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January 12 2015

Placemaking Opportunities from The Los Angeles River’s Revitalization

January 12th, 2015Posted by 

In response to a pair of deadly floods in the late 1930’s, the US Army Corps of Engineers were called in to control the Los Angeles River. In doing so, most of the river was encased in concrete – it wasn’t until roughly 50 years later that action was taken to revitalize the river. Presently, […]

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January 06 2015

Holistic Architect, Lutgarde Brun, to Lead Huy, Belgium’s Urban Planning Services

January 6th, 2015Posted by 

Lutgarde Brun is the new city architect in Huy, Belgium. Numerous challenges, many of them quite large, await her, but she is prepared and excited to tackle them head on. With 2,000 new inhabitants expected in Huy over the course of the next ten years (and 1,000 new lodgings that will come with them), the […]

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January 05 2015

Galway, Ireland Turns to its Community in Struggle Against Sprawl

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

As long as cities have existed there has been urban sprawl. In Galway, Ireland a dramatic increase in the city’s urban sprawl began in the 19th century, when labourers flocked from the countryside to work in the new factories that were then springing up. Large developments of small terraced houses began to appear, and new […]

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January 01 2015

An Ambitious Project to Open Access for Swimming in the Historic Center of Berlin

January 1st, 2015Posted by 

In Germany, a project supported since 2012 by the Flussbad Berlin association aspires to make swimming in the river possible in the heart of the Berlin capital. It could come to fruition between now and 2018. Imagined in 1997 by two architects, the brothers Jan and Tim Elder, the project proposes building a natural pool in the […]

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December 30 2014

New Housing to Replace Former Hospital in Annecy, France

December 30th, 2014Posted by 

On November 28, 2014, renovation became legal on the site of the future Trésums neighborhood in Annecy, France. This decision came through from the State Council after a long judicial saga. On the site, asbestos removal is currently taking place, and the deconstruction of the former hospital will soon follow. All of this will leave room […]

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December 22 2014

Improving Upon the Unfinished Quinebaug River Trail in Danielson, Connecticut

December 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The Quinebaug River Trail* in the Danielson borough of Killingly, Connecticut is a well-maintained, 9ft. wide asphalt bike path that mostly parallels the Quinebaug River. It extends southward for approximately five miles, all the way to the Plainfield town line. From a certain standpoint, the path is a complete and a total success. While town planners might […]

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December 19 2014

“The Gathering” Results in Remarkable Population Increase for Galway, Ireland

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Galway Bay and the majestically beautiful Burren National Park, Galway, Ireland has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. However, in recent decades Galway has also become a popular location to live and work year-round. The population of the city has expanded 58.5% […]

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December 12 2014

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), and Harare (Zimbabwe) rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were […]

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December 11 2014

Discussion of Restoring Urban Waterways in Montreal, Quebec Picks up Momentum

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle. Projet Montreal put the […]

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December 09 2014

Folding Bikes Allowed on Trams & Buses for the First Time in Caen, France

December 9th, 2014Posted by 

Up until now, bikes have not been allowed on public transportation in the Caen agglomeration in Caen, France. They have recently started to find their place, but only folding bikes will be allowed on buses and trams. Beginning on Dec. 1, 2014, the rules concerning bikes on public transportation evolved. “Following users’ requests and a […]

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December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 08 2014

Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012. Data for Baltimore City was not available; however, the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City estimates there are around twelve urban […]

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December 05 2014

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map. With seven stations already installed and a membership 125 strong and growing, the Community […]

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December 05 2014

Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

In the last few years, gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas around North America, and now Kitchener (in Ontario, Canada) is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification and improving urban design, current developments are beginning to marginalize long-term residents. In the last three decades, many North American cities have […]

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December 02 2014

Modification of Lighting in Magog, Quebec to Reduce Light Pollution & Energy Use

December 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Currently, the city of Magog, Quebec has a policy regarding street lighting within its boundaries that will allow it to save nearly $175,000 per year while also reducing light pollution. Before the adoption of its policy on street lighting, the City of Magog carried out pilot projects in 2013 and 2014 in order to test the […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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December 01 2014

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. As industries change, a site may become vacant and eventually earmarked for redevelopment. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment. In Galway, Ireland, much of the brownfield redevelopment […]

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December 01 2014

The Costs of Not Implementing Green Logistics: A Book Review

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics (2nd edition, Kogan Page), by Alan C. McKinnon et. al, is a 2013 publication covering the best green-practices in supply-chain management.   Lead author McKinnon has written a number of articles and books evaluating supply chains, as have the other contributing authors. I evaluated the second edition of […]

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November 28 2014

Every University in Toulouse, France Will Soon Have A Community Garden

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the beginning of the school year, fifteen students from the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole in Toulouse, France have been cultivating a small parcel of land. The initiative is one in a string of university gardens in the city. This includes the garden shared by The University of Jean-Jaurès and The University of Paul-Sabatier, […]

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November 28 2014

Is Riverside County to Blame for its “Smog Belt” & Failing Air Quality?

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Smog knows no jurisdictional bounds, and there are few better examples of this than in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The brown haze that forms over the area in the summer time has given San Bernardino and Riverside counties names such as the “SMOG Belt,” and although it has improved in recent years, air […]

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