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Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

Public Space in Motion, from Nice, France [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People in Motion

The motion of people in places like traditional public spaces in Nice, France is a fascinating subject of study. It involves everything from cafe culture, tram public transportation, buses, cars, pedestrians, to how the space acts as a place of public meeting and communication for the local population.[read more]

Ottawa, Canada Youth Should be Involved in the Planning Process

September 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Youth in Ottawa

It is important to have a youthful voice in city planning. I have repeatedly found myself to be the youngest person at planning open-houses and consultations I have attended in Ottawa. By missing these events, youth miss the opportunity to provide input on projects that will affect them greatly.[read more]

Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil's Empty Stadiums into Housing

September 13, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Futebol and Housing

What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games or any other international competition.[read more]

How Do Single Stream Recycling Materials Get Separated? [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Recycling Methods

You don’t have to be really old to remember the days when “recycling” meant “separating your paper from your aluminum from your plastic.” When we lived in Las Vegas in the ’90s, our curbside service gave us three different bins for materials.[read more]

Inventive New Designs for D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park

September 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

D.C. Bridge Design

Six months ago, an exciting national design competition was launched for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. Expected to cost upwards of $40 million, the new bridge park will run 900 feet over the foundation of an old freeway spanning the Anacostia River.[read more]

How Companies Have Contributed to Community Building

September 11, 2014 by This Big City

Companies and Communities

There are a lot of things required to build a successful community. Good infrastructure. Access to services. And a genuine desire from people to achieve the goal of ‘community.' And in recent decades, larger organizations have started playing a more active part in community building, with interesting results.[read more]

Mexico's Disabled Population Deserves Mobility and Accessibility

September 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mexico and Accessibility

Handicap spots and other reserved spaces are not a whim of those who design public transport, parking lots, and sidewalks, or of those who respect their status as “reserved.” These spots are logical measures that guarantee the mobility, accessibility and safety of that live permanently or temporarily with a disability.[read more]

The Reimagined Bus Stop

September 9, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Bus Stop Design

Earlier this year, the tiny Austrian village of Krumbach (it has a population of around 1,000 people) formed a cultural association and launched the 'Bus:Stop' project to boost the number of tourists who already visit the surrounding scenic Bregenzerwald area.[read more]

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

September 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Disaster and Recovery

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the city last April.[read more]

A New Design for RDP Housing in South Africa?

September 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

RDP Housing in South Africa

Less is more. A classic phrase that is so often overlooked or ignored by so many. Cue Cape Town-based architectural student, Lawden Holmes. Competitive by nature, Lawden has adopted the ‘less is more’ approach with his new concept − Embracing Informality: a sustainable alternative to the RDP.[read more]

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Visit a SuperHome and Become Inspired to EcoRenovate Your Own Home

September 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Take a tour of my home

All around the UK this month, people who live in eco-homes are opening their doors so that interested other homeowners can see for themselves what changes they have made and ask questions about the installation, benefits and drawbacks of different measures. It's the best way to inspire people to eco-renovate their homes.[read more]