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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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June 19 2014

Acropolis Museum Celebrates its 5th Birthday!: Athens, Greece

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

In no other museum of the country can one witness such joy. Children are whispering like little birds in front of the video that is showing the “Kores,” which were projected on housing blocks during the museum’s opening in 2009. Their parents seem truly touched while they watch how pieces of the Sacred Rock were transferred […]

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June 19 2014

Temporality, Energy Consumption & Lessons From Lighting in Lyon, France

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

“Temporality Is Essential to Mastering Energy Consumption,” Antoine Bouchet, former director of urban lighting for the City of Lyon from 2003 to 2012. Memories from four decades of light. At the end of March 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing Antoine Bouchet. This great professional leaves us “a non-exhaustive approach to lighting the City […]

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June 18 2014

A New Beginning for the Parc du Vallon in Lyon, Rhônes-Alpes, France

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

Situated in the heart of the Duchère neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, the Parc du Vallon reopened its doors on the week of June 6th after three years of work. A vast green space of 11 hectares, it is an area conducive to relaxation, while also absorbing the site’s topography and preserving the […]

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June 18 2014

The Bay Bridge Deconstruction: Can Demolition Be Sustainable?

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, which has served as a work-horse for the bay area since 1936, is undergoing demolition to make way for a more contemporary counterpart. The new bridge is already becoming a world icon claiming its spot as one of the most seismically advanced structures in the world. It is the world’s longest and […]

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June 18 2014

The Ethics of Reconstructing a Historic City: Florence, Italy Post World War II

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

During the final battles of the Second World War, the region of  Tuscany in Italy suffered great destruction. The German Army retreated in the historic cities of Florence and Pisa, significant centers for art and architecture, predicting the hesitation of the Allies to bombard them. Surprisingly, only a relatively small part of the original city of […]

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June 17 2014

Train Stations: Matrices of the 19th Century Parisian Imagination

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

From 1837 to 1914, railway stations covered Paris; they were a new kind of space, half-industrial and half-urban. This transplant profoundly transformed the landscape, but also the nature of the city, its functions and its place in the national and international arena. Under the Second Empire, the city was reconfigured around these new, modern “gates,” […]

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