February 19 2014

Heating l’Enfant-Jésus Hospital of Quebec City, Canada with Supercomputers

February 19th, 2014Posted by 

In a series of articles published last year by Érick Rivard, various situations that could take advantage of the expansion of the Enfant-Jésus Hospital in our neighborhood were suggested. The Siberian cold hitting our neighborhood this winter has inspired me to talk about a different idea: heating the hospital with supercomputers! In hospitals a substantial […]

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February 06 2014

Kansas City, Missouri’s Clean Initiatives and the Clean Tech Bust

February 6th, 2014Posted by 

Clean technology was forecasted to revolutionize the way we live. Proponents of sustainable development long predicted the end of our ongoing addiction to fossil fuel. Recently however, the clean tech bubble has burst and effects of that can be seen at the local level. The shale boom, heightened competition among global manufacturers, mainly China, and less-than-conducive national energy […]

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January 20 2014

Toronto’s Planning Outpaces its Policy

January 20th, 2014Posted by 

In Scarborough, Toronto’s east end, a three-bedroom house will cost almost the same to buy as a two-bedroom condominium apartment. It isn’t difficult to guess which most home buyers might choose. Toronto’s Official Plan is to increase density in the city through mid-rise construction along designated avenues – arterial roads that could accommodate and become […]

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January 15 2014

Line B for Biodiversity: Installing a New Metro Line in Rennes, Brittany, France

January 15th, 2014Posted by 

What kind of environmental impact will the new B Line of the Rennes Metro have? What kind of “compensatory” measures will be put in place for the local fauna? All throughout the construction site, an ecologist is tasked with the analysis and protection of ecosystems. After civil engineering comes environmental engineering. At the construction site […]

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December 09 2013

Pipeline Explosion Exposed Qingdao’s Shortsighted Urban Planning

December 9th, 2013Posted by 

“Was it a planning problem or a design problem? Was it a technical problem or a management problem? Was it a business enterprise issue or a governmental issue?” China State Administration of Work Safety Chief Secretary Yang Dongliang asked these questions at a press conference after Sinopec’s Donghuang oil pipeline explosion caused sixty-two deaths and […]

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December 06 2013

Detroit Controversy over Converting I-375 into a Pedestrian-Friendly Surface Road

December 6th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit, Michigan is at a crossroads of urban development. I’ve covered the many urban planning controversies being discussed in the area: development and gentrification in Midtown and Downtown, transit problems, and increased bicycle use among them. If you’re interested in following a case study of urban ills and opportunity in the new American context, Detroit […]

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December 04 2013

“Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water” Book Review

December 4th, 2013Posted by 

Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water edited by Herbert Dreiseitl and Dieter Grau provides a comprehensive overview of innovative water-related projects throughout the world. The editors argue: “Coping with ever greater amounts of stormwater run-off from increased urbanization and fierce heavy downpours does not mean endlessly multiplying the number and capacity of technical […]

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November 28 2013

The In’s And Out’s Of Benziger’s Biodynamic Winery

November 28th, 2013Posted by 

The property now encompassing the Benziger Family Winery was once the site of an outrageous experiment to create a cabernet-infused marijuana strain called “Sonoma Coma.”  Although the pot production ceased once the property was sold to the Benzigers, the 1970’s vibe of health, harmony, and environmental philosophy continues under its new ownership.  The Benziger family’s […]

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November 14 2013

State Transportation Grant Bolsters Long-Awaited Sonoma Valley Bike Trail

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

How incredible would it be to explore Sonoma Valley and its hundreds of wineries without spending a dime on gas or expensive tours?  Apparently it would be pretty incredible, judging by a recent state-funded grant to develop the Sonoma Valley Bike Trail, which will connect the regions wineries and parks. The $191,000 Community-Based Transportation Grant […]

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November 06 2013

The Dutch Lead the Greening of Brownfields

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

Over its fourteen years, the Canadian Brownfields Conference has shifted its focus from soil remediation methods to brownfield redevelopment, highlighting the reuse of land as a key component of urban planning and creating vibrant communities. This change was echoed in all but one of the Canadian Urbanism Institute Brownie Award winners. A rare International Brownie […]

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August 21 2013

The Prominence of Pittsburgh’s Bridges

August 21st, 2013Posted by 

Pittsburgh has always been known for being a city located along three rivers, but being able to maneuver an expanding city along these rivers means a need for transit over such obstacles. The large amount of bridges lining the skyline have played a sizable part in the history and grandeur of the Steel City, whether […]

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July 16 2013

San Francisco’s Waterfront in Search of a New Look

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

San Francisco has been the beneficiary—some might say victim– of an impressive construction boom during the past 18 months. Cranes can be seen going to work in several neighborhoods around the city, both in the heart of the downtown or along the aquatic edges that border the bay. The changes San Francisco can expect to see along its waterfront signify not only growth, but also a […]

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July 05 2013

The State of Transit in Southeast Michigan

July 5th, 2013Posted by 

Transit has been a topic of interest in 2013 Detroit. With the M1 Woodward Avenue rail project given the go-ahead and news of the expansion of Interstates 94 and 75, organizations and movements like the Detroit People’s Platform and Convention are shifting their focus to organizing for transit justice. Issues like sustainability and economic viability […]

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July 04 2013

Chicago’s Polluted and Under-used Waterways

July 4th, 2013Posted by 

The South Branch of the Chicago River Chicago’s relationship with its river is a conflicted one. Chicago was only chosen as a settlement site due to the possibility of joining two major watersheds, that of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Mississippi River. The waterway that made the city possible took […]

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June 21 2013

Grayscale Cincinnati Seeks to Reactivate Former Brewery Complex

June 21st, 2013Posted by 

The former Jackson Brewery stands at 208 Mohawk Street, facing southward with an impressive view of the downtown Cincinnati skyline. The iconic building – with its well-known “METAL BLAST” logo – has maintained an enduring place in Cincinnati brewing history. The brewery, which has gone through many uses since its closing, will soon be reborn as Grayscale Cincinnati, […]

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June 19 2013

Shanghai Metro: No Signs of Slowing Down

June 19th, 2013Posted by 

For a city whose population has almost doubled in the past 20 years, Shanghai’s transportation system is remarkably up to date. Shanghai boasts one of the most comprehensive and fastest growing metro systems in the world, and has no plans on slowing down. Although the first line was only opened in 1995, the system already […]

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June 13 2013

Cell Phone Tracking Data Sold in Hopes for Better Decision Making: Transportation’s Future with Technology at The Congress of the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Rob Milam, Fehr & Peers Ron Milam, Principal-In-Charge of Technical Development at Fehr & Peers, discussed the effect of big data on transportation planning and engineering. He began by lending us some perspective: If you were to purchase a hard drive with the intent to store all music ever recorded by man on it, you […]

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June 07 2013

U Square Student Development Poised to Open Doors to Public

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Cincinnati campus has grown significantly in recent years – earning national distinction for its campus transformation – achieved through successful visioning and leadership in the last decade. This growth, which has elevated the rankings and reputation of the university 17 points (to the top tier of national universities in 2011), has likewise […]

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June 05 2013

The Weight of Development: Could Shanghai Be Sinking?

June 5th, 2013Posted by 

Shanghai’s economy is rapidly growing, but the city itself may be sinking. Reports of cracks in the sidewalks and streets in recent years have left residents and city officials worried about the future of such a dense city. Shanghai has apparently sunk more than 2 metres in the last 15 years and continues to sink […]

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May 31 2013

Midnight Tram Through Nottingham: The Economic Impact of Tramlines

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

Tramways have a greater impact on communities than local governments give them. Tramways connect people and business in a way that no other physical medium can. These electric transportation vessels revitalize and help refurbish and reshape not only businesses and surrounding streets, but also business models and the identities of cities. Nottingham Express Transit or […]

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