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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 09 2015

Bessieres, France Launches Twenty-Five Acres of Cogeneration Greenhouses

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

Ten hectares (108,000 square feet), thousands of cubic meters of displaced earth, enormous engines, intense activity. We are here: the construction site of the greenhouses that will be heated by the residual vapors of Bessieres, France’s Incinerator has been launched. It’s in the process of a few weeks of landscaping, after which the 7-meter-high (roughly 23 feet) […]

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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 04 2015

Living in Montreal, Quebec’s Suburbs Without A Car: Is It Possible?

June 4th, 2015Posted by 

When families move to the suburbs, they don’t always calculate in the cost of the second car they will need for travel – unless, they decide to go without. Charles-Antoine could not imagine his life without two cars when he decided to move to Chambly, Quebec, Canada with his family. “I faced the traffic day […]

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June 03 2015

Policy Setback: New Ruling in Favour of Suburbs in Waterloo Region, Canada

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

After a 13-year battle, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has finally sided with developers on the issue of making more land available for suburban growth. Over a decade ago, Waterloo Regional Council had passed policies intended to curb suburban sprawl. However, the original 85 hectares (roughly 210 acres) of allotted land for suburban development has […]

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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 26 2015

Bouge, Belgium’s New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

May 26th, 2015Posted by 

Have you heard of the UK’s Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the philosophy that has been adopted by the Matexi group, developer of a new […]

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May 22 2015

Expansion of Electric Trikes in Lyon, France Spurs Microfranchise Opportunities

May 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The French microcredit leader, Adie, just started a franchise with a Lyonnaise startup that transports people and packages on electric delivery trikes. The microcredit company allows people who are unemployed to create or take up work again and expand their scope of operations thanks to financial aid. Adie, the leader in this market, with more […]

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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 21 2015

Verdun, Montreal Introduces Alleyway Insect Shelters to Increase City’s Biodiversity

May 21st, 2015Posted by 

This summer, with the blessing of the arrondissement, the citizens of Verdun, Montreal will welcome those with six legs to their neighborhood. They hope to see new tenants nest near them, thanks to insect homes that will be installed in green alleys. Four intriguing wooden structures should be erected by the end of summer in the Victor […]

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May 15 2015

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park in Lurais, France

May 15th, 2015Posted by 

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. The 470,000 Euro project, which started in 2009, took a long time to come to fruition. But, as of a few days ago, Lurais is in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood. The inauguration of the site permitted spectators to explore […]

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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 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 08 2015

Volunteers Plant 1,500 Flowers in Medians of Avenida São Luís in São Paulo, Brazil

May 8th, 2015Posted by 

It takes a lot of work to begin. You have to send letters calling upon the residents of the neighborhood. Speak with businesses to raise funds, fertilizer, or any other type of help. Knock on the Mayor’s door and ask support for transit, the seeds, and the paper work. Then it is off to join […]

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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 06 2015

City of São Paulo, Brazil Launches Ban on Traditional Plastic Bags

May 6th, 2015Posted by 

Traditional white plastic bags distributed in Brazilian supermarkets are now prohibited by law in São Paulo, Brazil. The new bags were inspired by international standards and could be replicated in other parts of the country. “Unlike the petrol based white bags, these bags are sourced from sugarcane ethanol. Both plastics release the same quantity of […]

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May 05 2015

Marrakesh, Morocco Gabion Basket Homes Provide Sustainable, Affordable Housing

May 5th, 2015Posted by 

In Marrakesh, 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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