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June 25 2014

Wisconsin’s Own Copenhagen? Madison’s Blossoming Bicycle Infrastructure

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Though Madison, Wisconsin is covered in a deep layer of ice and snow for almost half of the year, it doesn’t stop many of the city’s hardiest bicyclists. No matter if it’s a beautiful June afternoon or a bitterly cold March day, you will always find a dedicated crew of commuters traversing the city’s vast […]

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June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

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June 20 2014

Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored in African Cities

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of […]

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June 20 2014

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano, and the Uptown area inside Dallas city limits, are examples of popular high-density mixed use development. While these areas conserve land […]

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June 19 2014

Transitional Shelter Lessons from San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

What does a transitional shelter do? After a disaster happens, many people are left homeless and need immediate shelter. A transitional shelter is meant to help them transition from temporary relief housing to a more permanent dwelling. Now, what does a transitional shelters actually do? Usually, it sits in the same location and inadequate condition […]

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June 19 2014

Temporality, Energy Consumption & Lessons From Lighting in Lyon, France

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

“Temporality Is Essential to Mastering Energy Consumption,” Antoine Bouchet, former director of urban lighting for the City of Lyon from 2003 to 2012. Memories from four decades of light. At the end of March 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing Antoine Bouchet. This great professional leaves us “a non-exhaustive approach to lighting the City […]

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June 18 2014

A New Beginning for the Parc du Vallon in Lyon, Rhônes-Alpes, France

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

Situated in the heart of the Duchère neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, the Parc du Vallon reopened its doors on the week of June 6th after three years of work. A vast green space of 11 hectares, it is an area conducive to relaxation, while also absorbing the site’s topography and preserving the […]

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June 18 2014

The Bay Bridge Deconstruction: Can Demolition Be Sustainable?

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, which has served as a work-horse for the bay area since 1936, is undergoing demolition to make way for a more contemporary counterpart. The new bridge is already becoming a world icon claiming its spot as one of the most seismically advanced structures in the world. It is the world’s longest and […]

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June 17 2014

Greek Bathing Water Classified as Excellent Quality by European Union

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

European bathing waters were characterized as high quality in 2013 and 95% of them satisfy the minimum quality requirements. In fact, beaches fared best compared to lakes and rivers, according to the annual report of the European Environment Agency. All bathing areas in Cyprus and Luxembourg were classified in the report as of “exceptional,” whereas […]

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June 13 2014

Placemaking Around the Yahara Lakes at the University of Wisconsin

June 13th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Madison, Wisconsin is blessed to have an abundance of lakes. Thankfully the forefathers of our parks system attempted to attain as much of the land along the lakes as they could in order to preserve it for future generations of park lovers. Currently the city has forty-eight shoreline parks that serve as […]

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June 13 2014

Reinvesting in Wisconsin’s Cities: Partnerships for Sustainability

June 13th, 2014Posted by 

Madison has a reputation for being the “green capital” of Wisconsin; however, smaller cities and towns around the state are following Madison’s lead by putting many sustainable initiatives into practice. Some communities have started new recycling programs, while others are more interested in creating community gardens, yet all of them have the same goal – to […]

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June 13 2014

Druid Hill’s Memorial Pool: A Meaningful Green Space in Baltimore

June 13th, 2014Posted by 

A 2007 article from Landscape and Urban Planning defines a few of the many roles intended in landscape architecture when planning public parks and gardens: Supporting biodiversity and providing ecosystem services; Providing urban residents with natural environments; Influencing the physical and mental well-being of users; and Offering social benefits and a shared space within diverse […]

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June 12 2014

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal Implements “Ecological” Vehicle Permits

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

In order to encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles, the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal district will be implementing a fee on parking permits that favors environmentally-friendly cars. At their next renewal, the owners of electrical vehicles will pay $58 per year, those who have hybrid models $87, and those who have gas-fueled cars $115. The current […]

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June 12 2014

The Importance of Preserving Sheikh Sou Forest in Thessaloniki, Greece

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

Following an amendment, 55 million hectares of forest in Thessaloniki have been declassified. A bill regarding the selling off of several shorelines was proposed, but luckily was withdrawn due to the Panhellenic outcry and the collection of more than 100.000 signatures. Last, but not least, the service responsible for supplying water in Thessaloniki is going […]

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June 10 2014

Former Hellenico Airport : Checking-in at an Open Space in Athens, Greece

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

Almost fifteen years have passed since the last commercial flight departed from Hellenico International Airport in Athens, Greece. Covering six hundred hectares, there is abandoned infrastructure, leftover auxiliary facilities and expansive wide open space waiting to be re-purposed. Nearly twice as big as Hyde Park or Central Park and with five kilometers of coastline, Hellenico is a huge piece […]

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June 10 2014

Parintins, A City in the Amazonas State of Brazil, Struggles with Waste Disposal

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

During a visit to Parintins (a city in the far eastern region of the state of Amazonas), on May 31st to June 1st, Representative Luiz Castro (of the Popular Socialist Party or PPS), found the Municipality to have been negligent with regard to the critical situation of the city dump. The landfill, where all kinds […]

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June 10 2014

Melbourne Promotes Green Walls & Roofs with “Growing Green Guide”

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

If you have ever wished for your home to be more beautiful, more valuable or more sustainable, then you might want to “think green.” Green walls and roofs are landscaped building surfaces that can definitely grant those three wishes at once. Turning your backyard, or even panel of your interior walls into something different and […]

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June 09 2014

The Revitilization of Fitzgerald Park in Cork, Ireland & The Value of Open Space

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

“There has been mixed opinions about greening buildings here and the support is very different to that in the UK” says Bernie Connolly, Boomerang Mattress Scheme Co-ordinator, “even though these are very valuable in terms of employment; and in terms of their social and community benefits.” She goes on to say “that a lot of […]

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June 09 2014

The Economic Threat of The New Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government funds gigantic projects with huge international loans, and is leading Turkey to an economic dead-end, and Istanbul to an ecological disaster. Their approach is not sustainable from either an economic or ecological point of view. This economic strategy of depending heavily on loans has difficult insurance conditions. The sustainability […]

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June 06 2014

Imagining New Possibilities for Ottawa’s Greenbelt

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

Residents of Ottawa, Ontario are proud of their city’s vast green space, and this is no coincidence. Green space was written into Ottawa’s city plan in a big way in the 1950s, when the National Capital Greenbelt was established to protect the growth boundaries of the sprawling metropolis. But the plan to curb sprawl was thwarted […]

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