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Giza 2030: From Deterioration to Gentrification?

January 27, 2015 by This Big City

Giza Urban Planning and Gentrification

In Egypt, countless studies have outlined local issues and visions for our urban future. Such studies, which cost the state millions, gather dust in the drawers of governmental institutions. A closer look shows that it is a blessing that the schemes and projects of the proposed visions did not see the light of the day.[read more]

Was Choosing Frank Gehry to Design Paris' Foundation Louis Vuitton in Bad Taste?

January 25, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Frank Gehry and Building Design

 

A product of its times? A techno-monumentalist Blockbuster? The Vuitton Foundation, inaugurated in Paris at the end of October 2014, became the object of all the praise of the great national publications. Still, the foreign press has shown itself more nuanced and critical.[read more]

How Montreal Makes Winter Awesome

January 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Montreal and Winter Activities

It’s wintertime right now in Canada and that means there are a lot of people complaining about the cold and/or the fact that in our climate there are certain things that simply can’t (or shouldn’t) be done when it comes to city building. But I don’t buy that.[read more]

Designing with Nature: Insights for Drought Resilience and Carbon in Elqui Valley, Chile

January 25, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Design and Natural Integration

Measures taken in cities to improve their adaptation to drought and for carbon sequestration are usually based on an efficient use of water and energy. But nature and rural areas near cities can provide key ideas to address these issues which are more in line with local needs and nature.[read more]

Bécancour, Quebec, Canada Unveils New Brand Identity

January 24, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Brand Identity Action

The City of Bécancour in Quebec, Canada has just announced that, as promised, it has created a new visual identity for itself. This includes a graphic platform and signature, created to completely redefine the city. The goal, from the beginning, was to revise and standardize the city’s image.[read more]

Before and After at 109 Hazelton Avenue

January 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Renewal and Design

I recently connected with one of the principals of a Toronto-based construction management firm called Ripple Projects, which focuses primarily on contemporary custom homes. The founders spent many years prior to this doing similar projects at similar companies, such as Wilson Project Management.[read more]

Interview with Chris Reed on Stoss' Futuristic Landscapes

January 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Futuristic Landscape Architecture

Chris Reed, ASLA, is founding principal of Stoss, which won the National Design Award for landscape architecture in 2012. Reed is Associate Professor in practice of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent book is 'Projective Ecologies.'[read more]

Living Inside: MONU Magazine Tackles 'Interior Urbanism'

January 23, 2015 by This Big City

Interior Urbanism

In today’s world it seems we find ourselves no longer capable of separating the places of production from places of refuge. This is the great value of discussing the meaning of the “interior” in relation to forces that produce the city and the contemporary urban structures.[read more]

Farm-to-School Program Brings Fresh and Local to Riverside, California School District

January 23, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farm-to-School and Student Health

In the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California students enjoy access to locally-sourced salad bars and experiential learning opportunities in agriculture and nutrition. Much of this success has been spearheaded by Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services for Riverside Unified School District.[read more]

Why are Milliennials Flocking to Des Moines, Iowa?

January 22, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Millenials in Des Moines

On its surface, the city of Des Moines may not seem like the most attractive place in which to settle down. It’s located in the middle of the state, surrounded in all directions by a buffer of cornfields. Despite this, Des Moines was recently named by Forbes as the top city for young professionals.[read more]

You Are What You Eat – And So Is a City

January 22, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Fancy mopane worms & caterpillars cooked with chillis?

What happens to traditional local food cultures when urban life steers us towards food that is quick to get hold of (no more hours of slaving over the stove), tasty (packed with sugars, fats and salts that tickle the pleasure centre in the brain) and cheap?[read more]

The Pull from Services to Products

January 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Types of Work in a Changing Economy

Recently I woke up to a fascinating post by designer Tobias van Schneider called: 'The agency is dead. Long live the agency.' What he’s talking about is the phenomenon of design agencies being gobbled up or “acqui-hired" by product firms such as Facebook and Google.[read more]