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At first glance, the capital of Portugal does not invite for cycling: Numerous elevations make pleasant cycling impossible. When it comes to public transport, the “City of the Seven Hills” is therefore better known for its steep cable cars and public passenger lifts. However, the Lisbon-based architectural office BXLX Landscape has found in a study […]

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The territories immediately surrounding ­Vicenza – where the ­large-scale Parco della Pace is being built – were reorganized by a complex strategy of landscape transformation and land reclamation in the 16th ­century in order to improve ­agriculture. Modulated by a dense network of ­canals for draining the marshy land, rows of trees and woods ­interspersed […]

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In recent years, China’s urban development practice has started shifting its focus from city expansion towards inner-city renewal. City governments and planners are rediscovering the potential of historic city quarters as incubators for new urban life and highly valuable differentiators for city branding and marketing. Micro-transformation The urban renewal of Yongqing Fang, a quarter in […]

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China’s agricultural sector is suffering from its vast growing cities. In the last 20 years, around 123,000 square kilometres of farmland were lost to urbanization. In Shanghai, China’s biggest city, the administration encourages the production of food within the city borders to deal with the problem.

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