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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 28 2014

The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified. That’s because the plan provides “a gradual restriction of motorized individual transport on elevated highways” and “its complete deactivation as a traffic lane, including its demolition or a partial or full transformation into a park.” […]

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October 28 2014

Rue Saint-Merri, Paris Considers Pedestrian-Only Corridor

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

During the last Council meeting of the Saint-Merri neighborhood, in Paris, France, Julien Landel, the Assistant to the Mayor who oversees neighborhood councils announced the following regarding Rue Saint-Merri, at the location of the school by the same name: “Parallel to the option we retained in June (the overhang of the roadway underpass, widening of […]

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October 27 2014

The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” it seems counterintuitive to think that food security would pose much of a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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October 22 2014

Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students. As of 2014, Towson University’s undergraduate population totaled over 18,000 students, with on-campus housing available for fewer than 5,000 students. This means that up to 13,000 students are […]

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October 22 2014

Issues of Access Arise for Disabled and Elderly People in Galway, Ireland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

When architects or engineers set out to design a building, a critical element that they should think about, along with what the building will be used for, is access.  This doesn’t mean access for only fit, healthy, and able-bodied people. This also means access for the elderly, people in wheelchairs, or potentially those with baby buggies […]

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October 21 2014

Urban Revitalization Seems Close Enough to Touch in Saint-Maixent l’École, France

October 21st, 2014Posted by 

Elected officials have validated Saint-Maixent l’École’s application for candidature for a national project to revitalize downtown areas across the country. While opening the municipal council debates on Thursday evening, Léopold Moreau announced that the city of Saint-Maixent L’École was pre-selected from three hundred communes in France to become a candidate for the revitalization of town centers. […]

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October 21 2014

France’s Silver Valley Celebrates First Year: A Silver Economy Flagship Organization

October 21st, 2014Posted by 

In 2025, one French national out of three will be older than sixty-five. In order to face this change in society, on April 24, 2013, the industrial sector of the silver economy was born. Its objective? To mobilize and organize a group of actors who can respond to the needs of seniors and their helpers. […]

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October 20 2014

Ottawa Lacks Downtown Amenities to Stimulate Urban Intensification

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

A few weeks ago, on a sunny September afternoon, I left the fluorescent confines of my Centretown office in Ottawa to indulge in a meditative outdoor lunch in the fresh air and gentle hum of the city. After choosing my food, I scanned the surroundings for the most obvious green space where I could enjoy my meal. […]

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October 20 2014

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco’s Homeless “Epidemic?”

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

Men and women step over the homeless, with shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year, begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved. Some are […]

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October 17 2014

Three French Mayors Profess Support for an Inter-Communal Health Clinic

October 17th, 2014Posted by 

With a critical lack of doctors and a chronic lack of finances, three communes in the Loiret department of France reflect on the possibility of designing an inter-communal health clinic. “We are all confronted with the problem of a lack of doctors. Several practitioners will be leaving the area within the next three years,” affirms […]

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October 17 2014

Urban Drainage Poses A Major Development Risk in Nairobi, Kenya

October 17th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons with an average annual high temperature of 280C and a low of 150C. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the […]

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October 16 2014

Balancing Priority for Pedestrians and Parking in Rue Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal

October 16th, 2014Posted by 

Priority to pedestrians, but also more parking – this is the paradox that emerges from the first phase of consultations conducted by the City regarding the restructuring of Rue Sainte-Catherine West, which the President of the Executive Committee, Pierre Desrochers, summed up recently. The city’s designers formulated four restructuring alternatives in the stride of this […]

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October 14 2014

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, France

October 14th, 2014Posted by 

In Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the development of mass transit is a central element of the metropolitan project. However, the stakes and steps taken are very different from one city to the other. Aurelien Delpirou compares the three contexts and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each of their strategies. The creation of the Paris, […]

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October 10 2014

Racing Towards the Finish Line: Behind Montreal’s Hippodrome Development Project

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

The Hippodrome of Montreal, formerly named the Blue Bonnets Raceway, was a horse racing track and casino founded in 1872. It has sat at its current site on Decarie Boulevard in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough since 1907. Having gone bankrupt and officially closing its doors in 2009, the 43.5-hectare tract of vacant, abandoned land presents the […]

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October 09 2014

Learning From The Rise of Car-less Communities in Europe

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

The government projects “Green Pastille” (“pastille verte”), “Carless Day” (“journée sans voiture”), and “Even/Odd Day” (“journée paire/impaire”) raise the central question of the place of the car in our cities. Is the end of the reign of the car here yet? The mission of eco-neighborhoods is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the city. What […]

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October 08 2014

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, a city of 83,000 inhabitants located in the Northwest […]

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October 08 2014

Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient city. Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author and activist who is known for exploring the intersections between urban planning, psychology, culture, and history. Happy City […]

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October 07 2014

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.   Schmitt could talk for hours about the particular […]

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