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November 10 2011

5 Unique Urban Planning Business Card Designs

November 10th, 2011Posted by 

It never hurts to have a good business card design. While they seem like a basic staple (and often times overlooked) of any firm, a good business card can make a break a sale for a company. Having a flashy business card could be the difference of a potential client picking up the phone and […]

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November 09 2011

Dan Sheehan: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

November 9th, 2011Posted by 

It’s hard to believe all the change that has happened over the past 6-months. Way back in April 2011, mere 6-months ago, I began my pleasurable internship with Global Site Plans (GSP). In all honesty, though, I had no idea what I was doing. I had been in the City and Regional Planning program at […]

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October 12 2011

How Urban Planners Use Web-Based Crowdsourcing

October 12th, 2011Posted by 

One of the most difficult things for urban planners to do is to garner accurate and worthwhile public opinion. Coincidentally, public opinion happens to be the driving force behind the concept of “urban planning.” After all, planners exist to serve the public, and if they can’t figure out what the public’s opinions are on construction […]

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September 28 2011

Mass Transit and Infrastructure Funding in America: Automobile Dependency

September 28th, 2011Posted by 

There is no arguing the fact that America has become dependent upon the automobile. Several other GRID bloggers have already discussed the repercussions of this dependency, including an article I wrote a couple of months ago exploring alternatives to the automobile. However, I wanted to take some time to discuss the “whys” of America’s dependency […]

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September 14 2011

2012 International Conference on Design Principles and Practices: January 20-22, 2012

September 14th, 2011Posted by 

“The business of design is in a state of flux. The roles, the tasks and the personae of designers are changing.” This is the key claim and thesis fueling the concepts behind the Sixth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices Conference 2012. Happening January 20-22, 2012 at the University of California – Los Angeles […]

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August 31 2011

Architectural Design: Avoiding “The National Automobile Slum”

August 31st, 2011Posted by 

 In today’s urban realm, planners and architects are having problems distinguishing place from space. At first analysis, it may not seem like this is such a big deal. But in reality, argues acclaimed author James Howard Kunstler, the difference between the two is crucial in improving safety, social well-being, and even contentment in cities across […]

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August 17 2011

Easton Town Centre and South Campus Gateway: Mixed-Use Developments in Columbus, Ohio

August 17th, 2011Posted by 

One of the more popular methods of urban design that is currently being pushed upon communities by urban planners is mixed-use design. While there are plenty of risks associated with mixed-use development, primarily that of its dangerous deviation from the single-use style of development that America has embraced for the last 50 years, the potential […]

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August 03 2011

Achievable Sustainable Water Standards

August 3rd, 2011Posted by 

The most vital resource to the survival and success of any city is contingent upon easy access to clean water. Clean water allows people to live in compact areas and still enjoy high levels of health and sanitation. Where there are clean water shortages, turmoil, strife, and disease will follow. It is important, then, for […]

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July 20 2011

Models for Sustainable Transportation: Alternatives to the Automobile

July 20th, 2011Posted by 

When it comes to developing more sustainable methods of transportation for Americans, there is nowhere to go, but up. Americans emit nearly 4,500 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions per person, per year. This is nearly double that of any other country in the world; not to mention four times as many emissions as Europe and […]

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July 06 2011

Urban Ecotourism: An Environmentally Friendly Way to Vacation

July 6th, 2011Posted by 

A relatively new and growing sector in the tourism industry is the concept of urban ecotourism. Until recently, ecotourism occurred exclusively in environmentally pristine and relatively untouched landscapes, such as those found in Costa Rica and Madagascar. This is no longer the case, as there are now ways to embrace all of the values that […]

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June 22 2011

Historic Districts: Exclusiveness, Gentrification, and Unaffordability

June 22nd, 2011Posted by 

For much of recent history, Historic Districts are a much-heralded addition to any city. Some of these more notable areas include the historic districts of Greenwich Village (New York City), The Savannah Historic District (Savannah, Georgia), and Olde Towne East(Columbus, OH). As is the case with all historic districts, each of these areas has their […]

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June 08 2011

Defining “Urban”: What Is It?

June 8th, 2011Posted by 

For nearly a century now, urban theorists have been trying to pinpoint the specific factors that drive the formation of an “urban experience.” Perhaps one of the most basic factors in achieving a successful urban experience for any city is to achieve high numbers in an urban population. However, this in and of itself, is […]

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May 25 2011

The Importance of Walking to Urban Design

May 25th, 2011Posted by 

As a general stereotype, Americans seem to have forgotten that there are other methods of transportation besides the automobile. Ever since President Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, superhighways have dominated the transportation landscape. It makes sense that American commuters seem to know no other way of transport. Urban planners are partly to […]

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