May 22 2014

City of São Paulo, Brazil Invests to Buy the Occupied Mauá Building

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The city of São Paulo, Brazil deposited R$11 million related to its offer for the building known as the Mauá occupation, located on the street of the same name in Luz (a neighborhood in São Paulo), in the center of the capital. The occupation is one of the most emblematic of the city and, since […]

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May 20 2014

The Disappearing Historical Landscapes of Recife, Brazil

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

The history and landscapes of Recife, Brazil are stolen through expansive “modernity” and are ignored by the public. The preservation of the history of an urban center happens through the maintenance of buildings, landscapes and the peculiarities that document the past and give countenance to the locality. Unfortunately, the face of Recife, a city born on […]

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May 20 2014

Colombia Requires A New Way to Plan Its Urban Development

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

This week, Colombia will go to the polls in a new presidential election that will determine the type of policies the country will apply for the next four years. In the race towards the House of Nariño there are competitors from diverse political origins: the current president, Juan Manuel Santos, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, the main opposition candidate […]

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May 14 2014

The Housing Crisis Behind Buenos Aires’ Recent Parque Indoamericano Occupation

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a city of contrasts. In guidebooks it’s referred to as “the Paris of South America,” and plenty of first time visitors, strolling through the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, where the avenues are lined with lavish historic buildings and European style cafés, would be inclined to agree with this description. […]

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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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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 22 2014

Food Waste Regulations in Cork, Ireland

April 22nd, 2014Posted by 

In December 2009, the Minister for the Environment signed the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No 508 of 2009). These regulations were enforced July 1, 2010 and required all major sources of food waste to be placed into dedicated bins and to ensure that it was not mixed with other waste. As per […]

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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 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

Visual Pollution in the City of Athens, Greece: Escaping this Aesthetic Prison

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Visiting Athens, Greece, you will hear that the city looks pretty in August or during popular holidays, while half the population is away on vacations. Obviously less people equals less noise and traffic, but is this really the case? Could Athens ever be described as a pretty place? Blinded by the history of Athens, contemporary […]

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March 27 2014

The Fight Over Parking Minimums in Seattle

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

Most people love free parking, so it’s no surprise why there is a controversy when urban planners want to build less. In Seattle, former mayor Mike McGinn lost his campaign for reelection, with his parking policies as a major factor. Some went as far as to call it a “war on cars,” and some alluded […]

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March 27 2014

Can Denver’s Ambitious Light-Rail Plan Meet its 2018 Completion Deadline?

March 27th, 2014Posted by 

In 1993, Denver, Colorado did not have a single light-rail line in its metro area. By October 1994, it had a 5.3-mile track operating on what is now the D line - Denver’s first light-rail line. In 2004, Denver voters approved a $4.7B initiative sales tax increase called “FasTracks” to provide funding for a rapid transit system […]

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March 25 2014

The Inauguration of Canada Park in Thessaloniki, Greece

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

The “Canada” Park was inaugurated on Agia Sofia Street, in the centre of Thessaloniki, a month ago. This park was created on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the initiation of the Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Greece. In the Canada Park, a sign has been placed to honour Mackenzie King, who was a […]

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March 18 2014

Exploring the City: The Old Slaughterhouse of Thessaloniki, Greece

March 18th, 2014Posted by 

On February 17, 1896 was the year the first Olympic Games took place in Athens. After several long meetings, Thessaloniki’s city council decided to launch certain public projects for the improvement of the city’s infrastructure. Among them, the council proposed the demolition of the old slaughterhouse and the construction of a new one. That same year, […]

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March 12 2014

Industrial Mills of Jones Falls Redeveloped for a New Baltimore

March 12th, 2014Posted by 

My previous blog discussed the chronic undercrowding in the City of Baltimore and the current plans to reverse it by charming homebuyers with reduced property tax rates. The City has also been charming developers of the once abandoned stone mills clustered around Jones Falls. The lure is still tax related, but this time in the […]

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March 05 2014

Is Legal Marijuana a Problem for Urban Planners?

March 5th, 2014Posted by 

On November 6th, 2012, the state of Colorado became one of just two U.S. states to legalize the recreational sale of marijuana with the passing of Amendment 64. The first stores to sell marijuana legally officially opened for business on January 1st, 2014. According to an e-mail from a City of Denver spokesperson, there are currently thirty-seven […]

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February 27 2014

Seattle’s Issaquah Highlands Redefines the Term “Village”

February 27th, 2014Posted by 

About twenty miles East of Seattle, a suburban area called the Issaquah Highlands, is now referring to itself as a “village.” Hillside residents are excited by the transformation. It infuses new retail, parks, and homes with front porches rather than dominating driveways. Architecture and streetscape design is more focused on people, and cars don’t dictate the […]

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February 18 2014

In Arizona, Smart Growth Means the Need for Smart Transportation

February 18th, 2014Posted by 

Since the 1960’s, Arizona has led the country in growth, remaining one of the top three states with the highest population and employment growth rates. However, when the housing market crashed in 2007, growth slowed tremendously, giving the state an opportunity to reflect on how it handled the last fifty years. As of 2011, 129,780 […]

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