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March 25 2014

Belfast’s Bus Rapid Transit: Benefit or Burden?

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

In Belfast an interesting debate is occurring as to whether to integrate a Bus Rapid Transit System into the current range of modalities. Transport Minister Danny Kennedy states that Belfast needs to accommodate for the future needs and demands of Belfast, and reprioritising how we travel is a crucial element. But what are the overall […]

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March 25 2014

Bike Lanes are Far From Over: Cycling the City in Colombia

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

As I’m writing this on a typical Colombian Sunday, the famous opinion magazine Semana published an article about the political rebirth of the former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa. In this article the magazine exposes that it is not political ideology or interests that makes Peñalosa popular (and a strong contender of the coming presidential elections […]

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March 24 2014

On Harmony and the Built Environment in Algeria

March 24th, 2014Posted by 

Many have decried the mediocrity of Algeria’s urban landscape. However, for some time there has seemed to be a renewed interest in architectural aesthetics, and for façades in particular. These façades attempt to outdo each other in terms of eclectic, and sometimes ostentatious, displays of adornment. They also use diverse, varied materials that are becoming […]

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March 24 2014

Can Towson Reduce Congestion with New Bike, Ped, and Circulator Options?

March 24th, 2014Posted by 

Baltimore City’s northern neighbor Towson, Maryland is lacking in the area of alternative transportation for the thousands of commuters and residents who must pass through the town every day. Residents can, however, rejoice in the number of plans currently being pushed forward to improve transportation for the area, including more sustainable projects such as a: […]

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March 21 2014

Room Service! The Delta and Holiday Inn Hotels Convert to Dorms in Montreal

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

If Canada’s Harper government is successful in reaching its goal of attracting 450,000 international students and researchers to its universities by 2022, then student housing is set to become a major issue. As it is, international student enrollment has increased in the city of Montreal, Quebec, despite grim predictions. Home to four large universities including […]

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March 21 2014

Rethink Athens Initiative: Is this the Right Way Towards a New City Centre?

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

No trees, high temperatures during the summer, noisy, congested and often cramped with protests – the centre of the Greek capital has become a place to avoid at all costs. Re-think Athens, the Onassis Foundation Initiative to transform Athens centre into a friendlier environment, recently opened the exhibition “Towards a New City Centre” in the […]

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March 21 2014

Griffintown, Montreal: Manufacturing Hub to Condo Haven

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

As stylish condominiums continue to rise high into the sky, more of historic Griffintown fades away. This once working class neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec has been going through a major overhaul since 2008, and developers have been scrambling to get in on a piece of desirable land as early as 2005. It is an example […]

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March 21 2014

Up-Cycled Art in Public Spaces: Cork City, Ireland

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

Up-cycling is the process of turning waste material or old products into new materials and products of better quality or for better environmental value. In these recessionary times, there has never been greater appeal towards reuse and recycling. People’s views towards these terms are changing. There are already a number of companies and websites that are promoting the […]

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March 20 2014

Bio-Retention Breakthroughs in Kansas City, Missouri

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Kansas City, Missouri is planning to move on the Arrowhead Transmission Main project in the future to address storm-water management and related issues in the city. This entails attempting to increase system capacity, improve overall system reliability, provide redundancy to existing thirty-six-inch MCI transmission main, and to accommodate regional Northland community growth. […]

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March 20 2014

Why Grandma is Moving to Denver, Not Miami

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

Denver has the longest winter of any of the U.S. cities, averaging over fifty inches of snowfall per year, and has an average annual temperature more than twenty-five degrees lower than Miami, Florida. So why is grandma moving to Denver and not Miami? Despite the chilling winters, Denver also has 300 days of sun, and […]

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March 20 2014

Winter Comfort: Designing an Outdoor Environment in Wengen, Switzerland

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

Indoor/outdoor spaces bring us closer to nature without forfeiting our comforts of home, but usually we see images of summer locations with moderate temperatures. Is this relaxing environment achievable in more extreme climates? Wengen, Switzerland is a good example of how indoor/outdoor environments can exist during winter. People here immerse themselves in the scenery by […]

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March 19 2014

The Creation of the Italian Commune: Architecture as a Tool of Politics

March 19th, 2014Posted by 

Out of the darkness of the Middle-Ages, helped by the extreme economic power of commerce, and taking advantage of the turbulence caused by the constant fight for control between the church and the Holy Roman Empire, there emerged in Italy an urban form forgotten since Antiquity: the city-state. These states, also known as Communes, gained […]

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March 19 2014

Interacting with our Cities Through Exercise: Student Ideas from Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

March 19th, 2014Posted by 

Encouraging individuals to be active isn’t a new idea. For good health, civic participation, and a sense of camaraderie, the benefits of sports and exercise are self-evident. Therefore, it is not surprising that physical activity has become a political concern for cities that are catching on to the trend and offering high-quality sporting facilities. However, […]

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March 18 2014

Exploring the City: The Old Slaughterhouse of Thessaloniki, Greece

March 18th, 2014Posted by 

On February 17, 1896 was the year the first Olympic Games took place in Athens. After several long meetings, Thessaloniki’s city council decided to launch certain public projects for the improvement of the city’s infrastructure. Among them, the council proposed the demolition of the old slaughterhouse and the construction of a new one. That same year, […]

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March 18 2014

The Reasoning Behind the Washington, D.C. Height Act

March 18th, 2014Posted by 

There is a piece of local lore circulating around Washington, D.C., attempting to explain why the city is so short. The myth claims that developers have been prevented from building up because it is inscribed somewhere that the Washington Monument and US Capitol must be the tallest structures in the city. However, the real reasoning […]

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March 18 2014

PHX Sky Train: Private Investment Turns into a Public Good in Phoenix, Arizona

March 18th, 2014Posted by 

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is fast approaching the one-year anniversary of its automated train system, the PHX Sky Train, a free automated train that connects travellers from the main terminal to parking and light rail. After nearly two decades worth of planning and over 200 community events, Stage 1 of the PHX Sky […]

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March 17 2014

Rennes, Brittany, #1 Amongst France’s Sustainable Cities

March 17th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Rennes was named France’s top sustainable city in the last issue of the monthly publication Terra Eco. The following is an interview with David Solon, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and co-founder. On February 28th, 2014 the eco-conscious publication Terra Eco released a ranking of sustainable cities. Judged according to 20 pre-established criteria, 30 […]

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March 17 2014

How Important is Youth Civic Engagement in a City?

March 17th, 2014Posted by 

Toronto is ranked the #1 Youthful City of 2014 out of twenty-five of the world’s largest cities. Decode, a firm that analyzes young person consumer behavior and interests, conceptualized YouthfulCities. YouthfulCities is an initiative to, eventually, determine the top 100 cities for youth. It has compared five cities from each region – USA & Canada, […]

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March 14 2014

Madison’s Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment Nearing Completion

March 14th, 2014Posted by 

Madison’s downtown is located on an isthmus and, therefore, has a plethora of lakefront access and housing. The two lakes provide a venue for boaters, water-skiers, ice skaters, and fishermen, and they attract day-trippers from all over southern Wisconsin. Arguably, the most historic lakefront street is Langdon Street - only a few blocks from the state capitol […]

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March 14 2014

Revitalizing Dublin’s “Georgian Mile:” Controversy Surrounds ESB Headquarters

March 14th, 2014Posted by 

In 1965, despite significant protests, sixteen Georgian buildings were demolished in central Dublin to make way for the new Electricity Supply Board (ESB) Headquarters. The houses were part of the world’s longest Georgian streetscape, commonly known as Dublin’s Georgian Mile. Today, in place of the Georgian buildings, now stands an imposing brutalist office block by […]

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