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February 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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February 09 2015

Two Historic Mill-Worker Housing Developments in Brooklyn, Connecticut

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

Over the course of the 1800′s, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Amos Lockwood built a series of mills in East Brooklyn, Connecticut’s “Quebec Square” neighborhood. Today, little is left of these mills; much of the complex (1952 Aerial) burnt down in 1961, but some of their structures remain. Their conditions range from habitable, to condemned, all […]

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February 02 2015

Mumbai, India to Receive Water from Potentially Disastrous River Inter-Linking Project

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Some of the largest cities in India, including Mumbai, are now slated to receive water from a very controversial river inter-linking project. Slated at $130 billion, the mega-project aims to divert portions of India’s largest rivers, such as the Yamuna, to arid areas in the country. The project was suspended more than two decades ago […]

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January 30 2015

St. Henri: Another Montreal Working Class Neighbourhood Gradually Transforming

January 30th, 2015Posted by 

Has St. Henri been subject to a renewal or gentrification? The latter has become a sensitive topic in urban planning theory, and is the cause of many debates and discussions. Notable for its negative implication of wealthy outsiders displacing poorer residents, the shift in demographics leads to subsequent changes to a neighbourhood’s social and economic […]

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January 29 2015

Futuristic Greenwashed Highrises Undermine Paris Smart City 2050′s Vision

January 29th, 2015Posted by 

The illustrated study has been making the rounds on the internet for several days: “Paris Smart City 2050, or a futurist vision of the capital proposed by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut and the SETEC building office of engineers?” Last spring, the team responded to a call for entries by the Urban Ecology Agency of the […]

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January 28 2015

Sustainable Architecture Booming in Rural Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Why Not Urban?

January 28th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh is a very green city; the streets are lined with trees, and vegetation grows endlessly in the tropical climate. Cambodia also has a rich history of architectural design, and despite immense deforestation, it has many natural building and sustainable construction resources. Unfortunately, the latter trend can also be said about the recent construction […]

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January 27 2015

A Proposal to Save the City of Montreal, Canada From Economic Ruin

January 27th, 2015Posted by 

Since the 1950s, Montreal has seen itself dispossessed of its title as Canada’s metropolis through a series of Canadian political, provincial and, yes, Montreal, decisions. To this effect, we can cite the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which diminished the role of ferrying in the Port of Montreal and its economic contribution; and the Mirabel Airport, which […]

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January 26 2015

New Statewide Rideshare Program Responds to Iowa’s Transportation Demand

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

If an Iowan were to complain about traffic conditions in Des Moines to someone from out of state, they would likely be laughed at. Traffic in the metropolitan area of Des Moines is nothing compared to that in cities such as Chicago or Los Angeles. However, there is a bigger commuting issue that plagues the state. […]

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January 26 2015

Longest Footbridge East of the Mississippi: Century-Old Willimantic Footbridge

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

While Willimantic’s Frog Bridge might be eastern Connecticut’s most familiar bridge, there is a far more historically notable bridge close by that has provided access to Willimantic’s downtown for over a century: the Willimantic Footbridge. As the Willimantic textile industry grew in the 1800’s, so did it’s neighborhoods on the south side of the town’s namesake river. […]

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January 20 2015

Are Eco-Towers Coming to Downtown Paris, France?

January 20th, 2015Posted by 

An engineering and architecture firm have been working on Paris’ Climate/Energy Plan, to be achieved by 2050. Their work led to plans for large, positive energy apartment buildings. How can we invent the city of the future while considering the constraints, necessities, and aspirations of its inhabitants, administrations, and enterprises? This, especially given that we live in a […]

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January 15 2015

Regulatory Heating Project Threatens Endangered Bird Species in Montreal, Canada

January 15th, 2015Posted by 

Who would have believed it? The new regulatory project on burning wood in the City of Montreal could represent a threat to certain birds. The Chimney Swift, a migratory bird designated as an endangered species in Canada, nests in chimneys. However, the number of chimneys likely to welcome this bird could diminish with the banning of […]

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January 14 2015

How Much Bigger is St. Louis’ Forest Park Compared to NYC’s Central Park?

January 14th, 2015Posted by 

St. Louis, Missouri’s “Forest Park is at least “__” times the size of New York City’s Central Park” (insert number from two to ten). Since moving to St. Louis, I have heard these words said time and time again. I decided it was time for a definitive answer. St. Louisans take great pride in Forest […]

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January 12 2015

Why are Milliennials Flocking to Des Moines, Iowa?

January 12th, 2015Posted by 

On its surface, the city of Des Moines may not seem like the most attractive place in which to settle down. It’s located in the middle of the state, surrounded in all directions by a buffer of cornfields. The city has also come to be known as a major center of the US insurance industry. […]

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January 12 2015

Placemaking Opportunities from The Los Angeles River’s Revitalization

January 12th, 2015Posted by 

In response to a pair of deadly floods in the late 1930’s, the US Army Corps of Engineers were called in to control the Los Angeles River. In doing so, most of the river was encased in concrete – it wasn’t until roughly 50 years later that action was taken to revitalize the river. Presently, […]

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January 08 2015

A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy’s Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 8th, 2015Posted by 

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities, among others around the world. The term refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself by proposing a framework of new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate their functionality and promote their image. […]

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January 07 2015

Zaha Hadid’s Architecture to Reconcile Khmer Rouge for Phnom Penh, Cambodia?

January 7th, 2015Posted by 

It has been almost 40 years since the terror of the Khmer Rouge began in Cambodia, but the scars are still visible and the country is still recovering. In recent years, Phnom Penh has seen unprecedented growth and innovation, especially in the design and construction industry. However, as foreign aid and foreign architecture infiltrates the […]

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January 06 2015

Holistic Architect, Lutgarde Brun, to Lead Huy, Belgium’s Urban Planning Services

January 6th, 2015Posted by 

Lutgarde Brun is the new city architect in Huy, Belgium. Numerous challenges, many of them quite large, await her, but she is prepared and excited to tackle them head on. With 2,000 new inhabitants expected in Huy over the course of the next ten years (and 1,000 new lodgings that will come with them), the […]

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January 05 2015

Galway, Ireland Turns to its Community in Struggle Against Sprawl

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

As long as cities have existed there has been urban sprawl. In Galway, Ireland a dramatic increase in the city’s urban sprawl began in the 19th century, when labourers flocked from the countryside to work in the new factories that were then springing up. Large developments of small terraced houses began to appear, and new […]

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January 02 2015

Iowa Urbanizes as Large Farm Operations Put Small Towns Out of Work

January 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Iowa is the U.S. state most associated with farming; it produces more corn and soybean than any other state, and 92% of the land is designated for agriculture. As farming practices change, the urban landscape changes with it. The population of Iowa has been experiencing a transformation. Whereas Iowa used to be composed of evenly-dispersed […]

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December 31 2014

Craft Beer to Replace Hallmark “Budweiser” in St. Louis, Missouri

December 31st, 2014Posted by 

In 2008, for a cost of $52 billion dollars, InBev, the Leuven, Belgium-based owner of Beck’s and Stella Artois swallowed Anheuser-Busch whole. Better known as “Budweiser,” Anheuser-Busch is the hallmark of American beers. A brief history of Budweiser starts with the marriage of German immigrant Adolphus Busch to St. Louis native, Lily Anheuser. Busch, an […]

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