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February 10 2014

Recycling and Construction: Thoughts from Algeria

February 10th, 2014Posted by 

In the Maghreb, like elsewhere, the image projected by the use of recycled materials for construction is negative because it is synonymous with shantytowns, precarious living conditions, poverty, squalor, etc. However, several remarkable experiments in building with recycled materials have been carried out in recent years, mostly in the United States. Michael Reynolds with his […]

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February 05 2014

Horrible Historic Preservation in 3 Easy Steps

February 5th, 2014Posted by 

Historic preservation has come a long way from the protesters in front of the old Penn Station in New York, and today it also focuses on issues such as placemaking and the revitalization of neglected buildings and neighborhoods. However, when it is done badly, historic preservation can hinder development and even unintentionally destroy what it […]

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February 04 2014

The Alexandria Co-Working Network: Libraries as Spaces for Community Innovation

February 4th, 2014Posted by 

Libraries are no longer limited to bookshelves and computer catalogs, but have transformed into places for children’s theater, farmers markets, community porches, and many other creative uses. Common built-in advantages of libraries include public accessibility, meeting rooms, internet access, and, of course, books! These features position public libraries as prime centers for social gatherings and […]

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February 03 2014

The Historic Revenge of Workers’ Neighborhoods in Bergerac, Aquitaine, France

February 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Since mid-December 2013, Saint James street has donned some new finery, worthy of the diversity of its architectural heritage. It shows with the new gateway to the historic downtown area, at the exit of the street and the Saint Jacques Church. Good taste is not necessarily unheard of as far as urban development is concerned. […]

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February 03 2014

Building Community through Design: Toronto Design Offsite Festival

February 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Toronto has long been home to many Canadian designers, architects, and artists, but the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) has helped put them on center stage and fostered a public understanding and appreciation for great design. TO DO is an annual week-long independent design festival with a unique arrangement of exhibitions. Unlike the Interior Design Show, which is held […]

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January 31 2014

Outdoor Advertising: A Right or Privilege in Nairobi?

January 31st, 2014Posted by 

The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) is one of the most iconic buildings in Nairobi and literally defines the capital city’s skyline. Completed in 1973, it is a stunning 105-meter mega structure of twenty-eight floors. It has a helipad on its roof and a revolving restaurant on the top floor. Its unique shape and towering […]

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January 28 2014

Large Venue Events Spur Controversy in Buenos Aires

January 28th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most appealing facets of Buenos Aires is the variety of cultural offerings that the city enjoys: concerts by international artists, museums, theatre, musicals, sport matches, jazz festivals, you name it. However, there is something curious about the built environment in which those activities take place. In most of Latin America, spaces for […]

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January 28 2014

Belfast Culture Night: A Benefit or a Burden?

January 28th, 2014Posted by 

Every year since 2009, Belfast has hosted Culture Night. Inspired by the success of similar events in other capitals such as Dublin and Copenhagen, Belfast hosts Culture Night every September allowing organisations, groups or individuals to host any cultural event within the Cathedral Quarter. While participation in the event is free, there is obviously a […]

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January 27 2014

Book Review: ‘Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change’

January 27th, 2014Posted by 

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change is an extended summary of Peter Calthorpe’s thought leadership in the areas of urban planning and its impacts on the surrounding environment. Arguing the holistic nature of planning decisions, Urbanism is full of quotable lines and beautiful graphics demonstrating how our carbon footprint continues to grow despite advances […]

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January 23 2014

Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayorial Climate Action Plan

January 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Currently there is no universal agreement on the degree, cause, or the severity of climate change. There is, however, a significant agreement on the rise of global emissions due to the quantitative aspects of measures and their contribution to these changes. Regional industries are all highly impacted by climatological change or are subject to likely regulatory or […]

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January 23 2014

Shanghai’s New Districts Fall Short of Attracting Residents

January 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On December 27,2013, the Shanghai 14th Municipal Commission passed the Shanghai Underground Space Planning Regulations, which will be implemented from April 1, 2014. The Regulations signal Shanghai’s intention to carry out new planning initiatives. In recent years, Shanghai has positioned itself to be an international financial center, and its various new districts have been building iconic […]

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January 21 2014

A Foundation for Rebranding: Light Rail Transit in Phoenix

January 21st, 2014Posted by 

In its continual search to be known for something other than its scorching temperatures, the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, also referred to as the Valley, has undertaken many ambitious projects. New resorts and golf courses are continuously being constructed to establish the region as a vacation and retirement destination. Several cities in the region have even […]

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January 20 2014

Community Participation in Sustainable Development in Nantes, Pays de Loire, France

January 20th, 2014Posted by 

Take a bit of sustainable transportation, a dash of accessible pedestrian walkways, green energy, developed waste management, not to mention eco-neighborhoods managed by participatory policies, and you will have a sustainable city. Too simple? Of course, a perfect recipe does not exist, all the more considering that the field is constantly changing. Cities are therefore […]

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January 16 2014

A Historical Chinese Industrial Building’s Fate Left to Government Hands

January 16th, 2014Posted by 

As the rate of industrialization and urbanization accelerates in China, more and more factories are becoming deserted. Preserving and developing industrial cultural heritage has become an issue that gathers the public’s attention.  The Zhongyan Hongsifang Joint-Stock Company complex was built in the 1950s in Anhui Province, China. The industrial site had a glorious past, but […]

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January 16 2014

Rethinking Placemaking: Book Review of “Urbanism Without Effort”

January 16th, 2014Posted by 

Ideas about cities are always changing, but the fundamentals of urban living stand the test of time. Urbanism Without Effort, written by Seattle native Chuck Wolfe, suggests that we consider the basics when faced with the complexities of planning cities. Using illustrations of various urban environments around the world, it articulates an idea that I have […]

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January 14 2014

Xiamen Encourages Public Participation in the Planning Process

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

On December 26th 2013, Xiamen Planning Department director Zhao Yanjing held a press conference to discuss the public participation initiatives that the planning department would carry out in the city’s future planning projects. Reporter: The recent Yuandang Lake Pedestrian Path project and the park bench donation program have attracted significant attention from the citizens. Will […]

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January 14 2014

The Covered River that Gave Belfast its Name

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Belfast is derived from the Irish Name of Béal Feirste meaning the mouth of the River Farset. Now, the River Farset is covered and contained in a pipe. Old drawings show it as bustling river which once was the heart of Belfast’s industrial development. The capital city of Northern Ireland was founded on a muddy ford […]

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January 13 2014

The Country’s Largest Light Rail System

January 13th, 2014Posted by 

City life in many places is synonymous with using public transportation- especially rail systems. However, when it comes to measuring the stretch of light rail miles, Dallas, Texas takes the top spot. The city has the longest light rail system in the country, spanning eighty-five miles and utilizing sixty-one stations. While the expanse of the light […]

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January 09 2014

KCP&L Using Complexity to Simplify Problems with the SmartGrid

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

The energy industry is a gigantic web of information and non-linear processes that have different networks, feed-ins, and balances between supply and demand on a second-by-second basis. Even at the city level, providing power adequately to all citizens and incurring minimal losses is a challenge all in itself. In the context of global emissions, energy […]

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January 09 2014

A Farewell to The Grid, from Gina Kiani of the East Bay, California

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to believe that my internship with Global Site Plans (GSP) has come to an end. Being a contributor to The Grid has helped me hone my skills as a writer; to more effectively convey and articulate my topics of interest. Focusing on topics of urban planning, through the lens of sustainability and geographic information […]

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