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June 27 2012

Farewell from Jeff Jilek: The Grid and Beyond

June 27th, 2012Posted by 

I have been a writer for The Grid for over a year and this will be my last writing. I am grateful to Renee Van Staveren, Global Site Plans, and The Grid staff for this opportunity. A lot has been learned through my own research and also through the writings of my peers. The topics […]

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June 13 2012

Climbing the Camel’s Back in Arizona

June 13th, 2012Posted by 

Camelback Mountain is one of the many mountain ranges surrounding what Arizonians call “the valley”. The Valley is a flat area of Arizona desert that is home to 4 million of the state’s 6 million inhabitants. The valley includes Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Chandler, among others that, together, make up a sprawling […]

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May 30 2012

Best Uses of Social Media for Government Agencies and Urban Planners

May 30th, 2012Posted by 

There is no denying it, we are in the facebook era. With over 900 million users, the public has never been more exposed and globally connected. One reading this may agree, but likely conclude, that the banter on Facebook is similar to the banter on Wikipedia; it is inefficient, random, and full of opinions, often […]

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May 16 2012

Water in Tempe, Arizona: Colorado River Sourced

May 16th, 2012Posted by 

In a desert climate, such as Tempe, Arizona, rain is sparse. At only 4.5 inches per year, it is a very dry place. The city gets water, nevertheless, as is demonstrated by the unusual amount of lawn-grown grass surrounding the suburban and urban sprawl. The question then is how? How do residents get the water […]

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May 02 2012

Tempe, Arizona: A Culture of Sun

May 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Tempe averages 211 days of sun every year. In addition, the city is only a 2-hour drive away from Mexico. This makes for a very warm, very bright place. It seems to never rain. Since I arrived 10 months ago, it has only rained twice, and heavily only once. This is why I call this […]

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April 18 2012

The Mountains That Form The Valley: Landmark, Recreation, and Identity

April 18th, 2012Posted by 

Being a current grad student at Arizona State and having an undergraduate history at Ohio State, I can say that I know both these university cities quite well. There are many differences between Tempe, Arizona and Columbus, Ohio. For one, the art and music scene in Columbus is far superior than Tempe. On the other […]

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April 04 2012

Free Buses in Tempe, Arizona: The Orbit Bus System

April 4th, 2012Posted by 

The Tempe, Arizona Orbit Bus System is a thorough system that connects most areas of Tempe. It is very efficient, and it is completely free to ride. Currently, I have a car but opt to take the bus because it is quicker and easier. So, I ride the bus to class every day of the […]

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March 21 2012

Efficiency of Solar Panel’s in Arizona’s Deserts

March 21st, 2012Posted by 

Tempe, Arizona gets 211 sunny days every year. Arizona is 113,990 sq mi. The sun emits 12.2 trillion watt-hours per square mile per year of solar energy. So, the total solar energy possibly gained in Arizona is 1,390,678 trillion watt-hours, which is roughly equivalent to 1, 390 terawatt-hours. World energy consumption in 2008 was 19,000 […]

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March 07 2012

Edward Mazria’s Architecture 2030 and It’s Legacy: The Building Sector

March 7th, 2012Posted by 

Edward Mazria proposed a challenge to be carbon neutral by 2030. Since buildings are the major source of pollution, then necessarily they are the solution. In his own words; The Problem: The Building Sector, The Solution: The Building Sector. Since he posited his theory, he has gained many proponents: Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers, […]

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February 22 2012

Arizona State University’s Big Move to Solar Power Using Solar Power Purchasing Agreements

February 22nd, 2012Posted by 

Since ASU is in a desert environment that gets over 300 days of sun per year, it has made large strides in utilizing solar energy. Of course, the upfront cost of panels can be quite a burden. In comes the ingenious solution: A Solar Power Purchasing Agreement (SPPA). Essentially, a third party provider agrees to […]

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February 08 2012

Pre-Fabrication: The Clean Way to Mass Produce

February 8th, 2012Posted by 

The Industrial Revolution was a time of great social, economic and political upheaval. It was a time of mass production, of transforming the manufacturing process into a repetitious system. Never before had the process been so streamlined, especially in the steel industry. A Darby Bridge could be easily constructed using a set of manufactured pieces […]

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January 25 2012

Exceptional Landscape Architecture Business Card Designs

January 25th, 2012Posted by 

Who wouldn’t want a landscape architect to give them a business card full of seeds? Lush gives their clients free seeds with every business card! In this way, the card serves multiple purposes. One is branding, and another is of a much more practical purpose. The seeds are able to produce a landscape, a task […]

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January 11 2012

Unique Engineering Business Cards that Wow

January 11th, 2012Posted by 

All businesses aim to make a lasting impression. Engineering firms are no exception, although a creative business card is rare in this field. This is a business card for the Canadian firm, Helix. As you can see, it seems very strange at first glance. For one, it is transparent blue. In addition, though, there seems […]

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December 28 2011

The Benefits of the Tempe, Arizona Light Rail System

December 28th, 2011Posted by 

I have recently moved from Columbus, Ohio – a city with no form of light rail – to Tempe, Arizona for Graduate School in Architecture and Business. There are three striking differences between Columbus and Tempe. First, it is much hotter in Tempe on account of the desert climate. Secondly, it is impossible to get […]

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December 14 2011

The Foldable House Saves Space

December 14th, 2011Posted by 

…If housing could be folded, even in half, it would free up close to 6,377 square miles in the United States alone. These could be part-time parklands or gardens, especially if the house has natural siding to begin with. In this case, a green wall will become a green ground. It would be a difficult task to achieve, true, but what problem has engineering not achieved when efforts were properly focused?

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December 01 2011

The Importance of Branding Yourself in the Digital Age

December 1st, 2011Posted by 

As of October 31, 2011, we are living in a world of 7 billion people. The working population is around half of that. So, theoretically there are somewhere around 3.5 billion people looking for employment. These people all must compete with one another. In the wake of the recent economic meltdown, they have to compete […]

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November 16 2011

Eye-Catching Urban Design Business Cards

November 16th, 2011Posted by 

Related to my previous article on Unique Architecture Business Card Designs, this article explores eye-catching Urban Design Business Cards. No matter what specialization someone has acquired in life, it is paramount to be able to gain a clientele. A unique and memorable business card is pivotal to a business, social network, or any other type […]

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November 15 2011

Unique Architectural Business Card Designs

November 15th, 2011Posted by 

Branding is important in any field, and architecture is no exception. It is important that one informs as many people as possible their ability; and that it is of a higher quality than that of their competitors. There are many ways this can be accomplished, especially in the digital monoculture in which we now find […]

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November 09 2011

The Columbus Racetrack: An Interview with Trek Micacchione

November 9th, 2011Posted by 

A new racetrack will be located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio. However, in order for this to happen the district will be rezoned. The proposed site lies at the old Cooper Stadium within the historic Franklinton neighborhood. Because of the location, sound walls and a curfew was a must; and although this was a […]

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October 05 2011

The Automobile: The Real Cost of Subsidizations

October 5th, 2011Posted by 

The stereoypical American Dream has several different facets: a detached suburban home, white picket fence, a car, a dog, et cetera. A car is a very important piece of the puzzle and the major contributor to rush hour traffic, especially when it is used to transport single occupants. The car is affordable, as is oil, […]

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