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August 18 2015

Hybrid Buses Threatened to Go Out of Circulation in Curitiba, Brazil

August 18th, 2015Posted by 

The criteria for sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction will stay within the urban mobility policies in Curitiba, Brazil, even after the State Court of Auditors (TCE) defended a recall of thirty hybrid buses. This and thirteen other decisions by the TCE depend on the evaluation by Curitiba’s public transport company, Urbs. However, regardless of […]

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August 17 2015

Construction Continues on Lezennes Station in Lille, France

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

In the coming weeks, construction will once again be seen at Lezennes Station. In fact, work never actually stopped, but had to go back to the engineering consulting office. After the first phase of underground construction and reinforcement, building operations are returning to the surface in order to create two new points of access to […]

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August 17 2015

Absense of Iconic Yellow Tram in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Cripples Local Economy

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

Sitting on a stool on the sidewalk near the Largo dos Guimarães plaza in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Arnaudo Comes de Souza observed a road taken by construction. It was around lunchtime on a Wednesday. Without customers to welcome, the owner of one of the most traditional restaurants of Santa Teresa, […]

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August 12 2015

Traffic Accidents Fall in São Paulo, Brazil After Speed Limit Reduction

August 12th, 2015Posted by 

Data released by the Traffic Engineering Company (CET), notes a fall in the rate of accidents after the reduction of speed limits to 40 km/h (25 mph) on many roads. According to the data, there was a 71% reduction in the number of deaths resulting from transit accidents and pedestrian fatalities. Between August of 2012 […]

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August 11 2015

Invigorate Montreal, Quebec’s Viger Square Rather than Raze It to the Ground

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

An “informational public meeting” on revamping Viger Square of Montreal, Quebec, on June 16 allowed for the re-emergence of a variety of strong oppositional forces to the demolition and redevelopment project for Viger Square’s Daudelin Islet. Everyone was in agreement: the City’s will to demolish and alter the works of Charles Daudelin was moved. First […]

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August 10 2015

World Access to Modern Energy Shines the Light on the Energy Gap at Expo 2015

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

WAME & Expo 2015 is an association founded by eight leading European energy companies (A2A, Enel,eni, Edison,Eon, Gas Natural Italia, Engie, and Tenaris) and the organizers of Expo 2015. With the help of the founding companies, WAME promotes projects that focus on solving issues related to the modern-day energy gap. WAME also tries to increase awareness of the consequences faced by a large […]

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August 07 2015

Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France is Arming its Citizens with Solar Reflectance Education

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

Experts at the Chamber of Trades and Artisans in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France have introduced professionals and individuals to innovative technologies related to housing. For example, lowering the temperature of a building by 4-7 degrees Celsius without air conditioning is now possible. Faced with climate change and rising temperatures in urban areas, new construction materials have come […]

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August 04 2015

Brazil’s President Rousseff Announces Major Logistics Infrastructure Investment Plan

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

The new stage of the Logistics Investment Program (PIL), launched on June 9, 2015 by the Brazilian government, provides concessions for sixteen stretches of highway and six railways, totaling R$ 152.5 billion in these areas. The government intends to hold five auctions for the the highways in 2015 and eleven more in 2016. The plan […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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July 21 2015

Strasbourg, France to Re-reveal Plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

On the thousand-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame Collection Foundation, (the organization that supports Strasbourg, France’s Notre-Dame Cathedral), the foundation’s museum is equipping itself with two new rooms that will hold the drawings and plans for the cathedral, dating back to the middle ages. Inaccessible to the public since 1989, these showpieces will once again be […]

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July 17 2015

Brittany, France Harvests Marine Current Power with Hydrofan Technology

July 17th, 2015Posted by 

The consortium Hydrofan was created in January 2015 after two years of reflection between its partners DCNS, Coriolis Composites, and the University of Southern Brittany. It is launching a research and development program that aims to develop hydrokinetic turbines made of composite materials. The goal of this project, which will last three years and is funded […]

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July 10 2015

Businesses Partner for Florianópolis, Brazil’s Island-wide Composting Movement

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Both of rural origins and in love with the island, Celina Beltrame, 65, and Maria Helena Spindler, 62, live at opposite points of the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, but have many other things in common. One of these is the satisfaction of getting their hands dirty every day in growing crops without agrotoxins. Free of […]

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July 09 2015

Toulon, France Developers Await Approval for Dubai-Style Artificial Island

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

A Varois architect is counting on installing a vast floating island in the harbor of Toulon, France. He contends to have received an initial agreement and estimates that it will take 10 years to complete this tourism-minded project. There are already the Palm Jumeirah and The World, two immense artificial archipelagos created on the open […]

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July 08 2015

São Paulo, Brazil Celebrates Grand Opening of Avenida Paulista’s Ciclovia

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The Avenida Paulista Ciclovia opened on Sunday, June 28th with a ceremony attended by São Paulo’s Mayor Fernando Haddad and the Municipal Secretary of Transportation, Jilmar Tatto. From 10 AM to 5 PM, the street was closed to transit in both directions. See photos from the opening of the Avenida Paulista Ciclovia. A little before […]

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July 08 2015

“Pedestrian, I Care!” Campaign Reduces Deaths by 40% in Campo Grande, Brazil

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The use of crosswalks and the work done with motorist transit education have been important factors in the decrease of pedestrian deaths on the streets of Campo Grande, Brazil. This finding comes from “Pedestrian, I Care!” campaign results, created by Agetran (Municipal Agency of Transport and Transit) and Detran-MS (State Department of Transit), which revealed […]

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June 29 2015

Expo 2015′s Digital Ecosystems Project Spurs Tech Collaborations In Milan, Italy

June 29th, 2015Posted by 

E015 – Digital Ecosystem is part of Expo 2015′s Strategic Project, representing a collaboration between Expo 2015 and entrepreneurs, including various private and public entities. The project offers all regional companies, government agencies, associations, and others the opportunity to develop a new technology-based relationship ecosystem. They can achieve this by taking advantage of the opportunities created […]

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June 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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June 18 2015

How Paris, France’s Lovers’ Padlock Tradition Could Live On

June 18th, 2015Posted by 

While Paris City Hall begins to definitively remove the love padlocks that lovers from all over the world hang on the Arts Bridge (1st-4th arrondissement), an English architect says that he has found a way to rein in the problem. Colin Kovacs has come up with a project that targets the balustrade whose vertical bars would not […]

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June 17 2015

Historic Mayfair Hotel Comes Down in Kitchener, Canada. What’s Next?

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

Two months ago, a prominent building in Downtown Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) was demolished after inspectors deemed it unsafe. The sight was not, however, unfamiliar. After the demolition of Old City Hall and Barra Castle, Mayfair Hotel may seem a small issue in comparison. The Mayfair was not necessarily known for its rich architectural value. What […]

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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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