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May 20 2014

The Disappearing Historical Landscapes of Recife, Brazil

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

The history and landscapes of Recife, Brazil are stolen through expansive “modernity” and are ignored by the public. The preservation of the history of an urban center happens through the maintenance of buildings, landscapes and the peculiarities that document the past and give countenance to the locality. Unfortunately, the face of Recife, a city born on […]

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May 20 2014

Colombia Requires A New Way to Plan Its Urban Development

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

This week, Colombia will go to the polls in a new presidential election that will determine the type of policies the country will apply for the next four years. In the race towards the House of Nariño there are competitors from diverse political origins: the current president, Juan Manuel Santos, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, the main opposition candidate […]

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May 19 2014

A Guide to the Ailments of Izmir, Turkey

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

I have been traveling around Turkey to study what is turning this beautiful country to hell. My subject for this article is Izmir, one of the biggest three metropolitan areas of Turkey with more than 3 million inhabitants. The truth hurts, but unfortunately I feel it is important to write this. While Izmir, located in the […]

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May 15 2014

Static Exteriors & Historical Preservation in Wengen, Switzerland

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Just like energy, space is not created. It is something that already exists but can be transformed. As architects, it is our job to create a sense of place from an existing environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in Wengen, Switzerland, where designers must work with the existing housing stock due to the building […]

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May 14 2014

The Housing Crisis Behind Buenos Aires’ Recent Parque Indoamericano Occupation

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a city of contrasts. In guidebooks it’s referred to as “the Paris of South America,” and plenty of first time visitors, strolling through the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, where the avenues are lined with lavish historic buildings and European style cafés, would be inclined to agree with this description. […]

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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

The Extraordinary Character of Former Refugee Houses in Athens, Greece

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

As distinctive examples of Modern architecture, the former refugee houses in Athens can be described as the prelude to the city’s contemporary urban development. Although they have earned a place in Modern Greek history, nowadays these buildings struggle to maintain their existence. The 1920′s forced displacement of the Greek population from Asia Minor to Greece […]

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May 08 2014

Waterloo’s Northdale Neighborhood Declared a “Student Ghetto”

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, home to three institutions of higher learning, has a large student population. As the universities grow and expand, the student population in the city increases in tandem. Many students choose to live closer to school, especially in areas with reliable public transit. This creates pockets of student housing around the universities. One […]

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May 06 2014

Housing Affordability out of Reach in Washington, D.C.

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

I’ve written about gentrification for The Grid before, but the displacement of low income residents in relation to rising rents, while disconcerting, is actually a piece of a much broader paradigm moving into place all over the country – a full blown housing affordability crisis. In Washington, D.C. the average rent has risen 10% since […]

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April 29 2014

“Green Spots” Sprout up in Thessaloniki, Greece

April 29th, 2014Posted by 

On Palaion Patron Street, in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece, one can see the first portable garden that has been temporarily installed. This structure, apart from a portable landscape design, is also accompanied by a bench, and aims to change the way that green spaces are created in the populous urban fabric of the city. […]

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April 25 2014

Preparing for the Worst: Resilience in Washington, D.C.

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the fact that the effects of climate change are already transpiring, and that cities will need to adapt to these changes. As a city with large amounts of land residing in a low-elevation coastal zone, the most pressing challenge for Washington, D.C. will […]

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April 25 2014

1,500 Tons of Waste Goes Uncollected in Nairobi, Kenya Each Day

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

One of the first pledges made by the first Governor of Nairobi upon assuming office was that of cleaning up the city. Years of neglecting solid waste management had seen the city cease from being a “green city in the sun.” Increased urban growth, poor urban planning and years of mismanagement by the now defunct […]

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April 23 2014

Fighting Over Jet Planes: Toronto’s Downtown Airport Expansion

April 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) is a small airport located on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario. Canada’s ninth busiest airport, the BBTCA currently accommodates more than two million business and leisure travelers annually. It also has the distinction of being the only airport located entirely within Toronto’s boundaries. In 1983, the City of […]

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April 22 2014

Food Waste Regulations in Cork, Ireland

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

In December 2009, the Minister for the Environment signed the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No 508 of 2009). These regulations were enforced July 1, 2010 and required all major sources of food waste to be placed into dedicated bins and to ensure that it was not mixed with other waste. As per […]

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April 21 2014

Tactical Urbanism in Laval, Quebec, Canada

April 21st, 2014Posted by 

On April 1st, two students of architecture and urban design at the University of Laval launched their project of tactical urbanism #chaisesnomades on the school’s campus. And it was no April Fool’s joke! “Tactical urbanism is a movement popularized in the United States” explained Alexandre Boulianne and Jean-François Laroche, the individuals behind the project. “It’s […]

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April 17 2014

BIDs Reshaping D.C.’s Future One Neighborhood at a Time

April 17th, 2014Posted by 

Since the mid 90’s, Washington, D.C. has been allowing commercially concentrated areas to band together to form Business Improvement Districts (B.I.Ds) throughout the city. These organizations charge a fee to their members in order to provide supplemental services. Typically, this includes improved street cleaning and safety, BID ambassadors to help visitors find their way around, […]

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April 15 2014

Today’s Urban Encyclopedia: “The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t”

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

As cities grow and redevelop, community leaders are constantly imagining new ideas to improve their businesses and neighborhoods. But who is keeping track of all these new sustainability programs, zoning policies, and preservation programs? Evaluating past and existing practices can help avoid repeated mistakes and spur innovative partnerships. However, the volume and diversity of urban […]

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April 11 2014

Double Decker Highway: Good or Bad for Nairobi?

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

It is not news that there is a planned double decker highway for the City of Nairobi. Many people see the project as progressive and a potential solution to the traffic congestion problems. Only a few are asking whether it is really a long-term solution to our traffic menace and whether there are other more […]

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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 09 2014

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include: Enhanced […]

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