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January 02 2014

Farewell to the Grid, from Lisa Gran

January 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Starting with The Grid in December of 2012, I never imagined where a year of blogging would take me. Studying environmental engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I wasn’t quite sure what the future would hold within this very realm; however I would come to find out that this blogging experience would expose me to an area within […]

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December 19 2013

Sustainable Thinking Connecting Lincoln through Green by Design

December 19th, 2013Posted by 

Green design is both an ideology and a process. It encompasses a key sustainability aspect through the utilization and implementation of environmentally sound principles both within development and design as well as within the daily routine of life. Green design looks to take a pragmatic approach to creating a union between the natural world and […]

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December 05 2013

Successful Development of Lincoln’s West Haymarket Spurs Phase Two

December 5th, 2013Posted by 

Since the completion of the newly nominated best major concert venue award by Pollstar Magazine, Pinnacle Bank Arena, the West Haymarket area has taken off. Becoming a hub for new restaurants, a sport, concert and event venue, as well as home to new apartments and hotels, the Haymarket area has provided the city of Lincoln, […]

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November 21 2013

UNL to Redesign Student Union in An Effort to Perpetuate A Modernized Ideology

November 21st, 2013Posted by 

Public Universities are always looking to grow and expand to attract incoming collegiate students. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska is no different and in the coming years, they have some big plans for its campus. While sports facilities and arenas, updated academic buildings, and dorms have taken shape towards a […]

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November 07 2013

Lincoln, Nebraska to Further Develop a Redeveloped Floodplain: “Exchange at Antelope Valley”

November 7th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska in recent years has had the unique opportunity to redevelop key urban areas. These areas, otherwise unusable land spaces, have given city architects, engineers, and urban planners the opportunity to redevelop the city through several revitalization efforts, one including the Antelope Creek Valley Project. An otherwise floodplain, the Antelope Creek […]

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October 24 2013

Lincoln Taking Steps to Boost Citywide Recycling Percentages From 18%

October 24th, 2013Posted by 

Land space is quickly becoming one of modern day’s most valuable resources. As city planners look to reduce urban sprawl, solutions are being sought after in order to maintain city limits across the country. One major problem within cities, however, lies within the growth of local landfills. This predicament is making urban planners beg the […]

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October 10 2013

Digital Capitals of America: Lincoln Named the 2013 eCity of Nebraska

October 10th, 2013Posted by 

In a world that is powered by the internet, it comes as no surprise that small, local businesses are turning to online sources as a way to market themselves and expand beyond their shop doors. E-marketing is playing a key role in this transition, helping to establish small businesses and creating growth for both the company and […]

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September 26 2013

Grant Funded Projects Shaping Lincoln, Nebraska

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

With any development project, much focus is placed on the big picture, the final product. However more often than not, many never think about the road taken to get to this final product. During the initial stages of planning, sources of money and budgets are of the utmost of concern as the design must fit […]

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September 12 2013

Tract Housing Curbed: One Suburban Neighborhood Embracing Architectural Design

September 12th, 2013Posted by 

Architectural diversity is something that is often times becoming increasingly more difficult to find within suburban areas. Suburban areas are embracing the concept of tract housing; a sort of ‘one house fits all’ in new construction. Through the construction of a vast array of varying styles and designs of houses, one Lincoln, Nebraska neighborhood is […]

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August 29 2013

Sasaki Associates Planning the Future of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln

August 29th, 2013Posted by 

Colleges around the United States are often known to be hubs for innovation, research, intellect, and above all, change. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is starting to embrace this idea of change and growth through a new fifteen-year plan that is devised to elevate the campus’ building designs and green spaces. Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts, an architectural firm hired by […]

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August 15 2013

K-5 School Designed as Healthy Lifestyle Learning Community

August 15th, 2013Posted by 

Childhood obesity has seen a huge increase within recent years and is a major problem within the United States. There are many measures that researchers, dieticians and other professionals have been taking to try and optimize healthy lifestyles; however, did you ever think that the way a building was designed could have the same effect? […]

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August 01 2013

Taking the Prairie to the Suburbs: Introducing Sustainable Urban Landscapes

August 1st, 2013Posted by 

When one imagines a Nebraska landscape, it is assumed that most of the land consists of large amounts of flat plains and prairie. This familiar landscape is also finding its way into Nebraska’s urban landscapes; bringing the prairie to the suburbs. Plants commonly associated with prairie landscapes have adapted to Nebraska’s often unpredictable weather patterns, which […]

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July 18 2013

Lincoln Farmers Market: Building Community Amidst a Growing City

July 18th, 2013Posted by 

Every Saturday morning from early May to mid October, you can expect to find a bustling marketplace within the Historic Haymarket of Lincoln, Nebraska. This one of a kind experience is set within a bustling atmosphere surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and various shops. Within the two blocks of fair space, there are over 200 […]

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July 04 2013

Appreciating Architecture: The Idea of the “Naked” Museum

July 4th, 2013Posted by 

Within our modern urban landscapes, buildings often serve in the realm of functionality and purpose. Often times the functionality of a building overshadows the architecture; the building serving as a backdrop to the usage of the building as opposed to a piece of art. The Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska has set out to […]

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June 20 2013

A New Vocabulary in Design: A Book Review of Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture

June 20th, 2013Posted by 

How should we expand and design our growing cities to adapt to our changing global community? In Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, authors Diana Balmori, renowned landscape and urban planner, as well as architect Joel Sanders set out to derive a new vocabulary in sustainable design to answer this very question. In doing so, they explain designing for […]

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June 06 2013

A Shift in Urbanization: A How to Guide to Take a Step in the Right Direction

June 6th, 2013Posted by 

Growing up in a city your whole life, you definitely gain perspective on how it has grown and expanded throughout the years. I have been able to see the city of Lincoln, Nebraska develop and grow immensely in my time here, and not until my time at Global Site Plans did l really stop and […]

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May 23 2013

A Better Solar Cell: Utilizing Solar Power in the Unexpected

May 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Alternative energy is a highly sought after field that can make great strides in improving the sustainability of communities throughout the globe. Wind, biofuels, hydroelectric, and solar power are all forms of alternative energies that are becoming increasingly viable as well as powerful sources to be used in everyday life. Amongst these popular forms of […]

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May 09 2013

The Cleaner, Greener Lincoln, Nebraska Initiative

May 9th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska has strived to become a top green community within the Midwest region. One way that Lincoln has successfully shifted toward sustainable thinking is through its implementation of the Cleaner, Greener Lincoln Initiative. The Cleaner, Greener Lincoln Initiative has encouraged “green” living within the city of Lincoln and has been implemented […]

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April 25 2013

The Road To Recovery: A Lesson In Rebuilding from the Gulf Shores of Alabama

April 25th, 2013Posted by 

As I stepped out of my blogging domain of Lincoln, Nebraska and to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a spring break getaway this past month, I was able to gain great insights into an environment far removed from the Midwest landscapes of Nebraska. I quickly became fascinated in the lasting effects of the BP Oil Spill […]

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April 11 2013

From Flooding To Flourishing: The Revitalization Of An Otherwise Floodplain

April 11th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska has become a hub of new and innovative designs within the last couple of years. This innovation in development has truly proved Lincoln to be a growing city that encompasses environmental and functional design that benefits both the citizens of Lincoln and the environment alike. The Antelope Creek Valley is […]

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