August 07 2015

Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France is Arming its Citizens with Solar Reflectance Education

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

Experts at the Chamber of Trades and Artisans in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France have introduced professionals and individuals to innovative technologies related to housing. For example, lowering the temperature of a building by 4-7 degrees Celsius without air conditioning is now possible. Faced with climate change and rising temperatures in urban areas, new construction materials have come […]

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August 04 2015

Copenhagenize’s Most Cyclist-Friendly City Ranking Passes on Lyon, France

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

Copenhagenize, the Danish urban planning council agency specializing in bike culture and traffic, published the top twenty most cyclist-friendly cities. Whereas Nantes, France is ranked 7th and Paris is ranked 17th, Lyon does not even appear on the list.Why? The ranking has caused some irritation. Like every year, Copenhagenize, the Danish agency for urban cycling […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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August 03 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Jade Clayton in Baltimore, Maryland

August 3rd, 2015Posted by 

A lot has changed since I first joined The Grid’s blogging community 24 blog posts ago. Blogging about urban planning in Baltimore gave me the opportunity to get to know the city I’d lived just north of while attending university. The Grid also allowed me to explore a growing interest in urban planning, which, through exploration […]

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July 17 2015

Brittany, France Harvests Marine Current Power with Hydrofan Technology

July 17th, 2015Posted by 

The consortium Hydrofan was created in January 2015 after two years of reflection between its partners DCNS, Coriolis Composites, and the University of Southern Brittany. It is launching a research and development program that aims to develop hydrokinetic turbines made of composite materials. The goal of this project, which will last three years and is funded […]

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July 14 2015

My Light Systems: Bringing Greater Autonomy to Domestic Solar Energy

July 14th, 2015Posted by 

My Light Systems is a startup from Saint-Priest outside of Lyon, France that offers to optimize the photovoltaic energy that a household produces. They have developed a system that makes domestic solar electricity production more readable. The software is also capable of managing a household’s consumption in order to bring it closer to energy autonomy. […]

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July 10 2015

São Paulo, Brazil’s City Squares to be Managed through Citizen Participation

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Management of public squares in São Paulo, Brazil will now be held in a shared manner, involving not only the role of the government, but also the participation of the citizens for the use, implementation, revitalization, reconstruction, financing and conservation of these spaces. The measure, whose objective is to guarantee the quality of the squares […]

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July 10 2015

Survey of Alleyway Usage Launched this Summer in Limoilou, Quebec

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

On the brink of revising its policy on alley greenery, Quebec City, Quebec entrusted the organization Votepour.ca with conducting a large survey of citizens and businesses in the neighborhood of Limoilou, in order to better understand their needs, how they use alleys, and the projects associated with their communities. How do we use the Limoilou’s alleys? […]

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June 17 2015

New Zoning Bill Aims to Decrease Number of Cars in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

June 17th, 2015Posted by 

A bill to revise the zoning law in São Paulo, Brazil was presented on June 2nd by Mayor Fernando Haddad to the municipal house. The bill aims to decentivize the use of automobiles in the greater city center of São Paulo by opening more space for bicycles and constructing garages close to metro and train stations. […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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May 26 2015

Bouge, Belgium’s New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

May 26th, 2015Posted by 

Have you heard of the UK’s Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the philosophy that has been adopted by the Matexi group, developer of a new […]

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May 22 2015

Expansion of Electric Trikes in Lyon, France Spurs Microfranchise Opportunities

May 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The French microcredit leader, Adie, just started a franchise with a Lyonnaise startup that transports people and packages on electric delivery trikes. The microcredit company allows people who are unemployed to create or take up work again and expand their scope of operations thanks to financial aid. Adie, the leader in this market, with more […]

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May 15 2015

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park in Lurais, France

May 15th, 2015Posted by 

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. The 470,000 Euro project, which started in 2009, took a long time to come to fruition. But, as of a few days ago, Lurais is in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood. The inauguration of the site permitted spectators to explore […]

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May 12 2015

ArchiTerre Festival 2015 in Adrar, Algeria Supports Ancestral Construction Techniques

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

One idea that is much discussed at the Information/Awareness Days for the 4th international ArchiTerre festival is the use of local materials in future construction projects. The festival, which promotes earthen architecture, took place at Ahmed Draia University in Adrar, Algeria. According to Abdelhamid Benouali from the National Center for Integrated Construction Research and Studies (CNERIB), […]

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May 12 2015

Paris, France Plans to Be the World’s Biking Capital by 2020

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following the recent particulate pollution episodes that touched Paris, City Hall has unveiled its solution: the 2015-2020 Bike Plan. Through this major 150 million Euro project, those in charge hope to not only improve air quality but the comfort and security of the capital city’s 225,000 regular bikers. The goal: “turn Paris into the biking […]

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May 06 2015

City of São Paulo, Brazil Launches Ban on Traditional Plastic Bags

May 6th, 2015Posted by 

Traditional white plastic bags distributed in Brazilian supermarkets are now prohibited by law in São Paulo, Brazil. The new bags were inspired by international standards and could be replicated in other parts of the country. “Unlike the petrol based white bags, these bags are sourced from sugarcane ethanol. Both plastics release the same quantity of […]

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May 05 2015

Marrakesh, Morocco Gabion Basket Homes Provide Sustainable, Affordable Housing

May 5th, 2015Posted by 

In Marrakesh, Morocco, a model home is being constructed as a part of a project that seeks to build houses made of gabion baskets in rural regions of Morocco. The association behind this initiative is Architecture & Development, an association focusing on international solidarity. They are currently bringing together architects who are engaged in the […]

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May 01 2015

Mayor Faces Opposition in Fight Against Light Pollution in Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, France

May 1st, 2015Posted by 

Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, France’s environmental association, Le Halot-Chêne Vert, is known for being more or less critical of the municipal government, notably concerning l’Ange Gardien, a project for a future eco-neighborhood. However, they have just revealed support for the Mayor, Rose-Marie Hallynck, defending her decision to turn off public lights at night. Since her decision to turn […]

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April 30 2015

The California Environmental Quality Act’s Effect on Development in Los Angeles

April 30th, 2015Posted by 

The California Environmental Quality Act, commonly referred to as CEQA, is a state law that requires all agencies to identify and mitigate significant environmental impacts caused by their proposed projects. Ronald Reagan enacted CEQA back in 1970, when he was the Governor of California. Undoubtedly, the creation of CEQA goes hand in hand with the […]

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April 28 2015

Belfort, France Student Cycling Organization Expands Impact Following Award

April 28th, 2015Posted by 

Vélocampus du Lion is a student organization that is highly attached to the green values it hopes to transmit. Its activism has recently gained recognition: Crédit Agricole’s local branch awarded them a prize for being the association they “most have a crush on.” This occurred on March 20, 2015 at the Granit Theater in Belfort, France in […]

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