December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 02 2014

Modification of Lighting in Magog, Quebec to Reduce Light Pollution & Energy Use

December 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Currently, the city of Magog, Quebec has a policy regarding street lighting within its boundaries that will allow it to save nearly $175,000 per year while also reducing light pollution. Before the adoption of its policy on street lighting, the City of Magog carried out pilot projects in 2013 and 2014 in order to test the […]

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December 01 2014

Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes. As industries change, a site may become vacant and eventually earmarked for redevelopment. The majority of waterfront redevelopment in Ireland, including the redevelopment of Dublin Port in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, was brownfield redevelopment. In Galway, Ireland, much of the brownfield redevelopment […]

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November 28 2014

Every University in Toulouse, France Will Soon Have A Community Garden

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the beginning of the school year, fifteen students from the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole in Toulouse, France have been cultivating a small parcel of land. The initiative is one in a string of university gardens in the city. This includes the garden shared by The University of Jean-Jaurès and The University of Paul-Sabatier, […]

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November 28 2014

Is Riverside County to Blame for its “Smog Belt” & Failing Air Quality?

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Smog knows no jurisdictional bounds, and there are few better examples of this than in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The brown haze that forms over the area in the summer time has given San Bernardino and Riverside counties names such as the “SMOG Belt,” and although it has improved in recent years, air […]

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November 25 2014

Inauguration of Renovated Water Treatment Plant in Bazas, France

November 25th, 2014Posted by 

Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents. However, it was in need of being modernized again in order to comply with environmental norms, soundproofing regulations, technological expectations, as well as to be able to treat more sewage- the amount […]

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November 18 2014

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 18th, 2014Posted by 

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions. The farmers of Mare-à-Martin are already denouncing the decrease […]

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November 17 2014

When Will Baltimore City’s Water Wheel Be Shut Down?

November 17th, 2014Posted by 

Baltimore City’s newest Water Wheel has received a lot of positive attention in recent months, but it is just one solution to the Inner Harbor’s serious trash problem. A two-minute video from Healthy Harbors shows hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles, cans, cigarettes, styrofoam and plastic bags floating from Jones Falls and into the Inner Harbor. In […]

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November 14 2014

Benefits and Challenges of Walking & Biking in Riverside County, California

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP funds walking and biking projects, illustrating that active transportation can be a significant component of a more efficient transportation future. Health benefits of active transportation are obvious – less driving, less stress, more […]

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November 14 2014

Centre Hospitalier & Schaeffler Factory Set for Deconstruction in Calais, France

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

Closed since the beginning of summer 2012, the former hospital in Calais, France will be destroyed in 2015. The deconstruction work will last approximately 18 months and should be finished at the end of 2017. Green spaces and townhouses are set to replace the existing structure on this site of 2.5 hectares. The cost of […]

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November 10 2014

“Green Home” Boom in Galway, Ireland Connected to Increase of Urban Farms?

November 10th, 2014Posted by 

Galway, Ireland has seen an increase in the number of buildings, especially homes, that are designed to be environmentally friendly. These homes can be termed “green homes.” However, they are more often called “passive homes.” The Irish government is committed to increasing the number of homes that have little or no carbon footprint. Numerous schemes including the Greener […]

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November 04 2014

In the Commune of Montans, France, Citizens Speak out Against Methanation Plant

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

Air Pastel. This is the self-given name of the association of French citizens opposed to the building of a methanation plant in the development area of Guardige-Longue. This development area is located in the commune of Montans, in France’s department of Tarn. The association hopes to preserve the quality of life for citizens in the inter-communal […]

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October 31 2014

Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City?

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now. It could be, for the ecologists of Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, a way of occupying the land in the absence of the municipality’s authorization. It could also be a way of demonstrating that one can be involved in politics with a mere spade and a rake. Sandrine Rousseau […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 28 2014

The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified. That’s because the plan provides “a gradual restriction of motorized individual transport on elevated highways” and “its complete deactivation as a traffic lane, including its demolition or a partial or full transformation into a park.” […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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October 27 2014

The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” it seems counterintuitive to think that food security would pose much of a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does. The city’s low population density and inability to attract chain grocers has made it so that great swaths of the downtown core are designated as […]

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October 24 2014

The City of Paris’ New Bike Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Projects for 2014-2020

October 24th, 2014Posted by 

More parking spots for bikes, new bike paths on major streets, extension of zones with 30km/h speed limits, and perhaps wider bike paths or the prohibition of cars at temporary markets. These are just some of the measures that are a part of the new “Bike Plan” put forth by the Mayor of Paris. The […]

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October 09 2014

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa’s Resilient Community Gardens

October 9th, 2014Posted by 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens. There are currently over 50 community gardens registered with the Community Gardening Network (CGN) of Ottawa. One of these is Urban Shades, a new kid on […]

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October 08 2014

Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient city. Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author and activist who is known for exploring the intersections between urban planning, psychology, culture, and history. Happy City […]

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