June 18 2014

The Bay Bridge Deconstruction: Can Demolition Be Sustainable?

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, which has served as a work-horse for the bay area since 1936, is undergoing demolition to make way for a more contemporary counterpart. The new bridge is already becoming a world icon claiming its spot as one of the most seismically advanced structures in the world. It is the world’s longest and […]

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June 16 2014

B-Cycle® Denver: The Bike Sharing Start-Up is Changing Commuting in Denver

June 16th, 2014Posted by 

In previous articles, I have discussed Denver’s attempts to expand transportation alternatives and curb its air pollution problems by expanding light-rail and create a wider portfolio of sustainable transportation choices. When current Colorado governor John Hickenlooper was Mayor of Denver, he announced an ambitious goal to increase the number of Denver residents commuting to work […]

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June 13 2014

Druid Hill’s Memorial Pool: A Meaningful Green Space in Baltimore

June 13th, 2014Posted by 

A 2007 article from Landscape and Urban Planning defines a few of the many roles intended in landscape architecture when planning public parks and gardens: Supporting biodiversity and providing ecosystem services; Providing urban residents with natural environments; Influencing the physical and mental well-being of users; and Offering social benefits and a shared space within diverse […]

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June 10 2014

Former Hellenico Airport : Checking-in at an Open Space in Athens, Greece

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

Almost fifteen years have passed since the last commercial flight departed from Hellenico International Airport in Athens, Greece. Covering six hundred hectares, there is abandoned infrastructure, leftover auxiliary facilities and expansive wide open space waiting to be re-purposed. Nearly twice as big as Hyde Park or Central Park and with five kilometers of coastline, Hellenico is a huge piece […]

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June 10 2014

Melbourne Promotes Green Walls & Roofs with “Growing Green Guide”

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

If you have ever wished for your home to be more beautiful, more valuable or more sustainable, then you might want to “think green.” Green walls and roofs are landscaped building surfaces that can definitely grant those three wishes at once. Turning your backyard, or even panel of your interior walls into something different and […]

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June 05 2014

Adopt a Park Program Finds Success and Challenges in Fortaleza, Brazil

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

The adoption of plazas and parks in Fortaleza, Brazil provides hope for creating new uses of public space, but the program still faces challenges. The program renews more than just the urban scenery – it gives Fortaleza a breath of fresh air. Nevertheless, the program still faces difficulty attracting participants in the peripheral areas of the […]

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June 05 2014

Eco-Districts: How San Francisco Does The Sustainable City

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

Sustainability can be a difficult thing to measure and even more difficult to implement, especially at a city wide scale. Many cities are bringing it down a notch and addressing sustainability at a local scale. San Francisco is one of a few cities that is adopting the eco-districts approach to individually addressing a cities various sustainability […]

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May 29 2014

Are Homeless Ruining I.M. Pei’s 16th Street Mall in Denver?

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

Can homeless ruin good urban planning? Do you find New York City’s midtown section just a little less enjoyable because of the homeless population? Think of your favorite area in your favorite city: Was there a significant homeless population? The 16th Street Mall in Denver opened in 1982. It was designed by I.M. Pei and […]

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May 29 2014

Lights 2.0 on Stratumseind, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

In the “smart cities” of the future, lighting will play an important role. In December 2013, the city of Eindhoven kickstarted a very interesting future project for a “smart city” for the long term. The project aims to model the ambiance of one of the hotspots of popular entertainment in Europe, Stratumseind. It combines a […]

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May 23 2014

Three Challenges to Walkability in Ottawa’s Uptown Rideau Neighbourhood

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

What goes into making a walkable neighbourhood? In my far-flung suburb of Stittsville, Ontario, even a fifteen minute walk won’t get you to the nearest cup of coffee. Here, in the automobile’s natural habitat, an obvious answer is scale. So I was surprised to learn of a local Jane’s Walk of downtown Ottawa, that even […]

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May 23 2014

Vision Zero Project: Rethinking “Safe” Pedestrian Infrastructure in San Francisco

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Walking through downtown San Francisco can have an appeal similar to a game of Russian roulette. But in this game of chance, the bullets are one to two ton cars. Within half an hour, I had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing a bicyclist get run off the road and a skateboarder slam face first into a […]

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May 21 2014

Denver Asks its Citizens to “Stop Being an SOV”

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

Do you walk to work? No? I’m not surprised.  The State of Colorado is known as the healthiest states in the country and the City of Denver its densest, most urban place to work. So, how many people are walking to work in Denver? In a 2012 survey of downtown Denver commuters, only 4% of workers walked to work. […]

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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 07 2014

Denver’s Young Professionals Suffer in Affordable Housing Crisis

May 7th, 2014Posted by 

Congratulations! You just landed your dream entry-level urban planning job in your dream city of Denver, Colorado. Unfortunately, you may go broke trying to find a rental apartment. When I accepted my position in the planning department at Aurora Public Schools working in the suburbs of Denver, I began looking for a place to live. […]

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May 02 2014

“Tactical Urbanism” Implemented by the Planning Department in Denver, Colorado

May 2nd, 2014Posted by 

It sounds more like a military exercise than something urban planners and urban planning aficionados can learn about. In reality, tactical urbanism is a grassroots movement for citizens to make changes in their community without having to go through that pesky, bureaucratic, rules-driven channel known as local government. A popular form of tactical urbanism is […]

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April 25 2014

Green Infrastructure Meets Green Solutions: Wisconsin’s New Energy Institute

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

The energy crisis is not only an American problem but also a global problem. What will happen when fossil fuels run out? Can our planet and its inhabitants even survive the constant burning of these fossil fuels? The University of Wisconsin-Madison doesn’t want to wait around to find out. Their skilled energy researchers and scientists […]

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April 18 2014

Redeveloped Denver Union Station Shows Priority for Regional Transportation

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

The historic Denver Union Station is getting a makeover to the tune of $900 million. The plan is to turn one of Denver’s most prominent, yet underutilized historic structures, into the anchor of the Denver region’s expanding transportation network. It will be the Grand Central Station of the West, a signal once and for all […]

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April 09 2014

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include: Enhanced […]

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April 08 2014

Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than the waste management of Athens and Attica, particularly these days anticipating the Greek Municipal Elections of May 2014. With […]

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April 03 2014

Stapleton, Denver: Living up to its New Urbanism Promise?

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Stapleton, Denver is a New Urbanism development on the site of former Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. The former airport sat on 4,700 acres located about ten minutes east from Downtown Denver. Stapleton, at full build-out, is expected to be home to: Nearly 30,000 residents in 13,000 homes; Ten plus schools; An eighty-acre […]

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