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July 09 2015

Toulon, France Developers Await Approval for Dubai-Style Artificial Island

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

A Varois architect is counting on installing a vast floating island in the harbor of Toulon, France. He contends to have received an initial agreement and estimates that it will take 10 years to complete this tourism-minded project. There are already the Palm Jumeirah and The World, two immense artificial archipelagos created on the open […]

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July 08 2015

São Paulo, Brazil Celebrates Grand Opening of Avenida Paulista’s Ciclovia

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The Avenida Paulista Ciclovia opened on Sunday, June 28th with a ceremony attended by São Paulo’s Mayor Fernando Haddad and the Municipal Secretary of Transportation, Jilmar Tatto. From 10 AM to 5 PM, the street was closed to transit in both directions. See photos from the opening of the Avenida Paulista Ciclovia. A little before […]

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July 08 2015

New Bill Places Public Open Spaces at Risk of Development in São Paulo, Brazil

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The environmental working group of the Our São Paulo Network and the Institute of Health and Sustainability have released a manifesto in defense of green urban spaces. The document critiques certain articles of the city’s new zoning law, which opens the possibility of using the city’s green spaces for installation of public facilities. The manifesto […]

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July 07 2015

Police Officers Predict the End of UberPOP in Paris, France

July 7th, 2015Posted by 

“You are witnessing what is perhaps the end of UberPOP,” announces the police captain in charge of Parisian taxis, Thierry Pujol. On patrol in Paris, France since the beginning of the week, the force didn’t find any UberPOP drivers, cursed by taxi drivers and forbidden by the authorities. At the entrances to the Lyon and […]

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June 26 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Taylor York in Riverside, California

June 26th, 2015Posted by 

When I first applied to be a blogger for The Grid, I figured it would be a way for me to gain a bit of exposure, sharpen my writing skills, and keep my brain active– but it became much more than that. I have found that writing about issues affecting the Inland Empire has connected […]

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June 25 2015

Quebec, Canada’s Limoilou District Surveys its Poorest Residents

June 25th, 2015Posted by 

As a study reveals, the craze about Quebec’s Limoilou District over the last few years has not been without consequences for the less fortunate residents already living there. Still, the presence of many units of social housing limits tensions between the two groups. Titled “Limoilou: A Place of Many Faces,” the study was carried out by […]

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June 23 2015

Brussels, Belgium Launches Development of Pedestrian Boulevards

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The future pedestrian boulevards of the Brussels City Center will be the stage for recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer. Officially, the date of pedestrianization of the space opened June 29th. The city kicked-off the launch with a series of events related to being a pedestrian, led by a performance by the “Standing Man,” a giant wicker marionette standing […]

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June 23 2015

Lyon, France’s 12th Century Grand Hospital Undergoing Adaptive Reuse

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In April 2015, they were talking about a 250 million euro sale. Agricultural Credit Insurances announced the purchase of Lyon’s Grand Hospital by Eiffage. No monetary amount was defined for the transaction. The BTP group will pursue the vast construction site for the conversion of the old hospital bought in 2010 by the Civil Hospices of […]

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June 18 2015

How Paris, France’s Lovers’ Padlock Tradition Could Live On

June 18th, 2015Posted by 

While Paris City Hall begins to definitively remove the love padlocks that lovers from all over the world hang on the Arts Bridge (1st-4th arrondissement), an English architect says that he has found a way to rein in the problem. Colin Kovacs has come up with a project that targets the balustrade whose vertical bars would not […]

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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 16 2015

Largest Single Nuclear Reactor of its Kind Being Created in Cadarache, France

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Generally, we associate the south of France with holidays on the Cote d’Azur, fields of lavender and the Cannes Film Festival, but not with science. However, for several years, the “construction site of the century” has been animating the Marseille area: the construction of an experimental international thermonuclear reactor (ITER) near the Cadarache Research Center. […]

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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 09 2015

Re:Code LA Provides the First Update to Los Angeles’ Zoning Code in Sixty Years

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

The last time the City of Los Angeles updated its zoning code was when it was first adopted in 1946. Now, more than sixty years later, the zoning code has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a book spanning more than 600 pages. The amendments, conditions, and overlays that have been added throughout the years […]

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June 09 2015

Negligent Landlords Targeted by Housing Aid Society in Saint-Quentin, France

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

In Saint-Quentin, France, the Family Allowances Fund (CAF) has been experimenting with a system that targets the landlords of rundown housing complexes and obligates them to do maintenance work. If they do not bring their buildings up to par, they will not be allocated financial assistance from the Family Allowances Fund. The department will no […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 05 2015

Citizens of Laval, Quebec Propose Height Limits for New Development

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

Laval, Quebec’s citizens movement “Pas de Tours dans Ma Cour,” (PTMC) or “No Towers in My Neighborhood,” is setting the tone for the upcoming public consultations that will be led by the Demers administration, beginning August 1, 2015, on the revision of the territorial development plan. The current plan has been in place for more […]

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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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June 03 2015

Three Ways Baltimore City, Maryland Suffers from Parking Woes

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Good urban planning requires forward thinking as well as learning from past successes and failures. Urban planning ideals are steadily evolving, and past practices have created dicey results that today’s planners are still grappling with. In particular, decades of parking policy are increasingly being questioned in many cities, including Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore’s zoning code, including requirements for off-street parking, went […]

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June 02 2015

In France, Discovery of 13th Century Murals Spur Poitiers Cathedral’s Restoration

June 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Three years after the unexpected discovery of monumental decorative paintings at Poitiers Cathedral, Poitier, France, a preservation effort is underway. The perception of the building will be transformed. Perched on staggered scaffolding and concealed behind an immaculate canvas, a restoration team is ready to start work on Poitiers Cathedral’s southern transept. Scalpel in hand, the team is operating meticulously […]

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