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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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March 17 2015

Le Phare Skyscraper “Not Suitable” for Quebec City, Canada’s Northern Climate

March 17th, 2015Posted by 

In its actual form, Quebec City, Canada’s Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate.” This is due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round,” estimates André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture. […]

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March 16 2015

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up. In response, tech companies have resorted to adaptive reuse. Repurposing neglected […]

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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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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 23 2015

Is Momentum Building for Daylighting Park River in Hartford, Connecticut?

February 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The Park River in Hartford, Connecticut meanders through the city, but you might never know it. Once a historically valuable and nostalgic part of Hartford (at least to Mark Twain, who lived along it), it now flows through two conduits channeled under city’s downtown. While neither the river nor the conduits are visible from the […]

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February 20 2015

Lack of Informal Tea Stalls for Well-designed Powai Signals Exclusivity in Mumbai, India

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

The experience of driving into Powai in Mumbai, India, is like finding an island in the middle of the sea. After miles of utilitarian roads surrounded by housing of all types, entering Powai’s well-designed promenades feels like a rush of escapism. The recent Hiranandani Gardens development project features vast streetscapes with everything from posh restaurants […]

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February 06 2015

Tours, France’s Jacques-Duclos Avenue To Undergo 5 Million Euro Redesign

February 6th, 2015Posted by 

Jacques-Duclos Avenue, the eastern entry-point of Tours, France, is in need of a new look. Tours plans on allocating 4-5 million euros in order to give it such a facelift. It is well known that Duclos Avenue is not the most “welcoming” street for drivers returning to Tours from the east. However, Jacques-Duclos Avenue, which stretches across […]

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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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