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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 11 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota Stagnates at Its 1972 Height, Without Restrictions

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Cities are defined by their skylines. A picturesque view of a beautiful downtown forest of skyscrapers can be an incredibly sublime and beautiful sight. People seem to be enamored by buildings that soar high above them, making themselves feel incredibly small. Downtowns are living organisms and are constantly evolving, growing, and extending further into the […]

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December 10 2014

Modern Pockets in a Wanting City: Private & Public Spaces in Phnom Penh

December 10th, 2014Posted by 

Crossing the threshold from a street into a private space in the city of Phnom Penh is like stepping into the country’s future. Contemporary architectural design is giving the city a vibrant facelift and creating an international style of quality architectural spaces – but only from the interior. Much of Cambodia’s capital city is left in the […]

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December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 08 2014

Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012. Data for Baltimore City was not available; however, the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City estimates there are around twelve urban […]

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December 05 2014

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map. With seven stations already installed and a membership 125 strong and growing, the Community […]

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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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December 05 2014

Malpassé Neighborhood in Marseille, France Faces Redevelopment and Evictions

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Among the fourteen urban redevelopment projects in Marseille, France, the one in the Malpassé neighborhood has been the most sizeable since it was launched in 2010 by the City of Marseille, the National Agency of Urban Renovation (ARNU), and public sponsors. However, the neighborhood’s urban redevelopment project has been built on a foundation of anger, with […]

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December 05 2014

Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Milan is a city with a strong industrial background that is an economically influential business, financial, and design center in Europe and beyond. By the late 12th century, Milan was one of Italy’s most wealthy and industrious hubs due to its large production of armour and wool that increased the Lombary region’s wealth. During the Renaissance era, Milan […]

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December 03 2014

Architectural Heritage Loses Ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

December 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Among the aged temples and deteriorating colonial buildings in Phnom Penh, rise a new architecture of an international contemporary style that could be located anywhere in the world. Everyday new developments erase part of the city’s past, and without a strong effort to preserve some of the meaningful structures, Phnom Penh’s current construction boom could […]

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December 02 2014

In Paris’ 14th District, Former Shelter is Transformed into Social Housing

December 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The migrant shelter on the Rue des Arbustes in Paris’ 14th district has been completely transformed into social housing. The building is owned by the COALLIA group, and its transformation has been a part of the Plan for the Treatment of Migrant Workers’ Shelters. This metamorphosis is thanks to plans by Calq Architecture and construction […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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December 01 2014

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. As industries change, a site may become vacant and eventually earmarked for redevelopment. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment. In Galway, Ireland, much of the brownfield redevelopment […]

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November 28 2014

Nairobi, Kenya Increases Polytechnic Education Opportunities for Growing Sectors

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Urban poverty is a reality in developing cities. In many cities, thousands of people live on a dollar a day. Alongside this lies a challenge faced by many governments and municipalities in providing quality education for the urban poor. Urban poor have to face the trouble of overcrowded primary schools, shortages of teachers, poor learning […]

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November 28 2014

Is Riverside County to Blame for its “Smog Belt” & Failing Air Quality?

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Smog knows no jurisdictional bounds, and there are few better examples of this than in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The brown haze that forms over the area in the summer time has given San Bernardino and Riverside counties names such as the “SMOG Belt,” and although it has improved in recent years, air […]

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November 24 2014

The Suburban Pushback Against Affordable Housing in West Des Moines, Iowa

November 24th, 2014Posted by 

The city of West Des Moines is an affluent, growing community in the Des Moines metropolitan area. However, it faces challenges when it comes to affordable housing. Market rate single family housing is the typical type of development seen in West Des Moines, as it is in most suburban communities, but this pattern of development […]

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