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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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 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 02 2014

The 18 Axes of the Intervention Plan to Upgrade the Center of Athens, Greece

September 2nd, 2014Posted by 

A project regarding the abandoned buildings in Athens is being conducted in the framework of the first Integrated Urban Intervention Plan for Athens by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change and the University of Thessaly. The master plan includes 18 axes of action and will be formalized with a Ministerial order to obtain legal status, […]

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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 19 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece’s Twelve Apostles’ Square is Changing

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The project had an initial budget of 937,500 Euros and an actual of 478,787 Euros, and is expected to be completed within nine months. The contract, which was signed on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, included the rehabilitation of Paparrigopoulou, Saint Apostles and Olympou Streets; the small path that crosses between the Walls. It also included […]

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August 12 2014

A “Better Market Street:” The Revitalization Plans for San Francisco’s City Center

August 12th, 2014Posted by 

Market Street serves as the primary artery of San Francisco serving to filter hoards of pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars through its corridor. Despite the daily quarter of a million people using transit, over 200,000 pedestrians walking its corridor, and thousands of cyclists on the street, Market continues to fall short as a destination point for […]

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August 08 2014

Farewell to The Grid, from Chris Christou in Athens, Greece

August 8th, 2014Posted by 

My journey with The Grid started on the streets of Athens in February 2014, on an unexpectedly sunny day in-between a gloomy and rainy week. I had in front of me, six months to explore the Athenian urban and suburban landscapes. My first priority was to investigate the current status of environmental design, and all other […]

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August 01 2014

The Village Éphémère: The Transformation of a Vacant Public Space in Montreal

August 1st, 2014Posted by 

Facing the St. Lawrence River, just steps away from the Jacques Cartier Bridge, exists a vacant concrete lot called Pied-du-Courant. Used as a snow dump during the winter, it remains unused throughout the rest of the year. This summer the Urban Design Association of Quebec (ADUQ), along with other collaborators, worked together to recreate this space […]

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July 29 2014

Children of Skopelos Island, Greece Learn About “Energy for Life”

July 29th, 2014Posted by 

Shortly before nightfall, many students, parents, teachers and other citizens of Skopelos Island gathered at the courtyard of the Island’s primary school. They gathered to attend the last event of the “Energy Travels for Life” Program. Throughout the academic year, the young citizens of Skopelos had the rare opportunity to learn about preservation through the lens of sustainability.  “Representatives […]

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July 21 2014

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Welcomes Its First Parklet

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or placottoirs in French, are sitting and rest areas resembling outdoor terraces that are installed in the parking areas in front of businesses. What makes […]

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July 17 2014

Microclimatic Improvements for Panepistimiou Street in Athens, Greece

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

An approval was finally signed regarding the environmental conditions of the Panepistimiou Street’s rehabilitation project in Athens. Other projects were also included in this meeting, such as the extension of the tram network and the regulation of traffic in the center of the city. This whole project has a total budget of 78.5 million Euros and […]

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July 15 2014

Do Pedestrian Zones Exist in Athens, Greece?

July 15th, 2014Posted by 

Perceptions regarding social life are often constructed based on people’s interests. There is an old Greek saying which states, “the law is the workers’ right.” Nowadays, this saying has been so generalized that it seems that “the law is anyone’s right.” During the winter, the pedestrian zone “Palas” was transformed into a catwalk where traffic […]

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July 11 2014

Navarinou & Plato’s Academy Parks: Communities Create Public Space in Athens

July 11th, 2014Posted by 

Currently, in the city of Athens, Greece, there are various initiatives lead by local groups and community members, taking action to improve city life by any means necessary. Is it possible that these activities could bring a series of changes to the city landscape, that otherwise may be very unlikely to happen. On opposite sites in central Athens, residents […]

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July 03 2014

“Los Lampicos” Fight to Rid Thessaloniki, Greece of Graffiti and Waste

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

It is a Sunday afternoon in Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront. The summery weather is suddenly interrupted by a short rain and the team “Los Lampicos” (“lampico” is a Greek slang word meaning pristine) sits under a shelter to protect its materials. Today’s target, cleaning two central sculptures of graffiti, is almost over. The recorder is on. […]

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June 24 2014

The Underdevelopment of the New Recife Plan at José Estelita Pier, Brazil

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

Today, in Pernambuco, few things better represent the social, economic and political significance of the term “underdevelopment” than the urban revitalization project known as “New Recife” at the José Estelita Pier. In fact, the word “development” expresses one of the most contested concepts in the social sciences. Today, even economic theory prefers other words and criteria, […]

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June 19 2014

World Cup Protests Confront Inequality in São Paulo, Brazil

June 19th, 2014Posted by 

Two major protests took place in the streets of Sao Paulo on June 12th, the day when the city hosted the inaugural match of the World Cup. The match between Brazil and Croatia started at 5pm in Corinthians Arena. The protests were scheduled for much earlier, at 10am, and occurred in the eastern zone, the same region […]

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June 05 2014

Adopt a Park Program Finds Success and Challenges in Fortaleza, Brazil

June 5th, 2014Posted by 

The adoption of plazas and parks in Fortaleza, Brazil provides hope for creating new uses of public space, but the program still faces challenges. The program renews more than just the urban scenery – it gives Fortaleza a breath of fresh air. Nevertheless, the program still faces difficulty attracting participants in the peripheral areas of the […]

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June 03 2014

The Vision of Jaime Lerner for Curitiba, Brazil

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Jaime Lerner of Curitiba has placed the city on the map as a leading global example in urban sustainability. During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba and governor of Paraná, he and his team made great strides both in protecting the environment and in elevating the spirit of the city. Under the leadership of […]

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