September 25, 2008, 11am PDT
City Cargo of Amsterdam has developed a fleet of non-polluting vehicles to deliver cargo via the city's unused streetcar tracks. Their aim is to cut the number of trucks going into the city by 50%.
September 23, 2008, 12pm PDT
A landscape architect from M.I.T. is proposing to create a whole new ecosystem to address water pollution problems in Italy.
The New York Times
September 18, 2008, 11am PDT
In Salemi, Italy, 3000 villas ravaged in a 1968 earthquake are now on the market for about U.S.$1.41. However, interested buyers must adhere to a number of stipulations, including a two-year deadline for development.
September 17, 2008, 8am PDT
Using Milan as a model, Inverness, Scotland has lofty plans for its Old Town. To achieve them, asserts one local historian, the city must get creative--and more optimistic--in meetings its challenges.
The Inverness Courier
September 15, 2008, 5am PDT
A committee in the European Parliament endorsed a plan that calls for 10% of transportation fuels to come from sources such as plants and grains by 2020, but it also calls for a switch to other renewable sources over time.
The New York Times
September 12, 2008, 12pm PDT
Activists are fighting to keep the bank of the Spree River accessible as a two multi-billion Euro projects move in.
September 12, 2008, 7am PDT
A new report is warning that aging populations and declining birthrates will bring a demographic disaster to most of Europe within a generation.
The Globe and Mail
September 10, 2008, 12pm PDT
New research can serve to explain why it is more expensive to purchase a house in the summer--and why it might be worth it.
September 5, 2008, 2pm PDT
Stinky trains may become a thing of the past in Berlin, where officials are sniff-testing new fragrances to mask the odors of public transit.
Der Spiegel
September 5, 2008, 6am PDT
Corrupt and inconsistent mob-controlled garbage collection in Naples, Italy, has left the city swimming in uncollected trash and with little hope of a resolution.
The Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2008, 5am PDT
The U.K. is seeing a significant leap in students applying for architecture degrees, possibly due to the rise in interest in sustainability around the world. Some worry that growing programs could impact the quality of education.
September 2, 2008, 2pm PDT
A new study ranks European cities on their brand, taking into a account sense of place, civic pride, and business climate. Paris ranks first (no surprise), but the research also reveals a handful of 'undervalued' cities.
September 2, 2008, 5am PDT
In Prague, where graffiti is rampant, an art gallery has secured outdoor wallspace throughout the city and invited graffiti artists to use it as a canvas for 12 days.
August 28, 2008, 8am PDT
The first new bridge over Venice's Grand Canal in 70 years will open next month, but no no fanfare and without ceremony. Locals are calling off events to protest the bridge's many delays and cost overruns.
The Times
August 18, 2008, 10am PDT
Technologie Alpine de Sécurité creates gas-powered avalanche control systems. The blog Pruned shows pictures of the system installed at Val Thorens, France.
August 18, 2008, 5am PDT
Faced with a significant decline in tourism, Rome's mayor dreams of building a theme park right next to the real thing depicting life in ancient Rome.
Telegraph U.K.
August 16, 2008, 1pm PDT
A new district rises on the decommissioned Ypenburg Nato airfield in the Netherlands. Master planners Rapp & Rapp worked with other architects and developers to create a cohesive whole with slight variations, a “conditioning of difference."
August 14, 2008, 11am PDT
The only modern building in Rome's historic center, a Richard Meier designed museum, is considered offensive enough that it may not last in its current form.
August 14, 2008, 9am PDT
The American trend of "fractional ownership", a real estate concept in which a number of investors own fractions of vacation homes, has moved to Europe.
International Herald Tribune
August 9, 2008, 11am PDT
Originally a Stalinist program called 'Young Pioneers', the tradition of the Children's Railway is being revived in Budapest.
Wall St. Journal