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June 18 2015

How Paris, France’s Lovers’ Padlock Tradition Could Live On

June 18th, 2015Posted by 

While Paris City Hall begins to definitively remove the love padlocks that lovers from all over the world hang on the Arts Bridge (1st-4th arrondissement), an English architect says that he has found a way to rein in the problem. Colin Kovacs has come up with a project that targets the balustrade whose vertical bars would not […]

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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 16 2015

What Areas of Strasbourg, France Do Cyclists Fear Most?

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Certain cyclists move with caution while biking around Strasbourg, France. The fear of getting into an accident seizes them particularly at certain roads and intersections. As of yet, Eurométropole has put out surveys about everyday bike rides (which went up 23% between 1997 and 2009), yet it has not yet mapped out accident-prone zones of the […]

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June 16 2015

Largest Single Nuclear Reactor of its Kind Being Created in Cadarache, France

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Generally, we associate the south of France with holidays on the Cote d’Azur, fields of lavender and the Cannes Film Festival, but not with science. However, for several years, the “construction site of the century” has been animating the Marseille area: the construction of an experimental international thermonuclear reactor (ITER) near the Cadarache Research Center. […]

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June 15 2015

Welcome to Milan’s World Fair 2015: Big Expectations and First Impressions

June 15th, 2015Posted by 

Milan’s Expo 2015 has been put under a lot of pressure over the course of the past few months. From the big question of whether or not it would be completed on time, to the protest that devastated the city of Milan, everyone had great expectations for how the Expo would look when it finally opened. I can say […]

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June 12 2015

Residents Debate Uses or Demolition of São Paulo, Brazil’s Minhocão Expressway

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

The elevated Costa and Silva highway, popularly called the Minhocão (literally the “giant worm”), has come back into discussion in the Municipal House of São Paulo. On May 28th they discussed the closing of the highway on Saturdays, in addition to its current Sunday closures. David Lacerda has lived in the area for three years […]

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June 12 2015

Social Landlord Launches Coworking Facility in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

Go to the office – in a social housing apartment building. Such is the original idea just launched by Val-d’Oise Habitat. The department’s social landlord inaugurated a coworking space in the middle of Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France. “At the beginning, it was considered a bit of a silly idea,” smiles Raphaelle Gilabert, Director of Val-d’Oise Habitat. “But the […]

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June 11 2015

Metelkova Mesto, the Autonomous Squat at the Heart of Ljubljana, Slovenia

June 11th, 2015Posted by 

“Metelkova is different,” says Ilina, a dreadlocked Macedonian art student living in Slovenia. “It’s not just an alternative cultural district in the capital – it’s the capital of alternative culture. Outside of Rome, where else can you find a city inside a city?” From the first-floor window of the art gallery she works in – […]

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June 10 2015

Developer Foresaw the Untapped Potential of “The Delmar Loop” in St. Louis, Missouri

June 10th, 2015Posted by 

After graduating from Duke University in 1972, Joe Edwards returned home to St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that he opened Blueberry Hill, a restaurant, bar, and live music venue. Edwards specifically selected its location on Delmar Boulevard, a retail area locally known as “The Loop” that was named for the streetcar which used to […]

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June 10 2015

“Flower Factory” Tours Begin at the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil

June 10th, 2015Posted by 

Located in the Guabirotuba neighborhood, the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil received the first group of residents interested in learning about the production process of the flowers that decorate their local parks and city squares. Through the program “Flower Factory,” guided tours are offered in the nursery, where approximately 6 million seeds are produced annually – […]

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June 09 2015

Bessieres, France Launches Twenty-Five Acres of Cogeneration Greenhouses

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

Ten hectares (108,000 square feet), thousands of cubic meters of displaced earth, enormous engines, intense activity. We are here: the construction site of the greenhouses that will be heated by the residual vapors of Bessieres, France’s Incinerator has been launched. It’s in the process of a few weeks of landscaping, after which the 7-meter-high (roughly 23 feet) […]

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June 09 2015

Re:Code LA Provides the First Update to Los Angeles’ Zoning Code in Sixty Years

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

The last time the City of Los Angeles updated its zoning code was when it was first adopted in 1946. Now, more than sixty years later, the zoning code has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a book spanning more than 600 pages. The amendments, conditions, and overlays that have been added throughout the years […]

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June 09 2015

Negligent Landlords Targeted by Housing Aid Society in Saint-Quentin, France

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

In Saint-Quentin, France, the Family Allowances Fund (CAF) has been experimenting with a system that targets the landlords of rundown housing complexes and obligates them to do maintenance work. If they do not bring their buildings up to par, they will not be allocated financial assistance from the Family Allowances Fund. The department will no […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 05 2015

Opening This Year, Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Will Be Fourth Largest in the World

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

The Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River, in the state of Pará, Brazil, is now 77% complete. In November 2015, it will begin minimal operations, at just 3% of its total capacity. The unit’s major machines will begin operation in March 2016. In the meantime, Altamira and other municipalities of Pará are already […]

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June 05 2015

Citizens of Laval, Quebec Propose Height Limits for New Development

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

Laval, Quebec’s citizens movement “Pas de Tours dans Ma Cour,” (PTMC) or “No Towers in My Neighborhood,” is setting the tone for the upcoming public consultations that will be led by the Demers administration, beginning August 1, 2015, on the revision of the territorial development plan. The current plan has been in place for more […]

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June 04 2015

Living in Montreal, Quebec’s Suburbs Without A Car: Is It Possible?

June 4th, 2015Posted by 

When families move to the suburbs, they don’t always calculate in the cost of the second car they will need for travel – unless, they decide to go without. Charles-Antoine could not imagine his life without two cars when he decided to move to Chambly, Quebec, Canada with his family. “I faced the traffic day […]

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June 03 2015

Teto Uses Catarse to Crowdsource Funding for Emergency Housing in Salvador, Brazil

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

In 2008, residents united to found the community of Vila Esperança where over one thousand families live today. Located in the district of Pau da Lima, in Salvador Brazil, the hilly region divides the residents between an upper and lower area. The upper part has the only paved road in the community, with the majority of […]

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June 03 2015

Policy Setback: New Ruling in Favour of Suburbs in Waterloo Region, Canada

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

After a 13-year battle, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has finally sided with developers on the issue of making more land available for suburban growth. Over a decade ago, Waterloo Regional Council had passed policies intended to curb suburban sprawl. However, the original 85 hectares (roughly 210 acres) of allotted land for suburban development has […]

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June 03 2015

Three Ways Baltimore City, Maryland Suffers from Parking Woes

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Good urban planning requires forward thinking as well as learning from past successes and failures. Urban planning ideals are steadily evolving, and past practices have created dicey results that today’s planners are still grappling with. In particular, decades of parking policy are increasingly being questioned in many cities, including Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore’s zoning code, including requirements for off-street parking, went […]

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