December 22, 2004 


Renegade Art

Montreal: Normally, I can't stand graffiti. It's usually crude, ugly and causes property damage. However, if done properly, even unsolicited markings can be interesting, artistic, and thought provoking. (Andre the Giant, for example). In the case of Roadsworth in Montreal,... [read on...]

Posted at 05:27 PM
Category:
Design

 December 19, 2004 


Adjusting for Nature's Magnificence

Larkspur, CA: Here's a great example of how much nicer it is to sometimes let nature have its course. This street in Larkspur, CA has been built around a beautiful old tree (probably an Oak, but my botany knowledge is... [read on...]

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Category:
Urban Planning

 December 17, 2004 


Rotating Apartments

Curitiba, Brazil: The more I think about this amazing revolving apartment buliding in Curitiba the more I wonder why anyone would really want such a thing, especially since you've got a 360 degree view to begin with. But still, something... [read on...]

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Category:
Architecture

 December 15, 2004 


Promenade Plantee

Paris: One of the most delightful pieces of urban (re)development in recent years is the Promenade Plantee in Paris, a former railroad viaduct that has been turned into a linear park cutting through the 12th arrondissment. It's the ultimate tranquil... [read on...]

Posted at 05:31 PM
Category:
Urban Planning

 December 09, 2004 


Bart - Oakland Airport Connector

Oakland: Though it may be a while before it's actually built, a project to put an "airtrain" type of connection between Oakland Airport and the Colliseum BART station is well underway. Right now, you have to take a clunky bus... [read on...]

Posted at 12:47 PM
Category:
Aviation , Transit

 December 06, 2004 


Greening the Tram Tracks

Barcelona: Here's an awesome innovation in Barcelona. The new tram that runs out Avenida Diagnoal has been "paved" in grass instead of the usual impermeable concrete. This way looks a lot nicer, cleans the air, and let's stormwater soak into... [read on...]

Posted at 10:59 AM
Category:
Urban Planning

 December 03, 2004 


Vivavi

Online: I don't normally post on things that are too far outside the realm of urban planning, but what the heck? Vivavi is a great example of where someone has managed to take eco-consiousness to a fashionable level. Let's be... [read on...]

Posted at 07:13 PM
Category:
Environment