Marcus Khoury

Marcus Khoury is a recent graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where he obtained a B.A. in French & Francophone Studies. Aside from his native Michigan, Marcus has lived in several states, in addition to France and Chile. Owing to his experiences with a variety of cultures, languages, and environments, he has always been keenly interested in how the exchange of ideas between different cities, regions, and countries helps to shape both physical and cultural landscapes. His linguistic background, in addition to his interest in the diversity of international urban environments and experiences, has led Marcus to fill the position of French Language Translator at The Grid, where he will be translating and presenting French language material involving environmental design.

The Future Pie-IX Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit System of Montreal, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

Introduction Pie-IX Boulevard is one of the Montreal metro area’s most frequented roadways. It passes by important locations such as the Parc Olympique, the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, and educational institutions.... Read article

Redevelopment & Community Garden Controversy in La Querelle, Brussels, Belgium

by Marcus Khoury

The neighborhood of la Querelle, located in the heart of Les Marolles, is due to benefit from a profound renewal. This construction, which will be launched soon, is bound to offer a better living environment for the tena... Read article

Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France

by Marcus Khoury

Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil. At the end of an ambitious urban renewal project begun ten years... Read article

Smart Snow Removal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

In the future, snow removal in Montreal will be done more efficiently, and it will be accompanied by more information provided to citizens. This will be done with the launch of the Info-Snow Challenge, which is part of t... Read article

Open Data in Agen, Aquitaine, France: Towards Greater Transparency

by Marcus Khoury

Agen’s city council has released their plans for a new mandate. We now have the opportunity to check what was done, and the consequences of the measures taken by the local government. Open data is the subject of the 9... Read article

Architecture of Le Corbusier: World Heritage Sites in Firminy & Loire, France

by Marcus Khoury

After two failed attempts to make the work of the famed architect Le Corbusier recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 and 2011, interested French cities, as well as communities from six other countries, ar... Read article

Casablanca, Morocco to Extend Tramway Service and Abandon Aerial Metro

by Marcus Khoury

During a meeting held on July 24, the City Council of Casablanca voted to abandon the project for an overhead aerial metro in favor of expanding the tramway system, which began service in 2012. These works will requi... Read article

Students Envision a Future Transportation Corridor for Strasbourg, Alsace, France

by Marcus Khoury

Envision a new urban corridor between Strasbourg’s local airport and the European Parliament Building, also featuring a “European-Express.” That is just one of the ideas dreamt up by prize-winning urban planning stud... Read article

How A Group of Journalists Are Promoting the Suburbs of Paris, Île-de-France

by Marcus Khoury

They adopted a slogan that sounds like a magical remedy and they promise to send people exclusive information by email. The site Enlarge your Paris, which was created by a handful of journalists living in the suburbs... Read article

The New Bierger-Center of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: Drawing From the Past

by Marcus Khoury

On Monday, June 30, the new Bierger-Center in Luxembourg City’s Guillaume Square officially opened its doors. The transformation, renovation, and expansion of this historically significant group of structures was done by... Read article

Montreal, Quebec, Canada Welcomes Its First Parklet

by Marcus Khoury

The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver, parklets, or plac... Read article

Electric Bikes and Expanded Service: The Vélo'v of Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

by Marcus Khoury

The three-speed Vélo’v bikes are a familiar part of the urban landscape to Lyon’s inhabitants. This bicycle sharing service could adopt a new system due to changes being supported by the urban community of Grand Lyon. Fi... Read article

Touristic Safari: The Urban Cable Car of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro

by Marcus Khoury

Usually possessing more or less informal types of housing and close-knit communities, favelas, a term specific to Brazil, continue to mark the collective imagination. In our geography books, we are shown heaped up shelte... Read article