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 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 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 10 2014

Sycamore Park: An Example of Innovation in Redmond, Washington

April 10th, 2014Posted by 

New housing developments in the suburbs are not usually a beacon of innovation. But as cities strive to increase housing choice, encourage better design and strengthen their community, that often means a change to the typical suburban model. Redmond, Washington, a neighbor to the east of Seattle, is taking a step in this direction. A […]

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April 08 2014

RIBA and ARB to Restructure Architectural Education in the UK

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

In the UK the route to becoming a qualified architect averages at almost ten years, longer than most other EU countries. With recent debates about high drop-out rates in architectural education and low percentages of females working in practices, will a reduction in educational length help with these issues. Should architectural education be so long? Studio environment seen […]

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April 03 2014

Holiday Home Ban Pushes Architects Out of Wengen, Switzerland

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

What use is an architect in a no-build zone? In the town of Wengen, the oncoming ban of second home construction in Switzerland is threatening architects main livelihood. Much of the construction industry may have to move elsewhere unless the role of the architect can encompass a broader scope of work to sustain itself in […]

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April 03 2014

Runners Explore the City of Athens, Greece

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Area named Plaka in Athens From the alleys of Plaka at Anafiotika, to Archaia Agora, Thiseion and the footpaths of Filopappou. From the columns of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, to Zappeio and the Parliament. That was the first venture for the three young members of a newly created team, named “Urban Trail Runners.” […]

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April 02 2014

An Exploration of Verticality: The Towers of San Gimignano, Italy

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Six centuries before the creation of the modern vertical landscapes that characterize cities like Manhattan, a city scheme of a similar form, although of a different scale and social background, grew in towns of northern Italy: The urban landscape of the medieval towers. The construction of towers started in the late twelfth Century. They not only […]

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April 01 2014

Fifteen Greek Celebrities Choose the Most Liveable Parts of Thessaloniki, Greece

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

1. Victor Arditis, director – theatrologist, senior lecturer in AUTH, Artistic Director of NTNG - National Theatre of Northern Greece (2001-2004). “The best place is exactly where I currently live: in the area among Olgas – Nikolaidis-Antheon-Sofouli with the poplars and the plane trees, that create an excellent micro-climate. Or I would choose the decadent upper […]

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March 31 2014

3rd Avenue of Limoilou, Quebec, Canada: The Future of the Mall

March 31st, 2014Posted by 

The shopping mall is dead, long live the shopping avenue! That is what an article from January 13th, written by Marie-Ève Fournier for the Montreal newspaper La Presse, seemed to declare. We already know that far from being strictly utilitarian spaces, shopping malls are also destinations for enjoying yourself. Young parents can walk around with […]

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March 27 2014

Haydarpasa Train Station & Istanbul-Gebze Line

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

The fourteen million people of Istanbul do not all live or work in the city center. With parts located on both the continent of Europe and Asia, the total coverage area of the city is around 5,461 square kilometres, with thirty-nine districts. There are people who commute everyday between the far east and west sides […]

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March 27 2014

A Mystery Manor of Thessaloniki Becomes Poster Promotion

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

It could easily be a promotion of the city or a circuit of the mystery manors, of which there are plenty, but it’s not. The poster’s info states ‘the mystery manor is assumed to be in New Orleans’ (it is unknown why somebody would claim that it is there).  ‘American Horror Story,’ an American horror […]

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March 24 2014

On Harmony and the Built Environment in Algeria

March 24th, 2014Posted by 

Many have decried the mediocrity of Algeria’s urban landscape. However, for some time there has seemed to be a renewed interest in architectural aesthetics, and for façades in particular. These façades attempt to outdo each other in terms of eclectic, and sometimes ostentatious, displays of adornment. They also use diverse, varied materials that are becoming […]

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March 19 2014

The Creation of the Italian Commune: Architecture as a Tool of Politics

March 19th, 2014Posted by 

Out of the darkness of the Middle-Ages, helped by the extreme economic power of commerce, and taking advantage of the turbulence caused by the constant fight for control between the church and the Holy Roman Empire, there emerged in Italy an urban form forgotten since Antiquity: the city-state. These states, also known as Communes, gained […]

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March 18 2014

Exploring the City: The Old Slaughterhouse of Thessaloniki, Greece

March 18th, 2014Posted by 

On February 17, 1896 was the year the first Olympic Games took place in Athens. After several long meetings, Thessaloniki’s city council decided to launch certain public projects for the improvement of the city’s infrastructure. Among them, the council proposed the demolition of the old slaughterhouse and the construction of a new one. That same year, […]

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March 18 2014

The Reasoning Behind the Washington, D.C. Height Act

March 18th, 2014Posted by 

There is a piece of local lore circulating around Washington, D.C., attempting to explain why the city is so short. The myth claims that developers have been prevented from building up because it is inscribed somewhere that the Washington Monument and US Capitol must be the tallest structures in the city. However, the real reasoning […]

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March 14 2014

Madison’s Edgewater Hotel Redevelopment Nearing Completion

March 14th, 2014Posted by 

Madison’s downtown is located on an isthmus and, therefore, has a plethora of lakefront access and housing. The two lakes provide a venue for boaters, water-skiers, ice skaters, and fishermen, and they attract day-trippers from all over southern Wisconsin. Arguably, the most historic lakefront street is Langdon Street - only a few blocks from the state capitol […]

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March 14 2014

The Galataport Project and the Transformation of Karakoy in Istanbul, Turkey

March 14th, 2014Posted by 

In the shadow of the recently opened Marmaray Sirkeci station, there lies Karakoy, with generous speculation surrounding the potential success of the Galataport Project. The Galataport Project is a cruise project which includes the development of an art museum, hotels, restaurants, bars, fast food joints, souvenir shops, shopping centers, office spaces, exhibition and fair areas […]

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March 13 2014

Exploring the City: Palais Ermeion in Thessaloniki, Greece

March 13th, 2014Posted by 

At Venizeloy Street 23, between Ermou and Egnatia Street, one can find Palais Ermeion. This edifice, which demonstrates the glory of eclectic architecture, was built in the 1920s and designed by the architects S. Milonas and A. Georgakopoulos. The most impressive part of the building is the arresting gate that leads to a lodge, named […]

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March 13 2014

Tearing it Down: Melbourne at Odds with British Architectural History

March 13th, 2014Posted by 

Melbourne has an iconic history, which is only 200 somewhat years old. Having a British lineage means that most of the buildings created in the gold rush days resemble European ideals that today may seem a little dated for the modern Australian. That being said, the city of Melbourne takes heritage preservation very seriously and […]

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