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August 28 2014

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to the presidential delegate for reconstruction, Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the […]

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August 27 2014

Taking Inspiration from Central Park: The European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A “Central Park” for Brussels? Busy in her office in the city’s Place Royale, Marie-Laure Roggemans stops for a bit when someone says these magic words. “I always think about it,” she says while smiling behind her large glasses. Known as “Madame Europe,” Roggemans ensures contact between the Brussels-Capital Region and European authorities. Of course, […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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August 27 2014

Has MARC Weekend Train Service Benefited the Baltimore Region?

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service has long served commuters in central Maryland. Before last year, MARC trains along the Penn Line ran exclusively on weekdays to serve commuters working traditional 9-5 jobs in the Baltimore region. Riders with a less than traditional, weekend commute had to pay Amtrak’s $16 fares compared with MARC’s week day […]

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August 26 2014

Leaving the Public in the Dark: Proposals for Bike Lanes in São Paulo, Brazil

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Movements for improving public transport began a few years ago in São Paulo, with groups advocating for better conditions for non-motorized transport including bicycles and pedestrian pathways. Now these movements have finally been galvanized by a radical change in the predominant model of mobility in the city. Major congestion, accidents and traffic deaths – including thirty-five cyclist deaths – […]

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August 25 2014

Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building. For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which can be argued as one of the design and engineering wonders of the world, was once labeled “a mast of iron gymnasium apparatus, incomplete, confused and deformed” by the […]

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August 25 2014

The Future Pie-IX Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit System of Montreal, Canada

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

Introduction Pie-IX Boulevard is one of the Montreal metro area’s most frequented roadways. It passes by important locations such as the Parc Olympique, the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, and educational institutions. It is on this corridor that the City of Montreal wants to set up a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) in the coming years in order to […]

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August 25 2014

The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, inspire music above all else. The cities’ streets, buildings, cathedrals, and little squares all play a part of the urban soundtrack of each city. Even though Milan is not the typical […]

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August 21 2014

8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction & Displacement

August 21st, 2014Posted by 

More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning a “mega-operation” that will dislodge the families of three communities of the Isidoro region in the city of Belo Horizonte. Legal experts say the process […]

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August 20 2014

Redevelopment & Community Garden Controversy in La Querelle, Brussels, Belgium

August 20th, 2014Posted by 

The neighborhood of la Querelle, located in the heart of Les Marolles, is due to benefit from a profound renewal. This construction, which will be launched soon, is bound to offer a better living environment for the tenants of various tower blocks, as well as to all residents of this historic neighborhood. Born from a […]

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August 19 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece’s Twelve Apostles’ Square is Changing

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The project had an initial budget of 937,500 Euros and an actual of 478,787 Euros, and is expected to be completed within nine months. The contract, which was signed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, included the rehabilitation of Paparrigopoulou, Saint Apostles and Olympou Streets; the small path that crosses between the Walls. It also included […]

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August 19 2014

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners is how to decide which areas are best suited to receive these new ventures in a densely […]

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August 18 2014

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years ago, this neighborhood located in the Seine-Saint-Denis department just outside of Paris is barely recognizable. “They had to change something, […]

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August 18 2014

Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy?

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015, and is set to draw millions of visitors from Italy and all over the world. The event provides a showcase for important urban development and job opportunities. It also focuses on fundamental issues […]

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August 15 2014

Campustown Action Association: Informing via Social Media in Ames, Iowa

August 15th, 2014Posted by 

When a major redevelopment project happens in a community, it is important to keep residents informed and aware of every step of the planning process. In Ames, Iowa, this responsibility is taken up by the Campustown Action Association (CAA). This neighborhood organization seeks to promote the vitality of the Ames neighborhood known as Campustown. One […]

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August 14 2014

Local Government Tax and Technology Mix in Jackson County, Missouri

August 14th, 2014Posted by 

Increased uptake of state of the art technologies can consolidate various needs and demands for both a city and its people. Systems can be designed through smart phone applications, wireless gadgets, and the internet to collect and analyze updated data that enhances the usability and efficiency of the available infrastructure. The big-data based changes taking […]

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August 14 2014

Montreal, Canada Presents Info-Neige Challenge for Smart Snow Removal

August 14th, 2014Posted by 

Today, on July 3, 2014, Vice President of the Executive Committee on Information Technologies, the Smart City, Administrative Reform and Youth Harout Chitilian, accompanied by Vice President of the Committee on Public Security and Citizen Services Anie Samson, announced the Info-Neige Challenge, in collaboration with the Notman House and the creativity and collaboration consulting firm […]

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August 13 2014

Smart Snow Removal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the future, snow removal in Montreal will be done more efficiently, and it will be accompanied by more information provided to citizens. This will be done with the launch of the Info-Snow Challenge, which is part of the Montreal, Smart and Digital City program. Following a co-creation event held in May dealing with the same […]

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August 13 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Marilena Mela in Florence, Italy

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

When I applied to be a blogger for The Grid six months ago, I was in a phase of my life when I knew I should try a new creative activity. I was towards the end of my studies in the Architecture school, and eager to share my newly formed thoughts about architecture and urbanism. Although I […]

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August 12 2014

A “Better Market Street:” The Revitalization Plans for San Francisco’s City Center

August 12th, 2014Posted by 

Market Street serves as the primary artery of San Francisco serving to filter hoards of pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars through its corridor. Despite the daily quarter of a million people using transit, over 200,000 pedestrians walking its corridor, and thousands of cyclists on the street, Market continues to fall short as a destination point for […]

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