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November 03 2014

“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review

November 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Henry James wrote “London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy … it is only magnificent.” David Long found it appropriate to cite this quote in the introduction of his book Tunnels, Towers, and Temples. After visiting London, I can say that I find it rings true, and even […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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September 24 2014

Milan’s Public Transportation Initiatives Work to Move 10,000 Students Annually

September 24th, 2014Posted by 

When it comes to education, Milan is one of Italy’s international student hubs. Being home to universities with high international ranks for fashion, design, engineering, and architecture, the city attracts more than 10,000 young people from countries all over the world every year. One of the most crucial issues when you are a student is transportation. Unless you’re living on […]

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September 15 2014

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers. These routes were not only used for […]

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August 25 2014

The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, inspire music above all else. The cities’ streets, buildings, cathedrals, and little squares all play a part of the urban soundtrack of each city. Even though Milan is not the typical […]

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August 18 2014

Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy?

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015, and is set to draw millions of visitors from Italy and all over the world. The event provides a showcase for important urban development and job opportunities. It also focuses on fundamental issues […]

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July 28 2014

Milan’s Zaha Hadid “City Life” Project Lacks Cultural Authenticity & Inclusiveness

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

Even if architects and urban planners occasionally get wrapped up in their own ideas, the city is and has to be built for its citizens. In other words, the city belongs to the people and it’s design should reflect the comfort and desires of those who live in it. And where planners can’t find a […]

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July 14 2014

Milan’s City of Business: Urban Planning in Economic Form

July 14th, 2014Posted by 

It is both impressive and beautiful to understand the evolution of Milan, simply by looking at its skyline. Like any other Italian city, even if it may not be as pronounced as it is in Rome or Venice, Milan has a central core pattern of architecture. It’s due to the historic background of the city […]

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June 30 2014

Via Paolo Sarpi: The Milanese Chinatown

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

I came to Via Paolo Sarpi for the first time three years ago, when my friend, visiting from England, and I got lost on our way to see the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. We were walking for the longest time and at some point realized the environment had changed completely – from the store design, to its […]

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June 17 2014

Via Padova: The Humanity Behind Milan’s Social Nightmare

June 17th, 2014Posted by 

It is hard to define in an honest and complete way Via Padova in Milan, Italy. The subject itself represents a controversial question regarding the issue of immigration. While it has been badly advertised, I tried to understand if this perception truly applies to everybody, so I began asking around: “What is your opinion of Via Padova?” […]

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May 27 2014

Welcome to The Other Side of Milan: The Shift from University Life to Via Padova

May 27th, 2014Posted by 

Milan is a city of cities. As a pedestrian you can always discover new areas with unique characteristics of architecture, urban, and social aspects. As you explore the city from one side to the other you get to experience all the physical impacts of its transformation. But shifting your life from one area to another […]

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May 13 2014

Milan: A City of Different Cities

May 13th, 2014Posted by 

The concept of “city of cities” has recently attracted considerable international attention as it focuses on the perception and definition of the way a city is defined. But what exactly does it mean? What defines a city? Urban planners usually have a set analysis when it comes to assessing an urban context by taking into […]

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April 29 2014

Milan Design Week’s Distinct Venues: Salone de Mobile & Fuorisalone

April 29th, 2014Posted by 

In April of every year, since 1961, Milan’s Design Week takes place; an event that gathers international design makers and lovers from all over the world. The impact on the city’s structure is highly noticeable during the week as the number of tourists and visitors increase, and therefore so does the traffic. The need for getting from […]

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