January 14 2014

The Covered River that Gave Belfast its Name

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Belfast is derived from the Irish Name of Béal Feirste meaning the mouth of the River Farset. Now, the River Farset is covered and contained in a pipe. Old drawings show it as bustling river which once was the heart of Belfast’s industrial development. The capital city of Northern Ireland was founded on a muddy ford […]

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January 09 2014

KCP&L Using Complexity to Simplify Problems with the SmartGrid

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

The energy industry is a gigantic web of information and non-linear processes that have different networks, feed-ins, and balances between supply and demand on a second-by-second basis. Even at the city level, providing power adequately to all citizens and incurring minimal losses is a challenge all in itself. In the context of global emissions, energy […]

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January 02 2014

Planning Decision-Making in China Calls for More Accountability

January 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Recent incidents of shifting plans without notifying residents have triggered the Chinese society’s attention on planning issues. For example, a proposed apartment building plan was changed to a gas station in Zhuzhou, and an underground parking lot in Changsha became a market. Some experts have said that local government officials change the plans without a […]

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December 31 2013

Space Standards Continue Shrinking in the United Kingdom

December 31st, 2013Posted by 

Recently, Governments within the United Kingdom have proposed a housing standards review considering the minimum space standards. First announced in 2010, the government stressed the need for an industry-led examination of housing standards. This topic was aroused by the shocking statistics of new homes that were being built at smaller sizes than the already existing homes. […]

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December 25 2013

The Unwelcomed “Mini-Disneyland” of Puteaux, Île-de-France, France

December 25th, 2013Posted by 

Multiple Santa Clauses, candy and cookies, and a Christmas tree. Recently, the city council organized a festival for the inauguration of the “theater village” made up of about ten stores surrounding a fenced-in area overlooking Richard Wallace Boulevard, directly in line with what was supposed to be a “green area.” The grouping of buildings was […]

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December 19 2013

How Hidden Architectural History Shapes Seattle’s Downtown

December 19th, 2013Posted by 

Louis Sullivan famously stated “Form follows function.” One of the main functions of a downtown building should be to be usable to the public. In Seattle, this is done through privately-owned public spaces and architectural nuances. Sometimes this is obvious; but often the best public spaces are in hidden places. The Seattle Architecture Foundation leads […]

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December 17 2013

Integrating Western China’s Urbanization with the New Silk Road

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently published the Western China Development Report, which shows that the urbanization rate in Western China reached 44.93% in year 2012, compared to 60% in the Eastern China. The central government proposed to integrate urbanization in western China with the development of the “New Silk Road.” Among all the agendas, international […]

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December 12 2013

Guangdong Province Sets up Ecological Control Boundary to Tackle Sprawl

December 12th, 2013Posted by 

On November 27, 2013 the Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development held a training workshop on “Greenway Construction Management and Ecological Control Line Delineation.” The workshop aimed to instruct cities in the Guangdong Province on how to set up the ecological control boundary by the end of 2014, which is expected to serve […]

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December 11 2013

Station Square: From Train Depot to Tourism Hotspot

December 11th, 2013Posted by 

Station Square has had a storied history in the city of Pittsburgh for over 100 years. The 52-acre site was originally the location of the Pittsburgh train terminal, which was the central station of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. The Pittsburgh train terminal was built in 1897 by William George Burns, and was the […]

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December 10 2013

Noord-Zuidlijn in Amsterdam: Digging a Metro Line under the Historic City

December 10th, 2013Posted by 

For the last ten years, visitors of Amsterdam have been surprised at the sight of several open construction sites in the city’s historic center. Starting at Central Station, open construction sites are found throughout the city until the South/WTC railway station. The reality is that those multiple sites are all part of one big project: […]

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December 05 2013

Successful Development of Lincoln’s West Haymarket Spurs Phase Two

December 5th, 2013Posted by 

Since the completion of the newly nominated best major concert venue award by Pollstar Magazine, Pinnacle Bank Arena, the West Haymarket area has taken off. Becoming a hub for new restaurants, a sport, concert and event venue, as well as home to new apartments and hotels, the Haymarket area has provided the city of Lincoln, […]

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November 28 2013

Nanjing Proposed to Build Sino-Singapore Eco Hi-Tech Island

November 28th, 2013Posted by 

The Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island is set to be an island showcasing the future of Nanjing and its aspirations to be a center for the development and practice of high-tech innovation in areas such as IT services, eco-environmental service, the modern service industry and the modern agriculture service industry. The location of the Eco […]

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November 27 2013

Pittsburgh Leading the Way in Historic Preservation

November 27th, 2013Posted by 

Since the 1960′s, the city of Pittsburgh has been one of the largest centers for historic preservation in any city in America. The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation was created in 1964 and has awarded over 500 historic plaques, designated twelve historic districts, and named 90 historic structures for preservation across the city limits. These […]

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November 26 2013

Beijing Develops Tongzhou New City as its Sub-Center

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

On June 29th, the eleventh Beijing Municipal Party Congress positioned the development of the Tongzhou New City as “the sub-center of Beijing.” Liu Qi, Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China said in the government report that it’s time to speed up the pace of urbanization, and to further implement […]

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November 19 2013

A Missing Core: Architectural Education in Northern Ireland

November 19th, 2013Posted by 

Architectural education is vitally important, as both the public and professionals alike can stimulate a collaborative community seeking the best for their future. The diagram below shows how architecture, planning and urbanism, and landscape architecture in the UK are treated as three separate areas. I believe the missing core to this diagram is the education […]

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November 13 2013

Pittsburgh’s Venues Help Bring in Tourism

November 13th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Pittsburgh is known for having some of the best stadiums and arenas across the United States. With over a dozen total venues, Pittsburgh brings in thousands of people a year for concerts and sports events across the city. The largest two stadiums in the city, Heinz Field and PNC Park, sit within […]

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November 12 2013

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

IJburg is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam. In this city of high density and scarce developable land, the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive planning process. IJburg is a unique urban planning experiment that consisted of creating a neighborhood from scratch. The project came mainly to respond to a […]

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November 12 2013

Hainan Province Establishes “Big Sanya Tourism Circle” to Integrate Regional Tourism Resources

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

Regional economic integration that creates synergy among neighboring cities has become a trendy economic development strategy in China. In Hainan Province’s tourism industry, this concept is turning into realization. On October 26th 2013, a special conference took place in the Sanya Hai Tang Wan Westin Hotel. Sanya, the southernmost city of Hainan Province and China, […]

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November 11 2013

Restoring an “Industrial Ghost” in Montreal, Canada

November 11th, 2013Posted by 

It is a strange building, made entirely of white concrete, with a mysterious shape. Abandoned for nearly ten years, the Wellington Switch Tower, a gem from Montreal’s industrial past, will now take on a new life. For fifty-seven years, this two-story bunker, located near the Lachine canal in the Griffintown neighborhood, housed the switching center […]

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October 29 2013

Amsterdam-Noord: From an Abandoned Shipyard to Amsterdam’s Creative District

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

While waiting for the ferry at the wharf behind Amsterdam Central Station, the Eye Film Museum designed by the Viennese architectural firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects stands with its futuristic design as a landmark on the IJ Lake northern shore. A fifteen minute ride on a free ferry took me along the shore, to what is […]

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