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March 25 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Tara Whelan in Switzerland, San Francisco & Cambodia

March 25th, 2015Posted by 

After a year as an architectural blogger with The Grid, I have learned many things about my urban environment, writing, architecture and myself that I never would have otherwise. The past year has been quite exploratory for me as I moved to three different cities while investigating current architectural affairs. As I move forward, I […]

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March 24 2015

Sustainable Wineries Expand Use of Waterway Transportation in Rhône Valley, France

March 24th, 2015Posted by 

A regular fluvial transportation line for palletized wines has just opened between the Rhône Valley and Paris, France. A development agency wants to incite carriers to transport a part of their freight on this water route. Last January 11th, we clinked our glasses at the arrival of the barge “Alizarine” at the Villette Basin in […]

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March 23 2015

Historical Baumanskaya, Moscow Metro Station Closes for Renovations

March 23rd, 2015Posted by 

On February 8, 2015 the Baumanskaya Metro Station, in Moscow, closed for 11 months of renovations. The renovations will include changing its escalators, which were installed with its opening in 1944. They are currently the oldest working tunnel type escalators in the world, as well as the oldest in Moscow, with oak handrails. Renovation of the vestibule and the station are […]

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March 20 2015

Acclaimed Minnesota State Capitol Undergoing $272M Restoration

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

State Capitol Buildings are incredibly important pieces of architecture in the United States of America. Not only do they house a State’s House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court, they also stand as icons to the State in which they reside. The history of each building’s origin and development over their lifetime can be quite fascinating. Here […]

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March 20 2015

Lessons in Placemaking from the Dabbawallas of Mumbai, India

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

Social innovation, when done properly, not only provides sustainable jobs. It can also shape the culture of a city. A sustainable business does not have to be high-tech, and no one knows this better than the dabbawallas of Mumbai, India. These nondescript lunchbox delivery workers amble along on simple bicycles, motorbikes, and city-trains, and it […]

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March 20 2015

The Key Points of Manuel Valls’ Plan Against France’s “Social Apartheid”

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

Two months ago, Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, denounced the existence of what he controversially called “territorial, social, and ethnic apartheid” in France. Friday, he unveiled shocking measures to change struggling neighborhoods, particularly with regards to social mix. Valls unveiled measures meant to work against “cultural apartheid,” threatening to restart the controversy begun by […]

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March 17 2015

Build Le Phare and They Will Come?: Quebec City, Canada Stirs the Debate

March 17th, 2015Posted by 

At La Défense, there is a tower imagined by Thom Mayne, which, purged of all its recourses, is truly waiting for an economic recovery in order to emerge from the cartoon world and become reality beyond all polemics. In Quebec, also on paper, Le Phare – another one – which was presented to the public […]

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March 17 2015

Le Phare Skyscraper “Not Suitable” for Quebec City, Canada’s Northern Climate

March 17th, 2015Posted by 

In its actual form, Quebec City, Canada’s Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate.” This is due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round,” estimates André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture. […]

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March 16 2015

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up. In response, tech companies have resorted to adaptive reuse. Repurposing neglected […]

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March 16 2015

Short-term Apartment Rentals Soar in Preparation of Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

The countdown to Expo 2015 has started, and the international community has its eyes on Milan. It seems like the entire city is preparing to take advantage of this great economic opportunity and keep up with the unfolding events. Expo puts Milan under a lot of pressure. The city must have systems in place to withstand the international […]

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March 16 2015

Suicide 6: Hartford, Connecticut to Providence, Rhode Island’s Unfinished Interstate

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

In 1995, Reader’s Digest named a segment of the Connecticut’s Route 6 the second most dangerous road in the country. Before widened shoulders and turn lanes were introduced in the early 2000’s, the road was commonly referred to as Suicide 6. The heavily-traveled corridor between Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island was once envisaged as […]

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March 13 2015

Is Your City as Prepared for Water Shortages as Trois-Rivières, Quebec?

March 13th, 2015Posted by 

The water shortage that hit the City of Longeuil, Canada in January 2015 has had repercussions reaching all the way to Trois-Rivières. Those involved in the city’s municipal administration asked themselves if their city was equipped to face a similar situation. For this reason, Le Nouvelliste went to different service centers in the city to […]

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March 13 2015

New Ordinances Aimed at Revitalizing Los Angeles River Communities

March 13th, 2015Posted by 

In recent years, momentum has been building to recognize the Los Angeles River as an integral part of the city’s cultural identity. After many years of neglect, the river has the potential to help define future communities and public spaces. The 32 miles of river that flow through Los Angeles are channelized, with the exception of […]

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March 12 2015

Québec, Canada Faces Four Energy Challenges in Developing its 2025 Energy Policy

March 12th, 2015Posted by 

The government of Québec is preparing its energy policy. Its first consultations show that it has not integrated the changes that have come about in the area since 2006. This voluntary myopia costs us billions of dollars per year, and the bill could increase with time. This is why it’s urgent to break with our […]

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March 11 2015

Managing Water During Dry Times in Inland Empire, California

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

The drought in California persists – for the fourth consecutive year. Snow Water Equivalents are used by The State Water Resources Department to measure how much water is contained within the mountain snowpack. As of March 3, there was only 22% of normal snowpack in the Southern California, and 19% of normal statewide. And this […]

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March 11 2015

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. As this sleepy city steadily grows, many new structures are changing the face of Cambodia’s capital. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, […]

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March 10 2015

Rwanda, Africa Revises Policies on Climate Change & Food Security Linkages

March 10th, 2015Posted by 

The Rwandan Civil Society Organization recommends changing its policy so that it reflects the links between climate change, commerce, and food security. This is to be done with the goal of advancing within the East-African Community (EAC) and smoothly integrating with the rest of the region. According to Aimable Mwananawe, President of the EAC Civil […]

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March 10 2015

Brussels, Belgium Protecting the Architectural Heritage of Antoine Pompe

March 10th, 2015Posted by 

At a time when architectural heritage is under threat around the world, the government of Brussels, Belgium has added Maison Stevens, located at Watermael-Boitsfort, to its historically protected listing and initiated the procedure for listing the Maison Vandevelde at Ganshoren. Both works are by architect Antoine Pompe, the bard of modernism. A Brussels architect who lived an exceptionally long time, Antoine […]

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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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March 09 2015

“Understanding Architecture:” Experiencing Architecture Through the Senses

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

The book “Understanding Architecture: A Primer on Architecture as Experience,” published in hardcover by Phaidon, covers 72 buildings, internationally, over time. Written and compiled by the American architect Robert McCarter and the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, it provides a virtual guide of different building types according to what it would be like to actually walk […]

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