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August 14 2015

Historic Preservation Projects Given Green Light in Downtown Manaus, Brazil

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

The revitalization project of Tenreiro Aranha Square and of the area surrounding the Adolpho Lisboa Market in Manaus was presented on the morning of August 11th by the Director-President of the Municipal Urban Planning Institute (Implurb), Roberto Moita. The meeting held in Manaus City Hall building was attended by the municipal secretaries, the Mayor Arthur Neto, […]

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August 11 2015

3 Objectives Guide the Makeover of Paris, France’s Champ de Mars

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

It’s time to start two years of work! As part of a joint operation between the Métropole and the City of Lille, Paris, France’s “Champ de Mars” (Field of March) esplanade begins its metamorphosis. This reclassification includes the creation of two parking zones at the north and south ends with a large amount of green […]

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August 11 2015

Invigorate Montreal, Quebec’s Viger Square Rather than Raze It to the Ground

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

An “informational public meeting” on revamping Viger Square of Montreal, Quebec, on June 16 allowed for the re-emergence of a variety of strong oppositional forces to the demolition and redevelopment project for Viger Square’s Daudelin Islet. Everyone was in agreement: the City’s will to demolish and alter the works of Charles Daudelin was moved. First […]

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August 10 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Katelyn Hewett

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I begin my time at The Grid. I still remember one of my first assignments, a book review on Charles Montgomery’s Happy City. I thought writing a book review would be a good experience, but worried the text would prove to be a bit […]

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August 07 2015

Handicap Accessibility and Cultural Heritage in Mayenne and Nantes, France

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

While seeing a wheelchair coming through the meandering paths of a fortified castle would have seemed a bit crazy a few years ago, our historic buildings have made progress in regards to accessibility. The respect of the law is not the only thing at stake (remember that all public buildings must be accessible or have […]

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August 06 2015

One Citizen’s Attempt to Curb Illegal Advertising in Bratislava, Slovakia

August 6th, 2015Posted by 

The old town of Bratislava, the quaint Slovakian capital of half a million inhabitants that straddles the banks of the Danube River, bears all the hallmarks of a central European city. With its striking castle, crumbling Viennese architecture, and the solemn statue of the national poet occupying the main square, central Bratislava does not seem to have […]

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August 05 2015

Montreal, Canada’s Angus TechnoHub Phase 2 Breaking Ground in 2017

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

Christian Yaccarini, President of the Angus Development Organization, introduces the second phase of the Angus TechnoHub, an eco-neighborhood in Montreal, Canada that promises to use the best new technologies to become a global model in sustainable urban development. The first phase of the Angus TechnoHub started 20 years ago on the former Angus Shops industrial […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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July 28 2015

France’s Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Launches Interactive Historic Restoration

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

Why Such a Construction Site? After the 2014 redesign of the romantic and landscaped gardens, in the image of those that existed in 1850, the Azay-le-Rideau Chateau began a wide-spanning construction site at the beginning of 2015. The aim is to restore the original carpentry dating back to the 16th century, the slate cover, the facade […]

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July 27 2015

Expo 2015 Highlights Italy’s Diverse Regional Food Culture & Identities

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

If there is one thing that you ought to know about Italians, it is that they are very particular about the way they cook, what they eat, how they eat it, and in which order each dish is eaten. I live in a house full of Italians, which means I gain a daily education in […]

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July 24 2015

UNESCO Classification of Le Havre, France Makes Life Difficult for Some Residents

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

Ten years after its UNESCO classification, people unanimously agree that the Auguste Perret style has led to a more positive perception of Le Havre, France. However, several dissonant voices express that it is not always easy to live in such a monument. “I am not afraid to say it: I would prefer to not have […]

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July 23 2015

Will Metro’s TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In December of 2013, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) issued separate Request for Proposals (RFPs) for three Metro-owned sites in Boyle Heights. Since then, Metro has announced several transit-oriented development projects by the Gold Line stations. Specifically, these are the Mariachi Plaza Commercial Development, The Santa Cecilia Apartments, Las Mariposas Apartments, Los […]

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July 23 2015

Neon Signs Around the World are Facing Extinction – or Preservation?

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The retro neon signs that adorn old businesses are becoming more and more rare in our cities. Even in New York they are seen as an endangered species. The Guardian recently wrote about how “Subway Inn” on Lexington Avenue was added to the list of the deceased. “New York used to be synonymous with neon […]

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July 21 2015

Building in Montgermont, France Seeks 20th Century Heritage Distinction

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

We should save the West Popular Bank building in Montgermont, France. This is the alarmist cry of the architect Odile Decq in a recent international petition to Francois Hollande and Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin. The creator of this building, inaugurated in 1990 and for which she received numerous international prizes, is worried about what will […]

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July 21 2015

Strasbourg, France to Re-reveal Plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

On the thousand-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame Collection Foundation, (the organization that supports Strasbourg, France’s Notre-Dame Cathedral), the foundation’s museum is equipping itself with two new rooms that will hold the drawings and plans for the cathedral, dating back to the middle ages. Inaccessible to the public since 1989, these showpieces will once again be […]

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July 14 2015

Alpine Village of Hallstatt, Austria has been Copied Brick-for-Brick in China

July 14th, 2015Posted by 

The picturesque lakeside village of Hallstatt, nestled between the towering peaks and narrow valleys of Upper Austria, is a small piece of paradise. Idyllic Alpine beauty almost overwhelms the centuries-old market town. Swans and boats dot the surface of the mountainous lake, while the town’s Baroque architecture, its stone-and-timber facades, narrow streets, and steep churches […]

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July 10 2015

São Paulo, Brazil’s City Squares to be Managed through Citizen Participation

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Management of public squares in São Paulo, Brazil will now be held in a shared manner, involving not only the role of the government, but also the participation of the citizens for the use, implementation, revitalization, reconstruction, financing and conservation of these spaces. The measure, whose objective is to guarantee the quality of the squares […]

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July 09 2015

The Urban Park and Ponds of Cesson-la-Foret, France to Undergo Restoration

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

Created in the 1970s, the urban park of Cesson-la-Foret, France began to have a real need for renovation. The elected officials of the agglomerations of Senart and Cesson have just approved the rehabilitation project for the park and its ponds. This site was designed on an old wooded area following the urbanization of the neighborhood […]

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July 07 2015

Dalat, Vietnam: The City of Flowers & French-Vernacular Architecture?

July 7th, 2015Posted by 

While investigating landscape architecture in Saigon and Vietnam’s other cities, one is inevitably led back to Dalat, a small town in Vietnam’s south central highlands. It is here that many of the perennial plants used in urban planting schemes are grown, as well as many of the cut flowers sold on the streets of Vietnam. Indeed, Dalat is […]

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July 03 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Auditiyo Das Gupta in Kitchener, Canada & Mumbai, India

July 3rd, 2015Posted by 

My journey at The Grid started with a sincere appeal from one of my good friends here in Kitchener, Canada. “You’re wasting your talent as a writer” she told me flatly. “You should start writing, perhaps on something related to your field? My cousin writes for this great website called The Grid.” After studying urban […]

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