It is not news that there is a planned double decker highway for the City of Nairobi. Many people see the project as progressive and a potential solution to the traffic congestion problems.Only a few are asking whether it is really a long-term solution to our traffic menace and whether there are other more sustainable alternatives. Other concerns include its effect on security and privacy of those along the road, including the Kenya Parliament, several places of worship and its effect on nearby green spaces.
Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet. That simple fact, along with the important trade routes moving water provides, is why the first human settlements were built along rivers and coasts. It is the only force large enough to give form to the sprawling metropolises that dot the Earth’s landscape. But these days there is a conflict inherent in our civilization’s relationship with its most precious resource. And this conflict runs deep.
Situated between two rivers, the Potomac and Anacostia, it is important that Washington, D.C. finds a way to recon[...]
Pavlopetri had an excellent road design and a well constructed road network, while at the same time it had a port, houses with gardens, and was in general a region with characteristic features of an urban way of life.
A few years ago, the BBC created a digital representation of how Pavlopetri used to be during its prime. In this video, one can also find interesting statements regarding this amazing place[...]
Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include:Enhanced nutrient removal upgrades of over fifty major wastewater treatment plants; Doubling of the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) fee for households with on-site septic systems; Installation of 4,500 eligible septic systems within the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bay watersheds; Planting of over 400,000 acres of cover crops contribu[...]
Fremont is one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, boasting an enviable popularity with residents, tourists and businesses. It’s abuzz with the kind of economic development-generating activity that other communities try to plan for, all the while retaining a uniquely organic feel. What is it about Fremont that makes it so appealing? What magical combination of elements has come together to create this thriving little Puget Sound enclave?
As those in the field of Placemaking know, successful destinations are the result of a common thread of ingredients; in this case, the most relevant[...]
What do you think of when you hear about Pittsburgh? A sky filled with smoke and soot?
A huge steel plant?
Or do you think of the Steelers playing at Heinz Field?
What about an economic juggernaut that had a part in turning the United States into a superpower?
Do you know that much of the steel that now forms the frames of many of the world’s older buildings was produced near the city? The economy that the steel industry created in the late 1800s and early 1900s produced so much wealth for [...]
On March 25th, the administration of the city of Montreal finally gave the green light to a development project aiming to create an elevated bicycle route that will eventually be located under the Saint-Laurent railway overpass on the corner of Bellechasse Street. This area, riddled with potholes, will be targeted for a complete facelift in order to make way for what we expect to be one of the most important bike crossings in the metro area.
“Our intention is to make a true bike highway running from north to south that will begin in Pont-Viau and will lead downtown, securely linking the Clark path with the Saint-Domi[...]
As the capital city of one of the most violent countries in the world during the 1980s and 1990s, Bogota was not considered an interesting place to travel. The negative imagery of Bogota was comprised of rioting, gang- and drug-related violence, as well as deteriorated buildings and public spaces. Nonetheless, Bogota has been considered a successful case of urban development and transformation since 2003. This has mainly been driven by its BRT system (Transmilenio) and new public libraries and parks in former marginal areas, which helped to improve the quality of life of millions of citizens. The renewal of the downtown was part of the process, with important projects tha[...]
This transformation is the reason Medellin became the host city of the Seventh World Urban Forum, one of the most important of its kind dealing with city issues. Led by UN-Habitat, the Municipality of Medellín and the Colombian Ministry of Housing, the event will be held in the week of April 5th to 11th.
In 2012, during the sixth World Urban Forum in Naples, Medellín w[...]
In the beginning, the group created a number of online documentaries, which were named "errors." Through these videos the group tried to show how easy it is for the citizens of one city to find and repair a problem or a difficult situation in their everyday life. Subsequently, they created a social network in order to motivate citizens to repair the "erro[...]
In the UK the route to becoming a qualified architect averages at almost ten years, longer than most other EU countries. With recent debates about high drop-out rates in architectural education and low percentages of females working in practices, will a reduction in educational length help with these issues. Should architectural education be so long?
Studio environment seen across many schools of architecture
As part of a new EU directive, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architectural Registration Board (ARB) have teamed up to re[...]
In Casablanca’s outskirts, in the working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi, a surprise awaits visitors. Behind the imposing pediment of the city’s former slaughterhouses, among a labyrinth of alleys and small squares, you can come across young skateboarders, rappers, and dance crews putting the final touches to their performances, and in the large hall graffiti and contemporary works form the basis of an exposition. Welcome to La Fabrique Culturelle: Africa’s first brownfield turned cultural space, located in Casablanca’s former slaughterhouses since 2009.400,000 Visitors
Since its opening, La Fabrique C[...]
Dotted around Dublin there are dozens of former "public conveniences" or public toilets now unused, boarded and chained shut. These small, single story Victorian and Edwardian units were once an essential part of everyday life for many Dubliners.
During the last century, a number of public toilet units were constructed around the Dublin City area to provide much needed services to the public. At the time of construction these units were absolutely essential considering there were many households without indoor toilets of their own. Those living in these houses were entirely dependent on the public toil[...]
Beyond its inherent associations with youthful disobedience and vandalism, Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as a little frivolity and playfulness. A distinction needs to be made therefore between grafite, a street art style focused on aesthetics, and pichação, or tagging, in which early taggers would steal tar or piche from construction sites to use as their writing medium. According to street artist Binho, “Brazilian graffiti is an art that educates young people,” and therefore should not be considered a form of vandalism. [...]
What use is an architect in a no-build zone? In the town of Wengen, the oncoming ban of second home construction in Switzerland is threatening architects main livelihood. Much of the construction industry may have to move elsewhere unless the role of the architect can encompass a broader scope of work to sustain itself in Swiss tourist towns.
In 2012 a federal law was passed that restricts the amount of holiday homes to no more than 20% of the total housing stock in any commune. This mainly affects about 500 alpine towns that rely on seasonal tourism, like Wengen, where second homes make up more than half[...]
Area named Plaka in Athens
From the alleys of Plaka at Anafiotika, to Archaia Agora, Thiseion and the footpaths of Filopappou. From the columns of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, to Zappeio and the Parliament. That was the first venture for the three young members of a newly created team, named "Urban Trail Runners." They decided to cross many areas of Αthens' historical centre, through narrow streets and pedestrian areas, going up and down stairs, running through the crowd and enjoying great applause, or receiving a friendly heads up from the guards of the archaeological sites, since running in those [...]