design studios threw open their grand doors for the Vienna Biennale, which is operating for the first […]

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June 23 2015

The Purpose of Geomancy in the Purple City of Hue, Vietnam

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In the centre of Vietnam sits a small city with immense historic significance. Here collide the defining ingredients of Vietnam’s contemporary character, those engendered by its rich and chaotic history. The romantic Imperial past, the influence of French colonialism, the devastation of a generation-long war, Marxist ideology, and capitalist pragmatism have all played their part […]

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June 23 2015

Lyon, France’s 12th Century Grand Hospital Undergoing Adaptive Reuse

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In April 2015, they were talking about a 250 million euro sale. Agricultural Credit Insurances announced the purchase of Lyon’s Grand Hospital by Eiffage. No monetary amount was defined for the transaction. The BTP group will pursue the vast construction site for the conversion of the old hospital bought in 2010 by the Civil Hospices of […]

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June 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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June 18 2015

How Paris, France’s Lovers’ Padlock Tradition Could Live On

June 18th, 2015Posted by 

While Paris City Hall begins to definitively remove the love padlocks that lovers from all over the world hang on the Arts Bridge (1st-4th arrondissement), an English architect says that he has found a way to rein in the problem. Colin Kovacs has come up with a project that targets the balustrade whose vertical bars would not […]

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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 16 2015

Largest Single Nuclear Reactor of its Kind Being Created in Cadarache, France

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Generally, we associate the south of France with holidays on the Cote d’Azur, fields of lavender and the Cannes Film Festival, but not with science. However, for several years, the “construction site of the century” has been animating the Marseille area: the construction of an experimental international thermonuclear reactor (ITER) near the Cadarache Research Center. […]

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