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The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Queen Victoria Markets

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134 year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket.[read more]

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure

July 20, 2014 by Leda Marritz

A couple of weeks ago my brother sent me a link to a story on WNYC about the variable mortality rates for trees that were planted as part of New York City’s Million Trees initiative. We’ve seen the uneven outcomes of planting efforts like these before, and New York is no exception.[read more]

How Toronto Became Cool

July 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cool Toronto

I had a friend ask me on Facebook what it is exactly that I think happened to make Tononto so much cooler. Was it because of one iconic building like Toronto’s new City Hall? Was it because of our recent condo boom? Or was it something else? What changed exactly?[read more]

The Bus House: the Ultimate Act of Upcycling?

July 19, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling the Bus House

 

As I have actually heard from numerous builders in recent years, the term “green building” has largely just become “building”: incorporating efficiency features, renewable energy systems, and natural lighting and air flow elements just make sense.[read more]

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: New Mapping Algorithm Poses Problems and Promise for Cities

Travel and Urban Beauty

Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend their time sightseeing in a new city, or for residents who want to explore their surroundings in a new way.[read more]

Tehran, the City of River Valleys, Needs a Landscape Ecological Approach to the Design and Planning of Its Waterways

July 18, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Tehran Water Planning

During recent years, the municipality of Tehran began to work on rehabilitation of river valleys. Three projects now are completed or near completion. This great movement can improve and develop the quality and quantity of Tehran environment, which is in a dangerous and catastrophic condition.[read more]

The City of London is Busy Tearing up Bike Lanes in the Barbican Tunnel to Reintroduce a Problem they Recently Fixed

July 18, 2014 by Mark K Ames

London Bike Infrastructure Policy

The City of London are currently busy digging up one of the busiest bike routes in the Square Mile, but not to improve conditions for cyclists. The Beech Street tunnel runs beneath the Barbican estate, connecting Finsbury Square in the east with Smithfield Market in the west.[read more]

Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

July 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

DC and Transit Development

As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, D.C. provided me with quality dining, museums, monuments and transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse.[read more]

Milan's City of Business: Urban Planning in Economic Form

July 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Milan Urban Business Planning

It is both impressive and beautiful to understand the evolution of Milan, simply by looking at its skyline. Like any other Italian city, even if it may not be as pronounced as it is in Rome or Venice, Milan has a central core pattern of architecture.[read more]

Meet the Original 'High Line'

July 15, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

High Line Park Innovation

New York’s City’s hugely successful and justly celebrated High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park. Today, as we mark the national holiday of France, let’s also pay tribute to the elevated park in Paris that was the model for the High Line.[read more]

The Role of the Private Sector in City Building

July 15, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Buildings and the Private Sector

The New York Times published an interesting and popular article last Friday called The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit. It of course talks all about the efforts of billionaire Dan Gilbert, but it also talks about the initiatives of many small and local entrepreneurs who are doing their part to help revive the city.[read more]

The Ephemeral Village 2014: A Visionary Event in Montreal, Canada

July 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Temporary Placemaking

For the second year in a row, the Quebec Urban Design Association (ADUQ) has initiated a call for proposals in order to build an Ephemeral Village 2014. ADUQ’s goal is to transform underused places and turn them into gathering spots, places for experimenting with Montreal’s best: its creativity.[read more]