Katelyn Hewett

Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year writing classes, and volunteering through the French Department. She spends her free time writing fiction and doing interior design projects. Katie loves reading both fiction and non-fiction and hopes to pursue a career in publishing in the near future, ideally with a small, independent press. For the coming school year, however, Katie will be teaching English in Montpellier, France. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to immerse herself in the French language.

Brussels, Belgium Launches Development of Pedestrian Boulevards

by Katelyn Hewett

The future pedestrian boulevards of the Brussels City Center will be the stage for recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer. Officially, the date of pedestrianization of the space opened June 29th. ... Read article

Handlebars Invented For Handicapped Cyclists in Châlons-en-Champagne, France

by Katelyn Hewett

With their mini-entreprise, the students of Étienne Oehmichen High School, located in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, developed a handlebar that would make using a bike easier for people who have lost the use of a hand... Read article

What Areas of Strasbourg, France Do Cyclists Fear Most?

by Katelyn Hewett

Certain cyclists move with caution while biking around Strasbourg, France. The fear of getting into an accident seizes them particularly at certain roads and intersections. As of yet, Eurométropole has put out survey... Read article

Social Landlord Launches Coworking Facility in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France

by Katelyn Hewett

Go to the office - in a social housing apartment building. Such is the original idea just launched by Val-d’Oise Habitat. The department’s social landlord inaugurated a coworking space in the middle of Saint-Leu-la-F... Read article

Negligent Landlords Targeted by Housing Aid Society in Saint-Quentin, France

by Katelyn Hewett

In Saint-Quentin, France, the Family Allowances Fund (CAF) has been experimenting with a system that targets the landlords of rundown housing complexes and obligates them to do maintenance work. If they do not bring ... Read article

Citizens of Laval, Quebec Propose Height Limits for New Development

by Katelyn Hewett

Laval, Quebec's citizens movement “Pas de Tours dans Ma Cour,” (PTMC) or “No Towers in My Neighborhood,” is setting the tone for the upcoming public consultations that will be led by the Demers administration, beginn... Read article

Electric Scooters and Wheelchairs Now Subject to Motorists Laws in Magog, Quebec

by Katelyn Hewett

Beginning June 1st, 2015, electric mobility scooters, trikes, and other motorized wheelchairs will be subject to the laws governing driving, the same as other users of the road in Magog, Quebec, Canada. Transport Que... Read article

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

by Katelyn Hewett

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In ... Read article

Bouge, Belgium's New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

by Katelyn Hewett

Have you heard of the UK's Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the... Read article

Expansion of Electric Trikes in Lyon, France Spurs Microfranchise Opportunities

by Katelyn Hewett

The French microcredit leader, Adie, just started a franchise with a Lyonnaise startup that transports people and packages on electric delivery trikes. The microcredit company allows people who are unemployed to c... Read article

Controversy Surrounds Whether "Brest the Grey" Will Transform into A City of Colors

by Katelyn Hewett

Brest, France is often known as “Brest the White” or “Brest the Grey.” But what if these qualifiers were to become obsolete one day? It is possible that things are moving a bit in that direction. This month, the subj... Read article

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park in Lurais, France

by Katelyn Hewett

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. The 470,000 Euro project, which started in 2009, took a long time to come to fruition. But, as of a few days ago, Lurais is in posse... Read article

ArchiTerre Festival 2015 in Adrar, Algeria Supports Ancestral Construction Techniques

by Katelyn Hewett

One idea that is much discussed at the Information/Awareness Days for the 4th international ArchiTerre festival is the use of local materials in future construction projects. The festival, which promotes earthen arch... Read article