February 24 2014

Revive Traditional Architecture: A Book Review of “The Architecture of Community”

February 24th, 2014Posted by 

Traditional architecture steps out of the shadows of history to challenge today’s results of the modern building process. While critics may find a lot to disagree with in this book, Léon Krier presents a comprehensive treatise of architecture based on harmony and timeless proportions. No matter which side of the traditional versus modern debate you […]

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January 21 2014

A Foundation for Rebranding: Light Rail Transit in Phoenix

January 21st, 2014Posted by 

In its continual search to be known for something other than its scorching temperatures, the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, also referred to as the Valley, has undertaken many ambitious projects. New resorts and golf courses are continuously being constructed to establish the region as a vacation and retirement destination. Several cities in the region have even […]

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January 14 2014

Abracadabra: A Book Review of Kunstler’s “Too Much Magic”

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Have people begun to believe that technology can solve all the world’s problems? Author James Howard Kunstler makes this convincing argument in his newest book Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. In his first nonfiction book since the The Long Emergency (2005), Kunstler presents new evidence to support his […]

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December 16 2013

Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France, and (Old) New Forms of Transportation

December 16th, 2013Posted by 

The magazine Ville Rail & Transports has recently singled out the Toulouse Metropolitan Area’s programs by awarding them with the “New Forms of Transportation” prize. It is time to express appreciation for everyone involved in these policies. This distinguished project has been based on a great deal of voluntary action. It’s interesting to note that […]

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December 10 2013

Reimagine Phoenix: Boosting the Economy with Trash

December 10th, 2013Posted by 

Phoenicians have been searching high and low for a new identity to give to their sprawling Bird on Fire, branded by Andrew Ross in 2011 as the “World’s Least Sustainable City.” Last year, the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University (ASU), and St. Luke’s Health Initiative decided it was time to Reinvent Phoenix through transit-oriented […]

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December 09 2013

Closure of The Champlain Bridge: Transportation Sustainability in Montreal, Quebec

December 9th, 2013Posted by 

It’s hard to look past the topic of the week: the Champlain Bridge! The closure of several lanes on the bridge deck caused huge traffic jams over several kilometers at the beginning of the week, with the same happening at all road accesses crossing the St. Lawrence River. And that is only the start of […]

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December 02 2013

Homelessness on the Rise: 13,500 Tenants Evicted in Greece

December 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Athens and other major Greek cities, due to the economic crisis, are experiencing a sad mismatch between the increase of the overall homelessness and the rise of vacant buildings. Many middle- and lower- class people of moderate educational backgrounds that before the economic crisis could live in relatively good standards, now populate the decadent streets […]

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November 29 2013

What’s Happening to the Land of Lakes? A Case Study of White Bear Lake

November 29th, 2013Posted by 

Growing up in Mahtomedi, MN, White Bear Lake had a stronghold in my life. As a child, my nanny would take me there to learn to swim. Growing older, it became the location of my friend’s biking and summer adventures. Although this lake is typically considered one of the deepest, largest, and cleanest in the […]

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November 21 2013

New and Improved: A Book Review for Charter of the New Urbanism, 2nd Edition

November 21st, 2013Posted by 

It might have been 14 years, but we have a Charter Book back in print again. The Congress for the New Urbanism has updated the classic book, long out of print, based on the CNU Charter that was signed in 1996. The Charter itself remains unchanged; this edition of the book simply advances the original principles […]

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November 18 2013

Self-Made City: Collective Intelligence in Co-housing Projects from Berlin

November 18th, 2013Posted by 

In the past, participatory planning used to be regarded as an annoying factor in the already intricate procedures of urban planning. Fortunately, today participation seems to permeate through a variety of city projects. This time around, the good news comes from Berlin. Self-Made City is a bilingual (German-English) book by the German Jovis. As the […]

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November 12 2013

Greening Lower Grand Avenue: Community Visioning Gone Right

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

In a city infamous for auto-oriented development, muddled identity, and isolated suburbs, one neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona has epitomized what it means to spark community revitalization. Lower Grand Avenue is a mile-long corridor adjacent to the city’s downtown. Like most of the urban core, the neighborhood has a long history of disinvestment; however, in the […]

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October 23 2013

Developing the Community: The Contentious Plan to Redevelop Melbourne’s Crisis Housing Towers

October 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Ghettos, projects, and slums are some of the names given to lower income areas. In Melbourne, the housing commissions have provided housing to lower income classes since the 1960′s. Major housing commissions positioned within inner Melbourne are included in the following areas: Carlton; Richmond; Flemington; South Melbourne; Prahran; and North Fitzroy. Their role in Melbourne […]

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September 26 2013

Grant Funded Projects Shaping Lincoln, Nebraska

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

With any development project, much focus is placed on the big picture, the final product. However more often than not, many never think about the road taken to get to this final product. During the initial stages of planning, sources of money and budgets are of the utmost of concern as the design must fit […]

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September 25 2013

As The Economy Trends South: Victorian Government Proposes ‘East-West’

September 25th, 2013Posted by 

Though a city of less than five million people, Melbourne is a sprawling city that’s population and sprawl are growing at an exponential rate. The development of housing in outer Melbourne has choked existing infrastructure, due to the inability for Victoria to integrate public transportation within these newly developed areas. The government’s latest decision to […]

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September 24 2013

The Desperate Need for Effective Regional Planning in The San Francisco Bay Area

September 24th, 2013Posted by 

Between 2010 and 2040, the Bay Area’s nine counties are projected to add: 1.1 million jobs and 2.1 million people and 660,000 homes. On July 18th, the Bay Area took a major step in addressing its long-term regional growth. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted Plan Bay […]

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September 11 2013

Nanny State: How Victorians Are Losing Their Freedom

September 11th, 2013Posted by 

As a Melburnian, I feel privileged to live in a city that offers such varying activities and landscapes within such a well-governed state. However, in recent years I have acknowledged that the liberties of my life have been diminishing, and that the powers that be may be slowly tightening their grip on day-to-day life in […]

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September 10 2013

Redefining Green Building: Greenpeace Headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 10th, 2013Posted by 

In June 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters for the global organization Greenpeace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I already knew that the building was energy efficient, and “green” in every sense of the word. However, it wasn’t as promoted or publicized like other examples of supposed sustainable architecture in the country, and you can […]

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August 28 2013

One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable

August 28th, 2013Posted by 

Over the last fifty years, Australia has witnessed migration levels that now make it as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. As you speak to European migrants who came during the baby boom period, they relay to you just how hard they had it. As new generations of migrants arrive, their stories […]

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August 16 2013

Governing the New American Municipality: Your Crash Course in Detroit Politics

August 16th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s bankruptcy shocked those who obviously hadn’t been paying attention to the pandemic issues of inequality sweeping across cities in the United States over the past half century. The state of governance in Detroit becomes more twisted everyday: the City’s planning future characterized by an emphasis on the Detroit Future City Framework, the controversy over […]

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August 14 2013

Why Rail is Imperative for Melbourne’s International Airport Linkages

August 14th, 2013Posted by 

As major cities around Australia and the world have acted on the growth of their cities and airports’ patronage by installing high-volume contemporary public transport services, the world’s most liveable city’s airport has stood still. As Sydney Airport constructed a rail system as the Olympics approached, Melbourne has failed to canvass any such plans whilst announcing that a new […]

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