February 21 2013

“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life:” Milan Expo 2015

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

The Universal Expo is coming to Milan in 2015, and construction is already underway for the major six-month event. The Universal Expo occurs only every five years, and encompasses a “universal” theme that is global in nature. This convention’s theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” in which sustainable development regarding food supply and […]

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February 15 2013

Visualizing Our Shared Urban Ecology Through the Welikia Project

February 15th, 2013Posted by 

On the surface, the iconic 200-year-old urban grid of New York City’s Manhattan Island towers over the surrounding hinterland. John Randel Jr., who surveyed & engineered the future of NYC urban growth from 1818-1820, used hand drawn maps that effectively mapped out today’s modern metropolis. But New York City, like all cities, also carries a […]

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February 08 2013

An Architectural Challenge: White Tower Square in Thessaloniki, Greece

February 8th, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of Thessaloniki, Greece, often the first thing that comes in mind is the White Tower, a monument that was  built around 1450 and today has become the city’s landmark. This is why the regeneration of the White Tower’s square is considered as one of the most important projects that the city can […]

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February 08 2013

Adopting A New Sustainability Model: Nottingham Goes Green

February 8th, 2013Posted by 

What is sustainability? Without using Google, that may be hard to answer, even for experts. Surely achieving something that one barely understands could prove to be evasive in success. Regardless of this, a multitude of world class cities set out to achieve the unknown. Nottingham, like many British towns, finds itself locked in the pursuit of […]

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February 08 2013

Zoning: Both the Villain and the Hero of Cities

February 8th, 2013Posted by 

“The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually (and economically) its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can thus give back grace and delight to their neighborhoods instead of vacuity.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities […]

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February 07 2013

“Cities of Tomorrow:” Bologna, Italy as the City of Cities

February 7th, 2013Posted by 

The term “city” is a broad one at best to describe our heavily populated urban centers. What defines a city? Who puts the boundaries in place – often political and arbitrary – and our main issue: what is the essence of our cities? Patrizia Gabellini, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning of Bologna, introduced in 2007 […]

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February 04 2013

A New Page in the Book of Greek Railways?

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

As Greece faces an economic recession, the country’s creditors have asked the government to move ahead with the privatization of major companies. It is believed that this process will offer the country economic sustainability. OSE, the Greek company in charge of railway transport, is one of these major companies. The solution suggested by the Greek government, […]

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February 04 2013

Certifiably Sustainable Neighborhoods: LEED for Neighborhood Development

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

Is sustainability measurable? The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certainly thinks so, and they are working hard to provide professionals working within the development community a framework to bring sustainability to the neighborhood level. The USGBC has been using its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System since 1998 to provide […]

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January 25 2013

The New “Boardwalk Empire” in Thessaloniki, Greece

January 25th, 2013Posted by 

Taking a stroll by the sea can be a priceless experience. This is why in coastal towns, like Thessaloniki, Greece, the waterfront is one of the busiest parts of the city. And that is the reason why every citizen of Thessaloniki cannot wait for the regeneration of the new waterfront to be completed. Based on […]

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January 21 2013

Making Athens, Greece Bike-Friendly

January 21st, 2013Posted by 

I live in Athens, Greece. For the last two years there has been a big increase of people traveling by bike in the city. It seems that the economic crisis, which began in 2010, has a positive effect, at least for the environment. Fuel prices, as well as the increasing cost of mass transit tickets, […]

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January 18 2013

A Return to Detroit’s Roots: An Urban Agriculture Debate

January 18th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s downfall is a storied urban planning nightmare. One largely important factor in the city’s decline is the rapid population exodus it continues to experience. Population loss has resulted in vast amounts of vacant, government-owned land. But what is the solution for a bankrupt city that is the owner of more vacant lots than it […]

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January 11 2013

Establishing Connectivity, Sustainability, and Energy with Landscape Architecture: The Revitalization of Waller Creek in Austin, TX

January 11th, 2013Posted by 

“There is the opportunity to imagine a different Waller Creek, one that is a vital component of urban infrastructure, an open stage for social interaction, and a restored source of natural beauty.” Waller Creek is an urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for seven miles from the northern part of Austin, TX, southward through The University […]

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January 07 2013

The Current Situation and Future Prospects of Olympic Property in Athens, Greece

January 7th, 2013Posted by 

When a city is selected to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it undertakes a great responsibility to accommodate athletes and their teams, as well as thousands of people at appropriate infrastructures. Athens, Greece hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2004. It was an event undoubtedly well-organized and appreciated globally. The total cost of […]

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January 01 2013

Biking and the City: How to Create and Communicate Bike-Friendly Urban Environments

January 1st, 2013Posted by 

Bike paths come in many shapes and sizes. They are made for the urban bicyclist, the long distance bicyclist, or the adventurous bicyclist. Sometimes, they are not made for bicyclists at all, and because it’s too dangerous or unpleasant to use them bicyclists find a way around them. What can a city do to encourage […]

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December 24 2012

Review of “The BLDGBLOG BOOK: Redesigning the Sky”

December 24th, 2012Posted by 

The BLDGBLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh introduces us to speculation about future architecture and how the present built environment will eventually change. From the first page of the book, the reader gets an idea of what he is about to read as he is presented an illustration of London in A.D. 2109. London seems like […]

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December 18 2012

Handling Historical Relicts: Conversion or Preservation?

December 18th, 2012Posted by 

Deep within the Grunewald, Berlin’s largest forest, lies a special treasure of great historical significance: a hill called Teufelsberg. It’s a challenge to find it, but once you do, you will be rewarded with an extraordinary view across the whole city. With its 114.7 meters in height, it might not seem that high of a […]

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December 14 2012

Imagining a More Sustainable City: Completing our Streets to Create Environmentally Conscious Infrastructure

December 14th, 2012Posted by 

Planners, citizens, and the governing body alike, look to the guidance of the newly adopted Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan to ensure that Austin, Texas grows in an economic, social, and environmentally sustainable manner. The consequences from decisions made, ranging from where to build housing or which business industries to support, must be taken into consideration for […]

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December 12 2012

A Review: Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation: The BLDGBLOG Book

December 12th, 2012Posted by 

The BLDGBLOG Book offers readers an exciting and unpredictable exploration of architecture in the broadest of contexts. Uninhibited by constraints, author Geoff Manaugh follows his line of interests wherever they may lead him, unlocking the possibilities of the future of architecture through his collection of narratives, interviews, images, and more. Ultimately, he challenges readers to join him in […]

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December 10 2012

Is There Enough Green Space for Everyone? What About Athens, Greece?

December 10th, 2012Posted by 

Is it possible for people to connect with nature while living in urban environments? Especially in big cities with poor access green spaces? Here are a few examples of percentages of green space per resident, in a sample of cities around the world: Cape Town: 290 m2/resident And according to a summary of research findings […]

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December 07 2012

7 Ways Reviving the River Could Cure Richmond, Virginia’s Economic Problems

December 7th, 2012Posted by 

River enjoyment is something that can both bring excitement to a community as well as create great economic opportunities. That is why Richmond, Virginia recently adopted the Richmond Riverfront Plan. The contemporary plan involves revitalizing the James River by adding new access points, creating open public spaces where people can gather and commune, and by […]

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