August 12 2015

Los Angeles’ South Park BID Embarks on Green Alley Initiative

August 12th, 2015Posted by 

In many cities around the world, the use of alleyways have been an integral part of the urban landscape. They have been a place of cultural and civic activity. However, in the United States, we have often viewed alleys as being unappealing service corridors associated with crime, vice, and street vagrancy. In other words, a […]

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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

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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July 24 2015

UNESCO Classification of Le Havre, France Makes Life Difficult for Some Residents

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

Ten years after its UNESCO classification, people unanimously agree that the Auguste Perret style has led to a more positive perception of Le Havre, France. However, several dissonant voices express that it is not always easy to live in such a monument. “I am not afraid to say it: I would prefer to not have […]

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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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May 21 2015

Giant Rubbish Incinerator Turned into an Emblem of Vienna, Austria’s Skyline

May 21st, 2015Posted by 

The Fernwӓrmewerk – or district heating plant – stands at the junction of Dӧbling, the leafy-green nineteenth district, and Alsergrund, the austere and classical ninth district. Throughout its illustrious history, this coveted section of northern Vienna has been home to the myriad of musicians, writers and intellectuals that have made Vienna the city that it is […]

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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 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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April 30 2015

Thủ Thiêm Wetland of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Become Central Business District

April 30th, 2015Posted by 

How big is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? Any newcomer to this sprawling conurbation would be forgiven for thinking it infinite, especially if they find themselves in the labyrinthine, haphazard sprawl of its periphery. In reality of course, the city (known to most locals by its historical name, Saigon) has its limits, even if those […]

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April 24 2015

Daoukro, Ivory Coast Launches First Waste Management & Sanitation Trainings

April 24th, 2015Posted by 

As part of their urban sanitation platform, the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of the Environment, Urban Sanitation, and Sustainable Development (MINESUDD) initiated a series of actions that brought sanitation infrastructure to all cities. These actions also lead to the creation of organized local waste management systems. It is within these unfolding events that the Commune of Daoukro, Ivory […]

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April 17 2015

Brussels, Belgium’s Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

April 17th, 2015Posted by 

It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival. A long path bordered by trees and, at the end, an […]

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April 10 2015

Clichy-Batignolles, France’s Eco-village Implements Pneumatic Waste Disposal

April 10th, 2015Posted by 

Since January 2015, the inhabitants of the new Clichy-Batignolles eco-neighborhood in Paris, France have been using a pneumatic waste collection system. This innovative waste management model, that will soon be implemented in the entire neighborhood, was born in Sweden 50 years ago and has already been adopted in numerous metropolises around the world. How does it […]

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April 06 2015

Alternative Materials: Will Our Future Resilient Cities Rise from the Landfill?

April 6th, 2015Posted by 

1.3 billion tons of waste is generated each year in cities worldwide. With a rabid consumerist hunger, it is unsurprising that 30% of the world’s waste comes from America. San Francisco is hoping to change this by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal by 2020. This not only means recycling […]

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April 01 2015

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay to Benefit from Stormwater Management Fees

April 1st, 2015Posted by 

Maryland’s recent election has disrupted the state’s longstanding political paradigm by electing a new governor, Larry Hogan. Hogan promised to repeal a 2012 law that aimed to increase funding for the state’s stormwater management. Hogan’s own bill was unsuccessful in repealing the law, but other opponents introduced a similar bill to replace the existing law. Regardless, federal oversight and […]

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March 31 2015

Unconventional “Wikibuilding” Planned to Help Reinvent Paris, France

March 31st, 2015Posted by 

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, has designated lot M5A2 in the ZAC Masséna (a concentrated development zone) a part of the project “Reinventing Paris.” The lot is a bare swath of terrain stuck just inside Paris’ periphery, only a few minutes’ walk from the National Library and the 1,000 startups that will, in the future, […]

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March 25 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Tara Whelan in Switzerland, San Francisco & Cambodia

March 25th, 2015Posted by 

After a year as an architectural blogger with The Grid, I have learned many things about my urban environment, writing, architecture and myself that I never would have otherwise. The past year has been quite exploratory for me as I moved to three different cities while investigating current architectural affairs. As I move forward, I […]

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March 17 2015

Le Phare Skyscraper “Not Suitable” for Quebec City, Canada’s Northern Climate

March 17th, 2015Posted by 

In its actual form, Quebec City, Canada’s Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate.” This is due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round,” estimates André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture. […]

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March 11 2015

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. As this sleepy city steadily grows, many new structures are changing the face of Cambodia’s capital. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, […]

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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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