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August 29 2014

“Pedestrianized” Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic. This segment is bordered by the two major commercial thoroughfares of Saint Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Denis Street, though the latter is situated beyond Square St-Louis, a small picturesque park. The glory of this […]

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August 29 2014

Strasbourg, France Tests Reduced Traffic Fines for Cyclists – Are They Effective?

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

Since November 2012, Strasbourg, France has been experimenting with reduced fines, created exclusively for cyclists. Instead of paying a fine of 90 euros, cyclists benefit from a tariff of 45.60 euros, used for ten different infractions. Two years later, where are we? Are these fines actually effective? Two years ago, Strasbourg became the object of […]

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August 28 2014

How Highways and Segmentation Affects Kansas City, Missouri

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

Metropolitan areas are essential to national economic development. They act as the focal point of vital urban economic activity: production, distribution and consumption of goods and services within a society. In metro areas, a combination of infrastructures, utilities, households, businesses, and industries creates distinctive economic conditions, increasing productivity and promoting economic activities. Metropolitan areas offer new […]

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August 28 2014

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to the presidential delegate for reconstruction, Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the […]

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August 28 2014

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil’s Empty Stadiums into Housing

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition. Twelve stadiums were built in Brazil in order to accommodate the activities of the 2014 Soccer […]

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August 27 2014

Taking Inspiration from Central Park: The European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A “Central Park” for Brussels? Busy in her office in the city’s Place Royale, Marie-Laure Roggemans stops for a bit when someone says these magic words. “I always think about it,” she says while smiling behind her large glasses. Known as “Madame Europe,” Roggemans ensures contact between the Brussels-Capital Region and European authorities. Of course, […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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August 27 2014

Has MARC Weekend Train Service Benefited the Baltimore Region?

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service has long served commuters in central Maryland. Before last year, MARC trains along the Penn Line ran exclusively on weekdays to serve commuters working traditional 9-5 jobs in the Baltimore region. Riders with a less than traditional, weekend commute had to pay Amtrak’s $16 fares compared with MARC’s week day […]

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August 26 2014

Lyon, France to Welcome its First Vertical Urban Farm: Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Last Thursday, engineers, researchers, and other Lyon architects presented the project FUL (Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise), which could produce more than 600,000 salads per year, starting in the summer of 2016. While on the North American continent urban horticulture exploits already exist, this Lyon project could constitute a first for France. This first urban farm would […]

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August 26 2014

Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the […]

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August 26 2014

Bordeaux, France Encouraging Public Transportation Users to Walk Instead of Ride?

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

In order to relieve congestion on downtown tramway lines, a marketing campaign plans to suggest that users of Bordeaux’s TBC choose to walk between certain stations. It’s the world turned upside down: a public transportation operator inciting its customers to walk rather than use the tramway! This is what Keolis, manager of the TBC network […]

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August 26 2014

Leaving the Public in the Dark: Proposals for Bike Lanes in São Paulo, Brazil

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Movements for improving public transport began a few years ago in São Paulo, with groups advocating for better conditions for non-motorized transport including bicycles and pedestrian pathways. Now these movements have finally been galvanized by a radical change in the predominant model of mobility in the city. Major congestion, accidents and traffic deaths – including thirty-five cyclist deaths – […]

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August 26 2014

Chocolate Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece: A New Opportunity for the City?

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

After many years, a private initiative in cooperation with Helexpo S.A. is trying to reinforce Thessaloniki’s position as a tourist destination. Thessaloniki has been, for years, almost fictitious as far as tourism is concerned. After the latest attempts to boost the touristic character of the city, an increase in tourism has been observed, but the […]

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August 25 2014

Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building. For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which can be argued as one of the design and engineering wonders of the world, was once labeled “a mast of iron gymnasium apparatus, incomplete, confused and deformed” by the […]

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August 25 2014

The Future Pie-IX Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit System of Montreal, Canada

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

Introduction Pie-IX Boulevard is one of the Montreal metro area’s most frequented roadways. It passes by important locations such as the Parc Olympique, the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, and educational institutions. It is on this corridor that the City of Montreal wants to set up a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) in the coming years in order to […]

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August 25 2014

The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, inspire music above all else. The cities’ streets, buildings, cathedrals, and little squares all play a part of the urban soundtrack of each city. Even though Milan is not the typical […]

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August 22 2014

In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-ever Source of Methane Energy in France

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The commune of Plessis-Gassot [in the Île de France region] has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consumption of 41,200 households, thanks to methane produced by the fermentation of non-recyclable waste. This is a first for France and a shining example of an original initiative. Power generated from […]

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August 22 2014

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa’s Next Transit Challenge

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals, as has been the case in Toronto. Ottawa’s success comes in part from […]

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August 21 2014

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014: Versailles, France Explores Dwellings of the Future

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

Following two years of work – from the conception to the construction of the 1-to-1 scale buildings – and 17 days of exhibition and competition in the gardens of Versailles Palace, on July 12, 2014, the 800 participants of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition saw the prizes of the competition awarded. Press Release: Organized […]

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August 21 2014

8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction & Displacement

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning a “mega-operation” that will dislodge the families of three communities of the Isidoro region in the city of Belo Horizonte. Legal experts say the process […]

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