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August 13 2013

Enhancing Creativity: Ethics and Excellence are the Ways of Architecture

August 13th, 2013Posted by 

Ethics and excellence are main values and goals an architect should pursue in their professional development. At least, this is the motto of the professors at the A+A Chair of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buenos Aires: Álvaro Arrese and Alberto Álvarez. To reconcile the social utility of architecture with its contemporary and vanguardist production is […]

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July 30 2013

“The Architecture of Happiness” by Alain de Botton

July 30th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years the process of studying architecture and planning has changed substantially. More and more architectural schools (including my own in Argentina) have shifted from a theoretical education, oriented towards the history, philosophy and mathematics of architecture, into a more practical studio-based style of education that, sadly enough, excludes this theoretical approach to the field, […]

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July 29 2013

Is University-Induced Change Positive for Virginia?

July 29th, 2013Posted by 

Colleges and universities play a myriad of important roles in America’s major cities, metropolitan areas, and isolated college towns. They provide powerful economic assets, including research facilities and forums for academic and professional conferences. Moreover, major research universities, tend to pay their faculty members relatively generously, which increases their purchasing power. Aside from the obvious […]

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July 25 2013

Advancing Sustainable Urban Planning at the Esri 2013 Conference

July 25th, 2013Posted by 

I recently attended the 2013 Esri International User Conference with over 15,000 others in San Diego interested in Geographic Information Science or Systems (GIS). Focused on GIS to enable sustainable urban planning, I found that CityEngine launched upgrades with V10.2, simplifying the conversion of 2D imaging into 3D with just five steps, for preview of […]

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July 23 2013

Where Engineers Go: The Top 10 Engineering Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 23rd, 2013Posted by 

This past month, The Grid has brought you lists for the top 20 urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture websites for 2013. In these lists we compared our rankings to those from 2012. But this year we have expanded our horizons and created one more list devoted to the Top 20 Engineering Websites for 2013. […]

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July 22 2013

Are New Orleans Cultural Events Encouraging Violent Crimes?

July 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Built in the 1720s, New Orleans, Louisiana is an old city with crumbling streets, historic architecture, and tiny lots. The unique quality about Nola, despite the city’s obvious wear, is the sense of community culturally embedded into the daily life of its citizens, revolving around eating, drinking, and otherwise taking it easy. However, as the […]

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July 19 2013

Farewell to The Grid: Geoff Bliss

July 19th, 2013Posted by 

I began writing for The Grid in December 2012. At this time, I was preparing to move to New York City for employment, having relocated back to Woodstock, NY temporarily in August of that year. I was eager to start writing. I researched a number of potential ideas which could explore emerging planning and design themes […]

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July 17 2013

Where Landscape Architects Go: The Top 10 Landscape Architecture Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 17th, 2013Posted by 

On August 28, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Landscape Architecture Websites 2012. Now, the time has come to create a new list for 2013.  This year’s Top 20 lists for urban planning and architecture were released on July 1st and we were excited to see a mix of sites from last year’s lists, […]

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July 16 2013

Challenging Hierarchies: The Architecture of the National University of San Martín

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

Pierced, horizontal and without spatial hierarchies, the new building on the campus of the National University of San Martín is proposing a new research centre, with spaces that emphasize group work for scientists and academics. The architecture of the Dr. Rodolfo Ugalde Biotechnology Research Institute is unique on the campus, as it proposes an innovative concept for […]

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July 10 2013

Sustainable Campuses: Universities Acting Locally and Educating Globally

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

One of the main concerns of urban planners nowadays is designing for a more sustainable environment. As planners, we commit to provide innovative ideas for sustainable urban design – but what about the others? When it comes to these sustainability principles, universities play a strong role in educating the next generation. Can universities educate a lifestyle towards more sustainable behavior? […]

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July 02 2013

A Farewell from Alex Lenhoff

July 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Looking at a city through the lens of an urban planner gives you a different perspective than the average citizen. Sure, it might make you pessimistic at times, but you are also aware of the positive changes cities make every day, and that your city could follow suit. During my six months as The Grid’s […]

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July 02 2013

Why Has San Francisco, California Turned Its Back On Student-Housing?

July 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The severe lack of affordable housing in San Francisco continues to plague the city’s residents. Students of higher education have not been exempt from this crisis, pushing aspiring young professionals into a predicament. How can we expect students to attend San Francisco’s universities if they cannot find a place to live? “San Francisco’s official student housing […]

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July 01 2013

Where Architects Go: The Top 10 Architecture Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 1st, 2013Posted by 

Last year we scoured the web to uncover the Top 20 International Architecture Websites 2012. After a thorough search, and with the help of Alexa International Rankings, we found the most popular sites used by both professionals and enthusiasts within the architecture community. Now one year later, it is time to click the refresh button […]

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July 01 2013

Where Urban Planners Go: The Top 10 Urban Planning Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 1st, 2013Posted by 

Last year, The Grid went on a mission to uncover the most popular urban planning-related websites for 2012. With extensive research and the help of Alexa International Rankings, we were able to compile a list of the top 20 websites for this specific niche. It is time for an update. In the list for 2013 […]

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June 27 2013

Planning Steps into the Spotlight: Walkable City Book Review

June 27th, 2013Posted by 

If you’re a planner and have tried to explain to everyday folks the importance of good planning, then you know it can be a difficult topic to interest them. Most either find the planning profession to be too regulatory or know nothing about it at all. In Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown can Save […]

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June 25 2013

Education, Next Gen, and Documents That Suck: Exclusive Post-CNU21 Interview With Brian Wright of TPUDC

June 25th, 2013Posted by 

Brian Wright, TPUDC CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO PODCAST This is a transcription of the downloadable audio interview, available here. Hello and welcome to Global Site Plans’ exclusive interview with Brian Wright. I’m Aascot Holt. Brian is the Founder and Principal of Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative. We chose to speak with him via phone […]

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June 24 2013

The Importance of Downtown Library Branches

June 24th, 2013Posted by 

In the urban planning field, downtowns seem to be either portrayed as prolific new urbanist havens, or gritty, dilapidated messes that fail to breathe life into their communities. This time round, the latter perspective requires attention. Downtown cores in America tend to have a couple running themes to them; only minimal housing options are offered, […]

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June 18 2013

How the East Bay Bicycle Coalition is Making Ridership Accessible to all Residents

June 18th, 2013Posted by 

Promoting bicycle ridership has become a widespread mission across many regions, ranging from small towns to large cities. In California’s East Bay, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) has grown to be the primary advocacy group to make bicycling more feasible and safer on a large scale. The organization’s “guiding principles” include the following: Make […]

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June 02 2013

Collaborative Consumption is Quickly Gaining Ground: The New Economy of Sharing at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Lee Sobel, a Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, opened with a defining aspect of a shared economy: “access trumps ownership.” Good examples of new economy businesses are Airbnb and Couchsurfing, bike sharing, and many variations on car sharing. He recommended some car sharing or […]

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June 01 2013

New Urbanism, Meet the Third World: The Charter Awards at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 1st, 2013Posted by 

The Charter Awards are annual awards given to projects submitted by students and professionals by the Congress for the New Urbanism at the annual Congress. A group of carefully chosen individuals sit on a jury and decide which projects to honor. This year’s jury chair was Doug Farr, CNU-A, President and Founding Principal at Farr […]

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