Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

May 27 2014

Social Housing as a Solution to the Ecological Impasse, France

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

I have already thought, and on a number of occasions, to support the construction of social housing on this blog. But beyond the preconceptions, very often caricature-esque, which would render a left-wing activist as a “public” and collective housing partisan because he is “social” by nature, while a right-wing activist would be defending the rise […]

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May 27 2014

Welcome to The Other Side of Milan: The Shift from University Life to Via Padova

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Milan is a city of cities. As a pedestrian you can always discover new areas with unique characteristics of architecture, urban, and social aspects. As you explore the city from one side to the other you get to experience all the physical impacts of its transformation. But shifting your life from one area to another […]

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May 27 2014

The Importance of Native Plants in Baltimore’s Streetscapes

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Many cities are recognizing the need to return natural green spaces to their streetscapes, not only for visual appeal, but for environmental sustainability. Baltimore recognizes that native plants are needed to ensure biodiversity and balance within the local ecosystem with plans to establish “native plant communities.” This is especially important in Baltimore as it attempts […]

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May 26 2014

Dallas, Texas’ Great Trinity Forest

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

Dallas’ hybrid reputation of urban cowboy-ism has its roots reinforced by preserved open prairie land, south of its downtown area limits. Home to the Trinity River and largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, the Great Trinity Forest, the ten thousand acres of protected space represent a recent transformation which honors the expansive history […]

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May 26 2014

Underground Public Parking Lots: An Idea That Should be Buried in Brussels, Belgium

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

At the end of January of this year, the City of Brussels announced its project for reorganizing the city center’s squares and boulevards, labelled “A New Heart for Brussels!” to great fanfare. The most striking proposition of this plan is the redevelopment of public spaces in the heart of the city’s historic center, consisting of […]

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May 23 2014

30 Km/h Pedestrian Zones Implemented in Cork City, Ireland

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

In 2008, forty-nine pedestrians were killed and 1,124 injured on Ireland’s roads. That’s 18% of all fatalities and 12% of all casualties from road collisions in the country. In Cork City, Ireland, several million Euros have been spent on upgrading and refurbishing its main street network. In order to derive the maximum benefit from the […]

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May 23 2014

The Emerging Motorcycle Taxi Sector of Nairobi, Kenya

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

When we think of mobility as a public good, we need to ensure that people can access different parts of the city in a flexible manner. There are several means that can be used for this from bicycles and cars to walking and public transportation. The phenomenon of motorcycle taxis has become popular around the world recently. However, many urban planners, authorities […]

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May 22 2014

Urban Hiking Reveals the True Walkability of the City of Baltimore, Maryland

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Growing up in a house sandwiched between two corn fields, I had a narrow view of what it means to spend time outdoors. Living on a road without a sidewalk, I was discouraged from walking anywhere – not because of distance but from a lack of protection from drivers speeding around turns. Hiking meant following […]

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May 20 2014

French Government Implements First of Its Kind “Action Plan for Active Mobility”

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

On Wednesday, March 5th, the Minister of Transport revealed the Action Plan for Active Mobility (PAMA): 19 measures outlining a bike plan at the national level and establishing bicycles as “a major stake of public policy.” The question of the growth of bikes is even more important, especially since we have been going through a […]

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May 19 2014

A Guide to the Ailments of Izmir, Turkey

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

I have been traveling around Turkey to study what is turning this beautiful country to hell. My subject for this article is Izmir, one of the biggest three metropolitan areas of Turkey with more than 3 million inhabitants. The truth hurts, but unfortunately I feel it is important to write this. While Izmir, located in the […]

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May 19 2014

Is Athens, Greece, a Hotbed or a Dead End for Running Enthusiasts?

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

Signifying the finish line of the prestigious Classical Marathon race, Athens, Greece, still struggles to be identified as a runner friendly city. So what are the conditions missing to keep the running enthusiasts … running? Modern Greeks may better be described as frivolous car-users than patient runners, despite the Marathon’s tradition in Greece. However, in the last couple of years, running has […]

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May 15 2014

Static Exteriors & Historical Preservation in Wengen, Switzerland

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Just like energy, space is not created. It is something that already exists but can be transformed. As architects, it is our job to create a sense of place from an existing environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in Wengen, Switzerland, where designers must work with the existing housing stock due to the building […]

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May 14 2014

A Century-Old Waterloo, Canada Home Becomes A Model of Energy Efficiency

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

High levels of energy consumption is one of the most pressing issues of today’s world. Almost every function of our modern lifestyle is powered by electricity. North Americans are some of the highest consumers of electricity in the world, with data from 2011 showing the US ranking number 9 in the world with 12,924 kWh […]

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May 13 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Begins 11.5km Bike Lane Construction 19 Years After Plan

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

The City of São Paulo recently signed an R$48 million contract for the construction of an 11.5 km bike lane between the Ibirapuera Park, in the south of the capital, and the Company Stores and General Warehouses of São Paulo (Ceagesp), in the west zone. The works will be executed by Jofege Paving and Construction, […]

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May 13 2014

Walk the Region 2014: Green Spaces in Montreal, Quebec

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

Walk the Region, Montreal, is back for the fourth time from June 28th to 30th, 2014. During this three-day expedition, we plan on walking nearly seventy kilometers, departing from the Sainte-Julie agricultural grounds on the South-Shore and arriving in the old town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, which has been transformed into a college town, at the point […]

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May 09 2014

What Direction has Nairobi’s Densification Taken?

May 9th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi has witnessed a gradual transformation over the last decade. This is the change from what were single unit houses to high-rise buildings, of several stories, like office blocks and multi-story apartments. The increasing urban population has created an increased demand for housing and office space. This has put pressure on the […]

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May 08 2014

The Extraordinary Character of Former Refugee Houses in Athens, Greece

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

As distinctive examples of Modern architecture, the former refugee houses in Athens can be described as the prelude to the city’s contemporary urban development. Although they have earned a place in Modern Greek history, nowadays these buildings struggle to maintain their existence. The 1920′s forced displacement of the Greek population from Asia Minor to Greece […]

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April 29 2014

“Green Spots” Sprout up in Thessaloniki, Greece

April 29th, 2014Posted by 

On Palaion Patron Street, in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece, one can see the first portable garden that has been temporarily installed. This structure, apart from a portable landscape design, is also accompanied by a bench, and aims to change the way that green spaces are created in the populous urban fabric of the city. […]

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April 29 2014

Athens to its Combat Heat Island Effect with a City of Green Roofs?

April 29th, 2014Posted by 

With over three thousand hours of sunshine per year, Athens, and Greece in general, is blessed with the gift of sun. And as a result, solar heaters rule the cityscape. Establishing their presence in the 1970s, solar heaters became popular in Greece, and since then their use has continued to increase. Greece ranks second amongst European […]

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April 28 2014

Street Entertainment in Melbourne: Keeping the City Alive

April 28th, 2014Posted by 

Today and throughout history, our urban environments have been static and we, as the users of these environments, have been the life force behind the built environment. Without us there would be no movement, meaning, or life in the city. In a rapidly globalizing world, where there is a monotony between cities of the same […]

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