August 12 2014

Access for All?: Planning Sector Technological Advances in Galway, Ireland

August 12th, 2014Posted by 

In the past fifteen years, the technological advances in Galway, Ireland have been nothing short of phenomenal, not only in the planning sector but for life in general. A few years ago one would have to scan through a book of numbers looking for planning applications, but nowadays a click of the mouse on the internet can bring […]

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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 30 2014

Ottawa is Suburban: Why Imitate Downtown Development?

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Canada is a suburban nation, and its suburbs continue to grow. This is the primary conclusion of research conducted at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, which found that 90% of population growth in Canada between 2006 and 2011 was in car-oriented suburbs or commuter towns. This is no different in Ottawa, where the urban core […]

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July 28 2014

Milan’s Zaha Hadid “City Life” Project Lacks Cultural Authenticity & Inclusiveness

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

Even if architects and urban planners occasionally get wrapped up in their own ideas, the city is and has to be built for its citizens. In other words, the city belongs to the people and it’s design should reflect the comfort and desires of those who live in it. And where planners can’t find a […]

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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

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S., the National and Gunther Breweries, once operating in Baltimore, have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing […]

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July 17 2014

New Mobile App for Bus Commuters in Rio de Janeiro Found Unuseful

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

On the 11th of June, the city of Rio de Janeiro received a tool that allows mobile access and real-time information about bus lines and routes, as well as attractions. Through QR Code technology and Near Field Communication (NFC), users point their smartphone devices towards adhesive signs installed in five thousand points on the fleet […]

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July 15 2014

The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale

July 15th, 2014Posted by 

In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th century, to present, into its built environment. The Argentine presentation for the biennale, under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ culture […]

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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 08 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Reforms Urban Waste Disposal Practices

July 8th, 2014Posted by 

Many people separate dry waste from organic waste, but we know little about the destination of these materials. If, indeed, they are used for recycling, isn’t it possible to also reuse organic waste? The final destination of waste is a major concern of our cities today. Most of the waste still goes to unsafe landfills, […]

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July 04 2014

San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving. New ways to interact, communicate […]

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July 03 2014

Red Line Light Rail Plans Spark Needed Discussion Across Baltimore

July 3rd, 2014Posted by 

The City of Baltimore has a lot of problems, just some of which officials hope to solve with fourteen miles of new light rail. The new Red Line project will be the city’s second light rail line, this time connecting the long-neglected southwest Baltimore to the downtown area and through to southeastern neighborhoods. The hope […]

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July 01 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Will Soon Have a Free Bicycle Service Center

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

São Paulo, Brazil has already surpassed 11 million inhabitants, and the issue of urban mobility is becoming increasingly relevant. While the fleet of cars in the city is growing three times faster than the population, congestion has set new records, and quality of life has worsened. In response to such aggravating circumstances, the capital has taken a series […]

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June 30 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Jonathan Knight: Denver, Colorado

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

It’s amazing how much you can learn about a city like Denver, Colorado once you start writing about it. My internship at The Grid exposed me to a variety of community projects or urban planning trends in Denver I had little knowledge of before I started writing. I got to cover the nation’s first legal […]

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June 30 2014

Via Paolo Sarpi: The Milanese Chinatown

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

I came to Via Paolo Sarpi for the first time three years ago, when my friend, visiting from England, and I got lost on our way to see the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. We were walking for the longest time and at some point realized the environment had changed completely – from the store design, to its […]

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June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

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June 10 2014

Former Hellenico Airport : Checking-in at an Open Space in Athens, Greece

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

Almost fifteen years have passed since the last commercial flight departed from Hellenico International Airport in Athens, Greece. Covering six hundred hectares, there is abandoned infrastructure, leftover auxiliary facilities and expansive wide open space waiting to be re-purposed. Nearly twice as big as Hyde Park or Central Park and with five kilometers of coastline, Hellenico is a huge piece […]

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May 29 2014

Rising Property Taxes in São Paulo, Amongst Poor Municipal Planning

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

After a court barred a proposal to increase property taxes in Rio de Janeiro, the administration of Mayor Fernando Haddad (PT) chose another way to raise taxes. The administration proposed an increase in the calculation basis of the ITBI tax, to be levied in cases of a real estate transfer. According to a report published […]

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May 26 2014

How Melbourne’s New Urban Growth Boundary will Shape the City

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

The Melbourne Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, recently approved five new towers to be situated in the Southbank area of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). This comes with the recent release of Plan Melbourne, a document focusing on the future of Melbourne as it battles rising congestion and scarcity of affordable housing. The greatest dilemma brought into […]

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