April 21 2015

Communes in Nièvre, France Weeding Chemicals Out of Landscaping Process

April 21st, 2015Posted by 

During the course of half a day, representatives of communes in Nièvre, France worked to create a common landscape architecture and weeding plan. The first portions outlined came from some of the City of Clamecy’s previous experiences. During 2008, Clamecy notably became involved in a zero-pesticide plan. Clamecy is a part of the group of […]

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April 17 2015

Brussels, Belgium’s Latest Music Festival: The Sustainable Paradise City

April 17th, 2015Posted by 

It’s that time of year again: the moment when Belgian music festivals reveal their programs. And this year, a number of them have taken to riding the wave of environmentalism. Besides LaSemo and Esperanzah, the latest to enter this group is Paradise City Festival. A long path bordered by trees and, at the end, an […]

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April 06 2015

Alternative Materials: Will Our Future Resilient Cities Rise from the Landfill?

April 6th, 2015Posted by 

1.3 billion tons of waste is generated each year in cities worldwide. With a rabid consumerist hunger, it is unsurprising that 30% of the world’s waste comes from America. San Francisco is hoping to change this by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal by 2020. This not only means recycling […]

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April 03 2015

Château de Millemont, France Becomes an Open-Sourced Eco-Village

April 3rd, 2015Posted by 

From August 15th to September 20, 2015, a hundred makers are going to build a village about energy transition at the Château de Millemont in Millemont, France. Benjamin Tincq, Co-founder of OuiShare, a group dedicated to the collaborative economy, is one of the innovators behind this project, baptized POC21. Here is our interview with him. […]

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March 27 2015

Nutrition in the Urban Landscape Reimagined for Limoilou, Quebec

March 27th, 2015Posted by 

What would happen if nutrition became a central priority for municipalities, and if we did a global re-thinking of nutritional systems? Continually looking to help Quebec City create better-functioning communities, the organization Vivre en Ville questioned the link between nutrition and the urban landscape in its most recent publication, Nourishing Cities. The man behind the […]

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March 12 2015

Québec, Canada Faces Four Energy Challenges in Developing its 2025 Energy Policy

March 12th, 2015Posted by 

The government of Québec is preparing its energy policy. Its first consultations show that it has not integrated the changes that have come about in the area since 2006. This voluntary myopia costs us billions of dollars per year, and the bill could increase with time. This is why it’s urgent to break with our […]

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March 11 2015

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. As this sleepy city steadily grows, many new structures are changing the face of Cambodia’s capital. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, […]

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March 10 2015

Rwanda, Africa Revises Policies on Climate Change & Food Security Linkages

March 10th, 2015Posted by 

The Rwandan Civil Society Organization recommends changing its policy so that it reflects the links between climate change, commerce, and food security. This is to be done with the goal of advancing within the East-African Community (EAC) and smoothly integrating with the rest of the region. According to Aimable Mwananawe, President of the EAC Civil […]

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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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March 05 2015

Burlington, Vermont: A City Powered by Renewable Energy

March 5th, 2015Posted by 

Burlington, Vermont, located in the American Northeast, became the first city in the country to be completely powered by renewables at the start of 2015. This is a small revolution in a country where carbon levels remain particularly high. This is the culmination of a project that was initiated by the City in the 1990s. Notably, the […]

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March 03 2015

Four Years After Paris, France’s Fréquel-Fontarabie Eco-Neighborhood Opening

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Four years after its opening, and one year after being labelled an “eco-neighborhood,” what has become of the Fréquel-Fontarabie housing block, located in Paris’s 20th district? Has it been able to fulfill its energy-conservation promises? A mid-February evaluation allowed us to take stock of the situation of this program developed ten years ago in partnership […]

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February 27 2015

Nice, France Bets on Solar Power Experiment for Energy Solutions

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Since 2011, the program Nice Grid, based outside of Nice, France, has been testing the integration of solar panels within industrial enterprises and individual homes. Their grand-scale experiment could allow them to develop solutions that are applicable to all, particularly the creation of a Smart Grid energy-network that is more reactive to community energy use. For […]

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February 16 2015

Vision Zero 2024: San Francisco Streets No Longer Dangerous By Design?

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

The phrase “dangerous by design” embodies the reality of San Francisco streets. Biking down Market street during the five o’clock rush, I had no idea my biggest fear would come true: I lost a hopeless battle with a bus for a spot in a shared bike lane. I was pushed onto streetcar tracks where my front […]

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February 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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February 02 2015

The Fleet of the Future: BART’s Improved Design for the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is getting a much needed remodel after 40 years of service. The typical Bay Area commuter’s relationship with BART has always been strained. A typical BART ride, much like that on any big city’s public transit system, involves outdated design, crowded cars, maintenance delays, and unsightly seating tainted from someone […]

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January 28 2015

Sustainable Architecture Booming in Rural Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Why Not Urban?

January 28th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh is a very green city; the streets are lined with trees, and vegetation grows endlessly in the tropical climate. Cambodia also has a rich history of architectural design, and despite immense deforestation, it has many natural building and sustainable construction resources. Unfortunately, the latter trend can also be said about the recent construction […]

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January 26 2015

Creative Augmented Reality App in San Francisco: Reimagining the SFMOMA

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is “closed for construction, yet more open than ever.” With the museum expansion still under construction until early 2016, the SFMOMA collection has been popping up around the Bay Area in exhibits held within surrounding museums and public spaces. Even with the handful of curated exhibits planted throughout […]

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January 23 2015

EasyLi, At the Forefront of Green Energy, Takes off in Châtellerault, France

January 23rd, 2015Posted by 

EasyLi? Few people know of it locally. And for a reason. The enterprise only arrived in Châtellerault, France two years ago. The company began by exciting a lot of interest in the green energy sector. After Poitou-Charentes Innovation, the company raised its capital by 23%. Poitou-Charentes Innovation is the French Institute of Renewable Energy. It is […]

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January 16 2015

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill. Over the past five years, the policies instated by Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé, have considerably reduced the city’s […]

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January 05 2015

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco’s SOMA district just south of downtown. The 160 square foot SmartSpace apartment holds enough space for one person looking to practice minimal living. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which […]

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