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July 01 2014

The First Public Building Green Façade in Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

As presented in numerous previous posts, the City of Buenos Aires has embarked on a series of measures towards comprehensive green management policies. With the recently approved Green Roofs law, the expansion of bike paths, and zero waste plans, the current government has taken sustainability practices as part of its ideology. Therefore, when it was announced that they […]

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June 30 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Jonathan Knight: Denver, Colorado

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

It’s amazing how much you can learn about a city like Denver, Colorado once you start writing about it. My internship at The Grid exposed me to a variety of community projects or urban planning trends in Denver I had little knowledge of before I started writing. I got to cover the nation’s first legal […]

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June 30 2014

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

My last post, which was dedicated to densification in Lausanne, provoked a courteous and detailed response from the President of Lausanne’s Socialist Party, Benoît Gaillard. His remarks raise interesting questions about densification and its local implementation. The following thoughts are based on the examples of Vaud and Lausanne, but they are applicable everywhere. Firstly, it […]

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June 30 2014

The Development and Use of Nairobi’s Urban Commuter Rail

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most interesting recent developments in Kenya is the budgetary allocation by the Kenyan Government for an urban commuter railway. This came under the drive to improve productivity and competitiveness through investment in modern transport and logistic networks. A few weeks prior to this, the Governor of Nairobi launched the Nairobi Integrated Master Plan […]

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June 30 2014

Via Paolo Sarpi: The Milanese Chinatown

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

I came to Via Paolo Sarpi for the first time three years ago, when my friend, visiting from England, and I got lost on our way to see the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. We were walking for the longest time and at some point realized the environment had changed completely – from the store design, to its […]

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June 27 2014

Cycle or Psycho Paths: Ft. Worth, Texas’ New Bike Share

June 27th, 2014Posted by 

Is there room for a bike share in a largely car-dependent area? With the exception of a few dense areas, North Texas is notorious for its sprawl and car-dependency. Despite Dallas activists working to tear down a highway to create greater walkability and the city’s recent approval of connective bike lanes, the culture of people-centered mobility continues to grow […]

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June 27 2014

Ottawa Lacks Safe City Cycling Infrastructure, Focuses on Recreation

June 27th, 2014Posted by 

Stretched over a large area in low-density residential suburbs, Ottawa is not an easy place to plan efficient cycling infrastructure. Indeed, the city’s low-density form means that cycling here often takes particular characteristics, different from more compact Canadian cities like Toronto and Montréal. Depending on what you are looking for, Ottawa’s cycling network is at […]

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June 26 2014

President Dilma Rousseff Visits the BRT System in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

On a visit to the state capital on Sunday June 8th, President Dilma Rousseff traveled to Belo Horizonte to see the BRT MOVE system that is transforming the concept of quality public transport in the city. The mayor, Marcio Lacerda, showed Dilma down the Antônio Carlos corridor to visit the Mineirão station and hosted the official […]

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June 26 2014

Athenians Continue to Fight for a Bike Lane Network

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

In Athens, Greece, cyclists raise their voices for their safety and rights. Authorities return that there is no room in Athens for bicycles. But it’s more correct to say that “there is no more room for cars in Athens - and plenty of room for bicycles!” The topic of bike lanes is more commonly encountered in mayoral pre-election […]

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June 26 2014

Artistic Surprises in the Creation District, Quebec City, Canada

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

Six temporary works of public art will play hide and seek this summer with the visitors to the Old Port, Place Royale and Petit-Champlain districts, which are now identified under the Creation District banner. Among others, we will discover the works of Jose Luis Torres, Laurent Gagnon, and the Cooke-Sasseville duo. Collectives of young Quebec […]

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June 26 2014

5 Greek Students Share their Visions for Future Cities in Copenhagen, Denmark

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

Students from Greece are trying to change the future of the cities in which they live through reports that will be presented at the European Student Parliament on Science. These presentations are going to be carried out as part of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014 between July 20-22 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ESOF is one of the largest […]

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June 25 2014

Wisconsin’s Own Copenhagen? Madison’s Blossoming Bicycle Infrastructure

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Though Madison, Wisconsin is covered in a deep layer of ice and snow for almost half of the year, it doesn’t stop many of the city’s hardiest bicyclists. No matter if it’s a beautiful June afternoon or a bitterly cold March day, you will always find a dedicated crew of commuters traversing the city’s vast […]

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June 25 2014

Knowing Your Bike Lanes from Sharrows in the City of Baltimore, Maryland

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Baltimore was one of the early adopters of sharrows, lanes shared by cyclists and drivers and marked with a bike-and-chevron design. Some of the original sharrows along University Parkway and Roland Avenue have since been repainted or were replaced with designated bike lanes, as shown in a video from 2009. The City’s […]

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June 25 2014

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handful of dollars. That is the belief of the Montreal Center of Urban Ecology (CEUM). In the […]

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June 24 2014

The Underdevelopment of the New Recife Plan at José Estelita Pier, Brazil

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

Today, in Pernambuco, few things better represent the social, economic and political significance of the term “underdevelopment” than the urban revitalization project known as “New Recife” at the José Estelita Pier. In fact, the word “development” expresses one of the most contested concepts in the social sciences. Today, even economic theory prefers other words and criteria, […]

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June 24 2014

Odysseus Elytis’ Poetry Finds a Home in Plaka, Athens, Greece

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

  The files of the poet Odysseus Elytis have finally found their home. Last Tuesday, the deputy Minister for the Environment, Mr. Nikos Tagaras, signed an agreement, which opens the way to create the “Elytis Home.” This home will be within a listed building at the intersection of Dioskouron and Polignotou Streets in the Plaka area of Athens, Greece. […]

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June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

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June 23 2014

A Smart City Taking Shape in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

June 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The sustainable urban project of the La Confluence neighborhood in Lyon is developing thanks to the help of Japanese technologies implemented as part of an agreement with the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). From Hikari, the first energy positive mixed block to the renewal of Perrache, here is a review of the […]

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June 20 2014

Urban Realities in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

The city of 6.2 million people is alive with a constant buzz, the many sights, smells, and sounds drawing your attention every which way. There are thus many ways with which I could have approached this farewell piece (from this point on I’ll be writing from Montreal, Canada) to a city which has been my […]

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June 20 2014

Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored in African Cities

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of […]

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