May 27 2014

The Continuing Expansion of Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Despite the lack of official figures, the sense of community leaders and residents of the Ladeira dos Tabajaras and Morro dos Cabritos favelas in Copacabana (a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro), is that the local population has increased substantially, especially after the creation of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2010. Longstanding problems such as poor […]

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May 26 2014

How Melbourne’s New Urban Growth Boundary will Shape the City

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

The Melbourne Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, recently approved five new towers to be situated in the Southbank area of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). This comes with the recent release of Plan Melbourne, a document focusing on the future of Melbourne as it battles rising congestion and scarcity of affordable housing. The greatest dilemma brought into […]

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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 15 2014

Spinalonga: The Greek Island of Lepers Finally Resurrected & Accepting Tourists

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Sixteen buildings on the Greek island of Spinalonga are going to be braced and cleaned in order to be used in a new archaeological site. In addition to these changes, there will be another project that aims to improve the accessibility for tourists of the island, which was used as a leprosarium for more that half […]

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May 15 2014

Architects and the War: “Architecture in Uniform. Planning and Constructing for WWII” in Paris

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

What were architects working on during WWII, and how did this affect the history of their discipline? Returning to this question, the current exhibition at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine shows both how this period inscribed itself in the long history of architecture and how it brought on consequences for the twentieth century. […]

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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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May 09 2014

What Direction has Nairobi’s Densification Taken?

May 9th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi has witnessed a gradual transformation over the last decade. This is the change from what were single unit houses to high-rise buildings, of several stories, like office blocks and multi-story apartments. The increasing urban population has created an increased demand for housing and office space. This has put pressure on the […]

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May 08 2014

Open House Worldwide Movement Finally Exhibited in Athens, Greece

May 8th, 2014Posted by 

Open House has been organized to take place in Athens. However, the issue is why it took so long. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence. During the crisis, people finally realized the lack of urban awareness and turned to initiatives, like Open House. In the present case, the twice successful Open House in Thessaloniki […]

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May 06 2014

Staying with Tradition, in Tzoumerka, Greece – with a Modern Twist

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

The architectural office XT has designed an addition to an old stone building in the area Tzoumerka in Ipiros, Greece. The building is located in a privileged plot with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The building is not a main residence. The architect’s aim was to integrate the house into its environment, maintaining the traditional […]

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April 30 2014

Gérard Collomb Reveals His Ambitions for Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

Recently reelected for the third time as Lyon’s mayor, Gérard Collomb wants things in the city to continue progressing at a brisk pace. The following is an interview with this well-known local politician. Do you consider the overarching theme of your third term to be large urban projects? Gérard Collomb (G.C.): Yes, we are going […]

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April 29 2014

“Green Spots” Sprout up in Thessaloniki, Greece

April 29th, 2014Posted by 

On Palaion Patron Street, in the centre of Thessaloniki, Greece, one can see the first portable garden that has been temporarily installed. This structure, apart from a portable landscape design, is also accompanied by a bench, and aims to change the way that green spaces are created in the populous urban fabric of the city. […]

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April 23 2014

Fighting Over Jet Planes: Toronto’s Downtown Airport Expansion

April 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) is a small airport located on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario. Canada’s ninth busiest airport, the BBTCA currently accommodates more than two million business and leisure travelers annually. It also has the distinction of being the only airport located entirely within Toronto’s boundaries. In 1983, the City of […]

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April 22 2014

Impressive Villa F in Rhodes, Greece

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Any structure at this preferential plot in Rhodes island would undoubtly arouse extreme interest. The area is a few meters away from the coast road and it is bordered by an old natural stone wall, which encloses the whole plot as a “frame” towards the spectacular view to the sea. The summer house “Villa F” was […]

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April 21 2014

How Smog is Destroying Denver’s Rocky Mountain Views

April 21st, 2014Posted by 

The Denver metro area is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Colorado is known across the world for its incredible opportunities to hike, climb, bike, fish, ski, snowboard, you name it – if it’s outdoors, Colorado is a great place for it. Denver lies just an hour east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, but 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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April 17 2014

A Listed Building Becomes Cartoon Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece

April 17th, 2014Posted by 

The listed building on Anagenniseos Street, in Thessaloniki, will soon find its old glory, thanks to the Municipality’s decision to reuse it as a Cartoon and Animation Museum. The building, which was described as “a work of art,” was built between 1900 and 1910 and is one of the few remaining architectural examples after the […]

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April 15 2014

Sculptor Alexandros Liapis’ Distinguishable Workshop in the Greek Countryside

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. Additionally, part of the surrounding area became an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations, which made the whole project a two-fold challenge. […]

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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 02 2014

The Multi-Layered City from Harvard Square’s Subway Station in Cambridge, MA

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

As the crowded subway train approached Harvard Square station, coming from Boston, I felt the sharp turn and heard the squealing and screeching sound of the wheels against the track of the train slowing down. Look out of the window now, my friend said, and you will see remnants of the original 1912 station. Since we were still underground, the […]

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