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June 12 2015

Residents Debate Uses or Demolition of São Paulo, Brazil’s Minhocão Expressway

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

The elevated Costa and Silva highway, popularly called the Minhocão (literally the “giant worm”), has come back into discussion in the Municipal House of São Paulo. On May 28th they discussed the closing of the highway on Saturdays, in addition to its current Sunday closures. David Lacerda has lived in the area for three years […]

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June 12 2015

Social Landlord Launches Coworking Facility in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

Go to the office – in a social housing apartment building. Such is the original idea just launched by Val-d’Oise Habitat. The department’s social landlord inaugurated a coworking space in the middle of Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France. “At the beginning, it was considered a bit of a silly idea,” smiles Raphaelle Gilabert, Director of Val-d’Oise Habitat. “But the […]

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June 09 2015

Bessieres, France Launches Twenty-Five Acres of Cogeneration Greenhouses

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

Ten hectares (108,000 square feet), thousands of cubic meters of displaced earth, enormous engines, intense activity. We are here: the construction site of the greenhouses that will be heated by the residual vapors of Bessieres, France’s Incinerator has been launched. It’s in the process of a few weeks of landscaping, after which the 7-meter-high (roughly 23 feet) […]

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June 09 2015

Negligent Landlords Targeted by Housing Aid Society in Saint-Quentin, France

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

In Saint-Quentin, France, the Family Allowances Fund (CAF) has been experimenting with a system that targets the landlords of rundown housing complexes and obligates them to do maintenance work. If they do not bring their buildings up to par, they will not be allocated financial assistance from the Family Allowances Fund. The department will no […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 05 2015

Opening This Year, Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Will Be Fourth Largest in the World

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River, in the state of Pará, Brazil, is now 77% complete. In November 2015, it will begin minimal operations, at just 3% of its total capacity. The unit’s major machines will begin operation in March 2016. In the meantime, Altamira and other municipalities of Pará are already […]

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June 05 2015

Citizens of Laval, Quebec Propose Height Limits for New Development

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

Laval, Quebec’s citizens movement “Pas de Tours dans Ma Cour,” (PTMC) or “No Towers in My Neighborhood,” is setting the tone for the upcoming public consultations that will be led by the Demers administration, beginning August 1, 2015, on the revision of the territorial development plan. The current plan has been in place for more […]

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June 03 2015

Policy Setback: New Ruling in Favour of Suburbs in Waterloo Region, Canada

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

After a 13-year battle, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has finally sided with developers on the issue of making more land available for suburban growth. Over a decade ago, Waterloo Regional Council had passed policies intended to curb suburban sprawl. However, the original 85 hectares (roughly 210 acres) of allotted land for suburban development has […]

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June 02 2015

In France, Discovery of 13th Century Murals Spur Poitiers Cathedral’s Restoration

June 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Three years after the unexpected discovery of monumental decorative paintings at Poitiers Cathedral, Poitier, France, a preservation effort is underway. The perception of the building will be transformed. Perched on staggered scaffolding and concealed behind an immaculate canvas, a restoration team is ready to start work on Poitiers Cathedral’s southern transept. Scalpel in hand, the team is operating meticulously […]

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May 29 2015

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In some places, matte steel and sculpted concrete sit side by side with 300-year old gilded stone … a complicated marriage […]

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May 27 2015

Rio de Janeiro State to Build Fully Green Education Center Using Shipping Containers

May 27th, 2015Posted by 

The marshland in Rio de Janeiro State is about to have a new building constructed and certified by the Green Building Council Brazil. The structure, designed by an NGO called Onda Viva, will house the Center for Ecology and Education for a Creative Economy. The project proposes to unite citizenship and sustainability. “The idea is to […]

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May 26 2015

Bouge, Belgium’s New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

May 26th, 2015Posted by 

Have you heard of the UK’s Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the philosophy that has been adopted by the Matexi group, developer of a new […]

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May 25 2015

Minneapolis’ Historic Peavey Plaza Falls into Disrepair & Faces Destruction?

May 25th, 2015Posted by 

There are many factors that weigh into the decision to limit funding for the upkeep of a historic landmark, particularly one significant enough to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the case with Peavey Plaza, located downtown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg as a […]

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May 22 2015

Relic of the Republic: The History of Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace

May 22nd, 2015Posted by 

On April 30th, Vietnam celebrated forty years since the end of the Vietnam War and the reunification of North and South Vietnam. It was on that date in 1975 that North Vietnam and her allies in the Liberation Army of South Vietnam (Viet Cong) seized Saigon, which at that time was operating as the southern capital. […]

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May 22 2015

Urban Agriculture to Take the Place of Vacant Lots in Curitiba, Brazil’s Central Region

May 22nd, 2015Posted by 

From May 7th to the 9th, architects from Estúdio 41 and alumni from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) gathered in the institution’s historic building to present solutions for transforming empty spaces of Curitiba’s central region with urban gardens. The models consider areas like terraces and parking lots, or empty spaces like abandoned buildings and […]

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May 21 2015

Giant Rubbish Incinerator Turned into an Emblem of Vienna, Austria’s Skyline

May 21st, 2015Posted by 

The Fernwӓrmewerk – or district heating plant – stands at the junction of Dӧbling, the leafy-green nineteenth district, and Alsergrund, the austere and classical ninth district. Throughout its illustrious history, this coveted section of northern Vienna has been home to the myriad of musicians, writers and intellectuals that have made Vienna the city that it is […]

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May 21 2015

Verdun, Montreal Introduces Alleyway Insect Shelters to Increase City’s Biodiversity

May 21st, 2015Posted by 

This summer, with the blessing of the arrondissement, the citizens of Verdun, Montreal will welcome those with six legs to their neighborhood. They hope to see new tenants nest near them, thanks to insect homes that will be installed in green alleys. Four intriguing wooden structures should be erected by the end of summer in the Victor […]

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May 19 2015

Controversy Surrounds Whether “Brest the Grey” Will Transform into A City of Colors

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

Brest, France is often known as “Brest the White” or “Brest the Grey.” But what if these qualifiers were to become obsolete one day? It is possible that things are moving a bit in that direction. This month, the subject of coloring the city was at the center of an ambitious meeting at the Mac-Orlan Center. […]

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May 19 2015

Creil, France’s “Nelson Mandela Footbridge” Increases Community’s Soft Circulation

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

From now on, it is possible to go across the “Nelson Mandela” footbridge in Creil, Northern France. The bridge opened to the public in mid-June. After two years, the construction work is finally over. Two years of technical headache, custom fabrication of parts, fine-tuning, ballasting, key stoning, and more. The result: a suspended bridge, exclusively […]

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May 15 2015

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park in Lurais, France

May 15th, 2015Posted by 

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. The 470,000 Euro project, which started in 2009, took a long time to come to fruition. But, as of a few days ago, Lurais is in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood. The inauguration of the site permitted spectators to explore […]

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