Archive for the ‘Urban Planning and Design’ Category

October 01 2014

Plans to Demolish Architectural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

A project not adapted to existing buildings could potentially have its building permit request denied. In March 2013, ARAU was alerted by a group of locals that the HUB (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel) was planning to “renovate” a group of buildings located at the corner of Marais and Sables streets, which were acquired in December 2012. This […]

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September 30 2014

São Paulo, Brazil’s Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5 km

September 30th, 2014Posted by 

Within just 2.5 km, the ten most expensive addresses are concentrated in the country’s largest city. Although São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilometers, the neighborhoods separated by the South Zone of Rio Pinheiros are concentrated within a narrow area the […]

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September 29 2014

A Visual Typology: A Modern Face-Lift To San Francisco’s Victorian Homes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Take a walk with me. We are walking up a San Francisco street so steep you think it might be easier to crawl. You feel that if you were to extend your arms straight out you could touch the very ground you tread. Feel your calves burning? Good, now look up. Look at the homes lining […]

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September 29 2014

Time for Nairobi, Kenya to Manage its Urban Freight or Face Transportation Woes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Population growth in cities comes with a increased demand for goods. These goods need to be transported to get to their consumers. The movement of these goods within the city is what we may call urban freight. The developing world has put little consideration into the management of urban freight within its urban planning frameworks. Most cities […]

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September 29 2014

Paris, France Aims for Bicycle Trips to Account for 15% of Transport by 2020

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

More parking spaces for bikes, new bike paths on the main roadways, widespread 30km/h zones, and possibly wider bicycle paths or even banning automobile traffic surrounding markets; these are some of the measures included in the Parisian local government’s new “bike plan.” The plan, which should be finalized at the beginning of December after a period […]

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September 26 2014

#IAMTHEGRID: Two Years Later Jordan Rockerbie Reflects from Montreal, Canada

September 26th, 2014Posted by 

“Globally diverse content” Jordan encapsulates The Grid in three words. Between June and December 2012 Jordan Rockerbie joined The Grid blogging team from Kelowna, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta, Canada. Now, almost two years later, he reflects on his 6 months with The Grid. He attributes some of his success and current attendance in McGill University’s […]

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September 26 2014

Bike Sharing Program in Ames, Iowa Loses Out on Funding

September 26th, 2014Posted by 

As bike sharing programs continue to proliferate in cities and college campuses across the US, Iowa State University is in the midst of creating its own bike share program to be integrated with the City of Ames. The university is utilizing student work to design the bike network, and has allocated a small amount of […]

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September 25 2014

New Bill Prioritizes Vehicles and Prevents Bike Lanes in Porto Alegre, Brazil

September 25th, 2014Posted by 

The emergence of new bike lanes in Porto Alegre might be restricted to city sidewalks, reducing the area for pedestrians. Bike lanes may only be implemented if the existing streets are extended, without taking space from cars, or reducing areas where vehicles can be parked. This might happen if the bill sponsored by John Carlos […]

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September 24 2014

Milan’s Public Transportation Initiatives Work to Move 10,000 Students Annually

September 24th, 2014Posted by 

When it comes to education, Milan is one of Italy’s international student hubs. Being home to universities with high international ranks for fashion, design, engineering, and architecture, the city attracts more than 10,000 young people from countries all over the world every year. One of the most crucial issues when you are a student is transportation. Unless you’re living on […]

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September 24 2014

Welcoming Community Involvement (and More) in Rennes, Brittany, France

September 24th, 2014Posted by 

On the first Wednesday of the new school year, some kids show their pride by rolling up their sleeves and working. -Could I use the wheelbarrow? -We have to lay down the soil without making holes. -Yes, but it’s hard. Fanny diplomatically explains the purpose of the work being done. -We are going to install […]

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September 23 2014

Limiting Cars & Transforming Brussels’ Saint-Lazare Square into an Esplanade

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Saint-Lazare Square in Brussels, Belgium will soon become Esplanade Saint-Lazare. In July, the Saint-Josse commune submitted a request for an urban planning permit that would allow for the redevelopment of the area. This project has been in the works for several years under the “Meridien of Brussels” neighborhood contract. A master plan was requested to […]

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September 23 2014

TD Place, Ottawa: Stadium Serves as an Example for Not Building Parking

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

What is the appropriate number of on-site parking spots for a sports venue with a capacity of 24,000 seats? At TD Place in Ottawa, the answer is: hardly any at all. The newly renovated stadium is located in Lansdowne Park, a forty-acre site in the heart of the Glebe neighbourhood just south of downtown Ottawa. Lansdowne is embedded […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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September 19 2014

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

The decision was previously predicted and is now official: The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art. The Brussels-Capital Region can no longer finance […]

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September 19 2014

The Ames, Iowa Economy in the Wake of VEISHEA Cancellation

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Ames, Iowa will be saying goodbye to VEISHEA, the largest student-organized festival in the United States, after a university task force declared its cancellation this past month. This festival’s importance to the city of Ames lies in its ability to draw in tens of thousands of visitors, thus stimulating the local economy. Now […]

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September 19 2014

Kansas City, Missouri Start-ups: The Entrepreneurial Hub of Silicon Prairie

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

Metropolitan areas are essential to the nation’s economic development and act as the focal point of vital urban economic activity such as the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. The congregation of infrastructures, utilities, households, business, and industries in metro areas create distinctive economic conditions, increase productivity and promote economic activities. Metropolitan areas […]

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September 18 2014

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

September 18th, 2014Posted by 

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for public use. And among new users are the children of the city, usually accompanied by their parents. This is a […]

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September 17 2014

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Green buildings are at times defined as buildings that are “not as bad” or “notably better” than the average with regard to impact on the environment. More technically,  a green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, […]

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September 17 2014

How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City?

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Earlier this year, Jeff La Noue authored a blog post supporting the idea that moving Baltimore City’s prison complex would improve the area’s aesthetics and thus promote development in adjacent neighborhoods. La Noue stated “City Marketing 101 says you shouldn’t put your jail as the welcome mat to your downtown or your top research hospital.” Makes sense. He […]

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September 16 2014

Reducing Residential Street Speed Limits in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Montreal

September 16th, 2014Posted by 

The speed limit on the residential streets of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (a borough of Montreal, Canada) is currently 40 km/h, except for in school zones and around parks, where the speed limit drops to 30 km/h. The speed limit on arterial streets is 50 km/h. The Mayor, François Croteau, would like to lower the speed limit […]

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