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 02 2014

Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil

October 2nd, 2014Posted by 

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconstructed from 2011- 2014 as part of Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup). Recently, the company has been ordered to pay an indemnity for collective moral […]

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October 01 2014

Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb far, far away. An asphalt parking lot would span out in front of you, without any direct pedestrian path […]

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September 30 2014

São Paulo, Brazil’s Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5 km

September 30th, 2014Posted by 

Within just 2.5 km, the ten most expensive addresses are concentrated in the country’s largest city. Although São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilometers, the neighborhoods separated by the South Zone of Rio Pinheiros are concentrated within a narrow area the […]

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September 23 2014

Limiting Cars & Transforming Brussels’ Saint-Lazare Square into an Esplanade

September 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Saint-Lazare Square in Brussels, Belgium will soon become Esplanade Saint-Lazare. In July, the Saint-Josse commune submitted a request for an urban planning permit that would allow for the redevelopment of the area. This project has been in the works for several years under the “Meridien of Brussels” neighborhood contract. A master plan was requested to […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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September 19 2014

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

The decision was previously predicted and is now official: The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art. The Brussels-Capital Region can no longer finance […]

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September 17 2014

How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City?

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Earlier this year, Jeff La Noue authored a blog post supporting the idea that moving Baltimore City’s prison complex would improve the area’s aesthetics and thus promote development in adjacent neighborhoods. La Noue stated “City Marketing 101 says you shouldn’t put your jail as the welcome mat to your downtown or your top research hospital.” Makes sense. He […]

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September 11 2014

Athens, Greece’s Hellinikon Park Poised to be the Largest Park in World

September 11th, 2014Posted by 

“I can already imagine the faces of my family and friends in North Dakota when I tell them that I work in Athens. You don’t know what the word “Athens” means to an American person and how many magical things we recall. It’s incredible.” I listen to Charles Anderson while he speaks about Athens and […]

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September 11 2014

Families Fight Against Expulsion in Goiás of Santa Monica, Brazil

September 11th, 2014Posted by 

The occupation of the Santa Monica farming collective entered its second day with more than 3,000 landless families already organized in shacks and small kitchens. The camp was named after Dom Tomás Balduíno, as a tribute to the bishop emeritus of Goiás who dedicated his life in the struggle for Agrarian Reform. Just yesterday (August […]

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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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September 08 2014

Across the Bay: Oakland Leads in School Health Programs

September 8th, 2014Posted by 

In San Francisco, you are more likely to see Google buses than school buses on any weekday morning. Why? With budget cuts in transportation for public schools, a large number of elementary to high school students are left to fend for themselves in their daily journey to school. San Francisco may be one of the most “walkable” […]

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September 04 2014

The Atenistas Task Force of Athens, Greece

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

One day in the summer of 2010, on Soutsou Street in Athens, a small group of friends and acquaintances met in “Tsai” in order to discuss the idea of creating a “task group for Athens.” A group like this seems obvious today but in 2010 the spirit was very different. The economic crisis had knocked at the […]

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September 04 2014

New Legislature in San Francisco’s Pushes for Increase of Urban Agriculture

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is leading the way for urban agriculture with support from community gardens, the city, and local farmers markets. Local food production is being used as a tool for community development, personal rehabilitation, and sustainable food opportunities that other cities could learn from. There are many hurdles when it comes to urban farming, especially in an […]

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August 29 2014

Development of the Isle of Nantes, France: What Awaits in 2023?

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

In 2023, 3,000 residents and 2,000 employees will move into the housing, offices, and stores of la Prairie-au-Duc, a new neighborhood west of the Isle of Nantes, France. Already, two apartment buildings have been constructed just behind Les Nefs. One houses the Cinécréatis School and its five hundred students of audiovisual, cinema, and new technologies. The building also includes a student […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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August 25 2014

Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building. For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which can be argued as one of the design and engineering wonders of the world, was once labeled “a mast of iron gymnasium apparatus, incomplete, confused and deformed” by the […]

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August 19 2014

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners is how to decide which areas are best suited to receive these new ventures in a densely […]

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July 17 2014

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S., the National and Gunther Breweries, once operating in Baltimore, have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing […]

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July 04 2014

San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving. New ways to interact, communicate […]

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