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November 06 2014

In Tokyo, Japan, the Metabolist Nagakin Capsule Tower Faces Demolition

November 6th, 2014Posted by 

Boxes blackened by the passage of time, piled one on top of the other: the “Nagakin Capsule Tower” sticks out in Tokyo’s Shimabshi business district, but a handful of ardent supporters have mobilized themselves in order to prevent the possible demolition of this example of Japanese Metabolist architecture. One of its owners, Masato Abe, is […]

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November 03 2014

“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review

November 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Henry James wrote “London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy … it is only magnificent.” David Long found it appropriate to cite this quote in the introduction of his book Tunnels, Towers, and Temples. After visiting London, I can say that I find it rings true, and even […]

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October 30 2014

Edison Student Residence Pays Homage to Cinematic Innovation in Montreal

October 30th, 2014Posted by 

On a vacant site located in the epicenter of student life in Montreal, north of McGill University in the Milton Gates district, stands the Edison Residence, the latest architectural conception of the architecture collective KANVA. Its doors were opened on Aug. 30, 2014. It’s an “animated architecture” that pays homage to Thomas Edison, one of […]

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October 29 2014

A New District Emerges Around Historic Windsor Station in Downtown Montreal

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

A new bit of skyline will emerge in the lower part of downtown Montreal during the next fifteen years. Developer Cadillac-Fairview, a real-estate branch of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, is creating Quad Windsor, a mixed-use development project comprised of nine new buildings centered around Windsor Station. The two billion dollar project is to be […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 28 2014

In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, School Expands with High Quality Environmental Project

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

In addition to the twenty-four spots that it already has, Raoul-Georges-Nicolo High School will be able to house fifty additional high school students in its new buildings set to be ready by the beginning of the next school year. Raoul-Georges-Nicolo High School is known for being a school that prepares students for careers in construction and applied arts. […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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October 20 2014

Ottawa Lacks Downtown Amenities to Stimulate Urban Intensification

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

A few weeks ago, on a sunny September afternoon, I left the fluorescent confines of my Centretown office in Ottawa to indulge in a meditative outdoor lunch in the fresh air and gentle hum of the city. After choosing my food, I scanned the surroundings for the most obvious green space where I could enjoy my meal. […]

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October 20 2014

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco’s Homeless “Epidemic?”

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

Men and women step over the homeless, with shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year, begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved. Some are […]

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October 16 2014

Balancing Priority for Pedestrians and Parking in Rue Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal

October 16th, 2014Posted by 

Priority to pedestrians, but also more parking – this is the paradox that emerges from the first phase of consultations conducted by the City regarding the restructuring of Rue Sainte-Catherine West, which the President of the Executive Committee, Pierre Desrochers, summed up recently. The city’s designers formulated four restructuring alternatives in the stride of this […]

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October 16 2014

Activists Fight to Preserve Historic São Félix Railway Station in Bahia, Brazil

October 16th, 2014Posted by 

Considered to be the main cultural and historical heritage building in the Reconcavo of Bahia, the São Félix, a former railway station, is now in an advanced state of deterioration and has been abandoned by the government since June 2014. An organization known as the Coletivo Criativo Ocupa Estação (Creative Collective for the Occupation of the Station) […]

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October 09 2014

Learning From The Rise of Car-less Communities in Europe

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

The government projects “Green Pastille” (“pastille verte”), “Carless Day” (“journée sans voiture”), and “Even/Odd Day” (“journée paire/impaire”) raise the central question of the place of the car in our cities. Is the end of the reign of the car here yet? The mission of eco-neighborhoods is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the city. What […]

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October 08 2014

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, a city of 83,000 inhabitants located in the Northwest […]

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October 08 2014

Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient city. Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author and activist who is known for exploring the intersections between urban planning, psychology, culture, and history. Happy City […]

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October 07 2014

Bois-Franc Neighborhood in Saint-Laurent, Montreal Serves as TOD & LEED Model

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

Imagine a train station very close to the intersection of the underused sector of Henri-Bourassa and Marcel-Laurin boulevards in Saint-Laurent, France. In this forward-thinking arrondisement, green, sustainable development is the only option for the future. Moving forward, businesses and residences aiming for LEED certification, as well as green spaces that favor walking or biking will […]

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October 06 2014

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 6th, 2014Posted by 

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage. The first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities, the station falls within the series of major construction sites launched by Morocco’s sovereign across […]

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October 03 2014

#IAMTHEGRID: One Year Later Michael Jenkins Reflects from Oakland, California

October 3rd, 2014Posted by 

“Progressive and illuminating” is how Michael describes his experience with The Grid. Blogging from Nothinghamshire, England between January and June 2013 after finishing his MBA studies, it’s been a little over a year since Michael Jenkins said farewell to The Grid. Since then he has returned to his hometown of Oakland, California where he is […]

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October 02 2014

Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil

October 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconstructed from 2011- 2014 as part of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Recently, the company has been ordered to pay an indemnity for collective moral […]

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October 01 2014

Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb far, far away. An asphalt parking lot would span out in front of you, without any direct pedestrian path […]

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October 01 2014

Plans to Demolish Architectural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

A project not adapted to existing buildings could potentially have its building permit request denied. In March 2013, ARAU was alerted by a group of locals that the HUB (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel) was planning to “renovate” a group of buildings located at the corner of Marais and Sables streets, which were acquired in December 2012. This […]

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