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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 27 2015

Nice, France Bets on Solar Power Experiment for Energy Solutions

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Since 2011, the program Nice Grid, based outside of Nice, France, has been testing the integration of solar panels within industrial enterprises and individual homes. Their grand-scale experiment could allow them to develop solutions that are applicable to all, particularly the creation of a Smart Grid energy-network that is more reactive to community energy use. For […]

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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 19 2015

What Does the 2016 Formation of “Grand Paris” Mean for Arrondissements?

February 19th, 2015Posted by 

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, an informational meeting about Grand Paris took place in the City Hall of the 4th arrondissement. I was very happy to take part in it because it was very interesting. On this point, I must express my regret that information about the fact that this meeting was being held was not […]

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February 18 2015

Mark Friis: A Leader in Bike & Pedestrian Safety Advocacy in Inland Empire, CA

February 18th, 2015Posted by 

I see Mark Friis as soon as I walk into Stell Coffee & Tea, a popular cyclist hangout in Redlands, CA. He’s relaxing at the counter, and as we shake hands he says, “Should we get a sandwich?” The barista, as well as the next 3 people who walk in, know Mark by name. That’s […]

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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 16 2015

Milan, Italy Ranks 41 in the World According to Mercer’s Quality of Life Index

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

Leadership, as we speak about it, comes in many different forms. Often, leadership involves mapping out the future of an organization. An effective leader creates an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring others to participate. But how can a city be a leader? What would be the qualities of this leading city, and how would we […]

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February 13 2015

Montreal, Canada Aims to Double City’s Bike Paths Despite Naysayers

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Montreal, Canada intends to double the length of its biking network over the course of the next few years – a project that could cost about 150 million dollars. The opposition, however, doubts the Coderre administration’s capacity to lead so many projects. The metropolis has begun to map the development of the bike path network, […]

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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 11 2015

Los Angeles’ Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

February 11th, 2015Posted by 

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to participate in an event put on by the American Planning Association showcasing public art pieces in different Metro transit stations. Metro, also known as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, services millions of passengers each day through both bus and rail transit. Additional projects focus on creating more carpool […]

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February 10 2015

Controversy Surrounds Paris, France’s Marais & Tourist Coach Parking

February 10th, 2015Posted by 

We have said it many times to the elected officials, the police, and in particular to Pierre Aidenbaum, the Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement, and to the Central Deputy Commissioner Cyril Lacombe, the Marais must never, under any circumstance, despite its numerous museums, become a parking lot for tourism coaches and school buses. Indeed, two […]

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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

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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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 04 2015

The Perris Valley Line Charges Ahead Through Riverside County, California

February 4th, 2015Posted by 

Metrolink trains have been operating in Southern California since 1992, and although timetables and station locations can often be less than ideal, the trains provide a reliable alternative to cars for many Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire residents. Traffic on area freeways can cause significant delays, and the average Riverside County commuter spends […]

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February 04 2015

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Outsourced Public Transportation System Fails Citizens

February 4th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s largest city, and as its capital, it is experiencing rapid urbanization. With a metropolitan population of around 2.2 million people, the next largest city of Battambang doesn’t compare at only 200,000 people. As the population grows, the city is in need of more comprehensive transportation infrastructure to better accommodate further development. […]

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