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November 27 2014

Preservationists Mobilize to Save Poet Vigneault’s Village in Natashquan, Quebec

November 27th, 2014Posted by 

If we were to take a poll among the people of Quebec, a small percentage would be able to locate Natashquan on a map. However, the name of this tiny village, located in the Côte-Nord, around 1,300 kilometers from Montreal, is known to millions of people across French-speaking nations. Google the word Natashquan, and you […]

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November 25 2014

Mining Company to Fund the Relocation of an Entire City: New Kiruna, Sweden

November 25th, 2014Posted by 

In the northern part of Sweden, on the Arctic Circle, there is a mysterious city threatened to extinction by the pressures of mining operations. This city is Kiruna (go take a look at Google Maps, it’s quite impressive), and its foundations could indeed collapse thanks to the greatest iron deposits in the world. In order […]

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November 24 2014

Red Light Stops Revitalization of Montreal’s Red Light District

November 24th, 2014Posted by 

The corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ste. Catherine Street used to form a gateway to the lower Main: Montreal’s Red Light District. Home to organized crime, prostitution, illegal gaming houses, cabarets, brothels and strip clubs, the sex industry has a long, illustrious heritage in the city. Since the late 19th Century, the area welcomed […]

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November 24 2014

The Suburban Pushback Against Affordable Housing in West Des Moines, Iowa

November 24th, 2014Posted by 

The city of West Des Moines is an affluent, growing community in the Des Moines metropolitan area. However, it faces challenges when it comes to affordable housing. Market rate single family housing is the typical type of development seen in West Des Moines, as it is in most suburban communities, but this pattern of development […]

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November 20 2014

Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case

November 20th, 2014Posted by 

If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,” who are set to expand the cohort of seniors over the course of the coming decades like never before, to urban centers.  In spite of analyses that […]

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November 14 2014

Centre Hospitalier & Schaeffler Factory Set for Deconstruction in Calais, France

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

Closed since the beginning of summer 2012, the former hospital in Calais, France will be destroyed in 2015. The deconstruction work will last approximately 18 months and should be finished at the end of 2017. Green spaces and townhouses are set to replace the existing structure on this site of 2.5 hectares. The cost of […]

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November 12 2014

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions. So what does corrupt architecture look like – does it have […]

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November 12 2014

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

Personally inspired by the documentary “Plant This Movie,” as well as the many other urban farming short films shown at the New Urbanism Film Festival, it appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles. In particular, several innovative pieces of legislation regarding urban agriculture have recently come onto the political horizon. Urban agriculture has […]

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November 12 2014

LA2050 Spurs Conversations for a Better Los Angeles, California

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

As a newcomer to Los Angeles, I am beginning to see that people here are hungry for change. Initiatives that exist to better L.A. are numerous, most falling within the realm of the non-profit. The scope of these initiatives varies greatly – some groups are advocating for better transportation options (ie. Move LA), while others […]

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November 11 2014

Herzog & De Meuron’s Triangle Tower Faces Opposition in Paris, France

November 11th, 2014Posted by 

Jacques Herzog found himself in an uncomfortable situation at Paris, France’s Pavillion de l’Arsenal on October 30th. The Swiss architect was presenting the plans for the sculptural building that his firm, Herzog & De Meuron, had conceived for Paris’ Porte de Versailles (the location of one of the original gates into Paris and now an […]

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November 11 2014

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 11th, 2014Posted by 

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens and organisms are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from inevitable bankruptcy. The politicians, intellectuals and specialists […]

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November 10 2014

Coworking in San Francisco: Redefining Our Everyday Workspace

November 10th, 2014Posted by 

Say goodbye to the worn out 9-to-5 cattle barn of work cubicles. A new movement of alternative workspaces is beginning to take hold across the United States, especially in San Francisco. The number of telecommuters, a.k.a. remote and home worker types, are rapidly growing with the technology age. According to the Global Workplace Analytics, around 25 million […]

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November 10 2014

“Green Home” Boom in Galway, Ireland Connected to Increase of Urban Farms?

November 10th, 2014Posted by 

Galway, Ireland has seen an increase in the number of buildings, especially homes, that are designed to be environmentally friendly. These homes can be termed “green homes.” However, they are more often called “passive homes.” The Irish government is committed to increasing the number of homes that have little or no carbon footprint. Numerous schemes including the Greener […]

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November 07 2014

Environmental Activists Push for a Grenelle Environment Round Table in Marseille

November 7th, 2014Posted by 

Polluted Marseille, congested Marseille, Marseille the concrete jungle. Ecological activists in the French city are calling out to elected officials. They have also called for citizens to protest and have used social media to send out web propaganda. The offensive has been launched! Ecologists are up in arms. Marseille is at the top of the […]

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November 06 2014

In Tokyo, Japan, the Metabolist Nagakin Capsule Tower Faces Demolition

November 6th, 2014Posted by 

Boxes blackened by the passage of time, piled one on top of the other: the “Nagakin Capsule Tower” sticks out in Tokyo’s Shimabshi business district, but a handful of ardent supporters have mobilized themselves in order to prevent the possible demolition of this example of Japanese Metabolist architecture. One of its owners, Masato Abe, is […]

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November 04 2014

First Nations Ousted from Construction Site in Gatineau, Quebec

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

The occupation of the construction site on the Rue Jacques-Cartier by First Nations protesters lasted forty three days. Now, the teepees have disappeared, the fire is extinguished, and the protesters have been ousted. On September 4, 2014, the City of Gatineau did not skimp on the means for putting an end to this saga: the expanded […]

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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 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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