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June 10 2014

Melbourne Promotes Green Walls & Roofs with “Growing Green Guide”

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

If you have ever wished for your home to be more beautiful, more valuable or more sustainable, then you might want to “think green.” Green walls and roofs are landscaped building surfaces that can definitely grant those three wishes at once. Turning your backyard, or even panel of your interior walls into something different and […]

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June 09 2014

La Rue Royale of Orléans, Centre, France: A Beginner’s Guide

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

Construction began in 1753 with expropriations, demolitions, then construction of the façades. The entirety of the project was financed by the city. Two successive loans amounting to a total of 400,000 pounds were necessary to complete the work. This program was part of a larger royal desire to modernize and beautify the French road network […]

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June 09 2014

The Economic Threat of The New Projects in Istanbul, Turkey

June 9th, 2014Posted by 

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government funds gigantic projects with huge international loans, and is leading Turkey to an economic dead-end, and Istanbul to an ecological disaster. Their approach is not sustainable from either an economic or ecological point of view. This economic strategy of depending heavily on loans has difficult insurance conditions. The sustainability […]

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June 06 2014

Imagining New Possibilities for Ottawa’s Greenbelt

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

Residents of Ottawa, Ontario are proud of their city’s vast green space, and this is no coincidence. Green space was written into Ottawa’s city plan in a big way in the 1950s, when the National Capital Greenbelt was established to protect the growth boundaries of the sprawling metropolis. But the plan to curb sprawl was thwarted […]

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June 06 2014

Is There Any Solution to Nairobi’s Parking Nightmare?

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

“Drivers in New Delhi, Bangalore, Nairobi and Milan argue most over parking spaces [and] more than half of the drivers get frustrated and end up giving up on looking for parking space,” according to IBMs global survey on parking space in major cities. Many have stated that Nairobi, in particular the Central Business District, does not […]

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June 06 2014

Barra da Tijuca: American Influences in a Brazilian Neighbourhood

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

Labeled “Brazil’s Miami Beach,” Barra da Tijuca is a rich and trendy beach-front district located in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, about forty kilometers from the city center. Known for its Americanized lifestyle, its urban development is seemingly modeled on North America’s wealthy suburbs, and is marked by its Floridian feel. It is considered one […]

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June 05 2014

Adopt a Park Program Finds Success and Challenges in Fortaleza, Brazil

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

The adoption of plazas and parks in Fortaleza, Brazil provides hope for creating new uses of public space, but the program still faces challenges. The program renews more than just the urban scenery – it gives Fortaleza a breath of fresh air. Nevertheless, the program still faces difficulty attracting participants in the peripheral areas of the […]

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June 05 2014

Eco-Districts: How San Francisco Does The Sustainable City

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

Sustainability can be a difficult thing to measure and even more difficult to implement, especially at a city wide scale. Many cities are bringing it down a notch and addressing sustainability at a local scale. San Francisco is one of a few cities that is adopting the eco-districts approach to individually addressing a cities various sustainability […]

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June 04 2014

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has announced the installation of “bike streets” where bicycles will have priority over motor vehicles. Imported from Europe, this concept of sharing roadways […]

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June 04 2014

Architecture of Taksim as a Reflection of Turkish Government Policies

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Freedom of speech is not separate from the right to public spaces. Public spaces are where individuals and societies express themselves. These spaces can be physical, like Taksim Square, or virtual, like Twitter. The freer the city squares, the streets and the parks, the more comfortable individuals will be to express themselves. In Turkey, the […]

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June 04 2014

“Complete Streets” Madison Leads the Safe Bicycle Initiative

June 4th, 2014Posted by 

Madison, Wisconsin is repeatedly ranked as one of the happiest, healthiest, and greenest cities in the nation – and for good reason. The city boasts 12.7 parks per 10,000 residents, and there are more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails in the Madison area. So it comes as no surprise that the city […]

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June 03 2014

The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Jaime Lerner of Curitiba has placed the city on the map as a leading global example in urban sustainability. During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba and governor of Paraná, he and his team made great strides both in protecting the environment and in elevating the spirit of the city. Under the leadership of […]

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June 02 2014

Bursa, Turkey’s Journey in Becoming a European “Brand City”

June 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Bursa, one of the largest metropolitan areas of Turkey, with more than two million inhabitants, is one of the fifteen cities which the Culture and Tourism Ministry aimed to transform into a “Brand City” within the scope of the Tourism Strategy Action Plan (2007-2023) in 2007. The city accelerated its transformation from an industrial city […]

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June 02 2014

Preservation and the Future of La Samaritaine in Paris, Île de France, France

June 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The administrative tribunal of Paris’ decision on May 13 to revoke the reconstruction permit for La Samaritaine on Rue de Rivoli, entrusted to Sanaa architects, provoked surprise. Since then, there has been an outburst of critical remarks against the ruling, and against the citizen associations who filed the appeal (such as The Society for France’s […]

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May 30 2014

Dublin Prioritizing Active Transportation & Healthy Living

May 30th, 2014Posted by 

Promoting a healthy lifestyle in Dublin is most definitely becoming an increasing priority in planning for the growth of the city. Providing better public transport links and improving facilities for cyclists and pedestrians is an integral part of Dublin City Council’s 2011-2017 Development Plan - outlined in depth in chapter five of the plan. Providing more […]

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May 29 2014

Rising Property Taxes in São Paulo, Amongst Poor Municipal Planning

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a court barred a proposal to increase property taxes in Rio de Janeiro, the administration of Mayor Fernando Haddad (PT) chose another way to raise taxes. The administration proposed an increase in the calculation basis of the ITBI tax, to be levied in cases of a real estate transfer. According to a report published […]

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May 29 2014

Must we Build More? The Town of Wengen, Switzerland says No

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a limit to the size of a city? In Wengen there is, and it has been reached. Due to the ban on secondary residences in Switzerland, construction has come to a halt in many tourist towns where second homes already occupy more than 20% of the housing stock. Is this an appropriate way […]

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May 29 2014

Lights 2.0 on Stratumseind, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

In the “smart cities” of the future, lighting will play an important role. In December 2013, the city of Eindhoven kickstarted a very interesting future project for a “smart city” for the long term. The project aims to model the ambiance of one of the hotspots of popular entertainment in Europe, Stratumseind. It combines a […]

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May 28 2014

A Neighborhood at a Crossroads in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

People may soon be yelling “Everyone to Saint-Charles!” in the Old Port of Marseille, which is the city’s main port and current cultural center. A utopian idea for some, and an unlikely fantasy or electoral promise for others, this call could one day become part of the city’s vocabulary. Indeed, under Frédéric Cuvillier, the Secretary […]

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May 28 2014

Another Unreasonable Project: The Golden Horn Tunnel

May 28th, 2014Posted by 

A sub-sea tunnel is being planned to replace Unkapani Bridge as part of a project very much like that which occurred in Taksim to move streets underground. I sincerely wonder who proposed this “genius” project. I guess the contractors are at work again. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who was reckless enough to build an unnecessary horned bridge by the […]

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