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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 23 2014

A Smart City Taking Shape in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

June 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The sustainable urban project of the La Confluence neighborhood in Lyon is developing thanks to the help of Japanese technologies implemented as part of an agreement with the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). From Hikari, the first energy positive mixed block to the renewal of Perrache, here is a review of the […]

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June 20 2014

Urban Realities in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

The city of 6.2 million people is alive with a constant buzz, the many sights, smells, and sounds drawing your attention every which way. There are thus many ways with which I could have approached this farewell piece (from this point on I’ll be writing from Montreal, Canada) to a city which has been my […]

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June 20 2014

Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored in African Cities

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of […]

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June 20 2014

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano, and the Uptown area inside Dallas city limits, are examples of popular high-density mixed use development. While these areas conserve land […]

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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

World Cup Protests Confront Inequality in São Paulo, Brazil

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

Two major protests took place in the streets of Sao Paulo on June 12th, the day when the city hosted the inaugural match of the World Cup. The match between Brazil and Croatia started at 5pm in Corinthians Arena. The protests were scheduled for much earlier, at 10am, and occurred in the eastern zone, the same region […]

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June 12 2014

São Paulo, Brazil’s Housing Market Makes A Strong Recovery

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

In 2013 more than 33,000 residential units were constructed in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, with an overall volume of sales exceeding U.S. $19 billion. If we consider the entire metropolitan area, the number grows to 58,000 homes and sales exceed U.S. $26 billion. Moreover, the sector accounted for 3.4 million formal jobs in […]

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June 10 2014

Residence Surrounding Excavations in Ancient Corinth, Greece

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

This residence of 210 square meters is located in Ancient Corinth, Greece, in a plot where many archaeological digs have taken place. The main parameters of the design for the residence were to preserve the excavation “spirit” of the plot and the interconnection of the house with the historically interesting surroundings. The building has a […]

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June 09 2014

The Economic Threat of The New Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government funds gigantic projects with huge international loans, and is leading Turkey to an economic dead-end, and Istanbul to an ecological disaster. Their approach is not sustainable from either an economic or ecological point of view. This economic strategy of depending heavily on loans has difficult insurance conditions. The sustainability […]

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June 06 2014

Guinness’ Impact on Dublin’s Public Housing: The Iveagh Trust & Hostel

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

There is no brand that is more closely associated with Ireland, and in particular Dublin, than Guinness.  The company has made an impact on the culture, economy, architecture and history of the city in an immeasurable amount of ways. In the city, most Dubliners would recognize the footprint of the Guinness Brewery on the architecture […]

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June 05 2014

k-studio’s Plane House on Skiathos Island, Greece

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

When the architectural office k-studio undertook the design of the PlaneHouse, they laid down one headline target, which was the interconnection of the interior and exterior spaces. The primary reason why they had this specific priority was to maximize the benefits of both interior and exterior settings, and incorporate the feeling of the outdoor spaces […]

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June 05 2014

How Modernist French Apartment Complexes Could Attain Legitimacy As Heritage

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

Today, it is confirmed that the great French apartment complexes, made up in large part of social housing, have seen more than 30 years, as well as the first riots, which were central to neighborhoods in the suburbs of Lyon. These were what the media then called “the hot summer of Minguettes” – a socially […]

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June 02 2014

Bursa, Turkey’s Journey in Becoming a European “Brand City”

June 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Bursa, one of the largest metropolitan areas of Turkey, with more than two million inhabitants, is one of the fifteen cities which the Culture and Tourism Ministry aimed to transform into a “Brand City” within the scope of the Tourism Strategy Action Plan (2007-2023) in 2007. The city accelerated its transformation from an industrial city […]

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May 29 2014

Are Homeless Ruining I.M. Pei’s 16th Street Mall in Denver?

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

Can homeless ruin good urban planning? Do you find New York City’s midtown section just a little less enjoyable because of the homeless population? Think of your favorite area in your favorite city: Was there a significant homeless population? The 16th Street Mall in Denver opened in 1982. It was designed by I.M. Pei and […]

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May 29 2014

Rising Property Taxes in São Paulo, Amongst Poor Municipal Planning

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a court barred a proposal to increase property taxes in Rio de Janeiro, the administration of Mayor Fernando Haddad (PT) chose another way to raise taxes. The administration proposed an increase in the calculation basis of the ITBI tax, to be levied in cases of a real estate transfer. According to a report published […]

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May 29 2014

Must we Build More? The Town of Wengen, Switzerland says No

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a limit to the size of a city? In Wengen there is, and it has been reached. Due to the ban on secondary residences in Switzerland, construction has come to a halt in many tourist towns where second homes already occupy more than 20% of the housing stock. Is this an appropriate way […]

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May 27 2014

Historic Building Houses COLORS Hotel in the Heart of Thessaloniki, Greece

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

A little hotel in the centre of Thessaloniki opened its doors three years ago. Immediately, our attention was drawn to this exceptional new acquisition of the city. It was definitely something we had never seen before in Thessaloniki, although we have all experienced similar places during our trips in other European cities.  “We both love […]

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May 27 2014

Social Housing as a Solution to the Ecological Impasse, France

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

I have already thought, and on a number of occasions, to support the construction of social housing on this blog. But beyond the preconceptions, very often caricature-esque, which would render a left-wing activist as a “public” and collective housing partisan because he is “social” by nature, while a right-wing activist would be defending the rise […]

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May 27 2014

The Continuing Expansion of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Despite the lack of official figures, the sense of community leaders and residents of the Ladeira dos Tabajaras and Morro dos Cabritos favelas in Copacabana (a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro), is that the local population has increased substantially, especially after the creation of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2010. Longstanding problems such as poor […]

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