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July 10 2012

A Farewell from Jordan Meerdink

July 10th, 2012Posted by 

From a simple submissions post on my college jobs board, I began my writing internship for Global Site Plans in May 2011. As an undergrad I had dipped my feet in creative writing, authoring several articles for student publications, however blogging for The Grid was to be a new experience unlike any I had undertaken […]

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June 26 2012

Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative: Creative Design In a Shrinking City

June 26th, 2012Posted by 

It has been argued the cities in the Midwest are on the “decline.” Populations in urban centers like Detroit, Buffalo, and Cleveland are shrinking as old infrastructure decays. However, the newly relocated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative takes an unorthodox approach to these “shrinking cities” and addresses the so-called problems as opportunities to engage in research […]

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June 12 2012

Public Square Group: Integrating Skate Parks Into the Urban Fabric of Cleveland, Ohio

June 12th, 2012Posted by 

Skateboarding is legally recognized as a “hazardous recreational activity.” While this categorization seems dour it is actually an interesting bit of legalese that enables cities to construct skate parks without fearing legal liabilities. Skate parks in North American cities are being constructed at a record pace. And in 2005 an organization of skaters, activists, and […]

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May 29 2012

Experiments in Web Based Crowdsourcing and Open-Source for Urban Planning

May 29th, 2012Posted by 

What is crowdsourcing? For those uninitiated, the term essentially means problems or queries are broadcast publicly and everyone is invited to respond with solutions or ideas. Crowdsourcing itself is not a new concept. Municipalities and cities often looked to “focus groups” or town hall meetings to garner public opinion about city projects. However with the […]

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May 15 2012

West Side Market: The Historic Heart and Soul of Cleveland, Ohio

May 15th, 2012Posted by 

As cities grow and change over time, cultural icons sometimes fall victim to the march of “progress.” However, one of Cleveland’s most iconic structures, the West Side Market, has remained proudly on the corner of Lorain Avenue and West 25th Street for one-hundred years. Originating with an open air market in 1840, and moving to […]

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May 01 2012

Coop Himmelblau’s Art Museum in Akron, Ohio

May 1st, 2012Posted by 

Where would GSP readers assume influential Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelblau would execute its first American project? Not quite New York or Los Angeles, Akron, a rust belt city in Ohio, is the unlikely host of Wolf Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky’s bold new addition to the Akron Art Museum. Coop Himmelblau has a successful history […]

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April 17 2012

Developing the Waterfront: Cleveland, Ohio Shoreline Development Plan

April 17th, 2012Posted by 

A new urban planning and development scheme is being implemented in Cleveland, Ohio that will dramatically change the look and accessibility of the city’s underutilized waterfront. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland Ohio’s lakefront has long been neglected with little commercial development and fewer public spaces. EE&K architects of New York, in conjunction […]

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April 03 2012

Uniting A Fractured Campus: The Tinkham Veale University Center in Cleveland, Ohio

April 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Since its inception in 1967, out of the merger between Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio has struggled to pull together a unified campus from its former fractured halves. This urban planning quagmire will soon be solved this spring with the addition of the Tinkham Veale […]

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March 20 2012

Modernism Stands Out In Cleveland, Ohio: The Peter B. Lewis Building

March 20th, 2012Posted by 

In 1999, famed deconstructive architect Frank Gehry broke ground on the newest addition to the Case Western Reserve University campus in Cleveland, Ohio. The Peter B. Lewis Building for the Weatherhead School of Management opened in 2002. Located at the corner of Bellflower Road and Ford Drive in University Circle, the building stands out among […]

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March 06 2012

“Ghost” Subway Stations: From Berlin, Germany and New York City, New York

March 6th, 2012Posted by 

In Germany, during the cold war, the concept of the “ghost” station developed as a solution to a curious urban planning quagmire. As travel with Berlin became more restricted, the combined Berlin subway lines, referred to as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, underneath the city had to be divided between east and west. In doing this […]

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February 21 2012

Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute: A Look Into Our Sustainable Future

February 21st, 2012Posted by 

Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute (PMI) should spark the interest of  Global Site Plans readers interested in all aspects of sustainable living. Essentially, PMI operates as a working  laboratory where new theories and ideas about sustainable farming and architecture are developed and taught to growing numbers of local residents and visitors. The site was originally purchased as […]

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February 07 2012

Artisan Carpentry: The Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012

February 7th, 2012Posted by 

This May 2012, craftsmen from across the United States and Canada will descend on Port Townsend, Washington to discuss a building tradition developed in the 12th century, timber frame construction. The first question the uninitiated may ask is, “What is timber framing?” This construction method uses heavy wood joined together in intricate joints to create […]

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January 24 2012

Rust Belt Real Estate: Re-imagining Post Industrial Cities

January 24th, 2012Posted by 

While at one time it was counted among the most productive manufacturing areas in the world, the area of former heavy manufacturing bordering the Great Lakes, known as The Rust Belt, has suffered from decaying industry and deserted cities. Through the 1980′s and 1990′s, The population drop in cities like Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit  has […]

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January 10 2012

Shigeru Ban and His Paper Architecture

January 10th, 2012Posted by 

Shigeru Ban, a renowned architect with an international design firm, is most famous for his novel use of recycled and low cost materials in design. Ban studied at the Cooper Union School of Architecture under famed Architect John Hejduk. Using his background in Japanese architecture, and influenced by Hedjuk’s western school of thought, Ban embraces […]

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December 27 2011

What Happened to all the Bomb Shelters? Architects Discover Creative Repurposing

December 27th, 2011Posted by 

The Cold War could be described as the golden age of the bomb shelter. Fears of nuclear and chemical warfare caused many governments and individuals around the world to construct fortified bunkers. Urban planning anticipated massive bombing campaigns by fortifying schools and underground tunnels. This is one of the more utilitarian examples or architecture Global […]

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December 13 2011

Best Websites for Architecture Students and Professionals

December 13th, 2011Posted by 

Almost everyone has at one time or another aimlessly surfed the Internet during working hours. Endless website clicking proves to be a good diversion when the creative juices stall at school or work. I’m as guilty as the next person for this minor offense and these are the websites I frequent when I’m looking for […]

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November 29 2011

Iconoclastic Building Materials

November 29th, 2011Posted by 

Most readers at Global Site Plans are familiar with structures made of concrete, wood and steel. These are the common  construction materials for the vast majority of the buildings people inhabit and experience. However, have you ever seen a structure made out of paper? Or what about water? Many architects and engineers around the world […]

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November 15 2011

Tenement Fishing in Istanbul and New York City, Fact or Fiction?

November 15th, 2011Posted by 

Less about urban planning and more about the  forgotten interstitial margins created by architecture, this article links scattered reports about fishing in basements beneath New York City with the cisterns of Istanbul, the home of Global Site Plans’ principal, Renée van Staveren. Istanbul is home to several hundred ancient cisterns that, when built during the […]

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November 03 2011

4 Urban Planning and Design Websites to Frequent

November 3rd, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans’ The Grid authors generally write stories about specific topics relevant to their field of expertise, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. But, today, I am placing the spotlight on the hard working bloggers and writers of other urban planning and design blogs. This is my completely subjective list of the urban […]

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October 20 2011

Urban Planning Conferences You Must Attend: January – June 2012

October 20th, 2011Posted by 

Many of the bloggers at Global Site Plans continue to learn about urban planning and urban design long after they finish formal schooling. One of the most interesting ways to go beyond standard classroom education is by attending any of the multitudes of conferences that are presented by colleges, research facilities, and companies each year. […]

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