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April 09 2015

La Remise Crowdfunds Villeray, Montreal’s First Tool Sharing Library

April 9th, 2015Posted by 

On occasion who doesn’t need tools for a carpentry, gardening or renovation project? Rather than being forced to buy these tools, the people of Montreal will soon have access to a wide range of cheap equipment thanks to La Remise, a tools library, which plans to open its doors in Villeray, Montreal this spring. Such tool libraries […]

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April 07 2015

Fighter Plane Shelters Transformed into Eco-Housing in Haute-Pyrénées, France

April 7th, 2015Posted by 

An entrepreneur in Haute-Pyrénées, France has developed a process for constructing individual eco-houses, sunk into the earth and built with recycled materials. And you only need sixty days to build one. Blended into the natural landscape, with practically zero net energy consumption, and for a construction cost of less than 1,200 Euros per square meter, […]

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April 03 2015

Foraging and Gleaning for Food Resiliency in Kitchener, Canada

April 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Urban foraging is not new, and is gaining ground as a sustainable activity that makes ecological sense. While most people undoubtedly still rely on their cars and the weekly run to the supermarket to buy food, there is an increasing number of urbanites in Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) interested in living right off their neighborhood’s backyard. […]

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April 03 2015

Château de Millemont, France Becomes an Open-Sourced Eco-Village

April 3rd, 2015Posted by 

From August 15th to September 20, 2015, a hundred makers are going to build a village about energy transition at the Château de Millemont in Millemont, France. Benjamin Tincq, Co-founder of OuiShare, a group dedicated to the collaborative economy, is one of the innovators behind this project, baptized POC21. Here is our interview with him. […]

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March 31 2015

Unconventional “Wikibuilding” Planned to Help Reinvent Paris, France

March 31st, 2015Posted by 

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, has designated lot M5A2 in the ZAC Masséna (a concentrated development zone) a part of the project “Reinventing Paris.” The lot is a bare swath of terrain stuck just inside Paris’ periphery, only a few minutes’ walk from the National Library and the 1,000 startups that will, in the future, […]

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March 24 2015

Sustainable Wineries Expand Use of Waterway Transportation in Rhône Valley, France

March 24th, 2015Posted by 

A regular fluvial transportation line for palletized wines has just opened between the Rhône Valley and Paris, France. A development agency wants to incite carriers to transport a part of their freight on this water route. Last January 11th, we clinked our glasses at the arrival of the barge “Alizarine” at the Villette Basin in […]

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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 05 2015

Burlington, Vermont: A City Powered by Renewable Energy

March 5th, 2015Posted by 

Burlington, Vermont, located in the American Northeast, became the first city in the country to be completely powered by renewables at the start of 2015. This is a small revolution in a country where carbon levels remain particularly high. This is the culmination of a project that was initiated by the City in the 1990s. Notably, the […]

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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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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 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 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 03 2015

Koolicar & Titi Flores Partner to Launch Carsharing in Nantes, France

February 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Last week, in Nantes, France, the transportation society Titi Floris (located in the Nantes suburb of Saint-Herblain) and the start-up Koolicar launched a carsharing system. The system will use individual citizens’ cars, with additional cars provided by Titi Floris. “Our cars only run four hours a day, five days a week. The rest of the time, they just sit there! […]

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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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February 02 2015

The Fleet of the Future: BART’s Improved Design for the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is getting a much needed remodel after 40 years of service. The typical Bay Area commuter’s relationship with BART has always been strained. A typical BART ride, much like that on any big city’s public transit system, involves outdated design, crowded cars, maintenance delays, and unsightly seating tainted from someone […]

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January 29 2015

Futuristic Greenwashed Highrises Undermine Paris Smart City 2050′s Vision

January 29th, 2015Posted by 

The illustrated study has been making the rounds on the internet for several days: “Paris Smart City 2050, or a futurist vision of the capital proposed by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut and the SETEC building office of engineers?” Last spring, the team responded to a call for entries by the Urban Ecology Agency of the […]

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January 23 2015

EasyLi, At the Forefront of Green Energy, Takes off in Châtellerault, France

January 23rd, 2015Posted by 

EasyLi? Few people know of it locally. And for a reason. The enterprise only arrived in Châtellerault, France two years ago. The company began by exciting a lot of interest in the green energy sector. After Poitou-Charentes Innovation, the company raised its capital by 23%. Poitou-Charentes Innovation is the French Institute of Renewable Energy. It is […]

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January 21 2015

Why Riverside Transit Agency Replaced its Entire Fleet with CNG Buses

January 21st, 2015Posted by 

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has provided public bus services to Western Riverside County since 1977. RTA operates more than 160 buses on 36 fixed routes and 8 commuter routes. They also use 98 Dial-A-Ride vehicles, and 10 trollies. Their service area is among the nation’s largest, covering 2,500 square miles of Riverside County, California. […]

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January 20 2015

Are Eco-Towers Coming to Downtown Paris, France?

January 20th, 2015Posted by 

An engineering and architecture firm have been working on Paris’ Climate/Energy Plan, to be achieved by 2050. Their work led to plans for large, positive energy apartment buildings. How can we invent the city of the future while considering the constraints, necessities, and aspirations of its inhabitants, administrations, and enterprises? This, especially given that we live in a […]

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