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November 12 2014

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions. So what does corrupt architecture look like – does it have […]

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November 12 2014

Silos and Signage Reflect Industrial Heritage in Old Port of Montreal, Quebec

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

The heyday of industrial activity in the Old Port of Montreal lasted between 1896 and 1930, when the city became a bustling center for the grain trade. To meet the demands of the million tonnes of merchandise passing through the city, the port modernized its facilities. Massive grain elevators, sheds and higher quays were built […]

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November 11 2014

Herzog & De Meuron’s Triangle Tower Faces Opposition in Paris, France

November 11th, 2014Posted by 

Jacques Herzog found himself in an uncomfortable situation at Paris, France’s Pavillion de l’Arsenal on October 30th. The Swiss architect was presenting the plans for the sculptural building that his firm, Herzog & De Meuron, had conceived for Paris’ Porte de Versailles (the location of one of the original gates into Paris and now an […]

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November 06 2014

In Tokyo, Japan, the Metabolist Nagakin Capsule Tower Faces Demolition

November 6th, 2014Posted by 

Boxes blackened by the passage of time, piled one on top of the other: the “Nagakin Capsule Tower” sticks out in Tokyo’s Shimabshi business district, but a handful of ardent supporters have mobilized themselves in order to prevent the possible demolition of this example of Japanese Metabolist architecture. One of its owners, Masato Abe, is […]

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November 04 2014

First Nations Ousted from Construction Site in Gatineau, Quebec

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

The occupation of the construction site on the Rue Jacques-Cartier by First Nations protesters lasted forty three days. Now, the teepees have disappeared, the fire is extinguished, and the protesters have been ousted. On September 4, 2014, the City of Gatineau did not skimp on the means for putting an end to this saga: the expanded […]

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November 03 2014

“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review

November 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Henry James wrote “London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy … it is only magnificent.” David Long found it appropriate to cite this quote in the introduction of his book Tunnels, Towers, and Temples. After visiting London, I can say that I find it rings true, and even […]

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October 31 2014

In Kenya, Nairobi National Park Faces Development Encroachment

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

Nairobi National Park consists of 117 km2 (approximately 45 square miles) of wild flora and fauna within the city boundaries. Established in 1947, it has over a hundred mammal species including lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs, plus over four hundred migratory birds. The park also has various picnic sites, restaurants, and facilities for family and […]

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October 31 2014

Des Moines, Iowa’s East Village: Unique Storefronts Cultivating Sense of Place

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

While Des Moines, Iowa is a city with a population density of only 2,527 people per square mile and rapidly expanding suburbs, one neighborhood in the downtown core has managed to maintain some urban character. With its many boutique shops and noticeable lack of national chains, The East Village contributes a unique charm to Des […]

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October 30 2014

Edison Student Residence Pays Homage to Cinematic Innovation in Montreal

October 30th, 2014Posted by 

On a vacant site located in the epicenter of student life in Montreal, north of McGill University in the Milton Gates district, stands the Edison Residence, the latest architectural conception of the architecture collective KANVA. Its doors were opened on Aug. 30, 2014. It’s an “animated architecture” that pays homage to Thomas Edison, one of […]

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October 29 2014

A New District Emerges Around Historic Windsor Station in Downtown Montreal

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

A new bit of skyline will emerge in the lower part of downtown Montreal during the next fifteen years. Developer Cadillac-Fairview, a real-estate branch of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, is creating Quad Windsor, a mixed-use development project comprised of nine new buildings centered around Windsor Station. The two billion dollar project is to be […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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October 21 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Street Markets Celebrate 100 Years

October 21st, 2014Posted by 

On August 25th, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of the formal existence of street markets in São Paulo, a true cultural heritage of the city. The date refers to the first regulation of this activity in the capital, Act 710, signed by Mayor Washington Luis in 1914. The first official market in the city took place […]

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October 06 2014

Natura 2000 Designations Constrain Development in Galway, Ireland

October 6th, 2014Posted by 

Natura 2000 sites were established to protect the 220 habitats and approximately 1,000 species throughout Europe. The Natura 2000 sites came into being with the European Union’s habitats directive, Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora. There are over seventy Natura 2000 sites in Galway (the most in Ireland); however most of […]

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October 01 2014

Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb far, far away. An asphalt parking lot would span out in front of you, without any direct pedestrian path […]

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October 01 2014

Plans to Demolish Architectural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

A project not adapted to existing buildings could potentially have its building permit request denied. In March 2013, ARAU was alerted by a group of locals that the HUB (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel) was planning to “renovate” a group of buildings located at the corner of Marais and Sables streets, which were acquired in December 2012. This […]

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September 29 2014

A Visual Typology: A Modern Face-Lift To San Francisco’s Victorian Homes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Take a walk with me. We are walking up a San Francisco street so steep you think it might be easier to crawl. You feel that if you were to extend your arms straight out you could touch the very ground you tread. Feel your calves burning? Good, now look up. Look at the homes lining […]

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September 23 2014

Google Introduces Marseille, France’s Night and Sound Walks

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

An interview with Associate producer with Radio Grenouille Julie de Muer, the urban storyteller, filmed by Google Stories and Night Walk in Marseille: Julie de Muer’s project is first of all radiophonic. Sound Walk first began a few years ago as the time for Marseille-Provence 2013 was approaching. Vincent Laganier (VL): How was the first […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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September 19 2014

The Iconic Form of Montreal’s Plexes Wavers with Condominium Construction

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

Residents that walk the streets of Montreal, and visitors alike, are often drawn to the city’s architecture, particularly its iconic form of the plexes. These two to three story, flat-roofed residential buildings may take the form of duplexes (two units), triplexes (three units), or multiplexes (four to six units), and are most widely recognized for their outdoor […]

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September 15 2014

Open Spaces Supporting Mental & Physical Health in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The public spaces in Phnom Penh aim to provide more than just an escape from the traffic and pollution of a growing Asian capital city, with activities for a healthy mind and body. As the country undergoes rapid urbanization, new developments are threatening the open and recreational spaces of the city that are vital to […]

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