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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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June 23 2015

The Purpose of Geomancy in the Purple City of Hue, Vietnam

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In the centre of Vietnam sits a small city with immense historic significance. Here collide the defining ingredients of Vietnam’s contemporary character, those engendered by its rich and chaotic history. The romantic Imperial past, the influence of French colonialism, the devastation of a generation-long war, Marxist ideology, and capitalist pragmatism have all played their part […]

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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 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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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 11 2015

Metelkova Mesto, the Autonomous Squat at the Heart of Ljubljana, Slovenia

June 11th, 2015Posted by 

“Metelkova is different,” says Ilina, a dreadlocked Macedonian art student living in Slovenia. “It’s not just an alternative cultural district in the capital – it’s the capital of alternative culture. Outside of Rome, where else can you find a city inside a city?” From the first-floor window of the art gallery she works in – […]

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June 10 2015

Developer Foresaw the Untapped Potential of “The Delmar Loop” in St. Louis, Missouri

June 10th, 2015Posted by 

After graduating from Duke University in 1972, Joe Edwards returned home to St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that he opened Blueberry Hill, a restaurant, bar, and live music venue. Edwards specifically selected its location on Delmar Boulevard, a retail area locally known as “The Loop” that was named for the streetcar which used to […]

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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 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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May 29 2015

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In some places, matte steel and sculpted concrete sit side by side with 300-year old gilded stone … a complicated marriage […]

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May 19 2015

Controversy Surrounds Whether “Brest the Grey” Will Transform into A City of Colors

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

Brest, France is often known as “Brest the White” or “Brest the Grey.” But what if these qualifiers were to become obsolete one day? It is possible that things are moving a bit in that direction. This month, the subject of coloring the city was at the center of an ambitious meeting at the Mac-Orlan Center. […]

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May 19 2015

Creil, France’s “Nelson Mandela Footbridge” Increases Community’s Soft Circulation

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

From now on, it is possible to go across the “Nelson Mandela” footbridge in Creil, Northern France. The bridge opened to the public in mid-June. After two years, the construction work is finally over. Two years of technical headache, custom fabrication of parts, fine-tuning, ballasting, key stoning, and more. The result: a suspended bridge, exclusively […]

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