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January 14 2014

Abracadabra: A Book Review of Kunstler’s “Too Much Magic”

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Have people begun to believe that technology can solve all the world’s problems? Author James Howard Kunstler makes this convincing argument in his newest book Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. In his first nonfiction book since the The Long Emergency (2005), Kunstler presents new evidence to support his […]

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January 09 2014

KCP&L Using Complexity to Simplify Problems with the SmartGrid

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

The energy industry is a gigantic web of information and non-linear processes that have different networks, feed-ins, and balances between supply and demand on a second-by-second basis. Even at the city level, providing power adequately to all citizens and incurring minimal losses is a challenge all in itself. In the context of global emissions, energy […]

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January 09 2014

A Farewell to The Grid, from Gina Kiani of the East Bay, California

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to believe that my internship with Global Site Plans (GSP) has come to an end. Being a contributor to The Grid has helped me hone my skills as a writer; to more effectively convey and articulate my topics of interest. Focusing on topics of urban planning, through the lens of sustainability and geographic information […]

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December 26 2013

Cities and Climate Change: Kansas City, MO Perspectives on a Global Issue

December 26th, 2013Posted by 

Cities have gained considerable importance in the dialogue of climate change and environmental sustainability. A majority of the earth’s growing population is projected to live in cities. Not only are they responsible for a majority of earth’s energy and resource consumption, cities also subsequently produces the highest amount of wastes and emissions, and are therefore […]

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December 12 2013

Financial Feasibility of Green Building Retrofits: The Case of Kansas City, Missouri

December 12th, 2013Posted by 

“Green” or “sustainable” buildings use key resources like energy, water, materials, and land much more efficiently than buildings that are simply built to code. Dimensions such as site planning, indoor environmental air quality, materials, resources and water efficiency are some things these new breeds of built environment take into account. The process begins with the […]

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December 11 2013

Let’s Start Sharing: #TheGrid Discusses How an Emerging Movement is Shaping Cities

December 11th, 2013Posted by 

The sharing movement is beginning to transform cities. Businesses in various sectors are looking at new ways of sharing space and resources. It is a simple concept that has stemmed from informal practice, but it may change the way cities operate. Before diving further into the concept, think of the last time you shared something. […]

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December 04 2013

“Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water” Book Review

December 4th, 2013Posted by 

Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water edited by Herbert Dreiseitl and Dieter Grau provides a comprehensive overview of innovative water-related projects throughout the world. The editors argue: “Coping with ever greater amounts of stormwater run-off from increased urbanization and fierce heavy downpours does not mean endlessly multiplying the number and capacity of technical […]

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November 22 2013

Matatus: Nairobi’s Leader of Transportation Since 1973

November 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Mobility, sustainability, and identity are three key elements for good cities. Developed economies enjoy public transport systems with fixed routes, schedules, and pricing; but this is not the case in developing countries. In Africa, citizens use a variety of means to get around, ranging from small minibuses to riding on the back of motorcycles. Nairobi […]

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November 06 2013

The Dutch Lead the Greening of Brownfields

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

Over its fourteen years, the Canadian Brownfields Conference has shifted its focus from soil remediation methods to brownfield redevelopment, highlighting the reuse of land as a key component of urban planning and creating vibrant communities. This change was echoed in all but one of the Canadian Urbanism Institute Brownie Award winners. A rare International Brownie […]

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October 30 2013

Pittsburgh’s Public Transit System Expands City’s Limits

October 30th, 2013Posted by 

As with most large metropolitan areas, public transit is a key component of the city of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh transit system, known as Port Authority, is one of the largest in America. They run over 500 urban buses, ninety light rail buses, and unique to the Pittsburgh area, two inclines. With daily ridership being over […]

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October 17 2013

Alliance for Community Development: Promoting an Inclusive Economy in Oakland, CA

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

The Alliance for Community Development (ACD) is a non-profit organization focused on economic community development for low and moderate income communities. The ACD hosted the Bay Area Capital Connections Conference VI: Investing in an Inclusive Economy on October 3rd, 2013, 
at the Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, California. The Alliance for Community Development of Oakland, CA. provides resources […]

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October 16 2013

Empowering Social Change at OpenPlan’s Planning Camp

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

On Sunday, October 12, 2013, I attended Planning Camp at Laney College in Oakland, California. About fifty people of various backgrounds gathered into an auditorium to discuss how urban planning and technology can be bridged to guide social change. The day-long session was hosted by OpenPlans, a nonprofit that develops open source technology to solve planning […]

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October 01 2013

Minneapolis’ Secret to Enticing its Residents to Bike in the Tundra

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

For a state that built a city with both skyway systems and universities with mass underground tunnels for shelter in its Arctic-like temperatures, we see an opposite trend in terms of bicycling planning . While Minneapolis is known for being one of the coldest cities in America, in 2011 Bicycling Magazine also claimed it be the […]

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September 06 2013

The Forgotten 25%: Composting to Implement Zero-Waste in the Twin Cities

September 6th, 2013Posted by 

About five months ago, when I decided to start a composting bin in my apartment, a skeptical friend asked what the difference was between the material going to a landfill and it simply decomposing. At the time, I had no answer that seemed to satisfy. However, now, given the chance to complete further research, it […]

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August 27 2013

Argentina’s Adoption of America’s LEED Certified Buildings Program

August 27th, 2013Posted by 

The Madero Office Center, built by famous Argentinian developer RAGHSA, is the first building in Argentina pre-certified as a LEED Silver Green Building. At almost 63,000 square meters, the Madero Center has twenty-six office floors, along with one floor dedicated entirely to technological support for the building. The project was designed by Mario Roberto Álvarez & […]

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July 29 2013

Athens, Greece: Let’s Talk about the Future City

July 29th, 2013Posted by 

Within the frame of the ninth international conference for Intelligent Environments, preceded by a series of in-depth workshops that took place in the Greek capital amid summer, an intensive exchange of thoughts, visions and questions arose concerning the galloping growth of pervasive technologies in relation to a different kind of city environment. A whole section of […]

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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 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 05 2013

The Big Sort: Essential Reading for Aspiring Urbanists

July 5th, 2013Posted by 

Sharing with contemporary masterpieces such as Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone or David’s Brook’s 2004 publication of On Paradise Drive, The Big Sort – written by Bill Bishop in 2009 – delivers a critical examination of the nature of contemporary American political culture. The idea for the book originated in 2002 when Bishop became interested in researching why certain […]

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June 17 2013

New Working Spaces for New Working Conditions: The Rise of Co-Working Spaces

June 17th, 2013Posted by 

It’s been a hard day’s night And I’ve been working like a dog It’s been a hard day’s night I should be sleeping like a log If the Beatles had the chance to rewrite these verses today, they should probably take into account that a rising number of city dwellers work at night and sleep […]

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