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May 15 2013

Thinking Globally, Building Locally: CNU21 Preview Podcast Summary

May 15th, 2013Posted by 

This post summarizes the CNU21 Preview Podcast, “Thinking Globally, Building Locally.” CNU21 is this year’s annual Congress for the New Urbanism conference and will be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah May 29th through June 1st, 2013. For this podcast preview, John Norquist, the current President of the Congress for […]

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May 14 2013

Tidal Wave Energy: Is it Ecologically Sustainable?

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

Global energy demand continues to grow and tidal wave energy generation devices can provide a significant source of renewable energy. Technological developments in offshore engineering, and the rising cost of traditional energy, means that offshore energy resources will be economic in the next few years. Tidal wave energy is a form of hydropower that converts the energy […]

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May 14 2013

An Update on the Reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange in Montréal, Canada

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

In December 2011, a former Grid blogger, Yosef Robinson, wrote a piece about the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, a major highway junction in Montreal, Canada. The original proposal came about as the aging infrastructure was beginning to crumble. The project faced fierce opposition, as it planned to widen the interchange (going against everything we […]

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May 10 2013

Digging Deeper: The Ultimate Queen City Underground Tour

May 10th, 2013Posted by 

American Legacy Tours – located at 1218 Vine Street in Cincinnati’s historic Over the Rhine (OTR) – has continued to gain popularity, media attention and distinction since their opening in 2008. The company, founded by a small group of friends, offers a diverse range of engaging walking tours through Cincinnati Heritage, legend and folklore. These […]

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May 01 2013

BART’s Oakland Airport Connector Finally Nears Completion

May 1st, 2013Posted by 

After nearly 40 years of discussion and planning, the connection between BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Oakland Airport is finally nearing completion. Like most transportation infrastructure projects (especially those in the Bay Area) this 3.2-mile, $484.1 million connector faced numerous obstacles, delays, and controversy even after construction broke ground in October 2011. Those […]

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April 30 2013

Commercial Onshore Wind Farms: A Threat to the Amenity of the Landscape

April 30th, 2013Posted by 

The amount of wind power in the world is increasing quickly. The background for this development is improved technology, decreased costs for the units, and increased concern regarding environmental problems of competing technologies such as fossil fuels. The amount of wind power is not spread equally over the world, so in some areas, there is […]

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April 17 2013

The San Francisco Bay Bridge Gets a New Look

April 17th, 2013Posted by 

In 1989, the Loma Prieta Earthquake shook the Bay Area at a 6.9 magnitude, breaking a segment of the East Bay Span of the Bay Bridge. Further analysis revealed extensive damage along the 75-year old bridge, and a recommendation was made to build a new East Bay Span. However, East Bay residents didn’t want just […]

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April 16 2013

Sustainable Farming in the 21st Century: Anaerobic Digestion in The Netherlands

April 16th, 2013Posted by 

In the neighbourhood “Polderwijk“ of Zeewolde, The Netherlands, more than a thousand homes, schools and a churches are sustainably heated with green heating that is produced with the production of electricity from biogas. The project is a partnership between the municipality, a local energy company (Essent) and a farm (Van Beek) located 5 km from […]

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April 14 2013

Seeking Spring 2013 Internship Applications: Environmental Design Blogger

April 14th, 2013Posted by 

Do you have a unique specialty in the field of environmental design? Do you currently live in a town or city that has not/or is currently not being covered by another blogger? Have you successfully managed social media platforms? Do you have a passion for writing and want to learn how to successfully blog? If […]

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April 12 2013

League of American Bicyclists: Is the University of Michigan Deserving of Bronze Bike-Friendly Status?

April 12th, 2013Posted by 

I recently explored the bike-friendly status bestowed upon the University of Michigan and its town Ann Arbor by the League of American Bicyclists. A general consensus on their respective bronze and silver-level ratings is that there is room for improvement. An interesting way to look at the bike community in Ann Arbor is to consider […]

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April 12 2013

Cincinnati Public Staircases: A Walking History Abandoned But Not Forgotten

April 12th, 2013Posted by 

In recent decades, public staircases have been subject to a great deal of controversy in most cities, often viewed as places which are commonly associated with dangerous illegal activities such as crime, drug use, and even violence. In Cincinnati, Ohio – these staircases can be found in various urban locations throughout the city – some […]

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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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April 02 2013

Floating Life: Is It Achievable?

April 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The Netherlands is a relatively small country, however it has a considerably sizeable population that is currently in and around 16.5 million. This makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with almost 83% living in urban regions. It is an extremely low lying country with about 50% of its land […]

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April 01 2013

Are Daylight Conditions of Hospitals Important in the Design Process?

April 1st, 2013Posted by 

When we wake up in the morning and the weather is sunny and warm, don’t we feel more happy and eager to go out and face everyday life? Imagine a patient that stays in a hospital room for many days. If they wake up in a room full of sunshine, surely they feel more relaxed […]

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March 29 2013

Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront Urban Design Master Plan Poised to Reach Project Vision

March 29th, 2013Posted by 

In the course of the last decade, American river cities have sustained continued interest from policy makers and urban planners who have worked to create targeted opportunities for significant long-term investment and economic development. In Cincinnati, this reinvestment has received national attention in terms of how the city has been able to connect environmental design […]

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March 21 2013

Old Dog, New Tricks: Urban Transformation in Milan

March 21st, 2013Posted by 

While we often think of cities according to their skylines, we overlook the fact that these are constantly changing in cities around the world. Because of cities’ organic nature, the essence of the city is thus manifested physically in the urban format. New transformations and new skylines are indicative of changing attitudes, and in many […]

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March 19 2013

Micro Hydropower: An Underused Source of Renewable Energy?

March 19th, 2013Posted by 

Climate change is seen as the major problem of our generation, and confronting it will mean action on how energy is sourced and the levels of demand. In 1990, the United Kingdom signed an agreement for reducing emission levels at least 80% by 2050. The Northern Ireland government has set a bold target in relation […]

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March 18 2013

The Effects of Transport on Hospital Design and Location

March 18th, 2013Posted by 

Easy access to a hospital is vital to a good hospital design. When we say “easy access,” we are referring to the ease with which cars and ambulances can access a hospital, especially considering emergency situations. Is this easy access concept possible for Athens, Greece – a city of approximately ten million people? Athens’s residents […]

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March 15 2013

Seattle’s New Front Porch: The Redevelopment of the Waterfront

March 15th, 2013Posted by 

Historically, port cities located their industrial zones near the waterfront for the convenience of transporting goods. Often times, highways or railroads were later constructed near the industrial waterfront. But as contemporary manufacturing and shipping processes are significantly more efficient and require less space (since transportation moved from bulk to shipping containers), these port cities are […]

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March 08 2013

Six “Plus-One” Public Buildings: The Cultural Diversity of Thessaloniki, Greece

March 8th, 2013Posted by 

Thessaloniki, Greece has a rich history. Early Christian and Byzantine monuments, churches, and public buildings, with neoclassical and Baroque architecture, all contribute to the formation of a culturally diverse urban environment. Among them, completely modern edifices (such as the New City Hall) enhance the diversity of the city’s urban structures, while controversy has surrounded them since day one.  The […]

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