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New Approaches to Urban Infrastructure and Service Provision

April 11, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Infrastructure

The development of “Cities for Life” requires infrastructure to bring life’s fundamentals to the community: water, sanitation, housing, transportation, energy. Historically, stark inequities in access to these basics have divided cities, leaving informal communities marginalized.[read more]

The Multi-Layered City from Harvard Square's Subway Station in Cambridge, MA

April 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Underground

As the crowded subway train approached Harvard Square station, coming from Boston, I felt the sharp turn and heard the squealing and screeching sound of the wheels against the track of the train slowing down. Look out of the window and you will see remnants of the original 1912 station.[read more]

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European Cities Urged to Link Up to Achieve a Circular Economy

April 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

House 2019 - winner of a 2014 EMAS Award

A European Commission forum has this week highlighted the latest developments, benefits and challenges for civil society and public administrations, not to mention businesses across Europe, and hosted the EMAS Awards for eco-efficiency with numerous case studies.[read more]

Post-Conflict Reconstruction Is Dead

April 10, 2014 by Mitchell Sutika Sipus

Post-Conflict Rebuilding

 

I have argued that post-conflict reconstruction is a thing of the past, but only recently did I realize that this issue needs attention. There is an inconsistency in language in which I find many planners label post-war reconstruction and post-disaster reconstruction as same things, which they are not.[read more]

Greening London's Motorways to Create a New Future for the City

April 9, 2014 by This Big City

Green London Roads

Driving into London by car is an oddly seamless experience. The motorway never relents, meaning that motorists can dissect the capital’s suburban semis and Georgian terraces to float into the heart of Zone 1 without ever having to leave the luxury of three lanes.[read more]

Newtown's New Kid On The Block

April 9, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Newtown Skyline

The creative brainchild of Arthur Blake, Managing Director of Citiq Property Developments, brings this fun, bold, colourful stamp on the Newtown skyline has had the city curious since its inception. The former Premier Milling grain silos were converted into student accommodation.[read more]

The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris and Beyond

April 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Paris Street Furniture

For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced concrete benches). Let’s introduce the sofa into public spaces.[read more]

Design Challenge: Reconstruct Canada's Busiest Transit Hub without Stopping Service

April 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Update without Interruption

Union Station in Toronto is overdue for a renovation. Last updated in the late 1980′s, it is dated; the connections between the three transit systems are inefficient, and the congestion during rush hour foreshadows the situation in twenty year’s time when ridership is expected to double or triple.[read more]

At Liberty

April 8, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Paris Placemaking

Over lunch at the cheap and cheerful Gai Moulin restaurant near the Pompidou in Paris, I spoke with the man at the next table about his experience of the Place de la République. He replied that it was outside his usual haunts, but that he had always seen the space as “a sort of absence.”[read more]

Bulgarian Syngas Project Launches Construction

April 8, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Bulgarian Construction

Bulgarian plans to use alternative fuels for generating sustainable electricity are now taking shape, following the start of construction of the Karlovo integrated gasified biomass power plant. When completed the plant will distribute cleaner electricity, using wood waste and straw, to some 2,000 homes.[read more]

Plan Sampler for Small Houses Under 1000 Square Feet

April 7, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Small House Plans

A lengthening list of people are interested in building small houses, not big ones. With today’s world population at 7.221,475,940 people there are abundant reasons for building smaller. Economics enter into the planning, as well, as does the notion of simplifying lifestyles.[read more]

Holiday Home Ban Pushes Architects Out of Wengen, Switzerland

April 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Holiday Home Ban

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.[read more]