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April 16 2014

Siena, Italy: The Exaltation of the Medieval Spirit

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

What makes the relatively small town of Siena so special in comparison with the other former Italian city-states in the north? Is it the way its medieval characteristics have continued to influence everyday life? This strong relationship with the past is obvious both in the town’s urban development, and in the annual social events. The urbanization […]

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April 16 2014

Why You Should Be Excited about the Potential Baltimore Water Taxi Expansion

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

Downtown Baltimore, Maryland is working hard to remain a tourist destination, while improving its branding as a decent place to live. The most comprehensive source detailing what Baltimore hopes to achieve is the Inner Harbor 2.0 plan. Published late last year, the plan has stirred up a lot of discussion about future development, including suggestions […]

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April 15 2014

Today’s Urban Encyclopedia: “The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t”

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

As cities grow and redevelop, community leaders are constantly imagining new ideas to improve their businesses and neighborhoods. But who is keeping track of all these new sustainability programs, zoning policies, and preservation programs? Evaluating past and existing practices can help avoid repeated mistakes and spur innovative partnerships. However, the volume and diversity of urban […]

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April 15 2014

University of Wisconsin’s Rapid Plan for a Sustainable Future

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

Madison, Wisconsin is a city where politics meet academics. The mid-sized city is both the state capital and home to the state’s largest public university – the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a student at UW-Madison, it is easy to become frustrated with all the construction constantly occurring on campus. Detours and caution signs have become […]

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April 14 2014

Exporting the Smart City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France, France

April 14th, 2014Posted by 

For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors. Concurrently with the Chinese President’s official visit to France, a delegation of 20 individuals accompanying professor Xiong Zhang, scientific head of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Smart Cities project, came to learn more about the IssyGrid project. The […]

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April 11 2014

Water Continues to Define Washington D.C.

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet. That simple fact, along with the important trade routes moving water provides, is why the first human settlements were built along rivers and coasts. It is the only force large enough to give form to the sprawling metropolises that dot the Earth’s landscape. […]

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April 09 2014

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include: Enhanced […]

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April 09 2014

Why Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood is the Center of the Universe

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Fremont is one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, boasting an enviable popularity with residents, tourists and businesses. It’s abuzz with the kind of economic development-generating activity that other communities try to plan for, all the while retaining a uniquely organic feel. What is it about Fremont that makes it so appealing? What magical combination of […]

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April 09 2014

Urban Renewal to Shape a “New” Downtown in Bogota, Colombia

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital city of one of the most violent countries in the world during the 1980s and 1990s, Bogota was not considered an interesting place to travel. The negative imagery of Bogota was comprised of rioting, gang- and drug-related violence, as well as deteriorated buildings and public spaces. Nonetheless, Bogota has been considered a […]

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April 08 2014

World Urban Forum 7: Medellin, Colombia at the Heart of Urban Debates

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

Twenty years after being considered the the most violent city in the world, Medellin is no longer recognized as the most dangerous city, but the most innovative, the most resilient, and an example in planning projects that generate equality. This transformation is the reason Medellin became the host city of the Seventh World Urban Forum, […]

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April 08 2014

Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than the waste management of Athens and Attica, particularly these days anticipating the Greek Municipal Elections of May 2014. With […]

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April 07 2014

Passion for the Arts in Former Slaughterhouses in Casablanca, Morocco

April 7th, 2014Posted by 

In Casablanca’s outskirts, in the working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi, a surprise awaits visitors. Behind the imposing pediment of the city’s former slaughterhouses, among a labyrinth of alleys and small squares, you can come across young skateboarders, rappers, and dance crews putting the final touches to their performances, and in the large hall graffiti and […]

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April 03 2014

Pavement Debates in Kansas City, Missouri

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, like other metropolitan centers, has higher amounts of parking than its neighboring suburban and rural areas. A majority of the land cover in downtown Kansas City, is made up of off-street, on-street parking or underground parking garages. Parking lots create an opportunity cost issue, in addition to taking up land that could […]

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April 03 2014

Runners Explore the City of Athens, Greece

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Area named Plaka in Athens From the alleys of Plaka at Anafiotika, to Archaia Agora, Thiseion and the footpaths of Filopappou. From the columns of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, to Zappeio and the Parliament. That was the first venture for the three young members of a newly created team, named “Urban Trail Runners.” […]

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April 03 2014

Stapleton, Denver: Living up to its New Urbanism Promise?

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Stapleton, Denver is a New Urbanism development on the site of former Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. The former airport sat on 4,700 acres located about ten minutes east from Downtown Denver. Stapleton, at full build-out, is expected to be home to: Nearly 30,000 residents in 13,000 homes; Ten plus schools; An eighty-acre […]

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April 02 2014

Visual Pollution in the City of Athens, Greece: Escaping this Aesthetic Prison

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Visiting Athens, Greece, you will hear that the city looks pretty in August or during popular holidays, while half the population is away on vacations. Obviously less people equals less noise and traffic, but is this really the case? Could Athens ever be described as a pretty place? Blinded by the history of Athens, contemporary […]

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April 02 2014

The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris, France and Beyond

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced concrete benches). Let’s introduce the sofa into public spaces. Sitting Down in Our Cities: Why So Much Hate? Although […]

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April 01 2014

Reconnecting with the Capital Waterfront

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

There is a conspicuous disconnect between Washington, D.C. and its rivers. Apart from the lively strip along the Georgetown Waterfront, an area notoriously difficult for the majority of District residents to access, there have been few places for people to connect with the city’s most important resource, its water. This is because while the city […]

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April 01 2014

The Image of a Grid: Creating a Mental Map of Phoenix, Arizona

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you were asked to get out a pencil and paper and draw your city, what would you include? Maybe a few major roads, a downtown district, a large lake? If the result is a coherent map with connected features, you probably live in an “imageable” city. The concept of imageability was introduced by Kevin […]

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April 01 2014

Fifteen Greek Celebrities Choose the Most Liveable Parts of Thessaloniki, Greece

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

1. Victor Arditis, director – theatrologist, senior lecturer in AUTH, Artistic Director of NTNG - National Theatre of Northern Greece (2001-2004). “The best place is exactly where I currently live: in the area among Olgas – Nikolaidis-Antheon-Sofouli with the poplars and the plane trees, that create an excellent micro-climate. Or I would choose the decadent upper […]

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