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March 25 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Tara Whelan in Switzerland, San Francisco & Cambodia

March 25th, 2015Posted by 

After a year as an architectural blogger with The Grid, I have learned many things about my urban environment, writing, architecture and myself that I never would have otherwise. The past year has been quite exploratory for me as I moved to three different cities while investigating current architectural affairs. As I move forward, I […]

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March 20 2015

Acclaimed Minnesota State Capitol Undergoing $272M Restoration

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

State Capitol Buildings are incredibly important pieces of architecture in the United States of America. Not only do they house a State’s House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court, they also stand as icons to the State in which they reside. The history of each building’s origin and development over their lifetime can be quite fascinating. Here […]

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March 20 2015

Lessons in Placemaking from the Dabbawallas of Mumbai, India

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

Social innovation, when done properly, not only provides sustainable jobs. It can also shape the culture of a city. A sustainable business does not have to be high-tech, and no one knows this better than the dabbawallas of Mumbai, India. These nondescript lunchbox delivery workers amble along on simple bicycles, motorbikes, and city-trains, and it […]

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March 20 2015

The Key Points of Manuel Valls’ Plan Against France’s “Social Apartheid”

March 20th, 2015Posted by 

Two months ago, Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, denounced the existence of what he controversially called “territorial, social, and ethnic apartheid” in France. Friday, he unveiled shocking measures to change struggling neighborhoods, particularly with regards to social mix. Valls unveiled measures meant to work against “cultural apartheid,” threatening to restart the controversy begun by […]

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March 17 2015

Build Le Phare and They Will Come?: Quebec City, Canada Stirs the Debate

March 17th, 2015Posted by 

At La Défense, there is a tower imagined by Thom Mayne, which, purged of all its recourses, is truly waiting for an economic recovery in order to emerge from the cartoon world and become reality beyond all polemics. In Quebec, also on paper, Le Phare – another one – which was presented to the public […]

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March 17 2015

Le Phare Skyscraper “Not Suitable” for Quebec City, Canada’s Northern Climate

March 17th, 2015Posted by 

In its actual form, Quebec City, Canada’s Le Phare project is “not at all well-suited to the northern climate.” This is due to its “very limited” solar exposure and its height, which will provoke violent winds and make the square below “very uncomfortable year-round,” estimates André Potvin, professor at the Laval University’s School of Architecture. […]

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March 16 2015

San Francisco Adaptive Reuse: From Church to Tech Office

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

When it comes to finding available, unique spaces in San Francisco, tech companies like Twitter, AirBnB, and countless others take on a hermit crab approach. Limited space, dense urban conditions, and nightmarish building regulations make it nearly impossible to build from the ground up. In response, tech companies have resorted to adaptive reuse. Repurposing neglected […]

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March 16 2015

Short-term Apartment Rentals Soar in Preparation of Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

The countdown to Expo 2015 has started, and the international community has its eyes on Milan. It seems like the entire city is preparing to take advantage of this great economic opportunity and keep up with the unfolding events. Expo puts Milan under a lot of pressure. The city must have systems in place to withstand the international […]

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March 16 2015

Suicide 6: Hartford, Connecticut to Providence, Rhode Island’s Unfinished Interstate

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

In 1995, Reader’s Digest named a segment of the Connecticut’s Route 6 the second most dangerous road in the country. Before widened shoulders and turn lanes were introduced in the early 2000’s, the road was commonly referred to as Suicide 6. The heavily-traveled corridor between Hartford, Connecticut and Providence, Rhode Island was once envisaged as […]

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March 11 2015

Managing Water During Dry Times in Inland Empire, California

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

The drought in California persists – for the fourth consecutive year. Snow Water Equivalents are used by The State Water Resources Department to measure how much water is contained within the mountain snowpack. As of March 3, there was only 22% of normal snowpack in the Southern California, and 19% of normal statewide. And this […]

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March 11 2015

Visionless Phnom Penh, Cambodia: How Will Rapid Development Shape its Future?

March 11th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia has had a tumultuous history that spans architectural ingenuity to human tragedy. It is currently undergoing a rapid phase of urbanization and modernization. As this sleepy city steadily grows, many new structures are changing the face of Cambodia’s capital. There are mounting concerns about how such change could affect the city’s culture, […]

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March 09 2015

Rising Sea Levels: Designing A Future To Save San Francisco

March 9th, 2015Posted by 

Surrounded by water, San Francisco sits as a sacrificial offering, waiting to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean. The year is 2072 and San Francisco is an island. Downtown has been erased and gentrification in the Mission has finally laid to rest at the bottom of “Mission Gulf.” What was once a high powered tech city […]

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March 07 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Caitlin Dixon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil & Montreal, Quebec

March 7th, 2015Posted by 

My internship with The Grid began in February of 2014, at a time when I was about to embark on a four month trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a concurrent internship. After completing my undergraduate degree I had set my sights on Rio, as I was keen to explore a city unlike any […]

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March 06 2015

War Declared Between Pedestrians and Cyclists in Toulouse, France

March 6th, 2015Posted by 

Sharing public space is a new notion in Toulouse, France, where pedestrian areas and cycling zones are being developed. Coexistence between these two groups is not always peaceful, and citizens believe the situation could potentially deteriorate further. Everyone in the world is, will be, or has once been, an automobilist, cyclist, or pedestrian – sometimes […]

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March 03 2015

Four Years After Paris, France’s Fréquel-Fontarabie Eco-Neighborhood Opening

March 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Four years after its opening, and one year after being labelled an “eco-neighborhood,” what has become of the Fréquel-Fontarabie housing block, located in Paris’s 20th district? Has it been able to fulfill its energy-conservation promises? A mid-February evaluation allowed us to take stock of the situation of this program developed ten years ago in partnership […]

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March 02 2015

The Year of Milan, Italy? Starting the Countdown to Expo 2015

March 2nd, 2015Posted by 

According to internet buzz, Milan is the city of the moment and the place to visit in 2015. In addition to this year’s Fashion Week and Design Week, Milan will also be the host of one of the largest world fairs held since 1800: Expo 2015. One hundred and seventy-five countries are set to take part in this international fair, with 7,000 different […]

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February 27 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Loring Park Beautifully Mixes Local Culture

February 27th, 2015Posted by 

Loring Park, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, experiences an incredible blend of culture and art. It has a prime location; bordered by multiple neighborhoods, academic establishments, downtown Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Convention Center and the famous Walker Art Center. All of this causes the park to be a hub of diversity for the City of Minneapolis. Loring Park […]

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February 23 2015

Is Momentum Building for Daylighting Park River in Hartford, Connecticut?

February 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The Park River in Hartford, Connecticut meanders through the city, but you might never know it. Once a historically valuable and nostalgic part of Hartford (at least to Mark Twain, who lived along it), it now flows through two conduits channeled under city’s downtown. While neither the river nor the conduits are visible from the […]

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February 20 2015

Benin, Africa Architect Roméo Mivekannin: “Architecture is a Powerful Political Act”

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

Roméo Mivekannin is a young Beninese architect from Cotonou, Africa, where his family still lives. He has just finished his studies at the Distinguished National School of Architecture in Toulouse (ENSA). As a student, he followed an unusual path of study. This, coupled with his fierce desire to succeed, helped him to make his longtime […]

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February 20 2015

Lack of Informal Tea Stalls for Well-designed Powai Signals Exclusivity in Mumbai, India

February 20th, 2015Posted by 

The experience of driving into Powai in Mumbai, India, is like finding an island in the middle of the sea. After miles of utilitarian roads surrounded by housing of all types, entering Powai’s well-designed promenades feels like a rush of escapism. The recent Hiranandani Gardens development project features vast streetscapes with everything from posh restaurants […]

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