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 19 2014

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital. Zoom with Scootlib’, Paris’ self-service scooters! Self-Service Scooters The City of Paris has expressed […]

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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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August 12 2014

Aude, France Creates App to Connect and Inform Youth about their City

August 12th, 2014Posted by 

“Our objective with the Acti City InfoJeunes Connect app consists of responding to their expectations in order to be identified as a source of serious, credible, and referenced information.” It is with these words that Claude Soula, Director of Acti City Youth Information presented this new tool in service of young people. In order to […]

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August 07 2014

Countless Underutilized Buildings in Athens, Greece

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

If one marked Athens’ empty and abandoned buildings in Google Earth, they would see little black spots in extremely high density. There is a large number of “dead shells” inside the city’s structured tissue, a phenomenon that always surprises foreign visitors. This issue is something that the Dutch architect Martin Knight has stressed, when he […]

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August 05 2014

Saint-Catherine, Montreal Struggles with Downtown Transportation Access

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

François Cardinal invited Clément Demers, an architect, urban planner, and professor in the University of Montreal’s School of Architecture, to write an article for his blog. The article related to a piece that Cardinal had written about Montréal’s Rue St. Catherine earlier in the week, now published on the same site, La Presse. The development of downtown and the surrounding […]

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July 31 2014

Re: Think Project Partners with Municipality for Communal Composting in Greece

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

“Take composting into your own hands! Collectively handle the organic waste!” Based on this reasoning, an interesting and pioneering initiative has taken place over the last three years in Kalamata, Greece. It is the first, at least as far as we know, attempt to create a self managed neighborhood network of composting in Greece. It all began in […]

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July 24 2014

The Waterworks Museum Finally Shines in Thessaloniki, Greece

July 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the exception of Thessaloniki’s students, who have all visited the Waterworks Museum at least once, the space remains quite unknown for the majority of citizens. Despite the fact that there are many people who have heard about it, almost none of them have ever been to the museum. It is not surprising that the taxi […]

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July 21 2014

The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would be a compliment, but it is not always that simple. A building’s connection with both city and site can often become clouded and disjointed with […]

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July 15 2014

Do Pedestrian Zones Exist in Athens, Greece?

July 15th, 2014Posted by 

Perceptions regarding social life are often constructed based on people’s interests. There is an old Greek saying which states, “the law is the workers’ right.” Nowadays, this saying has been so generalized that it seems that “the law is anyone’s right.” During the winter, the pedestrian zone “Palas” was transformed into a catwalk where traffic […]

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July 09 2014

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 9th, 2014Posted by 

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134  year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket. Far from […]

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July 04 2014

San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving. New ways to interact, communicate […]

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July 03 2014

“Los Lampicos” Fight to Rid Thessaloniki, Greece of Graffiti and Waste

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

It is a Sunday afternoon in Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront. The summery weather is suddenly interrupted by a short rain and the team “Los Lampicos” (“lampico” is a Greek slang word meaning pristine) sits under a shelter to protect its materials. Today’s target, cleaning two central sculptures of graffiti, is almost over. The recorder is on. […]

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July 03 2014

Red Line Light Rail Plans Spark Needed Discussion Across Baltimore

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

The City of Baltimore has a lot of problems, just some of which officials hope to solve with fourteen miles of new light rail. The new Red Line project will be the city’s second light rail line, this time connecting the long-neglected southwest Baltimore to the downtown area and through to southeastern neighborhoods. The hope […]

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July 01 2014

The First Public Building Green Façade in Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

As presented in numerous previous posts, the City of Buenos Aires has embarked on a series of measures towards comprehensive green management policies. With the recently approved Green Roofs law, the expansion of bike paths, and zero waste plans, the current government has taken sustainability practices as part of its ideology. Therefore, when it was announced that they […]

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June 19 2014

Transitional Shelter Lessons from San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

What does a transitional shelter do? After a disaster happens, many people are left homeless and need immediate shelter. A transitional shelter is meant to help them transition from temporary relief housing to a more permanent dwelling. Now, what does a transitional shelters actually do? Usually, it sits in the same location and inadequate condition […]

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June 19 2014

World Cup Protests Confront Inequality in São Paulo, Brazil

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

Two major protests took place in the streets of Sao Paulo on June 12th, the day when the city hosted the inaugural match of the World Cup. The match between Brazil and Croatia started at 5pm in Corinthians Arena. The protests were scheduled for much earlier, at 10am, and occurred in the eastern zone, the same region […]

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June 19 2014

Acropolis Museum Celebrates its 5th Birthday!: Athens, Greece

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

In no other museum of the country can one witness such joy. Children are whispering like little birds in front of the video that is showing the “Kores,” which were projected on housing blocks during the museum’s opening in 2009. Their parents seem truly touched while they watch how pieces of the Sacred Rock were transferred […]

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June 12 2014

The Importance of Preserving Sheikh Sou Forest in Thessaloniki, Greece

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

Following an amendment, 55 million hectares of forest in Thessaloniki have been declassified. A bill regarding the selling off of several shorelines was proposed, but luckily was withdrawn due to the Panhellenic outcry and the collection of more than 100.000 signatures. Last, but not least, the service responsible for supplying water in Thessaloniki is going […]

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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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