June 06 2013

The On-Going Redevelopment Controversy at Cabrini-Green: Chicago, Illinois

June 6th, 2013Posted by 

Cabrini-Green Housing Project at its dedication in 1942 The failures of idealistic public housing projects have been studied and debated by many, and tarnished the credibility of American urban planners for a generation. Urban renewal policies in the middle of the twentieth century advocated the clearance of entire neighborhoods, and their replacement with high-rise housing […]

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May 31 2013

Ano Poli, Thessaloniki: The Charm of Architectural Integrity

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

In almost every city, there is a specific area that everyone visits to spend hours just walking, taking photos, and relaxing. Can it be a coincidence that this area almost in every city is the so-called “old town?” In Thessaloniki, Greece, the prominent “Ano Poli,” meaning “upper side of the city,” is one of the […]

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May 31 2013

Midnight Tram Through Nottingham: The Economic Impact of Tramlines

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

Tramways have a greater impact on communities than local governments give them. Tramways connect people and business in a way that no other physical medium can. These electric transportation vessels revitalize and help refurbish and reshape not only businesses and surrounding streets, but also business models and the identities of cities. Nottingham Express Transit or […]

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May 17 2013

How Skate Parks Can Transform Urban Areas

May 17th, 2013Posted by 

Nowadays, skateparks seem to be the new form of the traditional town squares we all remember visiting during our childhood and adolescence years. It’s not surprising that more and more people gather in this type of park to meet with their friends, spend their evening and, of course, practice sports like skating, roller-skating, and BMX […]

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May 08 2013

Washington, DC: Who are the Developers Competing to Repurpose Walter Reed?

May 8th, 2013Posted by 

Located in northern Washington, DC, to the east of Rock Creek Park and south of Silver Spring, Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), once redeveloped, will fuse new commercial establishments and residences into a community of established residential neighborhoods. The Department of State will retain the smaller portion of the 113-acre WRAMC campus, while […]

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May 03 2013

Green Schoolyards and Their Effect on Education: Thessaloniki, Greece

May 3rd, 2013Posted by 

It is really disappointing that every time we think of schools, a rigid, concrete structure comes to mind. Even in kindergarten, some of us remember playing inside the building, rather than enjoying a large green playground. Hopefully, this won’t have to be the case for our children. A few months ago, the municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece, […]

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May 02 2013

Successful Storefronts in South Florida

May 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Window shopping is a popular pastime – but have you ever noticed that some storefronts are simply better for on-foot shopping than others? While conventional retail has given higher priority to faster-moving automobile visibility, the traditional fundamentals of human-based storefront design are often overlooked. The success of local businesses, and the walkability well-designed storefronts promote, […]

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April 25 2013

Close But No Cigar: A Review of James S. Russell’s The Agile City

April 25th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years we have begun to feel the effects of climate change the world over. In America, hurricanes like Superstorm Sandy and Katrina brought urban areas to their knees, killing people, destroying communities, and causing untold billions in damage. In this context, urban analyst and historian James S. Russell’s book The Agile City calls […]

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April 22 2013

What Athenians in the Greek Capital are Rethinking

April 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Apart from the economic crisis that they have been facing for the past five years, Athenians also have to re-think the city center of Athens. More precisely, they have to re-think one of the most prominent axes that unifies Sintagma (Constitution) and Omonia (Concord) central Squares, which are also attached to the famous neoclassical trilogy […]

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April 19 2013

St. Sophia’s Street in Thessaloniki, Greece: A Pedestrian Zone?

April 19th, 2013Posted by 

Thessaloniki, Greece is a city with numerous beautiful spots, great architecture, and a long history. However, many current problems in the city have occurred due to modern style of life. For example, there is a significant lack of green spaces. The ideal average share of green space is estimated at 20 m²∕capita to 10 m²∕capita […]

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April 14 2013

Seeking Spring 2013 Internship Applications: Environmental Design Blogger

April 14th, 2013Posted by 

Do you have a unique specialty in the field of environmental design? Do you currently live in a town or city that has not/or is currently not being covered by another blogger? Have you successfully managed social media platforms? Do you have a passion for writing and want to learn how to successfully blog? If […]

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April 12 2013

Cincinnati Public Staircases: A Walking History Abandoned But Not Forgotten

April 12th, 2013Posted by 

In recent decades, public staircases have been subject to a great deal of controversy in most cities, often viewed as places which are commonly associated with dangerous illegal activities such as crime, drug use, and even violence. In Cincinnati, Ohio – these staircases can be found in various urban locations throughout the city – some […]

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April 11 2013

Hyde Park and Bronzeville: Gentrification on Chicago’s South Side

April 11th, 2013Posted by 

With last fall’s announcement that the low-cost supermarket Village Foods would be closing in favor of a new upscale Whole Foods location, a long-running debate about gentrification on Chicago’s South Side was re-ignited. The Hyde Park storefront is adjacent to the University of Chicago, and is part of a larger development project slated to bring […]

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April 05 2013

Transit-Oriented Developments are One Answer to Austin’s Growth Need

April 5th, 2013Posted by 

As Austin, Texas strives to grow as a more environmentally and socially sustainable city, it has turned to Smart Growth principles to obtain its growth goals. One way in which the city has met this challenge is through the implementation of Transit-Oriented Developments, or TODs. The principles are transit-centric and consist of the following: ●     […]

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March 28 2013

The University Of Nebraska, Lincoln: Once Again A Hub For New Design

March 28th, 2013Posted by 

In my opinion, the future of building is building up. The use of multifunctional buildings to conserve space is a necessary component of smart urban planning for the future. While many large East Coast cities within the U.S, as well as many cities internationally have adopted this practice, there is definite improvement to be had […]

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March 26 2013

Cities as Brands: Global Recognition of Local Cultures through Place Branding

March 26th, 2013Posted by 

In a global economy, where places are in tight competition for investors, companies, workforce, and tourists, creating a place brand has become a powerful tool. Cities like Paris, London, and New York have distinctive features that tell a story about their urbanity, history and lifestyle. These images are commonly created not by accident, but are […]

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March 22 2013

The Alley Flat Initiative: Affordable and Sustainable Design

March 22nd, 2013Posted by 

The Alley Flat Initiative is a collaborative project between the Gaudalupe Neighborhood Cooperation, the Austin Community Design and Development Center, and the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development. The initiative’s goal is to demonstrate affordable and adaptable housing types with efficient design and sustainable technologies. The alley flats are “small, detached residential units, accessed […]

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March 18 2013

Planning for the Sustainable Revitalization of Chicago’s Neighborhoods

March 18th, 2013Posted by 

What is the most effective method for rejuvenating neighborhoods that have seen chronic underinvestment for generations? This is a daunting question that major cities across the United States have struggled to answer for decades.  While there may be no easy answer, the City of Chicago believes that they have developed a unique approach that will […]

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March 15 2013

Cincinnati Bockfest Proudly Heralds German Brewing Heritage

March 15th, 2013Posted by 

During the twilight of the 1880s, Cincinnati, OH, (the Queen City) was internationally celebrated as one of the most prolific centers for beer brewing in the United States. According to Michael D. Morgan, Author of Over the Rhine: When Beer was King, Cincinnati, during this pinnacle era, was chief among the Great American Brewing cities. The city […]

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March 14 2013

Preservation or Progress? The Battle for Prentice Hospital

March 14th, 2013Posted by 

As architect Bertrand Goldberg’s civic legacy was highlighted in his engagement with Federal regulators during the Marina City Project, another prominent building of his remains mired in a preservation struggle. The Prentice Women’s Hospital (pictured above) is considered an icon of modern design, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation just lost the fight to save it from […]

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