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October 28 2014

The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified. That’s because the plan provides “a gradual restriction of motorized individual transport on elevated highways” and “its complete deactivation as a traffic lane, including its demolition or a partial or full transformation into a park.” […]

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October 27 2014

The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” it seems counterintuitive to think that food security would pose much of a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as […]

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October 24 2014

The City of Paris’ New Bike Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Projects for 2014-2020

October 24th, 2014Posted by 

More parking spots for bikes, new bike paths on major streets, extension of zones with 30km/h speed limits, and perhaps wider bike paths or the prohibition of cars at temporary markets. These are just some of the measures that are a part of the new “Bike Plan” put forth by the Mayor of Paris. The […]

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October 23 2014

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that it is more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year – equivalent to […]

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October 22 2014

Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students. As of 2014, Towson University’s undergraduate population totaled over 18,000 students, with on-campus housing available for fewer than 5,000 students. This means that up to 13,000 students are […]

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October 22 2014

Issues of Access Arise for Disabled and Elderly People in Galway, Ireland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

When architects or engineers set out to design a building, a critical element that they should think about, along with what the building will be used for, is access.  This doesn’t mean access for only fit, healthy, and able-bodied people. This also means access for the elderly, people in wheelchairs, or potentially those with baby buggies […]

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October 20 2014

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco’s Homeless “Epidemic?”

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

Men and women step over the homeless, with shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year, begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved. Some are […]

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October 17 2014

Urban Drainage Poses A Major Development Risk in Nairobi, Kenya

October 17th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons with an average annual high temperature of 280C and a low of 150C. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the […]

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October 16 2014

Balancing Priority for Pedestrians and Parking in Rue Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal

October 16th, 2014Posted by 

Priority to pedestrians, but also more parking – this is the paradox that emerges from the first phase of consultations conducted by the City regarding the restructuring of Rue Sainte-Catherine West, which the President of the Executive Committee, Pierre Desrochers, summed up recently. The city’s designers formulated four restructuring alternatives in the stride of this […]

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October 16 2014

Activists Fight to Preserve Historic São Félix Railway Station in Bahia, Brazil

October 16th, 2014Posted by 

Considered to be the main cultural and historical heritage building in the Reconcavo of Bahia, the São Félix, a former railway station, is now in an advanced state of deterioration and has been abandoned by the government since June 2014. An organization known as the Coletivo Criativo Ocupa Estação (Creative Collective for the Occupation of the Station) […]

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October 14 2014

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, France

October 14th, 2014Posted by 

In Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the development of mass transit is a central element of the metropolitan project. However, the stakes and steps taken are very different from one city to the other. Aurelien Delpirou compares the three contexts and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each of their strategies. The creation of the Paris, […]

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October 09 2014

Learning From The Rise of Car-less Communities in Europe

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

The government projects “Green Pastille” (“pastille verte”), “Carless Day” (“journée sans voiture”), and “Even/Odd Day” (“journée paire/impaire”) raise the central question of the place of the car in our cities. Is the end of the reign of the car here yet? The mission of eco-neighborhoods is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the city. What […]

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October 08 2014

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, a city of 83,000 inhabitants located in the Northwest […]

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October 08 2014

Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time. The resulting design, infrastructure, and zoning of Baltimore’s neighborhoods has not always lent itself to environmental protection and sustainability. In recent years however, Baltimore City has shown an increasing commitment to the protection of its […]

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October 08 2014

Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient city. Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author and activist who is known for exploring the intersections between urban planning, psychology, culture, and history. Happy City […]

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October 07 2014

Water Outages and Rationing in São Paulo, Brazil Launch Protests

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

The Movement of Landless Workers (MTST) has been protesting since the afternoon of Thursday [September 25th] outside the headquarters of the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (SABESP) in Pinheiros, west of the capital. Like the protest that ended in violence in Itu (SP) earlier in the week, the movement reports water […]

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October 07 2014

Bois-Franc Neighborhood in Saint-Laurent, Montreal Serves as TOD & LEED Model

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

Imagine a train station very close to the intersection of the underused sector of Henri-Bourassa and Marcel-Laurin boulevards in Saint-Laurent, France. In this forward-thinking arrondisement, green, sustainable development is the only option for the future. Moving forward, businesses and residences aiming for LEED certification, as well as green spaces that favor walking or biking will […]

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October 02 2014

The Paris Metropolis: An Increasingly Differentiated Social Mosaic

October 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Relying on detailed census data to study the transformations of the Parisian metropolis, Anne Clerval and Matthieu Delage show that a dynamic of becoming more bourgeois should not mask the strength of the social division in the space of the Ile-de-France, especially at the intracommunal scale. The discourses that refer to the suburb and the […]

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October 02 2014

Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil

October 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconstructed from 2011- 2014 as part of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Recently, the company has been ordered to pay an indemnity for collective moral […]

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September 30 2014

20,000 Secure Bike Parking Spaces in Ile-de-France, Paris, France by 2020

September 30th, 2014Posted by 

More than just a pastime, the bicycle also serves as a mode of transportation. At the initiative of the Office of Transportation for the Ile-de-France (Stif), the Veligo measure proposes secure parking spaces for your bicycle near train or metro stations. Users of public transportation who would be prepared to get to the train station […]

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