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.

A Novel Innovation for Rental Bikes in Marseille, France

by Marcus Khoury

How long does it take to go from Marseille’s Old Port to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM), the city’s new pride and joy? 5 minutes along the quay, with watch in hand. And from the popula... Read article

Shaping Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Accessibility for All

by Marcus Khoury

The development of the city center and the region are inseparable. Montreal’s downtown is rapidly losing ground to the region’s other job centers, and if this trend persists, it will look more and more like the scarc... Read article

Port Authority of Quebec Develops Intrusive Silos in Quebec City, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

Last November to general surprise, a silo designed to store wood pellets sprang up overnight in l’Anse au Foulon, on the land surrounding Quebec City’s port. Measuring 45 meters, or about 12 stories high, this silo w... Read article

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

by Marcus Khoury

My last post, which was dedicated to densification in Lausanne, provoked a courteous and detailed response from the President of Lausanne’s Socialist Party, Benoît Gaillard. His remarks raise interesting questions ab... Read article

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

by Marcus Khoury

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handf... Read article

A Smart City Taking Shape in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

by Marcus Khoury

The sustainable urban project of the La Confluence neighborhood in Lyon is developing thanks to the help of Japanese technologies implemented as part of an agreement with the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technolog... Read article

A New Beginning for the Parc du Vallon in Lyon, Rhônes-Alpes, France

by Marcus Khoury

Situated in the heart of the Duchère neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, the Parc du Vallon reopened its doors on the week of June 6th after three years of work. A vast green space of 11 hectares, it i... Read article

When Art Deco Conquered Fes, Morocco

by Marcus Khoury

Far from the narrow alleys, dead ends, and slopes that wind in the medina of Fes, Morocco, the new city has exhibited completely different architecture since the era of the French Protectorate in 1912. It is in the s... Read article

Bringing Participatory Urbanism to Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France

by Marcus Khoury

“It is our first public action for the Grand Rue,” explains Gwenaëlle Larvol, who is in charge of Bruit du Frigo’s project, along with Anne-Cécile Paredes. Events on May 31 in the Ferdinand-Buisson Square brought a week... Read article

La Rue Royale of Orléans, Centre, France: A Beginner’s Guide

by Marcus Khoury

Construction began in 1753 with expropriations, demolitions, then construction of the façades. The entirety of the project was financed by the city. Two successive loans amounting to a total of 400,000 pounds were ne... Read article

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has... Read article

Preservation and the Future of La Samaritaine in Paris, Île de France, France

by Marcus Khoury

The administrative tribunal of Paris’ decision on May 13 to revoke the reconstruction permit for La Samaritaine on Rue de Rivoli, entrusted to Sanaa architects, provoked surprise. Since then, there has been an outbur... Read article

A Neighborhood at a Crossroads in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

by Marcus Khoury

People may soon be yelling “Everyone to Saint-Charles!” in the Old Port of Marseille, which is the city’s main port and current cultural center. A utopian idea for some, and an unlikely fantasy or electoral promise for... Read article