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June 18 2015

How Paris, France’s Lovers’ Padlock Tradition Could Live On

June 18th, 2015Posted by 

While Paris City Hall begins to definitively remove the love padlocks that lovers from all over the world hang on the Arts Bridge (1st-4th arrondissement), an English architect says that he has found a way to rein in the problem. Colin Kovacs has come up with a project that targets the balustrade whose vertical bars would not […]

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June 17 2015

Historic Mayfair Hotel Comes Down in Kitchener, Canada. What’s Next?

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

Two months ago, a prominent building in Downtown Kitchener (Ontario, Canada) was demolished after inspectors deemed it unsafe. The sight was not, however, unfamiliar. After the demolition of Old City Hall and Barra Castle, Mayfair Hotel may seem a small issue in comparison. The Mayfair was not necessarily known for its rich architectural value. What […]

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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 16 2015

What Areas of Strasbourg, France Do Cyclists Fear Most?

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Certain cyclists move with caution while biking around Strasbourg, France. The fear of getting into an accident seizes them particularly at certain roads and intersections. As of yet, Eurométropole has put out surveys about everyday bike rides (which went up 23% between 1997 and 2009), yet it has not yet mapped out accident-prone zones of the […]

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June 16 2015

Largest Single Nuclear Reactor of its Kind Being Created in Cadarache, France

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Generally, we associate the south of France with holidays on the Cote d’Azur, fields of lavender and the Cannes Film Festival, but not with science. However, for several years, the “construction site of the century” has been animating the Marseille area: the construction of an experimental international thermonuclear reactor (ITER) near the Cadarache Research Center. […]

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June 15 2015

Welcome to Milan’s World Fair 2015: Big Expectations and First Impressions

June 15th, 2015Posted by 

Milan’s Expo 2015 has been put under a lot of pressure over the course of the past few months. From the big question of whether or not it would be completed on time, to the protest that devastated the city of Milan, everyone had great expectations for how the Expo would look when it finally opened. I can say […]

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June 12 2015

Residents Debate Uses or Demolition of São Paulo, Brazil’s Minhocão Expressway

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

The elevated Costa and Silva highway, popularly called the Minhocão (literally the “giant worm”), has come back into discussion in the Municipal House of São Paulo. On May 28th they discussed the closing of the highway on Saturdays, in addition to its current Sunday closures. David Lacerda has lived in the area for three years […]

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June 10 2015

“Flower Factory” Tours Begin at the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil

June 10th, 2015Posted by 

Located in the Guabirotuba neighborhood, the Municipal Garden of Curitiba, Brazil received the first group of residents interested in learning about the production process of the flowers that decorate their local parks and city squares. Through the program “Flower Factory,” guided tours are offered in the nursery, where approximately 6 million seeds are produced annually – […]

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June 09 2015

Bessieres, France Launches Twenty-Five Acres of Cogeneration Greenhouses

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

Ten hectares (108,000 square feet), thousands of cubic meters of displaced earth, enormous engines, intense activity. We are here: the construction site of the greenhouses that will be heated by the residual vapors of Bessieres, France’s Incinerator has been launched. It’s in the process of a few weeks of landscaping, after which the 7-meter-high (roughly 23 feet) […]

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June 09 2015

Re:Code LA Provides the First Update to Los Angeles’ Zoning Code in Sixty Years

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

The last time the City of Los Angeles updated its zoning code was when it was first adopted in 1946. Now, more than sixty years later, the zoning code has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a book spanning more than 600 pages. The amendments, conditions, and overlays that have been added throughout the years […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 05 2015

Citizens of Laval, Quebec Propose Height Limits for New Development

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

Laval, Quebec’s citizens movement “Pas de Tours dans Ma Cour,” (PTMC) or “No Towers in My Neighborhood,” is setting the tone for the upcoming public consultations that will be led by the Demers administration, beginning August 1, 2015, on the revision of the territorial development plan. The current plan has been in place for more […]

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June 04 2015

Living in Montreal, Quebec’s Suburbs Without A Car: Is It Possible?

June 4th, 2015Posted by 

When families move to the suburbs, they don’t always calculate in the cost of the second car they will need for travel – unless, they decide to go without. Charles-Antoine could not imagine his life without two cars when he decided to move to Chambly, Quebec, Canada with his family. “I faced the traffic day […]

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June 03 2015

Policy Setback: New Ruling in Favour of Suburbs in Waterloo Region, Canada

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

After a 13-year battle, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has finally sided with developers on the issue of making more land available for suburban growth. Over a decade ago, Waterloo Regional Council had passed policies intended to curb suburban sprawl. However, the original 85 hectares (roughly 210 acres) of allotted land for suburban development has […]

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June 03 2015

Three Ways Baltimore City, Maryland Suffers from Parking Woes

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Good urban planning requires forward thinking as well as learning from past successes and failures. Urban planning ideals are steadily evolving, and past practices have created dicey results that today’s planners are still grappling with. In particular, decades of parking policy are increasingly being questioned in many cities, including Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore’s zoning code, including requirements for off-street parking, went […]

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May 29 2015

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In some places, matte steel and sculpted concrete sit side by side with 300-year old gilded stone … a complicated marriage […]

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May 29 2015

Baltimore, Maryland’s Transportation Options Minimizes School Choice Opportunities

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

Baltimore City, Maryland’s school-age population is roughly 90,000, with about 185 public or charter schools that enroll based on neighborhood, academic criteria, school choice, lottery, or specialization. The mix of school types and enrollment practices in Baltimore City means greater opportunities for students regardless of their home address or lack thereof. However, much of the opportunity brought on by school choice is […]

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May 28 2015

Los Angeles’ Health Atlas Spurs General Plans’ Adoption of Health & Wellness

May 28th, 2015Posted by 

In June of 2013, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the Health Atlas for the City of Los Angeles. The document was the first step to better understanding the areas within the City of Los Angeles that are currently burdened with the most adverse health-related conditions. The Health Atlas analyses how demographic conditions, social and economic […]

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May 27 2015

Riverside, CA’s Eastside Provides Benefits and Challenges of A Mature Neighborhood

May 27th, 2015Posted by 

As we know very well here in the Inland Empire, California, there is value in undeveloped land. It can provide a blank slate for development, can host renewable energy systems such as large-scale solar or wind power, or can be preserved to let the natural systems thrive. But while we focus on the possibilities of […]

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May 26 2015

Bouge, Belgium’s New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

May 26th, 2015Posted by 

Have you heard of the UK’s Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the philosophy that has been adopted by the Matexi group, developer of a new […]

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