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April 17 2014

BIDs Reshaping D.C.’s Future One Neighborhood at a Time

April 17th, 2014Posted by 

Since the mid 90’s, Washington, D.C. has been allowing commercially concentrated areas to band together to form Business Improvement Districts (B.I.Ds) throughout the city. These organizations charge a fee to their members in order to provide supplemental services. Typically, this includes improved street cleaning and safety, BID ambassadors to help visitors find their way around, […]

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April 17 2014

A Listed Building Becomes Cartoon Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece

April 17th, 2014Posted by 

The listed building on Anagenniseos Street, in Thessaloniki, will soon find its old glory, thanks to the Municipality’s decision to reuse it as a Cartoon and Animation Museum. The building, which was described as “a work of art,” was built between 1900 and 1910 and is one of the few remaining architectural examples after the […]

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April 17 2014

Using What You’ve Got: Recycled Building Materials of Wengen, Switzerland

April 17th, 2014Posted by 

In a ski town like Wengen, Switzerland, where there are enough skis to build everyone a seat, you don’t see much sports equipment being recycled and repurposed for furniture and building features. We have all seen the adirondack chairs built from skis, but where does this material choice come from? Does recycling local materials stem […]

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April 16 2014

What Makes a Great Street for Shopping? A View from Boston, MA

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

On this sunny Friday I found myself riding my bicycle from Cambridge to Boston, to the Back Bay neighborhood that is home to two of the most prominent commercial streets in the area: Boylston and Newbury. I was on my way to a sleek, posh hair salon, where I spent my morning being a hair […]

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April 16 2014

Two Projects to Celebrate 1,000 Years of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, France

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015. In addition to this municipal project, an enormous clock will be added to the interior of the building upon the wishes of the diocese. The clock’s installation is scheduled to take place between March and May […]

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April 16 2014

Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

“Yes, I will be happy to be a volunteer for the 2013 Fluff Festival. Will I get a fluffernutter sandwich as a snack? So, my task will be to operate the Fluffatron 3000 with two other neighborhood volunteers? This will be fun.” The Fluff Festival, which has been held in the main plaza in Union […]

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April 16 2014

Siena, Italy: The Exaltation of the Medieval Spirit

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

What makes the relatively small town of Siena so special in comparison with the other former Italian city-states in the north? Is it the way its medieval characteristics have continued to influence everyday life? This strong relationship with the past is obvious both in the town’s urban development, and in the annual social events. The urbanization […]

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April 16 2014

Why You Should Be Excited about the Potential Baltimore Water Taxi Expansion

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

Downtown Baltimore, Maryland is working hard to remain a tourist destination, while improving its branding as a decent place to live. The most comprehensive source detailing what Baltimore hopes to achieve is the Inner Harbor 2.0 plan. Published late last year, the plan has stirred up a lot of discussion about future development, including suggestions […]

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April 15 2014

Today’s Urban Encyclopedia: “The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t”

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

As cities grow and redevelop, community leaders are constantly imagining new ideas to improve their businesses and neighborhoods. But who is keeping track of all these new sustainability programs, zoning policies, and preservation programs? Evaluating past and existing practices can help avoid repeated mistakes and spur innovative partnerships. However, the volume and diversity of urban […]

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April 15 2014

Sculptor Alexandros Liapis’ Distinguishable Workshop in the Greek Countryside

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. Additionally, part of the surrounding area became an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations, which made the whole project a two-fold challenge. […]

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April 15 2014

University of Wisconsin’s Rapid Plan for a Sustainable Future

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

Madison, Wisconsin is a city where politics meet academics. The mid-sized city is both the state capital and home to the state’s largest public university – the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a student at UW-Madison, it is easy to become frustrated with all the construction constantly occurring on campus. Detours and caution signs have become […]

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April 14 2014

Melbourne’s Federation Square as a Catalyst for Community Building

April 14th, 2014Posted by 

Melbourne’s Federation square was built in 2002, as a critical response to the failures of past developments on the site. Dating back to the 1960s, with the Gas and Fuel Corporation buildings that occupied the site, the redevelopment sought to connect the city to the waterfront, as well as the important Flinders train station. The […]

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April 14 2014

Exporting the Smart City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France, France

April 14th, 2014Posted by 

For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors. Concurrently with the Chinese President’s official visit to France, a delegation of 20 individuals accompanying professor Xiong Zhang, scientific head of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Smart Cities project, came to learn more about the IssyGrid project. The […]

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April 14 2014

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 14th, 2014Posted by 

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto. BeautifulCity.ca worked tirelessly for more than a decade to change the conversation in City […]

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April 11 2014

Double Decker Highway: Good or Bad for Nairobi?

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

It is not news that there is a planned double decker highway for the City of Nairobi. Many people see the project as progressive and a potential solution to the traffic congestion problems. Only a few are asking whether it is really a long-term solution to our traffic menace and whether there are other more […]

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April 11 2014

Water Continues to Define Washington D.C.

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet. That simple fact, along with the important trade routes moving water provides, is why the first human settlements were built along rivers and coasts. It is the only force large enough to give form to the sprawling metropolises that dot the Earth’s landscape. […]

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April 10 2014

Video of Submerged Port City in Pavlopetri, Greece

April 10th, 2014Posted by 

Pavlopetri, one of the oldest cities in the world, is located south of Laconia, opposite to breathtaking Elafonisos. The submerged port city was already in its heyday by the Bronze Age. Pavlopetri had an excellent road design and a well constructed road network, while at the same time it had a port, houses with gardens, […]

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April 09 2014

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include: Enhanced […]

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April 09 2014

Why Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood is the Center of the Universe

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Fremont is one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, boasting an enviable popularity with residents, tourists and businesses. It’s abuzz with the kind of economic development-generating activity that other communities try to plan for, all the while retaining a uniquely organic feel. What is it about Fremont that makes it so appealing? What magical combination of […]

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April 09 2014

Open Data & Government Pulling Pittsburgh into the 21st Century

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

What do you think of when you hear about Pittsburgh? A sky filled with smoke and soot? A huge steel plant? Or do you think of the Steelers playing at Heinz Field? What about an economic juggernaut that had a part in turning the United States into a superpower? Do you know that much of […]

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