April 22 2013

What Athenians in the Greek Capital are Rethinking

April 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Apart from the economic crisis that they have been facing for the past five years, Athenians also have to re-think the city center of Athens. More precisely, they have to re-think one of the most prominent axes that unifies Sintagma (Constitution) and Omonia (Concord) central Squares, which are also attached to the famous neoclassical trilogy […]

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April 12 2013

Cincinnati Public Staircases: A Walking History Abandoned But Not Forgotten

April 12th, 2013Posted by 

In recent decades, public staircases have been subject to a great deal of controversy in most cities, often viewed as places which are commonly associated with dangerous illegal activities such as crime, drug use, and even violence. In Cincinnati, Ohio – these staircases can be found in various urban locations throughout the city – some […]

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April 10 2013

A Makeover for a Lively, But Car-Dependent Shopping Center

April 10th, 2013Posted by 

Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville’s forward-looking, 2030 draft “Growth Vision” imagines the city’s evolution: the sprawling, car-dependent home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base – characterized by its bedroom communities, “big box” stores, and chain restaurants – will grow into a city of walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Is this feasible? Perhaps. The Expansive Cross Creek […]

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April 08 2013

A Short River Story from Athens, Greece

April 8th, 2013Posted by 

Kifisos is a principal watercourse of the Attica basin which springs from mountains of Parnitha and Penteli, run through downtown Athens and eventually discharges into Saronikos Bay. Just before emptying into the sea, for a stretch of 20klm, river Kifisos has been regrettably covered by transportation infrastructure as means to avoid expensive expropriations. At its […]

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March 29 2013

Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront Urban Design Master Plan Poised to Reach Project Vision

March 29th, 2013Posted by 

In the course of the last decade, American river cities have sustained continued interest from policy makers and urban planners who have worked to create targeted opportunities for significant long-term investment and economic development. In Cincinnati, this reinvestment has received national attention in terms of how the city has been able to connect environmental design […]

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March 27 2013

Oahu, Hawaii’s Green Buffers: For Private Interest or the Public Good?

March 27th, 2013Posted by 

High-income residential and resort communities line Oahu’s most beautiful beaches: Along the North Shore; Near Kailua and Lanikai Beaches (where President Obama and his family vacationed this winter); Near Waialae Beah Park. Property owners in these and other areas have used greenery, including fast-growing vines and shrubbery, to obscure public easements. This trick of landscape […]

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March 25 2013

Bioclimatic Upgrading of Open Public Spaces in Athens, Greece

March 25th, 2013Posted by 

Against all odds, municipalities, all over Greece, are in a race to propose projects for bioclimatic upgrading of public open spaces such as streets, squares, and parks. The “Bioclimatic upgrading for open public spaces” program is funded by the NSRF development program and guided by the Centre for Renewable Energy and Save (CRES). Its main […]

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March 22 2013

Lack of Green Spaces? Pocket Parks are the Solution

March 22nd, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of a park, one usually imagines a large plot full of trees in the centre of the city with routes for walking or jogging, and shaded sitting areas where people can enjoy the fresh breeze during the hot summer days. But what happens in cities, like Thessaloniki, Greece, in which green spaces […]

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March 22 2013

ReThink, Reuse Series: The Power of Space

March 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Capacity utilization is a key term in business and an increasingly important term with regards to sustainability. The way in which cities utilise space is becoming a far more pressing issue in today’s world. The various ways space can be used inevitably forecasts a city’s future. In the United Kingdom, Nottingham leads the top twenty […]

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March 11 2013

A Skate Park Without Spending a Euro in Times of Crisis

March 11th, 2013Posted by 

The nongovernmental organization “Our Park” is behind a successful story of synergy between private and public actors, as well as participatory design, for the creation of an open public space in the heart of Athens, Greece. For over a year, “Our Skate Park” in downtown Athens has set a useful and optimistic precedent in urban […]

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March 01 2013

Urban Art & the New York City Department of Transportation

March 1st, 2013Posted by 

New York City, above others, has defined itself through an evolving scholarship connected to its rapidly changing street life. This broad conception of street life has been widely debated and discussed from the standpoint of urban theorists and activists such as Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte, whose respective works, The Death and Life of […]

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February 26 2013

East Bay Borders: Street Landscape Discrepancies Within California’s Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville

February 26th, 2013Posted by 

I have lived in Berkeley, California for four-and-a-half years now. Of the many unique characteristics in this region, including the bordering cities of Oakland and Emeryville, the one trend that has stuck out most to me is the sudden changes in landscape design. One block with freshly paved road may be neighbored with old streets […]

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February 22 2013

Welcome to the New Cultural Coast of Thessaloniki, Greece

February 22nd, 2013Posted by 

In the last decade, many architectural projects have come to fruition in Thessaloniki, Greece. One that particularly stands out, and has a special place in many young people’s hearts, is the regeneration of the central pier of the city’s port. This project started in 1997 within the framework of the “European Capital of Culture” program […]

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February 19 2013

Fracking in Northern Ireland: Is it Sustainable for All?

February 19th, 2013Posted by 

The process of shale gas exhaustion, fracking, has been used since the late 1940s to help get “that last bit” of conventional oil and gas out of the ground. Conventional means that it is easy to get out, not tightly trapped between, or in the rocks, which is essentially the definition of unconventional oil and […]

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February 13 2013

How Can Cities Grow Gardeners?

February 13th, 2013Posted by 

The Oahu Urban Garden Center is a University of Hawaii at Manoa led initiative. A community resource, the OUGC invites aspiring green thumbs to participate in “Second Saturdays at the Garden,” a series of monthly classes that improve planters’ know-how. In addition, the OUGC offers expertise in soil analysis; this helps at-home gardeners identify nutrient […]

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February 08 2013

An Architectural Challenge: White Tower Square in Thessaloniki, Greece

February 8th, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of Thessaloniki, Greece, often the first thing that comes in mind is the White Tower, a monument that was  built around 1450 and today has become the city’s landmark. This is why the regeneration of the White Tower’s square is considered as one of the most important projects that the city can […]

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February 08 2013

Zoning: Both the Villain and the Hero of Cities

February 8th, 2013Posted by 

“The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually (and economically) its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can thus give back grace and delight to their neighborhoods instead of vacuity.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities […]

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February 05 2013

Community Participation in Renewable Energy Schemes

February 5th, 2013Posted by 

Increasing renewable energy generation is fundamental for sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, interest has grown in the potential for communities to take a more active role in renewable energy development. Community renewable energy is associated with sustainable rural development and more locally appropriate projects. There is currently much interest in the scope for […]

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January 25 2013

The New “Boardwalk Empire” in Thessaloniki, Greece

January 25th, 2013Posted by 

Taking a stroll by the sea can be a priceless experience. This is why in coastal towns, like Thessaloniki, Greece, the waterfront is one of the busiest parts of the city. And that is the reason why every citizen of Thessaloniki cannot wait for the regeneration of the new waterfront to be completed. Based on […]

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January 16 2013

Honolulu Commuters Want Your Input: What are Your Rail Station Must-Haves?

January 16th, 2013Posted by 

Let’s begin with a bit of word association. When you hear “Honolulu,” you probably imagine palm trees gently swaying in the wind along sunny beaches abutting the clear, cool ocean. While Honolulu is renowned for its lovely beaches and, of course, the famed Mai Tai, it is also notorious for its traffic. Bleary-eyed commuters are often at […]

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