Archive for the ‘History/Preservation’ Category

July 18 2014

How will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 18th, 2014Posted by 

Two super-hospitals (MUHC and CHUM) are under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research. Their development will combine several major hospitals onto their two sites, rendering many historic buildings vacant and left […]

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July 17 2014

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S., the National and Gunther Breweries, once operating in Baltimore, have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing […]

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July 17 2014

Churches Outliving their Use in Montreal, Canada

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

Montreal, the city of a thousand church steeples? In order not to lose this identity which is intrinsic to its history, at a time when most churches are emptying out for lack of a secure future, the Quebec Religious Heritage Council (CPRQ) has published six portraits of the sacred sites that have been converted. This […]

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July 16 2014

Places of Non-Catholic Worship in Florence, Italy: Where Do Other Faithfuls Pray?

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

Florence is a city whose character has been dominated by Catholicism since the Middle-Ages. Throughout the years, religion has played a significant role in many aspects of its social life. Culturally and artistically, the city initially developed under the Papal Influence. This strong relationship becomes obvious also in an urban realm: Catholic churches are the […]

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July 16 2014

San Francisco’s de Young Museum: “Smart” or Not?

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

When considering building materials, what do you think of? Glass, steel, concrete, stone, wood, and some subtleties in between? The utilization of these materials in a building, act as a palette for the designer, giving life or another dimension to the structure. But what if these materials could reach beyond their static existence and give […]

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July 14 2014

Touristic Safari: The Urban Cable Car of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro

July 14th, 2014Posted by 

Usually possessing more or less informal types of housing and close-knit communities, favelas, a term specific to Brazil, continue to mark the collective imagination. In our geography books, we are shown heaped up shelters made of waste material extending out of sight. In the media, we most often associate them with violence and the dominance […]

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July 11 2014

Navarinou & Plato’s Academy Parks: Communities Create Public Space in Athens

July 11th, 2014Posted by 

Currently, in the city of Athens, Greece, there are various initiatives lead by local groups and community members, taking action to improve city life by any means necessary. Is it possible that these activities could bring a series of changes to the city landscape, that otherwise may be very unlikely to happen. On opposite sites in central Athens, residents […]

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July 08 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece’s White Tower Takes the Lead in National Pilot Upgrading Plan

July 8th, 2014Posted by 

This year, the tourist season in Thessaloniki has been much more organized than in years past. The city has achieved, what some could say, is the self-explanatory. Since April 2014, 33 archaeological sites and museums have extended their working hours as part of a National Pilot Upgrading Plan, which includes, in addition to the extension of working […]

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July 03 2014

Heritage In Danger: The Desrochers House, St-Leonard District, Montreal

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Thanks to sites being registered on the annual Heritage Montreal list of endangered sites, in 2013, the media brought to light the St-Leonard housing co-op and its sneaky disappearance – which was caused by the lack of a regulatory framework in the St-Leonard district. The largest grouping of bungalows ever built in Quebec, according to […]

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July 02 2014

Green Spaces – Where and How are They Built into a City? Examples of Italian Urban Greenery

July 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Living in an Italian city makes one appreciate the importance of the outdoors and public spaces. Apart from the piazzas and the narrow paved streets that are always filled with people and happy noise, in many corners a beautiful and peaceful garden or a spacious park is to be discovered. But what were the circumstances […]

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July 01 2014

Three Querns Preserved & Operating Again on Patmos Island, Greece

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

In places with few residents, nicknames are extremely common. Patmos’ citizens tenderly call the architect Dafni Becket “Mylomama” (meaning the mother of querns). The reason for this nickname is because this Greek woman, who was a child of diaspora (from a mother who comes from Athens and an American dad, she grew up in Geneva) […]

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July 01 2014

From the Last Council Meeting of the Saint-Merri Neighborhood, Paris

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

The last meeting of the council of the Saint-Merri neighborhood was an opportunity for the municipality of the 4th Arrondisement to speak – plans on the boards – about the adjustments to the study concerning access to the Saint-Merri pool and school. “Vivre le Marais!” has not stopped discussing the upkeep and cleanliness issues now […]

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June 30 2014

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

My last post, which was dedicated to densification in Lausanne, provoked a courteous and detailed response from the President of Lausanne’s Socialist Party, Benoît Gaillard. His remarks raise interesting questions about densification and its local implementation. The following thoughts are based on the examples of Vaud and Lausanne, but they are applicable everywhere. Firstly, it […]

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June 30 2014

Via Paolo Sarpi: The Milanese Chinatown

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

I came to Via Paolo Sarpi for the first time three years ago, when my friend, visiting from England, and I got lost on our way to see the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. We were walking for the longest time and at some point realized the environment had changed completely – from the store design, to its […]

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June 26 2014

Artistic Surprises in the Creation District, Quebec City, Canada

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

Six temporary works of public art will play hide and seek this summer with the visitors to the Old Port, Place Royale and Petit-Champlain districts, which are now identified under the Creation District banner. Among others, we will discover the works of Jose Luis Torres, Laurent Gagnon, and the Cooke-Sasseville duo. Collectives of young Quebec […]

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June 24 2014

Odysseus Elytis’ Poetry Finds a Home in Plaka, Athens, Greece

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

  The files of the poet Odysseus Elytis have finally found their home. Last Tuesday, the deputy Minister for the Environment, Mr. Nikos Tagaras, signed an agreement, which opens the way to create the “Elytis Home.” This home will be within a listed building at the intersection of Dioskouron and Polignotou Streets in the Plaka area of Athens, Greece. […]

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June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

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June 20 2014

LeBreton Flats Revitalization: Competing Narratives of Canada’s Capital City

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

When it comes to identity, Ottawa, Ontario is still in the questioning phase. As the capital city of Canada, this once-small logging and lumber town must continuously stand up to the responsibility of being a fair, inclusive and even impressive representation of the entire country. Just like every city though, it is the setting for the unfolding lives […]

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June 20 2014

Guinness’ Social & Recreational Legacy in Dublin, Ireland

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Guinness has had a significant impact on how both tourists and locals alike enjoy Dublin. With over one million visitors a year, the Guinness Storehouse is the most popular attraction in Ireland.  Along with the Storehouse, Rupert Guinness Hall, St. Stephen’s Green and Iveagh Gardens are all recreational facilities provided to the city of Dublin […]

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June 19 2014

Transitional Shelter Lessons from San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

What does a transitional shelter do? After a disaster happens, many people are left homeless and need immediate shelter. A transitional shelter is meant to help them transition from temporary relief housing to a more permanent dwelling. Now, what does a transitional shelters actually do? Usually, it sits in the same location and inadequate condition […]

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