August 29 2014

Development of the Isle of Nantes, France: What Awaits in 2023?

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

In 2023, 3,000 residents and 2,000 employees will move into the housing, offices, and stores of la Prairie-au-Duc, a new neighborhood west of the Isle of Nantes, France. Already, two apartment buildings have been constructed just behind Les Nefs. One houses the Cinécréatis School and its five hundred students of audiovisual, cinema, and new technologies. The building also includes a student […]

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August 29 2014

Strasbourg, France Tests Reduced Traffic Fines for Cyclists – Are They Effective?

August 29th, 2014Posted by 

Since November 2012, Strasbourg, France has been experimenting with reduced fines, created exclusively for cyclists. Instead of paying a fine of 90 euros, cyclists benefit from a tariff of 45.60 euros, used for ten different infractions. Two years later, where are we? Are these fines actually effective? Two years ago, Strasbourg became the object of […]

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August 27 2014

Taking Inspiration from Central Park: The European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A “Central Park” for Brussels? Busy in her office in the city’s Place Royale, Marie-Laure Roggemans stops for a bit when someone says these magic words. “I always think about it,” she says while smiling behind her large glasses. Known as “Madame Europe,” Roggemans ensures contact between the Brussels-Capital Region and European authorities. Of course, […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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August 27 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Luis Lozano-Paredes in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Bogotá, Cali and Medellín, Colombia

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

As I complete my two year internship with The Grid, it is time for a retrospective look. Two years ago I was beginning “Part 2” of my career in architecture, a mandatory professional cycle after your first undergraduate degree towards becoming a certified Architect in Argentina. I was unsure at the time if I wanted to […]

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August 26 2014

Bordeaux, France Encouraging Public Transportation Users to Walk Instead of Ride?

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

In order to relieve congestion on downtown tramway lines, a marketing campaign plans to suggest that users of Bordeaux’s TBC choose to walk between certain stations. It’s the world turned upside down: a public transportation operator inciting its customers to walk rather than use the tramway! This is what Keolis, manager of the TBC network […]

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August 25 2014

Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building. For example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which can be argued as one of the design and engineering wonders of the world, was once labeled “a mast of iron gymnasium apparatus, incomplete, confused and deformed” by the […]

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August 22 2014

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa’s Next Transit Challenge

August 22nd, 2014Posted by 

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals, as has been the case in Toronto. Ottawa’s success comes in part from […]

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August 18 2014

Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy?

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015, and is set to draw millions of visitors from Italy and all over the world. The event provides a showcase for important urban development and job opportunities. It also focuses on fundamental issues […]

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August 15 2014

Campustown Action Association: Informing via Social Media in Ames, Iowa

August 15th, 2014Posted by 

When a major redevelopment project happens in a community, it is important to keep residents informed and aware of every step of the planning process. In Ames, Iowa, this responsibility is taken up by the Campustown Action Association (CAA). This neighborhood organization seeks to promote the vitality of the Ames neighborhood known as Campustown. One […]

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August 13 2014

Government Technology Facilitates a “New City” in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

With the rise of the technological era, city governments are rapidly realizing the importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens. Through marketing and the creation of new and renovated built environments, members of society can get excited about having something fresh and new to look forward […]

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August 13 2014

The Grid’s Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10

August 13th, 2014Posted by 

Last year, for the first time, The Grid introduced the Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2013. We’ve now returned with an updated list, including different rankings and two new names, The South African Institution of Civil Engineering and National Council of Structural Engineers Association. Thanks to Alexa Analytics, we were able to find out […]

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August 12 2014

A “Better Market Street:” The Revitalization Plans for San Francisco’s City Center

August 12th, 2014Posted by 

Market Street serves as the primary artery of San Francisco serving to filter hoards of pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars through its corridor. Despite the daily quarter of a million people using transit, over 200,000 pedestrians walking its corridor, and thousands of cyclists on the street, Market continues to fall short as a destination point for […]

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August 07 2014

The Official Launch of the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists, Paris

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Equality has launched the registration period for the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists in order to valorize the young generation and its ability to respond to the complexity of current urban problems. Registration is open to all young professionals, regardless of nationality. In such a way, the ministry wants […]

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August 07 2014

Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic

August 7th, 2014Posted by 

If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives. The good news is that our city São Paulo has great weather, but we are stuck in traffic. The Urban Mobility Research […]

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August 05 2014

Saint-Catherine, Montreal Struggles with Downtown Transportation Access

August 5th, 2014Posted by 

François Cardinal invited Clément Demers, an architect, urban planner, and professor in the University of Montreal’s School of Architecture, to write an article for his blog. The article related to a piece that Cardinal had written about Montréal’s Rue St. Catherine earlier in the week, now published on the same site, La Presse. The development of downtown and the surrounding […]

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August 01 2014

Nairobi, Kenya’s 1973 Master Plan Receives an Update

August 1st, 2014Posted by 

Urban planners from the County Government of Nairobi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have produced a new Master plan called Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN). This is expected to guide the growth and development of the City for the next 15 years. It is the first major plan since the Nairobi Metropolitan Growth Strategy […]

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July 31 2014

Recycling Waste into Homes for the Homeless of San Francisco

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

With over 6,000 homeless people in San Francisco, there are a variety of housing services available. Although even with shelter programs, and temporary and subsidized housing options, more than half of homeless individuals are still sleeping on the street. Artist Gregory Kloehn takes the matter into his own hands to give immediate shelter and safety […]

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July 31 2014

In Montreal, A Different Way of Looking at Historic Preservation

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

How far do we have to go in order to protect our urban heritage without turning our cities into soulless museums? In the aftermath of the demolition of the Redpath House, a Montreal architectural gem, the scientific director of the Canadian research chair in urban heritage of UQAM, Lucie K. Morisset, speaks out. And these […]

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July 30 2014

Students Envision a Future Transportation Corridor for Strasbourg, Alsace, France

July 30th, 2014Posted by 

Envision a new urban corridor between Strasbourg’s local airport and the European Parliament Building, also featuring a “European-Express.” That is just one of the ideas dreamt up by prize-winning urban planning students for a contest entitled “Strasbourg 2050.” They are formulating projects suitable for the lofty aims of this competition, which is to “imagine the city […]

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