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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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September 24 2014

Omaha, Nebraska Encourages Citizens to Get Active Within Their Communities

September 24th, 2014Posted by 

The act of bicycling is a universally known means of transportation. However, biking serves different purposes for different people. Some cycle for competition, some for relaxation, and some to get to their job, to the store, or just about everywhere. Each day, cyclists and others who choose alternative means of transportation are forced to interact with […]

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September 17 2014

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Green buildings are at times defined as buildings that are “not as bad” or “notably better” than the average with regard to impact on the environment. More technically,  a green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, […]

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September 16 2014

Claude and Duval: Le Corbusier’s Only Industrial Building Continues to Operate

September 16th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Saint-Die-des-Vosges has the only industrial building the Swiss architect conceived. Always active, the site of the Claude and Duval hosiery houses eighty workers today. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret was born in 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and he died in 1965 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the Maritime Alps. He took on the pseudonym Le Corbusier, the […]

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September 11 2014

Architecteurs Competition 2014: Announcing French Architectural Winners

September 11th, 2014Posted by 

The Architecteurs, the primary national network of architects and builders, came together and selected, during their annual great Congress (from June 25-28, 2014) the award winners of the 2014 Architecteurs Exhibit-Competition. For the 9th year in a row, the professionals making up the jury also rewarded the best achievements among a large selection of architectural […]

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September 09 2014

300 Days of Sun and Flat Terrain: What’s Keeping Athens, Greece from Biking?

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

The increase of cycling in a city like Athens – or for instance Milan, Paris, London, Barcelona, Bucharest and other modern cities – makes sense and has merit, as it is associated with the sustainability of the city. When speaking about cycling in the city, we refer to some citizens’ choice to use a means of transport […]

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September 03 2014

Wind Farms in Galway, Ireland Expand in the Midst of Opposition

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Renewable sources of energy are in high demand in Ireland today, and wind farms seem to be popping up all over the country. This is because we are edging closer to 2020, and therefore the end of the Irish government’s Energy White Paper. The Energy White Paper was published in March 2007 with the aim of […]

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August 26 2014

Lyon, France to Welcome its First Vertical Urban Farm: Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Last Thursday, engineers, researchers, and other Lyon architects presented the project FUL (Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise), which could produce more than 600,000 salads per year, starting in the summer of 2016. While on the North American continent urban horticulture exploits already exist, this Lyon project could constitute a first for France. This first urban farm would […]

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August 26 2014

Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the […]

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August 22 2014

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The commune of Plessis-Gassot [in the Île de France region] has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste. This is a first for France and a shining example of an original initiative. Power generated from […]

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August 21 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014: Versailles, France Explores Dwellings of the Future

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

Following two years of work – from the conception to the construction of the 1-to-1 scale buildings – and 17 days of exhibition and competition in the gardens of Versailles Palace, on July 12, 2014, the 800 participants of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition saw the prizes of the competition awarded. Press Release: Organized […]

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August 19 2014

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital. Zoom with Scootlib’, Paris’ self-service scooters! Self-Service Scooters The City of Paris has expressed […]

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August 19 2014

The Bicycle: More Popular than Ever in Quebec, Canada!

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The bicycle is one of the most popular pastimes in Quebec, Canada. Moreover, with 750 bikes per 1,000 inhabitants, Quebec’s biking environment looks like that of northern European countries. A great admirer of biking and creator of the informational website ADN du Velo, Jean-Pierre Huot remarks on the growing interest of the people of Quebec […]

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August 08 2014

In Nantes, France, Exceptional Architecture for the Maison du Batîment

August 8th, 2014Posted by 

In a tenuous economic context, one must be daring! But the gamble waged by the Fédération du Batîment des Pays de la Loire and de Loire-Atlantique has paid off. On Friday July 4th, after eighteen months of work, some 360 professionals attended the inauguration of their “Maison du Batîment,” an exemplary building by Tetarc. Designed by the Nantes […]

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August 07 2014

The Official Launch of the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists, Paris

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Equality has launched the registration period for the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists in order to valorize the young generation and its ability to respond to the complexity of current urban problems. Registration is open to all young professionals, regardless of nationality. In such a way, the ministry wants […]

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August 06 2014

Book Review: “The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design”

August 6th, 2014Posted by 

Anthony Denzer’s 250+ page book The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design, published by Rizzoli, is a study of the evolution of solar design from the 1930′s onward. Dispelling the notion that solar design is a thing of the latter half of the 20th century, in eleven chapters, this detailed historical survey features the earliest passive solar designs by […]

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July 31 2014

Re: Think Project Partners with Municipality for Communal Composting in Greece

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

“Take composting into your own hands! Collectively handle the organic waste!” Based on this reasoning, an interesting and pioneering initiative has taken place over the last three years in Kalamata, Greece. It is the first, at least as far as we know, attempt to create a self managed neighborhood network of composting in Greece. It all began in […]

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July 29 2014

Children of Skopelos Island, Greece Learn About “Energy for Life”

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

Shortly before nightfall, many students, parents, teachers and other citizens of Skopelos Island gathered at the courtyard of the Island’s primary school. They gathered to attend the last event of the “Energy Travels for Life” Program. Throughout the academic year, the young citizens of Skopelos had the rare opportunity to learn about preservation through the lens of sustainability.  “Representatives […]

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July 25 2014

Glass Buildings, A Past Perfect Trend in Athens, Greece

July 25th, 2014Posted by 

From rural to urban, and from marble to glass, the history of the contemporary city of Athens has been vigorous, exciting and sometimes contradictory. While the last marbles of the Acropolis are looking at Athens from above, few other things have managed to distinguish themselves from the cityscape. The tall glass building, known as the […]

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July 21 2014

The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would be a compliment, but it is not always that simple. A building’s connection with both city and site can often become clouded and disjointed with […]

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