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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October 07 2014

Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France

October 7th, 2014Posted by 

A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie. He hopes to develop a type of local tourism that is focused on nature.   Schmitt could talk for hours about the particular […]

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September 29 2014

Time for Nairobi, Kenya to Manage its Urban Freight or Face Transportation Woes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Population growth in cities comes with a increased demand for goods. These goods need to be transported to get to their consumers. The movement of these goods within the city is what we may call urban freight. The developing world has put little consideration into the management of urban freight within its urban planning frameworks. Most cities […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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September 17 2014

Green Buildings Sprouting Up in Nairobi, Kenya

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Green buildings are at times defined as buildings that are “not as bad” or “notably better” than the average with regard to impact on the environment. More technically,  a green building is one whose construction and lifetime of operation assure the healthiest possible environment while representing the most efficient and least disruptive use of land, […]

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September 15 2014

Open Spaces Supporting Mental & Physical Health in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The public spaces in Phnom Penh aim to provide more than just an escape from the traffic and pollution of a growing Asian capital city, with activities for a healthy mind and body. As the country undergoes rapid urbanization, new developments are threatening the open and recreational spaces of the city that are vital to […]

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September 09 2014

On Île d’Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent. For both summer vacationers and locals alike, this method of transportation has become indispensable. “It’s practically a crime to use a car here,” reveals an employee at La Clinique du Vélo. At Port-Joinville, the sound of […]

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September 04 2014

New Legislature in San Francisco’s Pushes for Increase of Urban Agriculture

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is leading the way for urban agriculture with support from community gardens, the city, and local farmers markets. Local food production is being used as a tool for community development, personal rehabilitation, and sustainable food opportunities that other cities could learn from. There are many hurdles when it comes to urban farming, especially in an […]

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September 04 2014

Teenagers Pedal for a Greener Neighborhood in Montreal, Quebec

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

On Monday, around fifity teenagers on bikes invaded the streets of Saint-Laurent in order to sensitize its residents toward the adoption of better environmental habits. The youth of the C-Vert project want to sensitize citizens to using the bicycle as a daily means of transportation. The young people – all of them between fourteen and sixteen years old – […]

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September 03 2014

Wind Farms in Galway, Ireland Expand in the Midst of Opposition

September 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Renewable sources of energy are in high demand in Ireland today, and wind farms seem to be popping up all over the country. This is because we are edging closer to 2020, and therefore the end of the Irish government’s Energy White Paper. The Energy White Paper was published in March 2007 with the aim of […]

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August 26 2014

Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the […]

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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 08 2014

In Nantes, France, Exceptional Architecture for the Maison du Batîment

August 8th, 2014Posted by 

In a tenuous economic context, one must be daring! But the gamble waged by the Fédération du Batîment des Pays de la Loire and de Loire-Atlantique has paid off. On Friday July 4th, after eighteen months of work, some 360 professionals attended the inauguration of their “Maison du Batîment,” an exemplary building by Tetarc. Designed by the Nantes […]

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July 29 2014

Children of Skopelos Island, Greece Learn About “Energy for Life”

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

Shortly before nightfall, many students, parents, teachers and other citizens of Skopelos Island gathered at the courtyard of the Island’s primary school. They gathered to attend the last event of the “Energy Travels for Life” Program. Throughout the academic year, the young citizens of Skopelos had the rare opportunity to learn about preservation through the lens of sustainability.  “Representatives […]

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