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April 10 2014

Sycamore Park: An Example of Innovation in Redmond, Washington

April 10th, 2014Posted by 

New housing developments in the suburbs are not usually a beacon of innovation. But as cities strive to increase housing choice, encourage better design and strengthen their community, that often means a change to the typical suburban model. Redmond, Washington, a neighbor to the east of Seattle, is taking a step in this direction. A […]

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April 08 2014

World Urban Forum 7: Medellin, Colombia at the Heart of Urban Debates

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

Twenty years after being considered the the most violent city in the world, Medellin is no longer recognized as the most dangerous city, but the most innovative, the most resilient, and an example in planning projects that generate equality. This transformation is the reason Medellin became the host city of the Seventh World Urban Forum, […]

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April 03 2014

Stapleton, Denver: Living up to its New Urbanism Promise?

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Stapleton, Denver is a New Urbanism development on the site of former Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. The former airport sat on 4,700 acres located about ten minutes east from Downtown Denver. Stapleton, at full build-out, is expected to be home to: Nearly 30,000 residents in 13,000 homes; Ten plus schools; An eighty-acre […]

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April 01 2014

Fifteen Greek Celebrities Choose the Most Liveable Parts of Thessaloniki, Greece

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

1. Victor Arditis, director – theatrologist, senior lecturer in AUTH, Artistic Director of NTNG - National Theatre of Northern Greece (2001-2004). “The best place is exactly where I currently live: in the area among Olgas – Nikolaidis-Antheon-Sofouli with the poplars and the plane trees, that create an excellent micro-climate. Or I would choose the decadent upper […]

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March 27 2014

The Fight Over Parking Minimums in Seattle

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

Most people love free parking, so it’s no surprise why there is a controversy when urban planners want to build less. In Seattle, former mayor Mike McGinn lost his campaign for reelection, with his parking policies as a major factor. Some went as far as to call it a “war on cars,” and some alluded […]

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March 27 2014

A Mystery Manor of Thessaloniki Becomes Poster Promotion

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

It could easily be a promotion of the city or a circuit of the mystery manors, of which there are plenty, but it’s not. The poster’s info states ‘the mystery manor is assumed to be in New Orleans’ (it is unknown why somebody would claim that it is there).  ‘American Horror Story,’ an American horror […]

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March 20 2014

Bio-Retention Breakthroughs in Kansas City, Missouri

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Kansas City, Missouri is planning to move on the Arrowhead Transmission Main project in the future to address storm-water management and related issues in the city. This entails attempting to increase system capacity, improve overall system reliability, provide redundancy to existing thirty-six-inch MCI transmission main, and to accommodate regional Northland community growth. […]

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March 20 2014

Why Grandma is Moving to Denver, Not Miami

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

Denver has the longest winter of any of the U.S. cities, averaging over fifty inches of snowfall per year, and has an average annual temperature more than twenty-five degrees lower than Miami, Florida. So why is grandma moving to Denver and not Miami? Despite the chilling winters, Denver also has 300 days of sun, and […]

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March 13 2014

Exploring the City: Palais Ermeion in Thessaloniki, Greece

March 13th, 2014Posted by 

At Venizeloy Street 23, between Ermou and Egnatia Street, one can find Palais Ermeion. This edifice, which demonstrates the glory of eclectic architecture, was built in the 1920s and designed by the architects S. Milonas and A. Georgakopoulos. The most impressive part of the building is the arresting gate that leads to a lodge, named […]

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March 12 2014

The Economics of Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

March 12th, 2014Posted by 

This past decade has seen Washington, DC host one of the most rapid transformations in the United States. Once a city in decline, known for crime and plagued by disinvestment and poor governance, a quick look at the District’s skyline will tell you that much of that is no longer the case. With forty-seven cranes […]

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March 11 2014

The Rebirth of Ziller’s Omonoia Square: Athens, Greece

March 11th, 2014Posted by 

Two old hotels, Bagion and Megas Alexandros, and the café Neon stand observing, like always, the prewar neoclassical square Omonoia. These are the only buildings that keep the memory of the old square alive and moreover seem to have many things in common. All three of them were built in the same period, at the end of […]

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March 10 2014

Book Review: ‘Rebel Cities’ by David Harvey

March 10th, 2014Posted by 

David Harvey is unabashedly political in his book Rebel Cities, published in 2012. He roots urban planning firmly in the realm of human rights and draws a distinct ‘line in the sand’ between cities which honor the rights of its citizens and those which have been ‘bought out’ by greater powers.   “The results of […]

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March 05 2014

Sustainable Development: 100% Self-sufficient Buildings in Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France

March 5th, 2014Posted by 

After having covered some rather outrageous projects in this blog, let’s focus on a more realistic undertaking. The project in question is a partnership for research and development that was signed in January by Bouygues Construction and the city of Grenoble ordering the construction of a block of multi-unit apartment buildings. This experimental project, set […]

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March 04 2014

Tapping into a New Market: Affordable Housing in Phoenix, Arizona

March 4th, 2014Posted by 

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “affordable housing?” Crime, low property values, poor design? These negative connotations cause many cities and private developers to approach affordable housing projects with excessive caution, leaving many opportunities untouched. Despite government incentives, such as federal grants and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, there is still an enormous […]

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February 28 2014

The Irish Aversion to High-Rises and How Dublin is Dealing with Urban Sprawl

February 28th, 2014Posted by 

Urban sprawl in Dublin can be attributed to the hostility to high-rise living felt by many people in Ireland. The demand for homes is there, but it is not being met with apartments for two main reasons. Firstly, a majority of Dubliners don’t want to see high-rise buildings in the city. Dublin City Council recently […]

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February 20 2014

Funding a Revolution: The Rise of Fabricated Housing in Kansas City, Missouri

February 20th, 2014Posted by 

Due to higher efficiency and better performances of factory production and assembly lines, manufactured homes are increasingly becoming more popular due to affordability in urban design and housing contexts. Local organizations such as the Legal Aid of Western Missouri, are exploring the option of building manufactured homes on lots in the area as part of their Economic Development […]

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February 13 2014

Should Seattle Be Worried About Affordability?

February 13th, 2014Posted by 

Compared to some of its counterparts, Seattle is not terribly expensive. But as population quickly grows, decision makers will have to grapple with affordability. Recently elected Councilwoman Kshama Sawant made rent control a staple of her campaign. Others believe relaxing planning rules so developers can build is the best remedy. The enigma of affordability plagues […]

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February 10 2014

Recycling and Construction: Thoughts from Algeria

February 10th, 2014Posted by 

In the Maghreb, like elsewhere, the image projected by the use of recycled materials for construction is negative because it is synonymous with shantytowns, precarious living conditions, poverty, squalor, etc. However, several remarkable experiments in building with recycled materials have been carried out in recent years, mostly in the United States. Michael Reynolds with his […]

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February 06 2014

Kansas City, Missouri’s Clean Initiatives and the Clean Tech Bust

February 6th, 2014Posted by 

Clean technology was forecasted to revolutionize the way we live. Proponents of sustainable development long predicted the end of our ongoing addiction to fossil fuel. Recently however, the clean tech bubble has burst and effects of that can be seen at the local level. The shale boom, heightened competition among global manufacturers, mainly China, and less-than-conducive national energy […]

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February 05 2014

Horrible Historic Preservation in 3 Easy Steps

February 5th, 2014Posted by 

Historic preservation has come a long way from the protesters in front of the old Penn Station in New York, and today it also focuses on issues such as placemaking and the revitalization of neglected buildings and neighborhoods. However, when it is done badly, historic preservation can hinder development and even unintentionally destroy what it […]

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