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November 03 2014

“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review

November 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Henry James wrote “London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy … it is only magnificent.” David Long found it appropriate to cite this quote in the introduction of his book Tunnels, Towers, and Temples. After visiting London, I can say that I find it rings true, and even […]

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October 31 2014

In Kenya, Nairobi National Park Faces Development Encroachment

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

Nairobi National Park consists of 117 km2 (approximately 45 square miles) of wild flora and fauna within the city boundaries. Established in 1947, it has over a hundred mammal species including lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs, plus over four hundred migratory birds. The park also has various picnic sites, restaurants, and facilities for family and […]

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October 31 2014

Des Moines, Iowa’s East Village: Unique Storefronts Cultivating Sense of Place

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

While Des Moines, Iowa is a city with a population density of only 2,527 people per square mile and rapidly expanding suburbs, one neighborhood in the downtown core has managed to maintain some urban character. With its many boutique shops and noticeable lack of national chains, The East Village contributes a unique charm to Des […]

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October 31 2014

Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City?

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now. It could be, for the ecologists of Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, a way of occupying the land in the absence of the municipality’s authorization. It could also be a way of demonstrating that one can be involved in politics with a mere spade and a rake. Sandrine Rousseau […]

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October 30 2014

Edison Student Residence Pays Homage to Cinematic Innovation in Montreal

October 30th, 2014Posted by 

On a vacant site located in the epicenter of student life in Montreal, north of McGill University in the Milton Gates district, stands the Edison Residence, the latest architectural conception of the architecture collective KANVA. Its doors were opened on Aug. 30, 2014. It’s an “animated architecture” that pays homage to Thomas Edison, one of […]

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October 30 2014

Technology Giants Google and Microsoft Invest in Rio de Janeiro Favela Mapping

October 30th, 2014Posted by 

Technology giants have finally realized the existing market in the steep alleys where cars barely pass, and where electric power, water, sewage pipes, even cable TV, arrives by spontaneous generation – through the creative improvisation of its residents. In Rio de Janeiro, one quarter of the population lives in one of the 763 slums across […]

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October 30 2014

Kansas City, Missouri to be Home to Most Dense Art District in the Nation

October 30th, 2014Posted by 

Kansas City has a rich history of art. Take the Plaza Fair for example, a local tradition for the past 83 years. The fair started as a small art show during the Great Depression, and has since become a national attraction, with more than 240 artists from across the country displaying their talents to around 250,000 […]

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October 29 2014

A New District Emerges Around Historic Windsor Station in Downtown Montreal

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

A new bit of skyline will emerge in the lower part of downtown Montreal during the next fifteen years. Developer Cadillac-Fairview, a real-estate branch of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, is creating Quad Windsor, a mixed-use development project comprised of nine new buildings centered around Windsor Station. The two billion dollar project is to be […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 28 2014

In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, School Expands with High Quality Environmental Project

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

In addition to the twenty-four spots that it already has, Raoul-Georges-Nicolo High School will be able to house fifty additional high school students in its new buildings set to be ready by the beginning of the next school year. Raoul-Georges-Nicolo High School is known for being a school that prepares students for careers in construction and applied arts. […]

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October 28 2014

The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified. That’s because the plan provides “a gradual restriction of motorized individual transport on elevated highways” and “its complete deactivation as a traffic lane, including its demolition or a partial or full transformation into a park.” […]

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October 28 2014

Rue Saint-Merri, Paris Considers Pedestrian-Only Corridor

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

During the last Council meeting of the Saint-Merri neighborhood, in Paris, France, Julien Landel, the Assistant to the Mayor who oversees neighborhood councils announced the following regarding Rue Saint-Merri, at the location of the school by the same name: “Parallel to the option we retained in June (the overhang of the roadway underpass, widening of […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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October 27 2014

The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” it seems counterintuitive to think that food security would pose much of a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as […]

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October 24 2014

The City of Paris’ New Bike Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Projects for 2014-2020

October 24th, 2014Posted by 

More parking spots for bikes, new bike paths on major streets, extension of zones with 30km/h speed limits, and perhaps wider bike paths or the prohibition of cars at temporary markets. These are just some of the measures that are a part of the new “Bike Plan” put forth by the Mayor of Paris. The […]

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October 23 2014

Archipel Habitat Receives the “HLM, Partners of the Aging” Prize in Rennes, France

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The aging of a population raises multiple stakes. Home care service for the elderly is one of them. For HLM (rent-controlled) housing, it’s a matter of bringing solutions to their tenants, so that they can then live at home autonomously for the longest time possible. For several years, the Archipel Habitat has been following a […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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October 23 2014

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that it is more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year – equivalent to […]

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October 22 2014

Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students. As of 2014, Towson University’s undergraduate population totaled over 18,000 students, with on-campus housing available for fewer than 5,000 students. This means that up to 13,000 students are […]

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October 22 2014

Issues of Access Arise for Disabled and Elderly People in Galway, Ireland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

When architects or engineers set out to design a building, a critical element that they should think about, along with what the building will be used for, is access.  This doesn’t mean access for only fit, healthy, and able-bodied people. This also means access for the elderly, people in wheelchairs, or potentially those with baby buggies […]

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