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The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space

April 9, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Open Spaces and City Growth

Smart growth emerged as a way to save nature and preserve open space. Draw a growth boundary and on one side is human development, nature on the other. Natural lands seemed too threatened by the growth of roads, subdivisions and roadside businesses to let it go on forever. Of course, it has gone on anyway.[read more]

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Nottingham: The City Where People Continue To Live In Caves

April 8, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Going underground

Nottingham, England, famous for Robin Hood, is a city built on a system of caves that have been expanded by the city's occupants over the centuries for living and working space. Some of them are available for the public to tour, others continue to be used by homeless people.[read more]

Urban Edges, and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

April 8, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe
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Cities, Borders, and Spaces

I doubt that before today, any urbanist writer has used an old, Latin term that lives on in southern Italy, to explain the particular wonder of certain city street-ends. The term, 'finibus terrae,' meant one end of the Earth to the Romans; the edge of the known extent of the land.[read more]

Chinese Urban Green Areas: Classic Gardens to a Globalized Landscape

April 7, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Spaces in China

In October of last year, we had a wonderful opportunity to explore many different green areas of several Chinese cities. It was particularly interesting to see different types of greenery that reflects the development of planning structure in urban China.[read more]

Singapore Urban Farm Design Looks to Engage Active Seniors

Urban Farming in Singapore

Imagine a senior living environment based on the hanging gardens of Babylon — a place rich with lush vegetation and beauty, but in a way that doesn’t place any additional strain on a city’s budget. In fact, it could be crafted as a way to grow the local economy. That’s the vision of SPARK Architects’ Wai Wing Yun.[read more]

BBQ to Bellydancing: Celebrating Diversity, Creating Jobs Under Community Control in Idaho

April 6, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Boise International Market

In October of last year, after two years that consisted of rebuilding, recruiting, and planning, the Boise International Market opened on the site of a once-dilapidated and partially burnt down strip mall located in the “Bench” neighborhood of Treasure Valley.[read more]

Should Industrial Ruins Be Kept As A Lesson From the Past?

April 5, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Town Playground Extension?

Every town has them: warehouses, mills, and factories of some bygone industrial heyday. Years of abandonment has deteriorated their structures. Often, they are “contaminated.” Some have been met by fire. Overgrown and fenced-off, “keep out” signs keep us protected from them.[read more]

Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad

April 3, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

An incinerator by a park... good or bad?

Seine-St-Denisnear in Paris is a case that deserves special attention. Although it contains a park Parisians usually avoid this area because they see it as ugly and unsafe, while most of the inhabitants of Seine-St-Denis have the feeling that they live in a bad place, in which they consider themselves abandoned.[read more]

Friday Fun: Three Cities' Pedestrian-Friendly Skyways [PHOTOS]

Skyways and Urban Walkability

The rapid increase in car ownership in cities worldwide has brought conflicts between pedestrians and cars to center stage. Skyways are emerging as one solution for creating better walking environments. In some places, skyways also serve as important public spaces for various commercial and social activities.[read more]

Mountain Skyscrapers: Morphosis Proposes Tallest Building in Europe, in the Swiss Alps

April 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Skyscraper in the Alps

A controversial design proposal for the tallest building in Europe has been making the rounds online over the past few days. Designed by Morphosis Architects, the 381 meter-tall tower is being proposed in Vals in the Swiss Alps. And pretty much everyone seems to hate it.[read more]

Open Streets: Langa Comes Out to Play

April 2, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Car Free Streets and Urban Life

When you create places that work well for children, they seem to work well for everyone else. This was particularly apparent during Open Streets in Langa, when Capetonians young and old took to the streets to play, dance, walk, blade, skate, cycle, laugh, talk, and create on a recent Sunday.[read more]