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July 08 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece’s White Tower Takes the Lead in National Pilot Upgrading Plan

July 8th, 2014Posted by 

This year, the tourist season in Thessaloniki has been much more organized than in years past. The city has achieved, what some could say, is the self-explanatory. Since April 2014, 33 archaeological sites and museums have extended their working hours as part of a National Pilot Upgrading Plan, which includes, in addition to the extension of working […]

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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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July 04 2014

Landlords Forced to Update Bedsit and Studio Style Apartments in Dublin, Ireland

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

At the beginning of February 2013, new regulations came into effect that forced landlords to provide a number of amenities not previously available in the traditional Dublin bedsit. Traditionally, bedsits would have consisted of a private room with somewhere for the occupant to sleep and possibly with some basic cooking facilities and a shared bathroom. This […]

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July 03 2014

Building for Intellectual Growth in Madison: Wisconsin’s Future Idea Center

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

The “Wisconsin Idea” is a principle that is ingrained in every young mind that enters the University of Wisconsin. The basis of the Wisconsin Idea is that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom. This can range from public service and volunteer work to teaching and research. In 2010, a group of design […]

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July 03 2014

Heritage In Danger: The Desrochers House, St-Leonard District, Montreal

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Thanks to sites being registered on the annual Heritage Montreal list of endangered sites, in 2013, the media brought to light the St-Leonard housing co-op and its sneaky disappearance – which was caused by the lack of a regulatory framework in the St-Leonard district. The largest grouping of bungalows ever built in Quebec, according to […]

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July 02 2014

Port Authority of Quebec Develops Intrusive Silos in Quebec City, Canada

July 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Last November to general surprise, a silo designed to store wood pellets sprang up overnight in l’Anse au Foulon, on the land surrounding Quebec City’s port. Measuring 45 meters, or about 12 stories high, this silo was followed by a second one several months later. It was not long before people reacted and the administration […]

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July 02 2014

Bike Infrastructure Before Bicyclist Demand: A Cork City, Ireland Perspective

July 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Cork City, Ireland is a relatively compact city with most of the suburban areas within five kilometers from the city center. Based on an average cycle time of twelve kilometers per hour, the majority of the city is within a twenty-five minute cycle ride from the center. The existing cycle use within Cork City is primarily restricted to students […]

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July 01 2014

From the Last Council Meeting of the Saint-Merri Neighborhood, Paris

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

The last meeting of the council of the Saint-Merri neighborhood was an opportunity for the municipality of the 4th Arrondisement to speak – plans on the boards – about the adjustments to the study concerning access to the Saint-Merri pool and school. “Vivre le Marais!” has not stopped discussing the upkeep and cleanliness issues now […]

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June 30 2014

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

My last post, which was dedicated to densification in Lausanne, provoked a courteous and detailed response from the President of Lausanne’s Socialist Party, Benoît Gaillard. His remarks raise interesting questions about densification and its local implementation. The following thoughts are based on the examples of Vaud and Lausanne, but they are applicable everywhere. Firstly, it […]

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June 27 2014

Cycle or Psycho Paths: Ft. Worth, Texas’ New Bike Share

June 27th, 2014Posted by 

Is there room for a bike share in a largely car-dependent area? With the exception of a few dense areas, North Texas is notorious for its sprawl and car-dependency. Despite Dallas activists working to tear down a highway to create greater walkability and the city’s recent approval of connective bike lanes, the culture of people-centered mobility continues to grow […]

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June 25 2014

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handful of dollars. That is the belief of the Montreal Center of Urban Ecology (CEUM). In the […]

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June 24 2014

The Underdevelopment of the New Recife Plan at José Estelita Pier, Brazil

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

Today, in Pernambuco, few things better represent the social, economic and political significance of the term “underdevelopment” than the urban revitalization project known as “New Recife” at the José Estelita Pier. In fact, the word “development” expresses one of the most contested concepts in the social sciences. Today, even economic theory prefers other words and criteria, […]

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June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

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June 23 2014

A Smart City Taking Shape in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

June 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The sustainable urban project of the La Confluence neighborhood in Lyon is developing thanks to the help of Japanese technologies implemented as part of an agreement with the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). From Hikari, the first energy positive mixed block to the renewal of Perrache, here is a review of the […]

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June 20 2014

Urban Realities in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

The city of 6.2 million people is alive with a constant buzz, the many sights, smells, and sounds drawing your attention every which way. There are thus many ways with which I could have approached this farewell piece (from this point on I’ll be writing from Montreal, Canada) to a city which has been my […]

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June 20 2014

Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored in African Cities

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of […]

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June 20 2014

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano, and the Uptown area inside Dallas city limits, are examples of popular high-density mixed use development. While these areas conserve land […]

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June 19 2014

Transitional Shelter Lessons from San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

What does a transitional shelter do? After a disaster happens, many people are left homeless and need immediate shelter. A transitional shelter is meant to help them transition from temporary relief housing to a more permanent dwelling. Now, what does a transitional shelters actually do? Usually, it sits in the same location and inadequate condition […]

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June 19 2014

World Cup Protests Confront Inequality in São Paulo, Brazil

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

Two major protests took place in the streets of Sao Paulo on June 12th, the day when the city hosted the inaugural match of the World Cup. The match between Brazil and Croatia started at 5pm in Corinthians Arena. The protests were scheduled for much earlier, at 10am, and occurred in the eastern zone, the same region […]

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June 19 2014

Temporality, Energy Consumption & Lessons From Lighting in Lyon, France

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

“Temporality Is Essential to Mastering Energy Consumption,” Antoine Bouchet, former director of urban lighting for the City of Lyon from 2003 to 2012. Memories from four decades of light. At the end of March 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing Antoine Bouchet. This great professional leaves us “a non-exhaustive approach to lighting the City […]

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