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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 12 2015

Residents Debate Uses or Demolition of São Paulo, Brazil’s Minhocão Expressway

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

The elevated Costa and Silva highway, popularly called the Minhocão (literally the “giant worm”), has come back into discussion in the Municipal House of São Paulo. On May 28th they discussed the closing of the highway on Saturdays, in addition to its current Sunday closures. David Lacerda has lived in the area for three years […]

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June 10 2015

“Flower Factory” Tours Begin at the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil

June 10th, 2015Posted by 

Located in the Guabirotuba neighborhood, the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil received the first group of residents interested in learning about the production process of the flowers that decorate their local parks and city squares. Through the program “Flower Factory,” guided tours are offered in the nursery, where approximately 6 million seeds are produced annually – […]

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June 05 2015

Opening This Year, Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Will Be Fourth Largest in the World

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River, in the state of Pará, Brazil, is now 77% complete. In November 2015, it will begin minimal operations, at just 3% of its total capacity. The unit’s major machines will begin operation in March 2016. In the meantime, Altamira and other municipalities of Pará are already […]

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June 03 2015

Teto Uses Catarse to Crowdsource Funding for Emergency Housing in Salvador, Brazil

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

In 2008, residents united to found the community of Vila Esperança where over one thousand families live today. Located in the district of Pau da Lima, in Salvador Brazil, the hilly region divides the residents between an upper and lower area. The upper part has the only paved road in the community, with the majority of […]

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May 29 2015

Businesses Close as Rio Negro River in Manaus, Brazil Exceeds Emergency Level

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Manaus, Brazil, on May 19th, the level of the Rio Negro exceeded the minimum emergency quota of 28.94 meters (94.95 feet) with a level of 28.97 meters (95.05 feet). The volume of the water, aided by recent heavy rains, caused much flooding in the streets of Central Manaus. In accordance with the measuring system of […]

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May 27 2015

Rio de Janeiro State to Build Fully Green Education Center Using Shipping Containers

May 27th, 2015Posted by 

The marshland in Rio de Janeiro State is about to have a new building constructed and certified by the Green Building Council Brazil. The structure, designed by an NGO called Onda Viva, will house the Center for Ecology and Education for a Creative Economy. The project proposes to unite citizenship and sustainability. “The idea is to […]

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May 22 2015

Urban Agriculture to Take the Place of Vacant Lots in Curitiba, Brazil’s Central Region

May 22nd, 2015Posted by 

From May 7th to the 9th, architects from Estúdio 41 and alumni from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) gathered in the institution’s historic building to present solutions for transforming empty spaces of Curitiba’s central region with urban gardens. The models consider areas like terraces and parking lots, or empty spaces like abandoned buildings and […]

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May 14 2015

Sherbrooke, Quebec Business Owners Footing Bill for Bike Infrastructure Upgrades

May 14th, 2015Posted by 

The Sherbrooke, Quebec Urban Bike Citizens Group (VUS) hopes the city will stick to its decision to build a bike path on Industrial Boulevard. The business owners of Industrial Boulevard had not been warned they would be sharing the costs for implementing the newly planned traffic circle as part of the Portland Boulevard extension. The owners in […]

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May 13 2015

Garuva, Brazil’s Mayor Launches Essential – and Free – Transportation Service

May 13th, 2015Posted by 

While most medium and large cities are having heated debates over tariffs, the municipality of northern Santa Catarina has created a completely public model. It’s so public that it seems informal. And it’s free. The nearly 17,000 residents of Garuva, in the north of Santa Catarina, Brazil have free collective transport. While the majority of cities discuss […]

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May 12 2015

ArchiTerre Festival 2015 in Adrar, Algeria Supports Ancestral Construction Techniques

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

One idea that is much discussed at the Information/Awareness Days for the 4th international ArchiTerre festival is the use of local materials in future construction projects. The festival, which promotes earthen architecture, took place at Ahmed Draia University in Adrar, Algeria. According to Abdelhamid Benouali from the National Center for Integrated Construction Research and Studies (CNERIB), […]

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May 12 2015

Paris, France Plans to Be the World’s Biking Capital by 2020

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following the recent particulate pollution episodes that touched Paris, City Hall has unveiled its solution: the 2015-2020 Bike Plan. Through this major 150 million Euro project, those in charge hope to not only improve air quality but the comfort and security of the capital city’s 225,000 regular bikers. The goal: “turn Paris into the biking […]

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May 07 2015

In Nova Tower in Bordeaux, France Escapes Super High Building Classification

May 7th, 2015Posted by 

The real estate developer group CARLE has called on Bordeaux architects Bernard Bühler and Frédérik Dain (Hobo Architecture) to design the IN NOVA tower, a building that will be 55 meters high. Superimposing nine floors of office space and seven floors of housing, it will be the first non-IGH, mixed-use tower in Bordeaux and France. […]

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May 05 2015

Marrakech, Morocco Gabion Basket Homes Provide Sustainable, Affordable Housing

May 5th, 2015Posted by 

In Marrakech, Morocco, a model home is being constructed as a part of a project that seeks to build houses made of gabion baskets in rural regions of Morocco. The association behind this initiative is Architecture & Development, an association focusing on international solidarity. They are currently bringing together architects who are engaged in the […]

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April 30 2015

The California Environmental Quality Act’s Effect on Development in Los Angeles

April 30th, 2015Posted by 

The California Environmental Quality Act, commonly referred to as CEQA, is a state law that requires all agencies to identify and mitigate significant environmental impacts caused by their proposed projects. Ronald Reagan enacted CEQA back in 1970, when he was the Governor of California. Undoubtedly, the creation of CEQA goes hand in hand with the […]

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April 28 2015

McGill University Professor Releases App That Measures Street Pollution in Montreal

April 28th, 2015Posted by 

While biking is a good way to limit the rate of pollution in the city, most of the time, the cyclists who brave the traffic have their noses shoved into the exhaust gas of the cars they share the road with. In order to limit the inhalation of this toxic urban cocktail, researchers at McGill […]

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April 15 2015

Old Site of Grocer’s Market Continues Transformation in La Confluence, Lyon, France

April 15th, 2015Posted by 

The district of La Confluence, Lyon, France continues its transformation east of the Cours Charlemagne. The developer, Icade, invested in the land historically occupied by the grocer’s market, and a team of six designers redesigned it in order to give life to Ynfluences Square: a multifunctional real estate program. Ynfluences Square faces the hotel of the […]

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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

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 30 2015

Work in Progress: Presenting Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015 Master Plan

March 30th, 2015Posted by 

The Expo 2015 building site is approximately an area of 1 million square meters. The project was entrusted to a group of designers supported by internationally renowned architects, including Stefano Boeri, Ricky Burdett and Jacques Herzog. The design of the new development follows the footprint of the ancient Roman city. It revolves around two orthogonal axes: the Decumano and […]

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