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December 25 2014

Despite Renovation, Minneapolis’ Foshay Tower Holds onto its Historical Roots

December 25th, 2014Posted by 

Have you ever watched helplessly as a space that you loved was renovated, ultimately preventing you from re-experiencing memories which have taken place there before? Most of us have. Many people were concerned that one of the American Midwest’s most beloved buildings would experience this same fate when its extensive renovation was announced. In late […]

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December 25 2014

Lighting Act Partners with Dijon, France to Create Darcy Square’s Urban Living Room

December 25th, 2014Posted by 

Urban lighting is both a question of quality and quantity. A demonstration, completely nuanced, at Darcy Square of Dijon, France’s tramway. Within the framework of the planning for the Dijon tramway, landscaper Alfred Peter has also given value to the contiguous public spaces. More precisely, two major sites in the city: Darcy Square Place de […]

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December 24 2014

Three Developments Respond to Chronic Homelessness in Los Angeles, California

December 24th, 2014Posted by 

The issue of homelessness has largely been ignored in Los Angeles. Tactics such as criminalizing and physically displacing homeless individuals have been the methods of choice. With the combined effects of a growing homeless population, a decrease in the overall number of affordable housing units, and a reliance on ineffective methods of handling the homeless population, the issue […]

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December 23 2014

Tiny & Historical “Shoebox” Houses Face Development Pressure in Montreal

December 23rd, 2014Posted by 

“Shoe boxes,” the little houses that have survived the passage of time in Montreal, tend to attract attention. In the urban landscape, they seem out of place. In order to better get to know the history of these little houses, we met with three of their owners. They were all chosen by chance during a […]

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December 23 2014

The Modernization of Brussels, Belgium’s De Brouckère Metro Station

December 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The center of Brussels, Belgium will not look the same in several years; that much is certain. The project to make the city more pedestrian friendly will, without a doubt, revolutionize the main boulevards. But other work will also shake up the center, like, for example, the renovation of the De Brouckère metro station, which […]

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December 22 2014

Improving Upon the Unfinished Quinebaug River Trail in Danielson, Connecticut

December 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The Quinebaug River Trail* in the Danielson borough of Killingly, Connecticut is a well-maintained, 9ft. wide asphalt bike path that mostly parallels the Quinebaug River. It extends southward for approximately five miles, all the way to the Plainfield town line. From a certain standpoint, the path is a complete and a total success. While town planners might […]

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December 19 2014

“The Gathering” Results in Remarkable Population Increase for Galway, Ireland

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Galway Bay and the majestically beautiful Burren National Park, Galway, Ireland has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. However, in recent decades Galway has also become a popular location to live and work year-round. The population of the city has expanded 58.5% […]

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December 19 2014

Bécancour, Quebec, Canada Unveils New Brand Identity

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Bécancour in Quebec, Canada has just announced that, as promised, it has created a new visual identity for itself. This includes a graphic platform and signature, created to completely redefine the city. The goal, from the beginning, was to revise and standardize the city’s image. This reflection comes from Bécancour’s 2014 economic […]

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December 19 2014

Why Some Mumbai, India Slum Dwellers Prefer Slums to Condos

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Slum Dog Millionaire, a fictional movie about a boy from Mumbai’s slums who miraculously makes it big on India’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” was revered by Western critics and reviled by most Indian viewers. Why the divide? To get to the heart of it, I realized actually going to Mumbai (India) seemed […]

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December 18 2014

Three Phase Cable Car System to Lift Burden from New York City Subway System

December 18th, 2014Posted by 

A New York developer is proposing building several urban cable car lines between Brooklyn and Manhattan in order to stem the growing congestion of the subway lines that run through the heart of the city. The idea of an urban cable car in New York is not new. The Big Apple has actually had its […]

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December 17 2014

Inland Empire, California Region Struggles to Rebrand its Poor Public Image

December 17th, 2014Posted by 

Businesses, cities, and even sports teams sometimes change their names to better identify with or separate themselves from a certain image or community.  A name can carry with it a strong impression of community identity, whether or not it is accurate. While its boundaries may vary, depending on with whom you speak, the Inland Empire is […]

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December 16 2014

Was Choosing Frank Gehry to Design Paris’ Foundation Louis Vuitton in Bad Taste?

December 16th, 2014Posted by 

The end of the spirit of ’68? The anti-Beaubourg? A product of its times? A techno-monumentalist Blockbuster? The Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated in Paris at the end of October 2014, became the object of all the praise of the great national publications. Still, the foreign press has shown itself more nuanced and critical … Beyond the […]

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December 16 2014

Social Media & Digital Media Marketing Spurs The City of Quebec’s Rebranding

December 16th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Quebec is beginning a vast overhaul of its visual identity in order to refresh its image and stay up to date with social media. But there will be no alteration of the famous little boat on the city’s logo. “In no case will the logo be modified or altered,” confirms representative David O’Brien. “The […]

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December 15 2014

“Main Street Movement” Spurs the Revitalization of Small Towns in Iowa

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Small towns in Iowa all seem to have one thing in common: historic Main Streets. The Main Streets of Iowa are typically composed of a few blocks of low-slung brick buildings. They are simplistic and unimposing, with small businesses on the ground level and housing or office space above. While the historic significance of these […]

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December 15 2014

The Architectural Paradox: SOM’s Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Derived from the Greek word Katholicos, the word catholic means “universal” or “all-embracing.” This is an interesting paradox for a religion with an often authoritative past and history of exclusion. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself but may be true. Unlike “drowning in a the fountain of eternal life” or “jumbo shrimp” the […]

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December 12 2014

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), and Harare (Zimbabwe) rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were […]

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December 12 2014

Learning to Ride a Bike Isn’t Child’s Play: Montreuil, France’s Six-Level Bike School

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers. This is precisely the case with the bike school […]

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December 11 2014

Discussion of Restoring Urban Waterways in Montreal, Quebec Picks up Momentum

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle. Projet Montreal put the […]

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December 11 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota Stagnates at Its 1972 Height, Without Restrictions

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Cities are defined by their skylines. A picturesque view of a beautiful downtown forest of skyscrapers can be an incredibly sublime and beautiful sight. People seem to be enamored by buildings that soar high above them, making themselves feel incredibly small. Downtowns are living organisms and are constantly evolving, growing, and extending further into the […]

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December 11 2014

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles’ Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Government officials are still uncertain as to whether that number is an accurate estimate due to the difficulty of conducting a complete survey of the population. Many homeless […]

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