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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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November 19 2014

Urban Safety on The Dark Streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 19th, 2014Posted by 

What makes a city safe? Safety is a critical issue that we consider when exploring a city, whether knowing it or not – which neighborhood you decide to live in or where you visit at night. Certain areas of a city are always more favourable than others, but what factors determine this and how can […]

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November 17 2014

Nour Aoude Says Farewell to The Grid from Ottawa, Canada

November 17th, 2014Posted by 

Over the last six months, The Grid has become a place to record my ever-evolving understanding of Ottawa’s urban fabric and functions. When I started blogging in May, I had just moved here. This bestowed upon me the advantage of fresh eyes on the city, but also meant that I had to educate myself on […]

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November 14 2014

Nairobi, Kenya Solving Traffic Congestion by Increasing Capacity?

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

Urban areas experience a lot of vehicular congestion and traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress. The City of Nairobi is no exception and due to this a “Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee” was set up by Governor Evans Kidero to look into the best […]

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November 14 2014

Centre Hospitalier & Schaeffler Factory Set for Deconstruction in Calais, France

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

Closed since the beginning of summer 2012, the former hospital in Calais, France will be destroyed in 2015. The deconstruction work will last approximately 18 months and should be finished at the end of 2017. Green spaces and townhouses are set to replace the existing structure on this site of 2.5 hectares. The cost of […]

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November 12 2014

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions. So what does corrupt architecture look like – does it have […]

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November 10 2014

Coworking in San Francisco: Redefining Our Everyday Workspace

November 10th, 2014Posted by 

Say goodbye to the worn out 9-to-5 cattle barn of work cubicles. A new movement of alternative workspaces is beginning to take hold across the United States, especially in San Francisco. The number of telecommuters, a.k.a. remote and home worker types, are rapidly growing with the technology age. According to the Global Workplace Analytics, around 25 million […]

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November 10 2014

“Green Home” Boom in Galway, Ireland Connected to Increase of Urban Farms?

November 10th, 2014Posted by 

Galway, Ireland has seen an increase in the number of buildings, especially homes, that are designed to be environmentally friendly. These homes can be termed “green homes.” However, they are more often called “passive homes.” The Irish government is committed to increasing the number of homes that have little or no carbon footprint. Numerous schemes including the Greener […]

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November 07 2014

Environmental Activists Push for a Grenelle Environment Round Table in Marseille

November 7th, 2014Posted by 

Polluted Marseille, congested Marseille, Marseille the concrete jungle. Ecological activists in the French city are calling out to elected officials. They have also called for citizens to protest and have used social media to send out web propaganda. The offensive has been launched! Ecologists are up in arms. Marseille is at the top of the […]

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November 05 2014

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 5th, 2014Posted by 

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods. Conversely, new residents are bringing in new perspectives in urban design to make the city what they want it to be. While most residents file 311 complaints, use wishful thinking, or relying on […]

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November 03 2014

“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review

November 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Henry James wrote “London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy … it is only magnificent.” David Long found it appropriate to cite this quote in the introduction of his book Tunnels, Towers, and Temples. After visiting London, I can say that I find it rings true, and even […]

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October 31 2014

In Kenya, Nairobi National Park Faces Development Encroachment

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

Nairobi National Park consists of 117 km2 (approximately 45 square miles) of wild flora and fauna within the city boundaries. Established in 1947, it has over a hundred mammal species including lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs, plus over four hundred migratory birds. The park also has various picnic sites, restaurants, and facilities for family and […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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