Archive for the ‘Infrastructure’ Category

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 28 2014

Another Unreasonable Project: The Golden Horn Tunnel

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

A sub-sea tunnel is being planned to replace Unkapani Bridge as part of a project very much like that which occurred in Taksim to move streets underground. I sincerely wonder who proposed this “genius” project. I guess the contractors are at work again. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who was reckless enough to build an unnecessary horned bridge by the […]

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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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May 26 2014

How Melbourne’s New Urban Growth Boundary will Shape the City

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

The Melbourne Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, recently approved five new towers to be situated in the Southbank area of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). This comes with the recent release of Plan Melbourne, a document focusing on the future of Melbourne as it battles rising congestion and scarcity of affordable housing. The greatest dilemma brought into […]

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May 26 2014

Dallas, Texas’ Great Trinity Forest

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

Dallas’ hybrid reputation of urban cowboy-ism has its roots reinforced by preserved open prairie land, south of its downtown area limits. Home to the Trinity River and largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, the Great Trinity Forest, the ten thousand acres of protected space represent a recent transformation which honors the expansive history […]

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May 26 2014

Underground Public Parking Lots: An Idea That Should be Buried in Brussels, Belgium

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

At the end of January of this year, the City of Brussels announced its project for reorganizing the city center’s squares and boulevards, labelled “A New Heart for Brussels!” to great fanfare. The most striking proposition of this plan is the redevelopment of public spaces in the heart of the city’s historic center, consisting of […]

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May 23 2014

Vision Zero Project: Rethinking “Safe” Pedestrian Infrastructure in San Francisco

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Walking through downtown San Francisco can have an appeal similar to a game of Russian roulette. But in this game of chance, the bullets are one to two ton cars. Within half an hour, I had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing a bicyclist get run off the road and a skateboarder slam face first into a […]

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May 23 2014

30 Km/h Pedestrian Zones Implemented in Cork City, Ireland

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

In 2008, forty-nine pedestrians were killed and 1,124 injured on Ireland’s roads. That’s 18% of all fatalities and 12% of all casualties from road collisions in the country. In Cork City, Ireland, several million Euros have been spent on upgrading and refurbishing its main street network. In order to derive the maximum benefit from the […]

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May 23 2014

The Emerging Motorcycle Taxi Sector of Nairobi, Kenya

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

When we think of mobility as a public good, we need to ensure that people can access different parts of the city in a flexible manner. There are several means that can be used for this from bicycles and cars to walking and public transportation. The phenomenon of motorcycle taxis has become popular around the world recently. However, many urban planners, authorities […]

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May 21 2014

Real Density Versus Experienced Density in Paris, Île-de-France, France

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

In our era, the obligation of increasing the density of urban fabrics consistently comes into play in development projects. This question became unavoidable as land use increased. And so, today the majority of urban operations are concerned with areas already built upon. Density is also an important economic issue: in opposition to urban sprawl it […]

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May 19 2014

Is Athens, Greece, a Hotbed or a Dead End for Running Enthusiasts?

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

Signifying the finish line of the prestigious Classical Marathon race, Athens, Greece, still struggles to be identified as a runner friendly city. So what are the conditions missing to keep the running enthusiasts … running? Modern Greeks may better be described as frivolous car-users than patient runners, despite the Marathon’s tradition in Greece. However, in the last couple of years, running has […]

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May 15 2014

Spinalonga: The Greek Island of Lepers Finally Resurrected & Accepting Tourists

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Sixteen buildings on the Greek island of Spinalonga are going to be braced and cleaned in order to be used in a new archaeological site. In addition to these changes, there will be another project that aims to improve the accessibility for tourists of the island, which was used as a leprosarium for more that half […]

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May 15 2014

Architects and the War: “Architecture in Uniform. Planning and Constructing for WWII” in Paris

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

What were architects working on during WWII, and how did this affect the history of their discipline? Returning to this question, the current exhibition at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine shows both how this period inscribed itself in the long history of architecture and how it brought on consequences for the twentieth century. […]

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May 13 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Begins 11.5km Bike Lane Construction 19 Years After Plan

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

The City of São Paulo recently signed an R$48 million contract for the construction of an 11.5 km bike lane between the Ibirapuera Park, in the south of the capital, and the Company Stores and General Warehouses of São Paulo (Ceagesp), in the west zone. The works will be executed by Jofege Paving and Construction, […]

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May 13 2014

The Archaeological Site of Philippi, Greece in UNESCO’s Monuments List?

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

According to an affirmation by the Ministry of Culture to the Municipality of Kavala, Greece, the archaeological site of Philippi is going to be the next nominee for UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The science working group of Kavala’s Municipality, in cooperation with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has prepared all the required documents. The equivalent preparations […]

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May 12 2014

Lessons Geneva Can Learn From the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

In psychoanalysis, a disaster is the absence of direction or of a point of reference. Today, it must be admitted that this absence affects all aspects of society. This results in the abundance of games for crowds hungry to win quick fortunes, our everything-offered-for-free era, and to finish the list, the excesses of design. In […]

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May 12 2014

Leaders of Istanbul! You Say Contractors Are Selfish? What About You?

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

It is now a widely accepted practice that “worn” sidewalks and roads are broken down and reconstructed before every election in Turkey. Whereas the expected practice, as civilized countries do, is to envision the future (i.e. the infrastructure that might be constructed under those sidewalks and roads) with the projects designed accordingly. In Istanbul, it […]

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May 09 2014

What Direction has Nairobi’s Densification Taken?

May 9th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi has witnessed a gradual transformation over the last decade. This is the change from what were single unit houses to high-rise buildings, of several stories, like office blocks and multi-story apartments. The increasing urban population has created an increased demand for housing and office space. This has put pressure on the […]

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May 08 2014

Open House Worldwide Movement Finally Exhibited in Athens, Greece

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

Open House has been organized to take place in Athens. However, the issue is why it took so long. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. During the crisis, people finally realized the lack of urban awareness and turned to initiatives, like Open House. In the present case, the twice successful Open House in Thessaloniki […]

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May 06 2014

Staying with Tradition, in Tzoumerka, Greece – with a Modern Twist

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

The architectural office XT has designed an addition to an old stone building in the area Tzoumerka in Ipiros, Greece. The building is located in a privileged plot with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The building is not a main residence. The architect’s aim was to integrate the house into its environment, maintaining the traditional […]

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