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June 17 2014

Train Stations: Matrices of the 19th Century Parisian Imagination

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

From 1837 to 1914, railway stations covered Paris; they were a new kind of space, half-industrial and half-urban. This transplant profoundly transformed the landscape, but also the nature of the city, its functions and its place in the national and international arena. Under the Second Empire, the city was reconfigured around these new, modern “gates,” […]

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June 17 2014

Via Padova: The Humanity Behind Milan’s Social Nightmare

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

It is hard to define in an honest and complete way Via Padova in Milan, Italy. The subject itself represents a controversial question regarding the issue of immigration. While it has been badly advertised, I tried to understand if this perception truly applies to everybody, so I began asking around: “What is your opinion of Via Padova?” […]

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June 13 2014

Reinvesting in Wisconsin’s Cities: Partnerships for Sustainability

June 13th, 2014Posted by 

Madison has a reputation for being the “green capital” of Wisconsin; however, smaller cities and towns around the state are following Madison’s lead by putting many sustainable initiatives into practice. Some communities have started new recycling programs, while others are more interested in creating community gardens, yet all of them have the same goal – to […]

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June 12 2014

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal Implements “Ecological” Vehicle Permits

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

In order to encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles, the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal district will be implementing a fee on parking permits that favors environmentally-friendly cars. At their next renewal, the owners of electrical vehicles will pay $58 per year, those who have hybrid models $87, and those who have gas-fueled cars $115. The current […]

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June 12 2014

São Paulo, Brazil’s Housing Market Makes A Strong Recovery

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

In 2013 more than 33,000 residential units were constructed in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, with an overall volume of sales exceeding U.S. $19 billion. If we consider the entire metropolitan area, the number grows to 58,000 homes and sales exceed U.S. $26 billion. Moreover, the sector accounted for 3.4 million formal jobs in […]

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June 11 2014

Bringing Participatory Urbanism to Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France

June 11th, 2014Posted by 

“It is our first public action for the Grand Rue,” explains Gwenaëlle Larvol, who is in charge of Bruit du Frigo’s project, along with Anne-Cécile Paredes. Events on May 31 in the Ferdinand-Buisson Square brought a week-long residence of artists in the neighborhood to a close. The day was also an opportunity to unveil yet-to-be […]

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June 10 2014

Former Hellenico Airport : Checking-in at an Open Space in Athens, Greece

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

Almost fifteen years have passed since the last commercial flight departed from Hellenico International Airport in Athens, Greece. Covering six hundred hectares, there is abandoned infrastructure, leftover auxiliary facilities and expansive wide open space waiting to be re-purposed. Nearly twice as big as Hyde Park or Central Park and with five kilometers of coastline, Hellenico is a huge piece […]

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June 09 2014

The Economic Threat of The New Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government funds gigantic projects with huge international loans, and is leading Turkey to an economic dead-end, and Istanbul to an ecological disaster. Their approach is not sustainable from either an economic or ecological point of view. This economic strategy of depending heavily on loans has difficult insurance conditions. The sustainability […]

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June 06 2014

Is There Any Solution to Nairobi’s Parking Nightmare?

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

“Drivers in New Delhi, Bangalore, Nairobi and Milan argue most over parking spaces [and] more than half of the drivers get frustrated and end up giving up on looking for parking space,” according to IBMs global survey on parking space in major cities. Many have stated that Nairobi, in particular the Central Business District, does not […]

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June 06 2014

Barra da Tijuca: American Influences in a Brazilian Neighbourhood

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

Labeled “Brazil’s Miami Beach,” Barra da Tijuca is a rich and trendy beach-front district located in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, about forty kilometers from the city center. Known for its Americanized lifestyle, its urban development is seemingly modeled on North America’s wealthy suburbs, and is marked by its Floridian feel. It is considered one […]

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June 05 2014

Adopt a Park Program Finds Success and Challenges in Fortaleza, Brazil

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

The adoption of plazas and parks in Fortaleza, Brazil provides hope for creating new uses of public space, but the program still faces challenges. The program renews more than just the urban scenery – it gives Fortaleza a breath of fresh air. Nevertheless, the program still faces difficulty attracting participants in the peripheral areas of the […]

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June 05 2014

How Modernist French Apartment Complexes Could Attain Legitimacy As Heritage

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

Today, it is confirmed that the great French apartment complexes, made up in large part of social housing, have seen more than 30 years, as well as the first riots, which were central to neighborhoods in the suburbs of Lyon. These were what the media then called “the hot summer of Minguettes” – a socially […]

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June 05 2014

Eco-Districts: How San Francisco Does The Sustainable City

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

Sustainability can be a difficult thing to measure and even more difficult to implement, especially at a city wide scale. Many cities are bringing it down a notch and addressing sustainability at a local scale. San Francisco is one of a few cities that is adopting the eco-districts approach to individually addressing a cities various sustainability […]

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June 03 2014

Billboards that Literally Breath & Create Potable Water in Lima, Peru

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

I have to confess that I am impressed by the social engagement of the future engineers from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology), who have continuously been innovating to improve the quality of life (which is often mediocre) of the residents of their home country of Peru. Last year, the group drew the attention of […]

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June 03 2014

From Grey to Green: or, How to Make Green Roofs Legal in Buenos Aires

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Recently, many things have changed in Buenos Aires concerning environmental awareness and policies towards more responsible urban planning - ones that are in tune with the rest of the world. As mentioned in previous posts, the government of the city is making huge changes in waste management, sustainable transportation and promoting an overall “green” mentality. However, until not […]

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June 02 2014

Preservation and the Future of La Samaritaine in Paris, Île de France, France

June 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The administrative tribunal of Paris’ decision on May 13 to revoke the reconstruction permit for La Samaritaine on Rue de Rivoli, entrusted to Sanaa architects, provoked surprise. Since then, there has been an outburst of critical remarks against the ruling, and against the citizen associations who filed the appeal (such as The Society for France’s […]

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May 29 2014

Rising Property Taxes in São Paulo, Amongst Poor Municipal Planning

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a court barred a proposal to increase property taxes in Rio de Janeiro, the administration of Mayor Fernando Haddad (PT) chose another way to raise taxes. The administration proposed an increase in the calculation basis of the ITBI tax, to be levied in cases of a real estate transfer. According to a report published […]

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May 28 2014

A Neighborhood at a Crossroads in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

People may soon be yelling “Everyone to Saint-Charles!” in the Old Port of Marseille, which is the city’s main port and current cultural center. A utopian idea for some, and an unlikely fantasy or electoral promise for others, this call could one day become part of the city’s vocabulary. Indeed, under Frédéric Cuvillier, the Secretary […]

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May 27 2014

Social Housing as a Solution to the Ecological Impasse, France

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

I have already thought, and on a number of occasions, to support the construction of social housing on this blog. But beyond the preconceptions, very often caricature-esque, which would render a left-wing activist as a “public” and collective housing partisan because he is “social” by nature, while a right-wing activist would be defending the rise […]

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May 27 2014

The Continuing Expansion of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Despite the lack of official figures, the sense of community leaders and residents of the Ladeira dos Tabajaras and Morro dos Cabritos favelas in Copacabana (a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro), is that the local population has increased substantially, especially after the creation of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2010. Longstanding problems such as poor […]

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