June 03 2014

Billboards that Literally Breath & Create Potable Water in Lima, Peru

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

I have to confess that I am impressed by the social engagement of the future engineers from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology), who have continuously been innovating to improve the quality of life (which is often mediocre) of the residents of their home country of Peru. Last year, the group drew the attention of […]

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June 03 2014

From Grey to Green: or, How to Make Green Roofs Legal in Buenos Aires

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Recently, many things have changed in Buenos Aires concerning environmental awareness and policies towards more responsible urban planning - ones that are in tune with the rest of the world. As mentioned in previous posts, the government of the city is making huge changes in waste management, sustainable transportation and promoting an overall “green” mentality. However, until not […]

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May 29 2014

Must we Build More? The Town of Wengen, Switzerland says No

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a limit to the size of a city? In Wengen there is, and it has been reached. Due to the ban on secondary residences in Switzerland, construction has come to a halt in many tourist towns where second homes already occupy more than 20% of the housing stock. Is this an appropriate way […]

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May 27 2014

Social Housing as a Solution to the Ecological Impasse, France

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

I have already thought, and on a number of occasions, to support the construction of social housing on this blog. But beyond the preconceptions, very often caricature-esque, which would render a left-wing activist as a “public” and collective housing partisan because he is “social” by nature, while a right-wing activist would be defending the rise […]

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May 27 2014

The Importance of Native Plants in Baltimore’s Streetscapes

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Many cities are recognizing the need to return natural green spaces to their streetscapes, not only for visual appeal, but for environmental sustainability. Baltimore recognizes that native plants are needed to ensure biodiversity and balance within the local ecosystem with plans to establish “native plant communities.” This is especially important in Baltimore as it attempts […]

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May 26 2014

Underground Public Parking Lots: An Idea That Should be Buried in Brussels, Belgium

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

At the end of January of this year, the City of Brussels announced its project for reorganizing the city center’s squares and boulevards, labelled “A New Heart for Brussels!” to great fanfare. The most striking proposition of this plan is the redevelopment of public spaces in the heart of the city’s historic center, consisting of […]

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May 15 2014

Static Exteriors & Historical Preservation in Wengen, Switzerland

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Just like energy, space is not created. It is something that already exists but can be transformed. As architects, it is our job to create a sense of place from an existing environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in Wengen, Switzerland, where designers must work with the existing housing stock due to the building […]

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May 14 2014

A Century-Old Waterloo, Canada Home Becomes A Model of Energy Efficiency

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

High levels of energy consumption is one of the most pressing issues of today’s world. Almost every function of our modern lifestyle is powered by electricity. North Americans are some of the highest consumers of electricity in the world, with data from 2011 showing the US ranking number 9 in the world with 12,924 kWh […]

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April 25 2014

Preparing for the Worst: Resilience in Washington, D.C.

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the fact that the effects of climate change are already transpiring, and that cities will need to adapt to these changes. As a city with large amounts of land residing in a low-elevation coastal zone, the most pressing challenge for Washington, D.C. will […]

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April 24 2014

Submerged Bins in Populous Areas of Athens, Greece

April 24th, 2014Posted by 

The installation of new submerged bins in populous areas of Athens is expected to be completed by April. This project began as a pilot programme in 2004 by Athens’ Municipality and is now finally going to be implemented formally. The first bin was installed a few days ago in Agios Thomas Square in the Goudi […]

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April 22 2014

How to Make Buenos Aires, Argentina a Cleaner City

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The recent administration of Buenos Aires has been rather successful in confronting many problems of the city that were neglected for many years. Now, the city has a new focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. New attention is being given to everything “green.” It has been a huge change considering how far behind Buenos Aires stands […]

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April 22 2014

Food Waste Regulations in Cork, Ireland

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

In December 2009, the Minister for the Environment signed the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No 508 of 2009). These regulations were enforced July 1, 2010 and required all major sources of food waste to be placed into dedicated bins and to ensure that it was not mixed with other waste. As per […]

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April 03 2014

Runners Explore the City of Athens, Greece

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Area named Plaka in Athens From the alleys of Plaka at Anafiotika, to Archaia Agora, Thiseion and the footpaths of Filopappou. From the columns of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, to Zappeio and the Parliament. That was the first venture for the three young members of a newly created team, named “Urban Trail Runners.” […]

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April 02 2014

Visual Pollution in the City of Athens, Greece: Escaping this Aesthetic Prison

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Visiting Athens, Greece, you will hear that the city looks pretty in August or during popular holidays, while half the population is away on vacations. Obviously less people equals less noise and traffic, but is this really the case? Could Athens ever be described as a pretty place? Blinded by the history of Athens, contemporary […]

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March 07 2014

Kifissos & Ilissos Rivers: A Tale of Two Rivers in Athens, Greece

March 7th, 2014Posted by 

Imagine how different Athens, Greece would be, if there was a river, or two, complementing the urban environment. “But there is one!” some might say, there is Kifissos River, even though it may not be like the River Thames in London or the Seine, Paris. Kifissos River flows through the Athenian Basin. Various archaeological findings […]

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February 25 2014

Decentralizing Population Growth in Victoria: The Melbourne 2030 Plan

February 25th, 2014Posted by 

Like any thriving city in the western world, population growth and congestion is a major issue facing urban planners in Melbourne. Cities such as Melbourne have started to use generic plans to solve these issues. Furthermore, the city has a legacy to protect; in the past few years it was hailed as the most liveable city in the world. That […]

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January 21 2014

Ningbo City, China Proposes to Build Wetland Eco-Park in Industrial Zone

January 21st, 2014Posted by 

Zhenhai District, the primary chemical industrial zone in Ningbo City and Zhejiang Province, has proposed to build a two-square-kilometer wetland Eco-Park. Among its 246 square kilometers of land in the Zhenhai District, 56.22 square kilometers are industrial. Dust coming from burning coal is the major environmental issue that the local residents complain about. In recent […]

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January 15 2014

Five Perspectives on Turkey’s Urban Transformation & Environment

January 15th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most controversial subjects of the latest political and social agenda, urban transformation, was indeed a major subject in the World Intelligent Cities Summit 2013. On its first day (November 27th, 2013) WICS hosted the Urban Transformation and Environment panel, which aimed to seek a common ground for the concepts “urban transformation” and […]

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January 14 2014

Abracadabra: A Book Review of Kunstler’s “Too Much Magic”

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Have people begun to believe that technology can solve all the world’s problems? Author James Howard Kunstler makes this convincing argument in his newest book Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. In his first nonfiction book since the The Long Emergency (2005), Kunstler presents new evidence to support his […]

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January 09 2014

Environmental Protection Policies in China Need Stricter Implementation

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

In the first half of December 2013, a large-scale-smog occurred in eastern China, which affected twenty-five provinces and more than 100 cities. Data from a popular online shopping website shows that in 2013, customers have spent 870 million Yuan on buying masks, air purification machines, and indoor trackmills. The top five cities and provinces that […]

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