May 26 2014

Underground Public Parking Lots: An Idea That Should be Buried in Brussels, Belgium

May 26th, 2014Posted by 

At the end of January of this year, the City of Brussels announced its project for reorganizing the city center’s squares and boulevards, labelled “A New Heart for Brussels!” to great fanfare. The most striking proposition of this plan is the redevelopment of public spaces in the heart of the city’s historic center, consisting of […]

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May 23 2014

Three Challenges to Walkability in Ottawa’s Uptown Rideau Neighbourhood

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

What goes into making a walkable neighbourhood? In my far-flung suburb of Stittsville, Ontario, even a fifteen minute walk won’t get you to the nearest cup of coffee. Here, in the automobile’s natural habitat, an obvious answer is scale. So I was surprised to learn of a local Jane’s Walk of downtown Ottawa, that even […]

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May 23 2014

Vision Zero Project: Rethinking “Safe” Pedestrian Infrastructure in San Francisco

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Walking through downtown San Francisco can have an appeal similar to a game of Russian roulette. But in this game of chance, the bullets are one to two ton cars. Within half an hour, I had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing a bicyclist get run off the road and a skateboarder slam face first into a […]

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May 23 2014

The Emerging Motorcycle Taxi Sector of Nairobi, Kenya

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

When we think of mobility as a public good, we need to ensure that people can access different parts of the city in a flexible manner. There are several means that can be used for this from bicycles and cars to walking and public transportation. The phenomenon of motorcycle taxis has become popular around the world recently. However, many urban planners, authorities […]

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May 22 2014

Andre Blouin, The Modern Design of Montreal

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

As Europe was in full swing of reconstruction after WWII, Andre Blouin was shaping his style working in the atelier of August Perret in Paris. Passionate disciple of modernist principles, in 1952, he established himself in Montreal, a city whose image he would create. Montreal architect of the French Pavilion (the current Casino of Montreal), […]

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May 22 2014

Urban Hiking Reveals the True Walkability of the City of Baltimore, Maryland

May 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Growing up in a house sandwiched between two corn fields, I had a narrow view of what it means to spend time outdoors. Living on a road without a sidewalk, I was discouraged from walking anywhere – not because of distance but from a lack of protection from drivers speeding around turns. Hiking meant following […]

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May 21 2014

Hippodamus of Miletus’ Impact on Didim, Turkey Wanes

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

“If you think of roses, you are a rose garden If you think of thorns, you are fuel for the furnace.” - Rumi Didim‘s unplanned urbanization is considered to be a lack of aesthetic concern and is fiercely criticized. The new construction projects are not in harmony with the town’s cultural, natural and historical pattern, and […]

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May 21 2014

Real Density Versus Experienced Density in Paris, Île-de-France, France

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

In our era, the obligation of increasing the density of urban fabrics consistently comes into play in development projects. This question became unavoidable as land use increased. And so, today the majority of urban operations are concerned with areas already built upon. Density is also an important economic issue: in opposition to urban sprawl it […]

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May 20 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece Brings Greeks Together for Bicycle Race & Advocacy

May 20th, 2014Posted by 

Thessaloniki, Greece, was one of the cities that participated in the 7th Nationwide Bicycle race, that took place May 11, 2014. Many people in several other cities sent their own message by joining this spectacular event. Thessaloniki, Athens, Volos, Amaliada, Argos, Drama, Heraklion, Zacharo, Thassos, Ierapetra, Ioannina, Karystos, Katerini, Kerkyra, Kozani, Lamia, Larisa, Missolonghi, Mytilene, Molos, […]

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May 19 2014

A Guide to the Ailments of Izmir, Turkey

May 19th, 2014Posted by 

I have been traveling around Turkey to study what is turning this beautiful country to hell. My subject for this article is Izmir, one of the biggest three metropolitan areas of Turkey with more than 3 million inhabitants. The truth hurts, but unfortunately I feel it is important to write this. While Izmir, located in the […]

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May 16 2014

Can a Suburb be Great?: Plano, Texas Receives “Best Managed” City to Live Award

May 16th, 2014Posted by 

When contemplating the “city,” one often imagines the iconic megalopolis of their respective culture – Americans draw upon New York, Francophiles refer to Paris, etc. To our benefit, many of these cities even conveniently resemble each other! All displaying characteristic dense, walkable downtown areas including skyscrapers, public transit, and mixed use development. However, urban data […]

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May 15 2014

Architects & Planners Gather in Fortaleza, Brazil to Debate City Processes

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

The protesters who took to the streets in June 2013, throughout dozens of Brazilian cities, called for transparency in public spending and urbanism. That is to say, the protesters demanded well planned cities that are administered ethically, with good design and a decent quality of life. The goal of the First National Architecture Conference, scheduled […]

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May 15 2014

Architects and the War: “Architecture in Uniform. Planning and Constructing for WWII” in Paris

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

What were architects working on during WWII, and how did this affect the history of their discipline? Returning to this question, the current exhibition at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine shows both how this period inscribed itself in the long history of architecture and how it brought on consequences for the twentieth century. […]

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May 14 2014

Corruption & Passing Motions of Stay in Favor of Construction in Istanbul

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Maslak 1453 is an Agaoglu housing project that is nearly completed and whose apartments are already sold, although the courts decided to stop the execution of construction; shortly after, passing a motion of stay. Interestingly enough, the motion has passed as the construction is coming to an end. The court, apparently, sees it fit to stop […]

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May 14 2014

Living in a City Under Construction in Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

Taking Urban Changes Badly A wooden fence, the unusual comings and goings of commercial vehicles, the proliferation of signs demanding pedestrians to walk in a specific area, and strange, new street furniture: there’s no doubt we are talking about a neighborhood under construction. And for local residents, problems arise because all of their habits start […]

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May 14 2014

Renting Versus Buying in Baltimore: Is There a Growing Trend?

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

“Manhattanization” is what one article has recently labelled the up cropping of towers, or buildings with fifteen or more stories, in many U.S. cities, including Baltimore. Comparing the relatively small city of Baltimore to Manhattan signals the changing landscape of charm city, due in large part to developers and urban planners excited to see growth […]

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May 13 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Begins 11.5km Bike Lane Construction 19 Years After Plan

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

The City of São Paulo recently signed an R$48 million contract for the construction of an 11.5 km bike lane between the Ibirapuera Park, in the south of the capital, and the Company Stores and General Warehouses of São Paulo (Ceagesp), in the west zone. The works will be executed by Jofege Paving and Construction, […]

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May 12 2014

Lessons Geneva Can Learn From the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

In psychoanalysis, a disaster is the absence of direction or of a point of reference. Today, it must be admitted that this absence affects all aspects of society. This results in the abundance of games for crowds hungry to win quick fortunes, our everything-offered-for-free era, and to finish the list, the excesses of design. In […]

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May 12 2014

Leaders of Istanbul! You Say Contractors Are Selfish? What About You?

May 12th, 2014Posted by 

It is now a widely accepted practice that “worn” sidewalks and roads are broken down and reconstructed before every election in Turkey. Whereas the expected practice, as civilized countries do, is to envision the future (i.e. the infrastructure that might be constructed under those sidewalks and roads) with the projects designed accordingly. In Istanbul, it […]

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May 09 2014

Mixed-Use Communities Become the “Norm” in Wisconsin’s Capital

May 9th, 2014Posted by 

Madison, Wisconsin is currently experiencing a rise in mixed-use developments, especially in the downtown area and near east side. This change from primarily single-use to mixed-use projects prompted many locals to ask, “Why?” There are a few factors contributing to this shift – the first being Madison’s move away from automobile-oriented neighborhoods. Madison is a […]

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