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.

Underground Public Parking Lots: An Idea That Should be Buried in Brussels, Belgium

by Marcus Khoury

At the end of January of this year, the City of Brussels announced its project for reorganizing the city center’s squares and boulevards, labelled “A New Heart for Brussels!” to great fanfare. The most striking proposi... Read article

Real Density Versus Experienced Density in Paris, Île-de-France, France

by Marcus Khoury

In our era, the obligation of increasing the density of urban fabrics consistently comes into play in development projects. This question became unavoidable as land use increased. And so, today the majority of urban ... Read article

Importing the Architectural Follies of Montpellier, France to Montréal, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

Unusual, original, and out of the ordinary, follies have existed since the seventeenth century (and even before). They are often extravagant, unreasonable, or fantastic. Associated with the aristocracy and more recen... Read article

Living in a City Under Construction in Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

by Marcus Khoury

Taking Urban Changes Badly A wooden fence, the unusual comings and goings of commercial vehicles, the proliferation of signs demanding pedestrians to walk in a specific area, and strange, new street furniture: there... Read article

Lessons Geneva Can Learn From the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Spain

by Marcus Khoury

In psychoanalysis, a disaster is the absence of direction or of a point of reference. Today, it must be admitted that this absence affects all aspects of society. This results in the abundance of games for crowds hungr... Read article

Contemporary Architecture for Place Saint-Michel in Rennes, Brittany, France

by Marcus Khoury

The consequences of the fire of June 21, 2010, during the Fête de la Musique, are still visible. But not for much longer: a new construction project of 15 to 20 housing units and a future business space of 150m2 are pl... Read article

Moroccan Architecture to be Showcased at the Venice Biennale of Architecture

by Marcus Khoury

The Venice Biennale will take place, and a heterogeneous public of thousands of professionals will cross paths. Journalists, government officials, and public and private contractors will all be there. It is also a plac... Read article

Gérard Collomb Reveals His Ambitions for Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

by Marcus Khoury

Recently reelected for the third time as Lyon’s mayor, Gérard Collomb wants things in the city to continue progressing at a brisk pace. The following is an interview with this well-known local politician. Do you consi... Read article

Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians in Conflict in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

I received a flood of vicious, angry emails following an editorial I wrote about how it is necessary to revise Quebec’s Highway Safety Code. People are accusing me of wanting to see special treatment given to cyclists,... Read article

Why There Are No Trees in the Place du Pantheon or on Rue Soufflot in Paris, France

by Marcus Khoury

On March 8th, 2014 the Parti Socialiste’s candidate for the mayorship of Paris announced her redevelopment project for the Place du Panthéon, a square that she considers to be “isolated” and “inaccessible!” Anne Hidalg... Read article

Tactical Urbanism in Laval, Quebec, Canada

by Marcus Khoury

On April 1st, two students of architecture and urban design at the University of Laval launched their project of tactical urbanism #chaisesnomades on the school’s campus. And it was no April Fool’s joke! “Tactical urb... Read article

Two Projects to Celebrate 1,000 Years of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, France

by Marcus Khoury

A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015. In addition to this municipal project, an enormous clock will be added to... Read article

Exporting the Smart City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France, France

by Marcus Khoury

For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors. Concurrently with the Chinese President’s official visit to France, a delegation of 20 individuals accompanying prof... Read article