Rennes Journal: Downtown revitalization project transforms historic French city.

by Ron Bernthal The Saint-Michel quarter has always been a transient place. Rennes’s history goes back more than 2,000 years, at a time when it was a small Gallic village named Condate. Together with Vannes and Nantes, Rennes was one … Continue reading

Prato Journal: The first “Urban Jungle” in the world proposed for Tuscan city.

by Ron Bernthal Prato is the capital of the Province of Prato in Tuscany, Italy. Over the centuries, Prato has mainly been famous for its textile industries, with its products being sold to various parts of Italy as well as Europe. Prato … Continue reading

Stockholm Journal: A national ‘Street Moves’ plan hopes to create a “one-minute city” concept in several Swedish cities.

by Ron Bernthal An innovative project is being proposed in Sweden that will enable residents to travel no more than one-minute from their home to access everything from an outdoor gym, to a playground and from bike docking stations to … Continue reading

Brisbane Journal: Green Bridges project will add design-savvy water crossings to Australia’s sunsplashed city.

by Ron Bernthal The Brisbane Australia City Council is building five new “green” bridges across the city which will make it even easier to get around the city on foot, bike or electric scooter, and more convenient to connect with … Continue reading

Lindesnes Journal: Europe’s first underwater restaurant attracts visitors to southern Norway.

By Ron Bernthal Located at the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, where cold winter winds and ethereal summer breezes blow over rocky beaches, an underwater restaurant, the first in Europe, is situated at a unique geographical confluence, where thousands … Continue reading

Milan Journal: Proposed “skyscraper forest” building to be part of revitalized urban district.

By Ron Bernthal In early 2021 COIMA SGR, Italy’s leading independent company in the asset management of real estate investment funds on behalf of institutional investors in Italy, announced that the architectural firms of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+r) and … Continue reading

Nine Elms Journal: Along the Thames a neighborhood continues to prosper with regeneration projects and plenty of green space.

By Ron Bernthal A site called Nine Elms has existed on London South Bank since the mid- 17th century. Once just a row of elm trees, in the late 19th-century and early 20t-century Nine Elms was a notorious slum. Today, … Continue reading

Best Tall Building Awards

by Ron Bernthal The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced Award of Excellence winners of its Best Tall Building awards for 2020-2021, with Asian, Australian and American projects among this year’s standouts. The CTBUH Annual Awards … Continue reading

Lisbon Journal: New high-speed rail link to Porto proposed.

by Ron Bernthal  In 2020 the government of Portugal has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investments of more than $12 billion,  as part of a larger  national stimulus program.  The highlight of the package, however,  is the … Continue reading