Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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October 24 2014

The City of Paris’ New Bike Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Projects for 2014-2020

October 24th, 2014Posted by 

More parking spots for bikes, new bike paths on major streets, extension of zones with 30km/h speed limits, and perhaps wider bike paths or the prohibition of cars at temporary markets. These are just some of the measures that are a part of the new “Bike Plan” put forth by the Mayor of Paris. The […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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October 20 2014

Ottawa Lacks Downtown Amenities to Stimulate Urban Intensification

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

A few weeks ago, on a sunny September afternoon, I left the fluorescent confines of my Centretown office in Ottawa to indulge in a meditative outdoor lunch in the fresh air and gentle hum of the city. After choosing my food, I scanned the surroundings for the most obvious green space where I could enjoy my meal. […]

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October 17 2014

Urban Drainage Poses A Major Development Risk in Nairobi, Kenya

October 17th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons with an average annual high temperature of 280C and a low of 150C. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the […]

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October 16 2014

Balancing Priority for Pedestrians and Parking in Rue Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal

October 16th, 2014Posted by 

Priority to pedestrians, but also more parking – this is the paradox that emerges from the first phase of consultations conducted by the City regarding the restructuring of Rue Sainte-Catherine West, which the President of the Executive Committee, Pierre Desrochers, summed up recently. The city’s designers formulated four restructuring alternatives in the stride of this […]

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October 15 2014

Montreal, Quebec is One of Five Global Hubs of UN’s Future Earth Project

October 15th, 2014Posted by 

Climate change poses a threat to peace, security, health, livelihoods, places and species. The United Nations project Future Earth has been designed to respond to these challenges. Its purpose is to advance scientific studies on questions of environmental impact, to merge science and public policy, and to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the […]

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October 10 2014

In Millonfosse, France, Citizens Open their “Eco-garden” to the Public

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

A showing of “Eco-Citizens’ Gardens,” organized by the regional natural park, Scarpe Escaut, attracted about thirty visitors to Daniel and Régine Hennion’s garden in Millonfosse, France. The couple explained why they have taken on this gardening project: “It’s about satisfying our desire to preserve biodiversity. We are also responding to our need for a reasonable […]

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October 09 2014

Learning From The Rise of Car-less Communities in Europe

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

The government projects “Green Pastille” (“pastille verte”), “Carless Day” (“journée sans voiture”), and “Even/Odd Day” (“journée paire/impaire”) raise the central question of the place of the car in our cities. Is the end of the reign of the car here yet? The mission of eco-neighborhoods is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the city. What […]

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October 09 2014

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa’s Resilient Community Gardens

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens. There are currently over 50 community gardens registered with the Community Gardening Network (CGN) of Ottawa. One of these is Urban Shades, a new kid on […]

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October 09 2014

Park Director Says Main Source of Brazil’s São Francisco River Is Dry

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

The São Francisco basin covers five states in Brazil and experts say the biodiversity of the region is under threat. The director of the Serra da Canastra National Park, Arthur Luiz Castanheira, said in an interview with G1 (Globo 1) that the source of the São Francisco River, located in São Roque de Minas, is […]

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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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October 07 2014

Water Outages and Rationing in São Paulo, Brazil Launch Protests

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

The Movement of Landless Workers (MTST) has been protesting since the afternoon of Thursday [September 25th] outside the headquarters of the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (SABESP) in Pinheiros, west of the capital. Like the protest that ended in violence in Itu (SP) earlier in the week, the movement reports water […]

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October 07 2014

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.   Schmitt could talk for hours about the particular […]

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October 01 2014

Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb far, far away. An asphalt parking lot would span out in front of you, without any direct pedestrian path […]

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September 25 2014

Green Alleyways in the City-Centre of Montreal, Quebec

September 25th, 2014Posted by 

The Ruelles Market is at the corner of Peel Street, in an alleyway adjacent to Sainte-Catherine Street. While their counterparts in residential neighborhoods are becoming greener and livelier, the alleyways of the city-centre are, on the contrary, nearly empty. They are less welcoming, very somber in the evenings, scorching during the dogdays of summer, and […]

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September 25 2014

New Bill Prioritizes Vehicles and Prevents Bike Lanes in Porto Alegre, Brazil

September 25th, 2014Posted by 

The emergence of new bike lanes in Porto Alegre might be restricted to city sidewalks, reducing the area for pedestrians. Bike lanes may only be implemented if the existing streets are extended, without taking space from cars, or reducing areas where vehicles can be parked. This might happen if the bill sponsored by John Carlos […]

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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 23 2014

Google Introduces Marseille, France’s Night and Sound Walks

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

An interview with Associate producer with Radio Grenouille Julie de Muer, the urban storyteller, filmed by Google Stories and Night Walk in Marseille: Julie de Muer’s project is first of all radiophonic. Sound Walk first began a few years ago as the time for Marseille-Provence 2013 was approaching. Vincent Laganier (VL): How was the first […]

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