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June 27 2014

Ottawa Lacks Safe City Cycling Infrastructure, Focuses on Recreation

June 27th, 2014Posted by 

Stretched over a large area in low-density residential suburbs, Ottawa is not an easy place to plan efficient cycling infrastructure. Indeed, the city’s low-density form means that cycling here often takes particular characteristics, different from more compact Canadian cities like Toronto and Montréal. Depending on what you are looking for, Ottawa’s cycling network is at […]

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June 26 2014

President Dilma Rousseff Visits the BRT System in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

On a visit to the state capital on Sunday June 8th, President Dilma Rousseff traveled to Belo Horizonte to see the BRT MOVE system that is transforming the concept of quality public transport in the city. The mayor, Marcio Lacerda, showed Dilma down the Antônio Carlos corridor to visit the Mineirão station and hosted the official […]

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June 26 2014

Athenians Continue to Fight for a Bike Lane Network

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

In Athens, Greece, cyclists raise their voices for their safety and rights. Authorities return that there is no room in Athens for bicycles. But it’s more correct to say that “there is no more room for cars in Athens - and plenty of room for bicycles!” The topic of bike lanes is more commonly encountered in mayoral pre-election […]

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June 25 2014

Wisconsin’s Own Copenhagen? Madison’s Blossoming Bicycle Infrastructure

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Though Madison, Wisconsin is covered in a deep layer of ice and snow for almost half of the year, it doesn’t stop many of the city’s hardiest bicyclists. No matter if it’s a beautiful June afternoon or a bitterly cold March day, you will always find a dedicated crew of commuters traversing the city’s vast […]

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June 25 2014

Knowing Your Bike Lanes from Sharrows in the City of Baltimore, Maryland

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Baltimore was one of the early adopters of sharrows, lanes shared by cyclists and drivers and marked with a bike-and-chevron design. Some of the original sharrows along University Parkway and Roland Avenue have since been repainted or were replaced with designated bike lanes, as shown in a video from 2009. The City’s […]

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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 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

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

LeBreton Flats Revitalization: Competing Narratives of Canada’s Capital City

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

When it comes to identity, Ottawa, Ontario is still in the questioning phase. As the capital city of Canada, this once-small logging and lumber town must continuously stand up to the responsibility of being a fair, inclusive and even impressive representation of the entire country. Just like every city though, it is the setting for the unfolding lives […]

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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 18 2014

A New Beginning for the Parc du Vallon in Lyon, Rhônes-Alpes, France

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

Situated in the heart of the Duchère neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, the Parc du Vallon reopened its doors on the week of June 6th after three years of work. A vast green space of 11 hectares, it is an area conducive to relaxation, while also absorbing the site’s topography and preserving the […]

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June 18 2014

The Bay Bridge Deconstruction: Can Demolition Be Sustainable?

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, which has served as a work-horse for the bay area since 1936, is undergoing demolition to make way for a more contemporary counterpart. The new bridge is already becoming a world icon claiming its spot as one of the most seismically advanced structures in the world. It is the world’s longest and […]

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June 18 2014

The Ethics of Reconstructing a Historic City: Florence, Italy Post World War II

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

During the final battles of the Second World War, the region of  Tuscany in Italy suffered great destruction. The German Army retreated in the historic cities of Florence and Pisa, significant centers for art and architecture, predicting the hesitation of the Allies to bombard them. Surprisingly, only a relatively small part of the original city of […]

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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

Use of Public Transportation in Brazil Dropped 25% in Past 15 Years

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

The lack of adequate transportation policies and the frequent increase in taxes, as well as an increased purchasing power, caused a 25% drop in the use of public transport in Brazil in the last 15 years. Depending on the location, it is cheaper to use a motorcycle or a car than public transport. Not coincidentally, […]

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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 16 2014

When Art Deco Conquered Fes, Morocco

June 16th, 2014Posted by 

Far from the narrow alleys, dead ends, and slopes that wind in the medina of Fes, Morocco, the new city has exhibited completely different architecture since the era of the French Protectorate in 1912. It is in the style of the first artistic movement of architecture and decoration to conquer the world – Art Deco. […]

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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 13 2014

Druid Hill’s Memorial Pool: A Meaningful Green Space in Baltimore

June 13th, 2014Posted by 

A 2007 article from Landscape and Urban Planning defines a few of the many roles intended in landscape architecture when planning public parks and gardens: Supporting biodiversity and providing ecosystem services; Providing urban residents with natural environments; Influencing the physical and mental well-being of users; and Offering social benefits and a shared space within diverse […]

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