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July 30 2014

Impact of Tourism in the Italian Art Cities: Venice, Florence, & Rome

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Il Bel Paese, the Beautiful Country, is distinctly used to describe Italy. It is indeed a gifted country, with a notable natural environment, a mild climate and a prominent cultural heritage. Therefore, its status among the most visited countries not only in Europe, but worldwide, is not a surprise. Tourists arrive to admire the artwork of Michelangelo and Da […]

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July 30 2014

Students Envision a Future Transportation Corridor for Strasbourg, Alsace, France

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Envision a new urban corridor between Strasbourg’s local airport and the European Parliament Building, also featuring a “European-Express.” That is just one of the ideas dreamt up by prize-winning urban planning students for a contest entitled “Strasbourg 2050.” They are formulating projects suitable for the lofty aims of this competition, which is to “imagine the city […]

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July 29 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Mobilizes to Preserve Cultural Spaces

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a great deal of political mobilization, the Fine Arts Cinema reopened its doors to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the traditional corner of Rua da Consolação and Avenida Paulista. Faced with pressures from the owner, who raised the value of the rental property, the cinema ended its activities in March 2011. Since […]

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July 29 2014

Highest Cable Car in the World Unites La Paz, Bolivia

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

The slogans, images and energy deployed by the communications team of the Bolivian Government tell of the symbolic importance of the emergence of the cable car, a strangely contemporary pop-up in the old Andean city of La Paz. An unlikely urban carcass, minutely interwoven, ossified in the rock, encapsulated in traditions that never cease to […]

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July 28 2014

Milan’s Zaha Hadid “City Life” Project Lacks Cultural Authenticity & Inclusiveness

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

Even if architects and urban planners occasionally get wrapped up in their own ideas, the city is and has to be built for its citizens. In other words, the city belongs to the people and it’s design should reflect the comfort and desires of those who live in it. And where planners can’t find a […]

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July 24 2014

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy & Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 24th, 2014Posted by 

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their hands, clipboards to record their progress, and bags to be filled, as they prepared to begin cleaning up the beach. For a […]

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July 23 2014

Hacking the City: “Explore Everything” Book Review

July 23rd, 2014Posted by 

There is a feeling among many people that the city is built for others, that we may look at it but may not touch it, the spatial equivalent of an artifact in a glass case in a museum. (162) Explore Everything documents the adventures of Bradley Garrett, an urban explorer and researcher at the University […]

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July 22 2014

A Look at the Positive Legacy of the World Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil

July 22nd, 2014Posted by 

It is not difficult to see the legacy of the World Cup for the city of Porto Alegre. In total, fourteen major transportation public works have been developed in different regions that will dramatically change traffic patterns. Four have already been delivered. In addition to these projects, the revitalization of public areas, investment in spaces for […]

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July 21 2014

The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would be a compliment, but it is not always that simple. A building’s connection with both city and site can often become clouded and disjointed with […]

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July 21 2014

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or placottoirs in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces that are installed in the parking areas in front of businesses. What makes […]

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July 21 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Christine Cepelak in Dallas, Texas

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Already active in the sustainability, urban development, and poverty realms of Dallas, Texas, I consistently encountered inspiring people engaged in the complex issues of the greater metropolis. From my original interest in how poverty and marginalization could be […]

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July 18 2014

Architects & Communalism Can Solve San Francisco’s Housing Crisis

July 18th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is in a housing crisis!  The skyrocketing housing market is pushing out the people that make the city a diverse and vibrant place with housing rates rising three times faster than the national average. Within the last two years the rental market has increased by an average of 20%, resulting in one bedroom apartment priced […]

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July 17 2014

Churches Outliving their Use in Montreal, Canada

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

Montreal, the city of a thousand church steeples? In order not to lose this identity which is intrinsic to its history, at a time when most churches are emptying out for lack of a secure future, the Quebec Religious Heritage Council (CPRQ) has published six portraits of the sacred sites that have been converted. This […]

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July 16 2014

Places of Non-Catholic Worship in Florence, Italy: Where Do Other Faithfuls Pray?

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

Florence is a city whose character has been dominated by Catholicism since the Middle-Ages. Throughout the years, religion has played a significant role in many aspects of its social life. Culturally and artistically, the city initially developed under the Papal Influence. This strong relationship becomes obvious also in an urban realm: Catholic churches are the […]

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July 16 2014

Electric Bikes and Expanded Service: The Vélo’v of Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

The three-speed Vélo’v bikes are a familiar part of the urban landscape to Lyon’s inhabitants. This bicycle sharing service could adopt a new system due to changes being supported by the urban community of Grand Lyon. Firstly, they want to make the entire stock of Vélo’v bicycles electric, and there is also a desire to […]

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July 14 2014

Touristic Safari: The Urban Cable Car of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro

July 14th, 2014Posted by 

Usually possessing more or less informal types of housing and close-knit communities, favelas, a term specific to Brazil, continue to mark the collective imagination. In our geography books, we are shown heaped up shelters made of waste material extending out of sight. In the media, we most often associate them with violence and the dominance […]

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July 09 2014

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 9th, 2014Posted by 

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134  year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket. Far from […]

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July 09 2014

A Novel Innovation for Rental Bikes in Marseille, France

July 9th, 2014Posted by 

How long does it take to go from Marseille’s Old Port to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM), the city’s new pride and joy? 5 minutes along the quay, with watch in hand. And from the popular Belle de Mai neighborhood to the Joliette metro station? No more than 8 minutes. And from […]

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July 07 2014

Shaping Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Accessibility for All

July 7th, 2014Posted by 

The development of the city center and the region are inseparable. Montreal’s downtown is rapidly losing ground to the region’s other job centers, and if this trend persists, it will look more and more like the scarcely visited downtown areas of many American cities. The cause of this phenomenon is simple: for about fifty years, […]

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July 04 2014

San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving. New ways to interact, communicate […]

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