March 03 2015

Four Years After Paris, France’s Fréquel-Fontarabie Eco-Neighborhood Opening

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Four years after its opening, and one year after being labelled an “eco-neighborhood,” what has become of the Fréquel-Fontarabie housing block, located in Paris’s 20th district? Has it been able to fulfill its energy-conservation promises? A mid-February evaluation allowed us to take stock of the situation of this program developed ten years ago in partnership […]

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March 02 2015

The Year of Milan, Italy? Starting the Countdown to Expo 2015

March 2nd, 2015Posted by 

According to internet buzz, Milan is the city of the moment and the place to visit in 2015. In addition to this year’s Fashion Week and Design Week, Milan will also be the host of one of the largest world fairs held since 1800: Expo 2015. One hundred and seventy-five countries are set to take part in this international fair, with 7,000 different […]

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February 27 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Loring Park Beautifully Mixes Local Culture

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Loring Park, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, experiences an incredible blend of culture and art. It has a prime location; bordered by multiple neighborhoods, academic establishments, downtown Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Convention Center and the famous Walker Art Center. All of this causes the park to be a hub of diversity for the City of Minneapolis. Loring Park […]

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February 25 2015

Los Angeles’ Eco-Village Proves Intentional is Possible in Urban Settings

February 25th, 2015Posted by 

Consisting of two city blocks in the intensely-urban, working-class neighborhood of Koreatown, the Los Angeles Eco-Village is one of the few intentional communities that exist in Los Angeles. What exactly is an eco-village? Taken from the Global Ecovillage Network, an eco-village is an “intentional community using local participatory processes to integrate ecological, economic, social, and […]

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February 20 2015

Benin, Africa Architect Roméo Mivekannin: “Architecture is a Powerful Political Act”

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

Roméo Mivekannin is a young Beninese architect from Cotonou, Africa, where his family still lives. He has just finished his studies at the Distinguished National School of Architecture in Toulouse (ENSA). As a student, he followed an unusual path of study. This, coupled with his fierce desire to succeed, helped him to make his longtime […]

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February 17 2015

Roland Castro on Using Design to Aid Struggling Neighborhoods in Paris, France

February 17th, 2015Posted by 

What is the best way to fight against the ghettoisation of disadvantaged neighborhoods? Roland Castro, architect and urban planner in charge of the Banlieues 89 project and a member of the Atelier International du Grand Paris, notably proposes a Central Park for greater Paris. We asked him what projects most urgently needed to be put […]

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February 16 2015

Vision Zero 2024: San Francisco Streets No Longer Dangerous By Design?

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

The phrase “dangerous by design” embodies the reality of San Francisco streets. Biking down Market street during the five o’clock rush, I had no idea my biggest fear would come true: I lost a hopeless battle with a bus for a spot in a shared bike lane. I was pushed onto streetcar tracks where my front […]

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February 16 2015

Milan, Italy Ranks 41 in the World According to Mercer’s Quality of Life Index

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

Leadership, as we speak about it, comes in many different forms. Often, leadership involves mapping out the future of an organization. An effective leader creates an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring others to participate. But how can a city be a leader? What would be the qualities of this leading city, and how would we […]

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February 13 2015

Montreal, Canada Aims to Double City’s Bike Paths Despite Naysayers

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Montreal, Canada intends to double the length of its biking network over the course of the next few years – a project that could cost about 150 million dollars. The opposition, however, doubts the Coderre administration’s capacity to lead so many projects. The metropolis has begun to map the development of the bike path network, […]

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February 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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February 06 2015

Tours, France’s Jacques-Duclos Avenue To Undergo 5 Million Euro Redesign

February 6th, 2015Posted by 

Jacques-Duclos Avenue, the eastern entry-point of Tours, France, is in need of a new look. Tours plans on allocating 4-5 million euros in order to give it such a facelift. It is well known that Duclos Avenue is not the most “welcoming” street for drivers returning to Tours from the east. However, Jacques-Duclos Avenue, which stretches across […]

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February 04 2015

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Outsourced Public Transportation System Fails Citizens

February 4th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s largest city, and as its capital, it is experiencing rapid urbanization. With a metropolitan population of around 2.2 million people, the next largest city of Battambang doesn’t compare at only 200,000 people. As the population grows, the city is in need of more comprehensive transportation infrastructure to better accommodate further development. […]

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February 02 2015

The Fleet of the Future: BART’s Improved Design for the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is getting a much needed remodel after 40 years of service. The typical Bay Area commuter’s relationship with BART has always been strained. A typical BART ride, much like that on any big city’s public transit system, involves outdated design, crowded cars, maintenance delays, and unsightly seating tainted from someone […]

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January 30 2015

Pedestrians Prioritized in Montreal, Canada: Five Projects Launching in 2015

January 30th, 2015Posted by 

In Montreal, Canada, five streets will be transformed in order to provide more space for pedestrians, beginning this summer. These projects are part of the city’s new urban planning program. On Sunday, the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, announced the City of Montreal’s intention to allot more space to pedestrians while renovating the streets. In 2015, […]

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January 29 2015

Los Angeles, California Announces New Plans in Anticipation of “The Big One”

January 29th, 2015Posted by 

In a large metropolitan region like Los Angeles County, California, preparing for disasters, both natural and man-made, is a huge governmental concern. With a population of just over 10 million people, Los Angeles County is home to over 200,000 businesses. Specific to earthquakes, Mayor Garcetti has recently announced a new plan called “Resilience by Design” to help […]

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January 27 2015

In Toulouse, France, Victor Hugo Market and Square Slated for Renovation

January 27th, 2015Posted by 

Between now and 2020, the Victor Hugo neighborhood of Toulouse, France will be totally renovated. The market and parking lot (both located in the modern structure whose facade is shown above) will be redone, and the square will be redesigned by urban planner Joan Busquets - with construction lasting 18 months. Work could begin in the […]

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January 26 2015

Creative Augmented Reality App in San Francisco: Reimagining the SFMOMA

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is “closed for construction, yet more open than ever.” With the museum expansion still under construction until early 2016, the SFMOMA collection has been popping up around the Bay Area in exhibits held within surrounding museums and public spaces. Even with the handful of curated exhibits planted throughout […]

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January 26 2015

Longest Footbridge East of the Mississippi: Century-Old Willimantic Footbridge

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

While Willimantic’s Frog Bridge might be eastern Connecticut’s most familiar bridge, there is a far more historically notable bridge close by that has provided access to Willimantic’s downtown for over a century: the Willimantic Footbridge. As the Willimantic textile industry grew in the 1800’s, so did it’s neighborhoods on the south side of the town’s namesake river. […]

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January 20 2015

Are Eco-Towers Coming to Downtown Paris, France?

January 20th, 2015Posted by 

An engineering and architecture firm have been working on Paris’ Climate/Energy Plan, to be achieved by 2050. Their work led to plans for large, positive energy apartment buildings. How can we invent the city of the future while considering the constraints, necessities, and aspirations of its inhabitants, administrations, and enterprises? This, especially given that we live in a […]

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January 16 2015

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill. Over the past five years, the policies instated by Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé, have considerably reduced the city’s […]

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