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March 16 2015

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up. In response, tech companies have resorted to adaptive reuse. Repurposing neglected […]

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March 16 2015

Short-term Apartment Rentals Soar in Preparation of Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

The countdown to Expo 2015 has started, and the international community has its eyes on Milan. It seems like the entire city is preparing to take advantage of this great economic opportunity and keep up with the unfolding events. Expo puts Milan under a lot of pressure. The city must have systems in place to withstand the international […]

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March 11 2015

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. As this sleepy city steadily grows, many new structures are changing the face of Cambodia’s capital. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, […]

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March 10 2015

Brussels, Belgium Protecting the Architectural Heritage of Antoine Pompe

March 10th, 2015Posted by 

At a time when architectural heritage is under threat around the world, the government of Brussels, Belgium has added Maison Stevens, located at Watermael-Boitsfort, to its historically protected listing and initiated the procedure for listing the Maison Vandevelde at Ganshoren. Both works are by architect Antoine Pompe, the bard of modernism. A Brussels architect who lived an exceptionally long time, Antoine […]

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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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March 09 2015

“Understanding Architecture:” Experiencing Architecture Through the Senses

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

The book “Understanding Architecture: A Primer on Architecture as Experience,” published in hardcover by Phaidon, covers 72 buildings, internationally, over time. Written and compiled by the American architect Robert McCarter and the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, it provides a virtual guide of different building types according to what it would be like to actually walk […]

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March 03 2015

Four Years After Paris, France’s Fréquel-Fontarabie Eco-Neighborhood Opening

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Four years after its opening, and one year after being labelled an “eco-neighborhood,” what has become of the Fréquel-Fontarabie housing block, located in Paris’s 20th district? Has it been able to fulfill its energy-conservation promises? A mid-February evaluation allowed us to take stock of the situation of this program developed ten years ago in partnership […]

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March 03 2015

Impact of Paris, France Tourism Worries UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Two-thousand-and-fourteen saw the number of tourists traveling the planet break the record of 1.1 trillion, 51 million more than the previous year. It seems that the movement is far from stopping since the trips, often at low cost, grow at an exponential rate. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), like UNESCO, has sounded the alarm, especially regarding […]

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February 27 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Loring Park Beautifully Mixes Local Culture

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Loring Park, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, experiences an incredible blend of culture and art. It has a prime location; bordered by multiple neighborhoods, academic establishments, downtown Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Convention Center and the famous Walker Art Center. All of this causes the park to be a hub of diversity for the City of Minneapolis. Loring Park […]

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February 23 2015

Is Momentum Building for Daylighting Park River in Hartford, Connecticut?

February 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The Park River in Hartford, Connecticut meanders through the city, but you might never know it. Once a historically valuable and nostalgic part of Hartford (at least to Mark Twain, who lived along it), it now flows through two conduits channeled under city’s downtown. While neither the river nor the conduits are visible from the […]

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February 20 2015

Benin, Africa Architect Roméo Mivekannin: “Architecture is a Powerful Political Act”

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

Roméo Mivekannin is a young Beninese architect from Cotonou, Africa, where his family still lives. He has just finished his studies at the Distinguished National School of Architecture in Toulouse (ENSA). As a student, he followed an unusual path of study. This, coupled with his fierce desire to succeed, helped him to make his longtime […]

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February 20 2015

Lack of Informal Tea Stalls for Well-designed Powai Signals Exclusivity in Mumbai, India

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

The experience of driving into Powai in Mumbai, India, is like finding an island in the middle of the sea. After miles of utilitarian roads surrounded by housing of all types, entering Powai’s well-designed promenades feels like a rush of escapism. The recent Hiranandani Gardens development project features vast streetscapes with everything from posh restaurants […]

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February 17 2015

Roland Castro on Using Design to Aid Struggling Neighborhoods in Paris, France

February 17th, 2015Posted by 

What is the best way to fight against the ghettoisation of disadvantaged neighborhoods? Roland Castro, architect and urban planner in charge of the Banlieues 89 project and a member of the Atelier International du Grand Paris, notably proposes a Central Park for greater Paris. We asked him what projects most urgently needed to be put […]

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February 16 2015

Vision Zero 2024: San Francisco Streets No Longer Dangerous By Design?

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

The phrase “dangerous by design” embodies the reality of San Francisco streets. Biking down Market street during the five o’clock rush, I had no idea my biggest fear would come true: I lost a hopeless battle with a bus for a spot in a shared bike lane. I was pushed onto streetcar tracks where my front […]

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February 13 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Inclusion of Sculptural Art Activates its Public Spaces

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Minneapolis, Minnesota is considered a city with a strong passion for art, with many theaters and art museums scattered throughout the urban fabric of the community. One big giveaway of the metro area’s devotion to the art culture is the way that sculptural pieces are incorporated throughout the public spaces of the city, including areas […]

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February 12 2015

Planning A Sustainable 117-Square Kilometer City in Henan Province, China

February 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following my first post entitled “Being an Urban Designer in China: Between Dream and Reality,” which was about my work environment in China, many readers were waiting for the next one about my professional experience, notably the urban projects on which I worked. Among all these projects, one particularly touched me and for several reasons. […]

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February 10 2015

Idealistic Eco-Neighborhood in Lille, France Faces Unforeseen Problems

February 10th, 2015Posted by 

Humanicité is an eco-neighborhood supported by the Catholic University of Lille, France. It is situated next to a metro station and in immediate proximity to the hospital. The project is meant to be a living lab, creating the community life of the future, except for that the project is missing social diversity and public facilities. […]

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February 09 2015

Two Historic Mill-Worker Housing Developments in Brooklyn, Connecticut

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

Over the course of the 1800′s, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Amos Lockwood built a series of mills in East Brooklyn, Connecticut’s “Quebec Square” neighborhood. Today, little is left of these mills; much of the complex (1952 Aerial) burnt down in 1961, but some of their structures remain. Their conditions range from habitable, to condemned, all […]

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February 02 2015

Book Review of “Spectacular Vernacular: London’s 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings”

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

In “Spectacular Vernacular: London’s 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings,” David Long takes the reader through central London to discover its least known yet extraordinary buildings. As disclosed in the book’s introduction, the author aims at attracting both London visitors and longtime residents’ attention to some of the least celebrated buildings and structures of the English Capital. […]

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February 02 2015

Mumbai, India to Receive Water from Potentially Disastrous River Inter-Linking Project

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Some of the largest cities in India, including Mumbai, are now slated to receive water from a very controversial river inter-linking project. Slated at $130 billion, the mega-project aims to divert portions of India’s largest rivers, such as the Yamuna, to arid areas in the country. The project was suspended more than two decades ago […]

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