March 31 2015

New Urban Planning School of Paris, France to Open its Doors in September 2015

March 31st, 2015Posted by 

The Paris Institute of Urban Planning (IUP), attached to the University of Eastern Paris-Créteil, and the French Institute of Urban Planning (IFU), part of the University of Eastern Paris- Marne-la-Vallée, decided to come together to create the Urban Planning School of Paris (EUP). This new school will offer urban planning and development training. The “birth” of […]

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March 20 2015

The Key Points of Manuel Valls’ Plan Against France’s “Social Apartheid”

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

Two months ago, Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, denounced the existence of what he controversially called “territorial, social, and ethnic apartheid” in France. Friday, he unveiled shocking measures to change struggling neighborhoods, particularly with regards to social mix. Valls unveiled measures meant to work against “cultural apartheid,” threatening to restart the controversy begun by […]

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March 16 2015

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up. In response, tech companies have resorted to adaptive reuse. Repurposing neglected […]

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March 13 2015

New Ordinances Aimed at Revitalizing Los Angeles River Communities

March 13th, 2015Posted by 

In recent years, momentum has been building to recognize the Los Angeles River as an integral part of the city’s cultural identity. After many years of neglect, the river has the potential to help define future communities and public spaces. The 32 miles of river that flow through Los Angeles are channelized, with the exception of […]

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March 03 2015

Four Years After Paris, France’s Fréquel-Fontarabie Eco-Neighborhood Opening

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Four years after its opening, and one year after being labelled an “eco-neighborhood,” what has become of the Fréquel-Fontarabie housing block, located in Paris’s 20th district? Has it been able to fulfill its energy-conservation promises? A mid-February evaluation allowed us to take stock of the situation of this program developed ten years ago in partnership […]

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February 20 2015

Benin, Africa Architect Roméo Mivekannin: “Architecture is a Powerful Political Act”

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

Roméo Mivekannin is a young Beninese architect from Cotonou, Africa, where his family still lives. He has just finished his studies at the Distinguished National School of Architecture in Toulouse (ENSA). As a student, he followed an unusual path of study. This, coupled with his fierce desire to succeed, helped him to make his longtime […]

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February 20 2015

Lack of Informal Tea Stalls for Well-designed Powai Signals Exclusivity in Mumbai, India

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

The experience of driving into Powai in Mumbai, India, is like finding an island in the middle of the sea. After miles of utilitarian roads surrounded by housing of all types, entering Powai’s well-designed promenades feels like a rush of escapism. The recent Hiranandani Gardens development project features vast streetscapes with everything from posh restaurants […]

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February 17 2015

Roland Castro on Using Design to Aid Struggling Neighborhoods in Paris, France

February 17th, 2015Posted by 

What is the best way to fight against the ghettoisation of disadvantaged neighborhoods? Roland Castro, architect and urban planner in charge of the Banlieues 89 project and a member of the Atelier International du Grand Paris, notably proposes a Central Park for greater Paris. We asked him what projects most urgently needed to be put […]

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February 16 2015

Milan, Italy Ranks 41 in the World According to Mercer’s Quality of Life Index

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

Leadership, as we speak about it, comes in many different forms. Often, leadership involves mapping out the future of an organization. An effective leader creates an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring others to participate. But how can a city be a leader? What would be the qualities of this leading city, and how would we […]

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January 20 2015

Are Eco-Towers Coming to Downtown Paris, France?

January 20th, 2015Posted by 

An engineering and architecture firm have been working on Paris’ Climate/Energy Plan, to be achieved by 2050. Their work led to plans for large, positive energy apartment buildings. How can we invent the city of the future while considering the constraints, necessities, and aspirations of its inhabitants, administrations, and enterprises? This, especially given that we live in a […]

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January 16 2015

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill. Over the past five years, the policies instated by Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé, have considerably reduced the city’s […]

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January 13 2015

Fear Mounts in Montreal, Canada as Social Housing Faces Further Cutbacks

January 13th, 2015Posted by 

The defenders of social housing promise loud clashes with the government of Philippe Couillard, among them the establishment of a camp in Montreal’s centre-city. The Popular Action Front for Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) wishes to set up its camp in the middle of Montreal’s city-centre, in a spot that it does not want to reveal for the […]

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January 07 2015

Is Suburban the Answer?: Jobs / Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

January 7th, 2015Posted by 

Take a close look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stalled single-family home developments, whose eerie, empty, post-apocalyptic streets contain signs displaying new home prices from nearly a decade ago. […]

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January 06 2015

Holistic Architect, Lutgarde Brun, to Lead Huy, Belgium’s Urban Planning Services

January 6th, 2015Posted by 

Lutgarde Brun is the new city architect in Huy, Belgium. Numerous challenges, many of them quite large, await her, but she is prepared and excited to tackle them head on. With 2,000 new inhabitants expected in Huy over the course of the next ten years (and 1,000 new lodgings that will come with them), the […]

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January 05 2015

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco’s SOMA district just south of downtown. The 160 square foot SmartSpace apartment holds enough space for one person looking to practice minimal living. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which […]

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January 05 2015

Galway, Ireland Turns to its Community in Struggle Against Sprawl

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

As long as cities have existed there has been urban sprawl. In Galway, Ireland a dramatic increase in the city’s urban sprawl began in the 19th century, when labourers flocked from the countryside to work in the new factories that were then springing up. Large developments of small terraced houses began to appear, and new […]

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December 30 2014

New Housing to Replace Former Hospital in Annecy, France

December 30th, 2014Posted by 

On November 28, 2014, renovation became legal on the site of the future Trésums neighborhood in Annecy, France. This decision came through from the State Council after a long judicial saga. On the site, asbestos removal is currently taking place, and the deconstruction of the former hospital will soon follow. All of this will leave room […]

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December 24 2014

Three Developments Respond to Chronic Homelessness in Los Angeles, California

December 24th, 2014Posted by 

The issue of homelessness has largely been ignored in Los Angeles. Tactics such as criminalizing and physically displacing homeless individuals have been the methods of choice. With the combined effects of a growing homeless population, a decrease in the overall number of affordable housing units, and a reliance on ineffective methods of handling the homeless population, the issue […]

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December 23 2014

Tiny & Historical “Shoebox” Houses Face Development Pressure in Montreal

December 23rd, 2014Posted by 

“Shoe boxes,” the little houses that have survived the passage of time in Montreal, tend to attract attention. In the urban landscape, they seem out of place. In order to better get to know the history of these little houses, we met with three of their owners. They were all chosen by chance during a […]

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December 11 2014

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles’ Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Government officials are still uncertain as to whether that number is an accurate estimate due to the difficulty of conducting a complete survey of the population. Many homeless […]

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