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From Village to City, We Are What We Throw Away

March 31, 2015 by Chuck Wolfe

Urban Waste and Identity

We clothe our discarded items in different forms and colors, but our built environments always have small places devoted to what we throw away. This observation is not new. But this element of daily life creates a legible catalog of best practices followed by residents, municipalities and private contractors.[read more]

Historical Baumanskaya, Moscow Metro Station Closes for Renovations

March 28, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Moscow Subway Renovation

On February 8, 2015 the Baumanskaya Metro Station, in Moscow, closed for 11 months of renovations. The renovations will include changing its escalators, which were installed with its opening in 1944. They are currently the oldest working tunnel type escalators in the world, as well as the oldest in Moscow.[read more]

Le Phare Skyscraper "Not Suitable" for Quebec City, Canada's Northern Climate

March 26, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Canada and Skyscrapers

In its proposed form, Quebec City's Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate” due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round", according to André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture.[read more]

A Beautiful House Design for Denser Suburbs

March 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

A nice three-apartment home

It’s common for many of the houses in central areas of Toronto to be converted into duplexes and triplexes or to flip back into single family homes after being subdivided for rentals. It goes to show how adaptable the single family house can be. But it’s not everyday that you see such a high end triplex being built.[read more]

Meet Me at the Plaza: New Seats, New Scene at Harvard University

March 22, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Colleges and Public Spaces

 

It all started with the chairs. By simply placing some movable furniture in Harvard Yard in 2009, the University took the first steps in what would eventually become a long-term activation of its outdoor campus space. With just this small, temporary act of Placemaking, the change was dramatic and immediate.[read more]

Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses

March 18, 2015 by Kaid Benfield
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Golf Courses and Placemaking

You wouldn't necessarily notice, not unless you've had a particular reason to be paying attention, but the US has way more golf courses than the industry and its enthusiasts can support. Once-flourishing fairways, greens, and clubhouses are being decommissioned all over the place, leaving communities with empty land.[read more]

Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification

Living Building Certification

A world leader in sustainable innovation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has achieved the Living Building Challenge for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs.[read more]

Architect Roméo Mivekannin on Why "Architecture is a Powerful Political Act" in Africa

March 13, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Architecture and Politics

Roméo Mivekannin is a young Beninese architect from Cotonou, Africa, where his family still lives. He has just finished his studies at the Distinguished National School of Architecture in Toulouse, and, as a student, he followed an unusual path of study.[read more]

Parkour for Kids: Exciting Playground Design

March 13, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Exciting Playground Design

 

Carve Landscape Architecture in the Netherlands has become one of the most interesting landscape architecture firms creating adventure-filled playgrounds. Their projects are immediately recognizable, with their use of bold colors, architectural forms, and incorporation of challenging obstacles.[read more]

Super-Sized Pop-Up Parks Are Blossoming! (PHOTO ESSAY)

March 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Parks and Placemaking

Typically, pop-up parks tend to be fairly small — just a few thousand square feet, if that — but a few noteworthy ones show temporary places can be super-sized, too. Here is a photo essay showing many around the world.[read more]

Studies of Ancient Cities Suggest We Should Abandon Planning Elites

March 11, 2015 by Dean Saitta

Comparing the oldest and newest cities

The plans of ancient cities that might be the most environmentally and culturally sustainable implicate policies of urban governance that run on heterarchy rather than hierarchy: i.e., political arrangements that allow citizens and interest groups wide latitude to exercise a “right to the city” without interference from planning elites.[read more]

Nice, France Bets on Solar Experiment for Energy Solutions

March 10, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Solar Energy in France

Since 2011, the program Nice Grid, based outside of Nice, France, has been testing the integration of solar panels in industry and homes. The experiment could allow them to develop energy solutions, particularly the creation of a Smart Grid energy-network that is more reactive to community energy use.[read more]