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October 31 2014

In Kenya, Nairobi National Park Faces Development Encroachment

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

Nairobi National Park consists of 117 km2 (approximately 45 square miles) of wild flora and fauna within the city boundaries. Established in 1947, it has over a hundred mammal species including lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs, plus over four hundred migratory birds. The park also has various picnic sites, restaurants, and facilities for family and […]

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October 31 2014

Des Moines, Iowa’s East Village: Unique Storefronts Cultivating Sense of Place

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

While Des Moines, Iowa is a city with a population density of only 2,527 people per square mile and rapidly expanding suburbs, one neighborhood in the downtown core has managed to maintain some urban character. With its many boutique shops and noticeable lack of national chains, The East Village contributes a unique charm to Des […]

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October 31 2014

Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City?

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now. It could be, for the ecologists of Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, a way of occupying the land in the absence of the municipality’s authorization. It could also be a way of demonstrating that one can be involved in politics with a mere spade and a rake. Sandrine Rousseau […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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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 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

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 10 2014

Racing Towards the Finish Line: Behind Montreal’s Hippodrome Development Project

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

The Hippodrome of Montreal, formerly named the Blue Bonnets Raceway, was a horse racing track and casino founded in 1872. It has sat at its current site on Decarie Boulevard in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough since 1907. Having gone bankrupt and officially closing its doors in 2009, the 43.5-hectare tract of vacant, abandoned land presents the […]

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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 09 2014

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa’s Resilient Community Gardens

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens. There are currently over 50 community gardens registered with the Community Gardening Network (CGN) of Ottawa. One of these is Urban Shades, a new kid on […]

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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

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.   Schmitt could talk for hours about the particular […]

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October 07 2014

Bois-France 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 06 2014

Natura 2000 Designations Constrain Development in Galway, Ireland

October 6th, 2014Posted by 

Natura 2000 sites were established to protect the 220 habitats and approximately 1,000 species throughout Europe. The Natura 2000 sites came into being with the European Union’s habitats directive, Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora. There are over seventy Natura 2000 sites in Galway (the most in Ireland); however most of […]

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October 01 2014

Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb far, far away. An asphalt parking lot would span out in front of you, without any direct pedestrian path […]

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September 29 2014

Time for Nairobi, Kenya to Manage its Urban Freight or Face Transportation Woes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Population growth in cities comes with a increased demand for goods. These goods need to be transported to get to their consumers. The movement of these goods within the city is what we may call urban freight. The developing world has put little consideration into the management of urban freight within its urban planning frameworks. Most cities […]

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September 25 2014

New Bill Prioritizes Vehicles and Prevents Bike Lanes in Porto Alegre, Brazil

September 25th, 2014Posted by 

The emergence of new bike lanes in Porto Alegre might be restricted to city sidewalks, reducing the area for pedestrians. Bike lanes may only be implemented if the existing streets are extended, without taking space from cars, or reducing areas where vehicles can be parked. This might happen if the bill sponsored by John Carlos […]

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September 24 2014

Welcoming Community Involvement (and More) in Rennes, Brittany, France

September 24th, 2014Posted by 

On the first Wednesday of the new school year, some kids show their pride by rolling up their sleeves and working. -Could I use the wheelbarrow? -We have to lay down the soil without making holes. -Yes, but it’s hard. Fanny diplomatically explains the purpose of the work being done. -We are going to install […]

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September 23 2014

Limiting Cars & Transforming Brussels’ Saint-Lazare Square into an Esplanade

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Saint-Lazare Square in Brussels, Belgium will soon become Esplanade Saint-Lazare. In July, the Saint-Josse commune submitted a request for an urban planning permit that would allow for the redevelopment of the area. This project has been in the works for several years under the “Meridien of Brussels” neighborhood contract. A master plan was requested to […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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