December 15 2014

The Architectural Paradox: SOM’s Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Derived from the Greek word Katholicos, the word catholic means “universal” or “all-embracing.” This is an interesting paradox for a religion with an often authoritative past and history of exclusion. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself but may be true. Unlike “drowning in a the fountain of eternal life” or “jumbo shrimp” the […]

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December 09 2014

Folding Bikes Allowed on Trams & Buses for the First Time in Caen, France

December 9th, 2014Posted by 

Up until now, bikes have not been allowed on public transportation in the Caen agglomeration in Caen, France. They have recently started to find their place, but only folding bikes will be allowed on buses and trams. Beginning on Dec. 1, 2014, the rules concerning bikes on public transportation evolved. “Following users’ requests and a […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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November 28 2014

Nairobi, Kenya Increases Polytechnic Education Opportunities for Growing Sectors

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Urban poverty is a reality in developing cities. In many cities, thousands of people live on a dollar a day. Alongside this lies a challenge faced by many governments and municipalities in providing quality education for the urban poor. Urban poor have to face the trouble of overcrowded primary schools, shortages of teachers, poor learning […]

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November 17 2014

When Will Baltimore City’s Water Wheel Be Shut Down?

November 17th, 2014Posted by 

Baltimore City’s newest Water Wheel has received a lot of positive attention in recent months, but it is just one solution to the Inner Harbor’s serious trash problem. A two-minute video from Healthy Harbors shows hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles, cans, cigarettes, styrofoam and plastic bags floating from Jones Falls and into the Inner Harbor. In […]

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October 31 2014

Des Moines, Iowa’s East Village: Unique Storefronts Cultivating Sense of Place

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

While Des Moines, Iowa is a city with a population density of only 2,527 people per square mile and rapidly expanding suburbs, one neighborhood in the downtown core has managed to maintain some urban character. With its many boutique shops and noticeable lack of national chains, The East Village contributes a unique charm to Des […]

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October 31 2014

Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City?

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now. It could be, for the ecologists of Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, a way of occupying the land in the absence of the municipality’s authorization. It could also be a way of demonstrating that one can be involved in politics with a mere spade and a rake. Sandrine Rousseau […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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October 21 2014

France’s Silver Valley Celebrates First Year: A Silver Economy Flagship Organization

October 21st, 2014Posted by 

In 2025, one French national out of three will be older than sixty-five. In order to face this change in society, on April 24, 2013, the industrial sector of the silver economy was born. Its objective? To mobilize and organize a group of actors who can respond to the needs of seniors and their helpers. […]

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October 17 2014

Urban Drainage Poses A Major Development Risk in Nairobi, Kenya

October 17th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons with an average annual high temperature of 280C and a low of 150C. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the […]

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October 10 2014

In Millonfosse, France, Citizens Open their “Eco-garden” to the Public

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

A showing of “Eco-Citizens’ Gardens,” organized by the regional natural park, Scarpe Escaut, attracted about thirty visitors to Daniel and Régine Hennion’s garden in Millonfosse, France. The couple explained why they have taken on this gardening project: “It’s about satisfying our desire to preserve biodiversity. We are also responding to our need for a reasonable […]

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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 09 2014

On Île d’Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion

September 9th, 2014Posted by 

Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent. For both summer vacationers and locals alike, this method of transportation has become indispensable. “It’s practically a crime to use a car here,” reveals an employee at La Clinique du Vélo. At Port-Joinville, the sound of […]

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August 26 2014

Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will be exempted from paying for metered parking wherever they park, except for the red zones of the city’s parking plan. This is good news for the […]

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August 19 2014

Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris?

August 19th, 2014Posted by 

The parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged! After the famous Vélib’, self-service bikes, and Autolib’, public electric car sharing service, Scootlib’is set to be the next to enlarge the ranks of alternatives for getting around the capital. Zoom with Scootlib’, Paris’ self-service scooters! Self-Service Scooters The City of Paris has expressed […]

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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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July 31 2014

Re: Think Project Partners with Municipality for Communal Composting in Greece

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

“Take composting into your own hands! Collectively handle the organic waste!” Based on this reasoning, an interesting and pioneering initiative has taken place over the last three years in Kalamata, Greece. It is the first, at least as far as we know, attempt to create a self managed neighborhood network of composting in Greece. It all began in […]

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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

The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency

July 21st, 2014Posted by 

Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would be a compliment, but it is not always that simple. A building’s connection with both city and site can often become clouded and disjointed with […]

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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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