December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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November 24 2014

The Suburban Pushback Against Affordable Housing in West Des Moines, Iowa

November 24th, 2014Posted by 

The city of West Des Moines is an affluent, growing community in the Des Moines metropolitan area. However, it faces challenges when it comes to affordable housing. Market rate single family housing is the typical type of development seen in West Des Moines, as it is in most suburban communities, but this pattern of development […]

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November 19 2014

Urban Safety on The Dark Streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 19th, 2014Posted by 

What makes a city safe? Safety is a critical issue that we consider when exploring a city, whether knowing it or not – which neighborhood you decide to live in or where you visit at night. Certain areas of a city are always more favourable than others, but what factors determine this and how can […]

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November 18 2014

Peace Footbridge in Geneva: A Flagship Element of the Secheron Neighborhood

November 18th, 2014Posted by 

Officially inaugurated on Sept. 22, 2014, the Peace Footbridge constitutes a key element in Geneva’s Secheron neighborhood. Designed by the architect Pierre-Alain Dupraz (in partnership with Laurent Chablais, CP civil engineers SA), it crosses over the railroad pathways, in such a way offering a new connection between the Place des Nations and the lakefront. The […]

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November 14 2014

Nairobi, Kenya Solving Traffic Congestion by Increasing Capacity?

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

Urban areas experience a lot of vehicular congestion and traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress. The City of Nairobi is no exception and due to this a “Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee” was set up by Governor Evans Kidero to look into the best […]

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November 14 2014

Benefits and Challenges of Walking & Biking in Riverside County, California

November 14th, 2014Posted by 

In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The ATP funds walking and biking projects, illustrating that active transportation can be a significant component of a more efficient transportation future. Health benefits of active transportation are obvious – less driving, less stress, more […]

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November 12 2014

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions. So what does corrupt architecture look like – does it have […]

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November 07 2014

Environmental Activists Push for a Grenelle Environment Round Table in Marseille

November 7th, 2014Posted by 

Polluted Marseille, congested Marseille, Marseille the concrete jungle. Ecological activists in the French city are calling out to elected officials. They have also called for citizens to protest and have used social media to send out web propaganda. The offensive has been launched! Ecologists are up in arms. Marseille is at the top of the […]

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November 05 2014

Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces

November 5th, 2014Posted by 

In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain are not blind to the city’s flaws, but choose to work through changes that come to pass in their neighborhoods. Conversely, new residents are bringing in new perspectives in urban design to make the city what they want it to be. While most residents file 311 complaints, use wishful thinking, or relying on […]

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October 31 2014

Des Moines, Iowa’s East Village: Unique Storefronts Cultivating Sense of Place

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

While Des Moines, Iowa is a city with a population density of only 2,527 people per square mile and rapidly expanding suburbs, one neighborhood in the downtown core has managed to maintain some urban character. With its many boutique shops and noticeable lack of national chains, The East Village contributes a unique charm to Des […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 28 2014

The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil

October 28th, 2014Posted by 

Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified. That’s because the plan provides “a gradual restriction of motorized individual transport on elevated highways” and “its complete deactivation as a traffic lane, including its demolition or a partial or full transformation into a park.” […]

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October 24 2014

The City of Paris’ New Bike Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Projects for 2014-2020

October 24th, 2014Posted by 

More parking spots for bikes, new bike paths on major streets, extension of zones with 30km/h speed limits, and perhaps wider bike paths or the prohibition of cars at temporary markets. These are just some of the measures that are a part of the new “Bike Plan” put forth by the Mayor of Paris. The […]

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October 23 2014

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that it is more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year – equivalent to […]

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October 22 2014

Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland

October 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students. As of 2014, Towson University’s undergraduate population totaled over 18,000 students, with on-campus housing available for fewer than 5,000 students. This means that up to 13,000 students are […]

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October 20 2014

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco’s Homeless “Epidemic?”

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

Men and women step over the homeless, with shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year, begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved. Some are […]

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October 14 2014

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, France

October 14th, 2014Posted by 

In Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the development of mass transit is a central element of the metropolitan project. However, the stakes and steps taken are very different from one city to the other. Aurelien Delpirou compares the three contexts and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each of their strategies. The creation of the Paris, […]

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October 08 2014

Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient city. Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author and activist who is known for exploring the intersections between urban planning, psychology, culture, and history. Happy City […]

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October 06 2014

Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station

October 6th, 2014Posted by 

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage. The first of its kind in Morocco in terms of design and facilities, the station falls within the series of major construction sites launched by Morocco’s sovereign across […]

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