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June 04 2014

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has announced the installation of “bike streets” where bicycles will have priority over motor vehicles. Imported from Europe, this concept of sharing roadways […]

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June 04 2014

Architecture of Taksim as a Reflection of Turkish Government Policies

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Freedom of speech is not separate from the right to public spaces. Public spaces are where individuals and societies express themselves. These spaces can be physical, like Taksim Square, or virtual, like Twitter. The freer the city squares, the streets and the parks, the more comfortable individuals will be to express themselves. In Turkey, the […]

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June 04 2014

“Complete Streets” Madison Leads the Safe Bicycle Initiative

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Madison, Wisconsin is repeatedly ranked as one of the happiest, healthiest, and greenest cities in the nation – and for good reason. The city boasts 12.7 parks per 10,000 residents, and there are more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails in the Madison area. So it comes as no surprise that the city […]

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June 03 2014

The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Jaime Lerner of Curitiba has placed the city on the map as a leading global example in urban sustainability. During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba and governor of Paraná, he and his team made great strides both in protecting the environment and in elevating the spirit of the city. Under the leadership of […]

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June 03 2014

From Grey to Green: or, How to Make Green Roofs Legal in Buenos Aires

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Recently, many things have changed in Buenos Aires concerning environmental awareness and policies towards more responsible urban planning - ones that are in tune with the rest of the world. As mentioned in previous posts, the government of the city is making huge changes in waste management, sustainable transportation and promoting an overall “green” mentality. However, until not […]

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June 02 2014

Preservation and the Future of La Samaritaine in Paris, Île de France, France

June 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The administrative tribunal of Paris’ decision on May 13 to revoke the reconstruction permit for La Samaritaine on Rue de Rivoli, entrusted to Sanaa architects, provoked surprise. Since then, there has been an outburst of critical remarks against the ruling, and against the citizen associations who filed the appeal (such as The Society for France’s […]

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May 30 2014

Dublin Prioritizing Active Transportation & Healthy Living

May 30th, 2014Posted by 

Promoting a healthy lifestyle in Dublin is most definitely becoming an increasing priority in planning for the growth of the city. Providing better public transport links and improving facilities for cyclists and pedestrians is an integral part of Dublin City Council’s 2011-2017 Development Plan - outlined in depth in chapter five of the plan. Providing more […]

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May 29 2014

Rising Property Taxes in São Paulo, Amongst Poor Municipal Planning

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a court barred a proposal to increase property taxes in Rio de Janeiro, the administration of Mayor Fernando Haddad (PT) chose another way to raise taxes. The administration proposed an increase in the calculation basis of the ITBI tax, to be levied in cases of a real estate transfer. According to a report published […]

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May 29 2014

Must we Build More? The Town of Wengen, Switzerland says No

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a limit to the size of a city? In Wengen there is, and it has been reached. Due to the ban on secondary residences in Switzerland, construction has come to a halt in many tourist towns where second homes already occupy more than 20% of the housing stock. Is this an appropriate way […]

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May 28 2014

A Neighborhood at a Crossroads in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

People may soon be yelling “Everyone to Saint-Charles!” in the Old Port of Marseille, which is the city’s main port and current cultural center. A utopian idea for some, and an unlikely fantasy or electoral promise for others, this call could one day become part of the city’s vocabulary. Indeed, under Frédéric Cuvillier, the Secretary […]

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May 28 2014

Another Unreasonable Project: The Golden Horn Tunnel

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

A sub-sea tunnel is being planned to replace Unkapani Bridge as part of a project very much like that which occurred in Taksim to move streets underground. I sincerely wonder who proposed this “genius” project. I guess the contractors are at work again. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who was reckless enough to build an unnecessary horned bridge by the […]

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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

The Continuing Expansion of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Despite the lack of official figures, the sense of community leaders and residents of the Ladeira dos Tabajaras and Morro dos Cabritos favelas in Copacabana (a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro), is that the local population has increased substantially, especially after the creation of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2010. Longstanding problems such as poor […]

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May 26 2014

The Monumental Buildings of Bandirma, Turkey

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

Bandirma, Turkey is an ancient city, first built circa 6,000 B.C., where traces of Catholic and Neolithic eras have survived. It is also a holiday destination with more and more tourists choosing to spend their vacations in Bandirma, located to the south of the Marmaran Sea. More hotels are built every day, creating a city that provides […]

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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 22 2014

Andre Blouin, The Modern Design of Montreal

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

As Europe was in full swing of reconstruction after WWII, Andre Blouin was shaping his style working in the atelier of August Perret in Paris. Passionate disciple of modernist principles, in 1952, he established himself in Montreal, a city whose image he would create. Montreal architect of the French Pavilion (the current Casino of Montreal), […]

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May 22 2014

City of São Paulo, Brazil Invests to Buy the Occupied Mauá Building

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The city of São Paulo, Brazil deposited R$11 million related to its offer for the building known as the Mauá occupation, located on the street of the same name in Luz (a neighborhood in São Paulo), in the center of the capital. The occupation is one of the most emblematic of the city and, since […]

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May 21 2014

Hippodamus of Miletus’ Impact on Didim, Turkey Wanes

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

“If you think of roses, you are a rose garden If you think of thorns, you are fuel for the furnace.” - Rumi Didim‘s unplanned urbanization is considered to be a lack of aesthetic concern and is fiercely criticized. The new construction projects are not in harmony with the town’s cultural, natural and historical pattern, and […]

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May 20 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece Brings Greeks Together for Bicycle Race & Advocacy

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

Thessaloniki, Greece, was one of the cities that participated in the 7th Nationwide Bicycle race, that took place May 11, 2014. Many people in several other cities sent their own message by joining this spectacular event. Thessaloniki, Athens, Volos, Amaliada, Argos, Drama, Heraklion, Zacharo, Thassos, Ierapetra, Ioannina, Karystos, Katerini, Kerkyra, Kozani, Lamia, Larisa, Missolonghi, Mytilene, Molos, […]

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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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