January 30 2013

Concrete Orchards: The Development of Community Gardening in Barcelona, Spain

January 30th, 2013Posted by 

It is amazing how crisis can affect us. When times get tough, customs and lifestyles are often altered, and life can get stripped closer to the primitive. Through Spain’s current economic crisis, as well as through Barcelona’s populous nature, the platform for the development of humble community gardens within the city’s few uninhabited sites has […]

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January 24 2013

Modernizing the Ancient: A New City Plan for Milan, Italy

January 24th, 2013Posted by 

It is well known that urban planning has historically been a complicated affair. The process is often convoluted, requiring the coordination and cooperation of multiple public-private actors and stakeholders to approve new projects. In light of these facts and current economic trends, is it sensible for cities to continue major investments into this area? Milan […]

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January 17 2013

Macedonia: Lost in the Times: The 21st Century Struggles of Skopjes Roma Community

January 17th, 2013Posted by 

In a European Capital, one imagines that people from all demographics would be entitled to contemporary resources and basic services. However, in the Southern European country of Macedonia around ten percent of the capital’s population consists of a Roma community that is practically economically and socially excluded from the first world. The Romans have origins that […]

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December 25 2012

The Nation’s First Net-Positive Planned Community: NewPHire, North Carolina

December 25th, 2012Posted by 

Passive House, or, Passivhaus in its native German, is a global standard for energy efficiency in the domain of building construction and maintenance. The austere regulations associated with the design philosophy are similar to that of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), yet surpasses it in stringency. The ideal product of a Passive House […]

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December 19 2012

Containing Medellin: The Development of the First Urban Green Belt in Colombia

December 19th, 2012Posted by 

Whenever flying into developing Latin American cities, one cannot help but notice the characteristics of the peripheries of the city. The city may be fringed by informal dwellings where evidence of infrastructure trails off as you peer further away from the city centre. Equally, it may be located within a valley where an agglomeration of […]

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August 23 2012

Architecture as a Political Tool: Proposed Plan for the Biggest Mosque Ever Made, Istanbul, Turkey

August 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Works of architecture that are aimed for the public almost always bear political connotations. However, when incompetence in understanding the relationship between architecture and public use is present in those who are in charge, outcomes are, to say the least, funny. The most recent example I have seen is the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip […]

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July 18 2012

Ørestad, Denmark: Cutting Edge Urban Fiber

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

An ambitious project sets new grounds for innovation in Copenhagen Financial and social needs have brought decisive urban expansion in the Danish capital; pushing the urban borders towards the South, bridged by the centre of the city and the Kalvebod Fælled natural reservation, and stretching over five km with six metro stops. Exploration of the […]

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February 28 2012

What’s the EPA Have to Say About Smart Growth?: Report from Mammoth Lakes, CA

February 28th, 2012Posted by 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defined the 10 principals of the concept of Smart Growth in response to the development paradigm – “bigger is better.” While growth is important for communities, if not carefully planned for, it can lead to transportation issues, declining home values, environmental degradation, and health problems. Small towns like Mammoth Lakes, […]

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February 23 2012

Sustainable Graphic Design: What to do with Ink and Other Printer Cartridges

February 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Being environmentally cognizant has become the new way of thinking in terms of developing a profitable business. In the contemporary eco-conscious world, businesses are working toward incorporating environmentally friendly procedures into their production. Even practicing eco-friendly techniques or associating an eco-friendly logo design to your company may make the difference between financial profit and loss. […]

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February 16 2012

5 Tips to Designing an Appealing Banner Advertisement

February 16th, 2012Posted by 

An ad banner advertisement is a form of advertising on the Internet, typically composed of an image that is linked to your company’s website. Banners are a unique form of advertising in which a company usually pays a fee based on the amount of traffic that the ad generates, or cost per click (CPC). The […]

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February 09 2012

Transformers in Disguise: Compact Home Design to Optimize Space Efficiency

February 9th, 2012Posted by 

Can you imagine a small apartment, let’s say about 344 square feet, transforming into 24 different rooms? It’s possible. Well, at least when architects and engineers choose to focus on such a concept anyway, but the fact is that it has been done. Space is becoming more of a commodity, particularly within the city, such […]

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January 12 2012

It’s Always Sunny in Southern California: Abengoa Mojave Solar Project

January 12th, 2012Posted by 

In 2009, Abengoa Solar Inc. filed an Application for Certification (AFC) for its Abengoa Mojave Solar Project, a proposed project for electrical power production, located near Harper Dry Lake in San Bernardino, California. Now, in the Mojave Desert, lies a construction of solar panels that will be generated by parabolic trough technology and solar heat […]

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December 29 2011

Interior Design with Recycled and Natural Products: Reducing the Impacts of Outgassing

December 29th, 2011Posted by 

For our generation of architecture, urban design and sustainability, environmental design is constantly developing, but before upgrading your home to appear contemporary or mimic a more modern design, first contemplate if that decision will adversely affect your health. By thinking environmentally first, you can avoid the harmful aspects of home design. There is an array […]

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