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January 16 2015

Hints of Corruption Won’t Stall Montreal’s Ste. Catherine Street Makeover

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

To most, Ste-Catherine Street is recognized as Montreal’s main commercial thoroughfare. Running through the heart of downtown, the street is lined with big brand name stores, several department stores, smaller boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. A number of establishments even have multiple locations along the strip. Lying directly below, as an extension of the activity above, […]

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January 09 2015

René Pechère Garden Restored in Brussels, Belgium

January 9th, 2015Posted by 

The René Pechère Garden in the administrative neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium has been rebuilt exactly as it used to be. The renovation of the entire area is coming along little by little. “Even if there are not very many of them, Brussels’ citizens deserve a renovated green space.” Indeed, there are not yet very many […]

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January 08 2015

A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy’s Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 8th, 2015Posted by 

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities, among others around the world. The term refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself by proposing a framework of new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate their functionality and promote their image. […]

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January 07 2015

Is Suburban the Answer?: Jobs / Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

January 7th, 2015Posted by 

Take a close look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stalled single-family home developments, whose eerie, empty, post-apocalyptic streets contain signs displaying new home prices from nearly a decade ago. […]

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January 06 2015

Holistic Architect, Lutgarde Brun, to Lead Huy, Belgium’s Urban Planning Services

January 6th, 2015Posted by 

Lutgarde Brun is the new city architect in Huy, Belgium. Numerous challenges, many of them quite large, await her, but she is prepared and excited to tackle them head on. With 2,000 new inhabitants expected in Huy over the course of the next ten years (and 1,000 new lodgings that will come with them), the […]

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January 05 2015

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco’s SOMA district just south of downtown. The 160 square foot SmartSpace apartment holds enough space for one person looking to practice minimal living. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which […]

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January 05 2015

Galway, Ireland Turns to its Community in Struggle Against Sprawl

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

As long as cities have existed there has been urban sprawl. In Galway, Ireland a dramatic increase in the city’s urban sprawl began in the 19th century, when labourers flocked from the countryside to work in the new factories that were then springing up. Large developments of small terraced houses began to appear, and new […]

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January 02 2015

Iowa Urbanizes as Large Farm Operations Put Small Towns Out of Work

January 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Iowa is the U.S. state most associated with farming; it produces more corn and soybean than any other state, and 92% of the land is designated for agriculture. As farming practices change, the urban landscape changes with it. The population of Iowa has been experiencing a transformation. Whereas Iowa used to be composed of evenly-dispersed […]

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January 01 2015

An Ambitious Project to Open Access for Swimming in the Historic Center of Berlin

January 1st, 2015Posted by 

In Germany, a project supported since 2012 by the Flussbad Berlin association aspires to make swimming in the river possible in the heart of the Berlin capital. It could come to fruition between now and 2018. Imagined in 1997 by two architects, the brothers Jan and Tim Elder, the project proposes building a natural pool in the […]

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December 30 2014

New Housing to Replace Former Hospital in Annecy, France

December 30th, 2014Posted by 

On November 28, 2014, renovation became legal on the site of the future Trésums neighborhood in Annecy, France. This decision came through from the State Council after a long judicial saga. On the site, asbestos removal is currently taking place, and the deconstruction of the former hospital will soon follow. All of this will leave room […]

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December 29 2014

The Demolition of Iconic Negro Community Center in Montreal’s Little Burgundy

December 29th, 2014Posted by 

Like many other neighbourhoods in the City of Montreal, Little Burgundy is slowly changing. Cafes and cool bars have emerged on Rue Notre-Dame, a street previously known for its abundance of antique shops. The Corona Theatre, built in 1912, has been revived as a hip and intimate concert venue. The art-deco styled Atwater Market remains […]

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December 29 2014

More than Half of the World’s Zoroastrians Call Mumbai, India Home

December 29th, 2014Posted by 

We have all heard about the famous Persians Xerxes, Cyrus and Darius the Great. They were recorded by ancient Greek historians, and were even referenced heavily in the Bible. But whatever happened to their descendants? The short answer is they moved to Mumbai. Mumbai (or Bombay) in India is home to the largest Zoroastrian community in […]

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December 26 2014

Moissy-Cramayel, France’s Citizens Petition the Deteriorated State of their Downtown

December 26th, 2014Posted by 

A petition was launched in November 2014 by the citizens and business owners of Moissy-Cramayel, France. By and large, they note the lack of security and upkeep in the center of town. The Mayor, Line Magne, promises changes but asks for time. The title of the petition, addressed to the mayor, was “No to A Dirty and Unsafe […]

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December 19 2014

“The Gathering” Results in Remarkable Population Increase for Galway, Ireland

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Galway Bay and the majestically beautiful Burren National Park, Galway, Ireland has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. However, in recent decades Galway has also become a popular location to live and work year-round. The population of the city has expanded 58.5% […]

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December 19 2014

Why Some Mumbai, India Slum Dwellers Prefer Slums to Condos

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Slum Dog Millionaire, a fictional movie about a boy from Mumbai’s slums who miraculously makes it big on India’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” was revered by Western critics and reviled by most Indian viewers. Why the divide? To get to the heart of it, I realized actually going to Mumbai (India) seemed […]

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December 17 2014

Inland Empire, California Region Struggles to Rebrand its Poor Public Image

December 17th, 2014Posted by 

Businesses, cities, and even sports teams sometimes change their names to better identify with or separate themselves from a certain image or community.  A name can carry with it a strong impression of community identity, whether or not it is accurate. While its boundaries may vary, depending on with whom you speak, the Inland Empire is […]

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December 16 2014

Was Choosing Frank Gehry to Design Paris’ Foundation Louis Vuitton in Bad Taste?

December 16th, 2014Posted by 

The end of the spirit of ’68? The anti-Beaubourg? A product of its times? A techno-monumentalist Blockbuster? The Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated in Paris at the end of October 2014, became the object of all the praise of the great national publications. Still, the foreign press has shown itself more nuanced and critical … Beyond the […]

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December 15 2014

“Main Street Movement” Spurs the Revitalization of Small Towns in Iowa

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Small towns in Iowa all seem to have one thing in common: historic Main Streets. The Main Streets of Iowa are typically composed of a few blocks of low-slung brick buildings. They are simplistic and unimposing, with small businesses on the ground level and housing or office space above. While the historic significance of these […]

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December 12 2014

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), and Harare (Zimbabwe) rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were […]

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December 05 2014

Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

In the last few years, gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas around North America, and now Kitchener (in Ontario, Canada) is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification and improving urban design, current developments are beginning to marginalize long-term residents. In the last three decades, many North American cities have […]

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