September 09 2014

Improving Road Conditions to Gain Votes in Olinda, Brazil

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

What can be said of the superficial improvements made to the streets of Olinda by City Hall in order to facilitate the election of Paulo Câmara to the Senate? They are disrespectful to the intelligence of the Olidense citizen who deserves to be properly educated about the candidate. Residents of the area have long awaited […]

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August 29 2014

Strasbourg, France Tests Reduced Traffic Fines for Cyclists – Are They Effective?

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

Since November 2012, Strasbourg, France has been experimenting with reduced fines, created exclusively for cyclists. Instead of paying a fine of 90 euros, cyclists benefit from a tariff of 45.60 euros, used for ten different infractions. Two years later, where are we? Are these fines actually effective? Two years ago, Strasbourg became the object of […]

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August 13 2014

Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues?

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, two sources where data can be searched and mined for […]

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August 13 2014

Government Technology Facilitates a “New City” in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

With the rise of the technological era, city governments are rapidly realizing the importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens. Through marketing and the creation of new and renovated built environments, members of society can get excited about having something fresh and new to look forward […]

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August 11 2014

Making the City Evolve: Buenos Aires’ Ministry of E-Government

August 11th, 2014Posted by 

The second term of the current Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, brought the creation of two new ministries into the organization of the Government of the City; one of them is the new Ministry of E-Government or “Modernization.” This new governmental agency aims to bring the much discussed subject of smart cities to realization, using information technologies […]

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August 05 2014

Porto Alegre, Brazil Follows National Policy to Combat Homeslessness

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

On Tuesday July 29th, Mayor José Fortunati signed an agreement that the city of Porto Alegre will adhere to the National Policy on Homeless Populations. The signing was attended by the Minister on Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic, Ideli Salvatti. The National Policy works to advance the proposed alternatives of professionalization of […]

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July 02 2014

Bike Infrastructure Before Bicyclist Demand: A Cork City, Ireland Perspective

July 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Cork City, Ireland is a relatively compact city with most of the suburban areas within five kilometers from the city center. Based on an average cycle time of twelve kilometers per hour, the majority of the city is within a twenty-five minute cycle ride from the center. The existing cycle use within Cork City is primarily restricted to students […]

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July 01 2014

The First Public Building Green Façade in Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

As presented in numerous previous posts, the City of Buenos Aires has embarked on a series of measures towards comprehensive green management policies. With the recently approved Green Roofs law, the expansion of bike paths, and zero waste plans, the current government has taken sustainability practices as part of its ideology. Therefore, when it was announced that they […]

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June 17 2014

Argentine Government Dismantled Christopher Columbus Statue in Buenos Aires

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

Many say it’s an ideological move, directed towards a reinterpretation of the history of the colonization of the Americas, while others say it’s just a necessary process for the restoration of a monument that is at risk of collapsing. The only thing that is certain regarding historical monuments is that politics is always a factor. In […]

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June 12 2014

The Importance of Preserving Sheikh Sou Forest in Thessaloniki, Greece

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

Following an amendment, 55 million hectares of forest in Thessaloniki have been declassified. A bill regarding the selling off of several shorelines was proposed, but luckily was withdrawn due to the Panhellenic outcry and the collection of more than 100.000 signatures. Last, but not least, the service responsible for supplying water in Thessaloniki is going […]

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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 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 15 2014

Architects & Planners Gather in Fortaleza, Brazil to Debate City Processes

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

The protesters who took to the streets in June 2013, throughout dozens of Brazilian cities, called for transparency in public spending and urbanism. That is to say, the protesters demanded well planned cities that are administered ethically, with good design and a decent quality of life. The goal of the First National Architecture Conference, scheduled […]

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May 14 2014

Corruption & Passing Motions of Stay in Favor of Construction in Istanbul

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Maslak 1453 is an Agaoglu housing project that is nearly completed and whose apartments are already sold, although the courts decided to stop the execution of construction; shortly after, passing a motion of stay. Interestingly enough, the motion has passed as the construction is coming to an end. The court, apparently, sees it fit to stop […]

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May 12 2014

Leaders of Istanbul! You Say Contractors Are Selfish? What About You?

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

It is now a widely accepted practice that “worn” sidewalks and roads are broken down and reconstructed before every election in Turkey. Whereas the expected practice, as civilized countries do, is to envision the future (i.e. the infrastructure that might be constructed under those sidewalks and roads) with the projects designed accordingly. In Istanbul, it […]

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April 18 2014

Ten Years After the Athens Olympics: A Review

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

Long story short, Athens 2004 Olympic venues are for sale. In March 2014, Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (ADF) acquired several new properties; among those the Olympic Equestrian Centre, the Olympic Rowing Centre and the Galatsi Indoor Hall. A decade after the Athens 2004 Olympics, the bliss has faded away and the Olympic venues, with their […]

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January 28 2014

Belfast Culture Night: A Benefit or a Burden?

January 28th, 2014Posted by 

Every year since 2009, Belfast has hosted Culture Night. Inspired by the success of similar events in other capitals such as Dublin and Copenhagen, Belfast hosts Culture Night every September allowing organisations, groups or individuals to host any cultural event within the Cathedral Quarter. While participation in the event is free, there is obviously a […]

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January 27 2014

The Modern Algerian Architect – Nothing More than an Underling?

January 27th, 2014Posted by 

In Algeria, it is a nearly unanimous observation that the country’s architectural output is mediocre. This opinion also occurs at the highest levels of the government, considering that in 2006, the President of Algeria himself commented negatively upon “the inadequacy and repetitive nature of the majority of architectural output.” We could legitimately place the blame […]

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January 23 2014

Shanghai’s New Districts Fall Short of Attracting Residents

January 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On December 27,2013, the Shanghai 14th Municipal Commission passed the Shanghai Underground Space Planning Regulations, which will be implemented from April 1, 2014. The Regulations signal Shanghai’s intention to carry out new planning initiatives. In recent years, Shanghai has positioned itself to be an international financial center, and its various new districts have been building iconic […]

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January 20 2014

Toronto’s Planning Outpaces its Policy

January 20th, 2014Posted by 

In Scarborough, Toronto’s east end, a three-bedroom house will cost almost the same to buy as a two-bedroom condominium apartment. It isn’t difficult to guess which most home buyers might choose. Toronto’s Official Plan is to increase density in the city through mid-rise construction along designated avenues – arterial roads that could accommodate and become […]

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