January 01 2014

A Farewell to The Grid, from Sunny Menozzi

Throughout the past year, I have lived in Honolulu, Hawaii; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Astana, Kazakhstan; and Boston, Massachusetts, all at varying distances from my native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Writing for The Grid during this exciting time was a great opportunity that empowered me to be an explorer of these cities. The Grid’s bloggers offer local insights with a global perspective. To do this, I found that I needed be out and about, routinely observing and investigating the city – its form, aesthetic, and underlying natural systems. Through this exercise, I learned to articulate my observations and critique plans, projects, and developments.

In addition, The Grid gave me a medium through which to share innovative projects, inspiring plans, and stories about my favorite places, including:

The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, NC

The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst, North Carolina

The Khan Shatyr

The Khan Shatyr in Astana, Kazakhstan

Furthermore, as a city-planning graduate student, writing for The Grid helped me to become more engaged in the planning profession. Persuasive writing is a competency of the profession, and aspiring planners must work to develop this skill. Planners should blog, write op-eds, and otherwise share their viewpoints with the public.

How can you investigate your city? Are you an aspiring architecture, landscape architecture, or planning critic? Write for The Grid. Join a community of globally based bloggers with local expertise.

Sunny Menozzi Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park

The Author Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Credits: Photographs by Sunny Menozzi. Data linked to sources.

Sunny Menozzi

Sunny Menozzi's military duties have taken her to diverse and exciting places, from Singapore to Arizona, South Korea to Afghanistan, and North Carolina to Hawaii. Sunny's travels inspired her interest in cities, especially how they function, the impact of the built environment on the residents, the methods planners employ to shape natural features, and the vibrancy that can be cultivated by good planning and design. She will begin her pursuit of a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2013. Sunny plans to focus on reuse and historic preservation, community-building, and economic and environmental sustainability. She hopes to contribute to projects that repurpose military bases. An avid runner, Sunny is interested in the design of recreational trails and policies that encourage the development of walkable communities. She holds a B.S. in International Relations and Russian from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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One Response to “A Farewell to The Grid, from Sunny Menozzi”

  1. Constant Cap Says:

    Well put.

    ‘Planners should blog, write op-eds, and otherwise share their viewpoints with the public.’

    That is a very important point. We cannot keep our ideas to ourselves. By writing we are slowly able to open up and change the minds of society with regards to how cities should be run.

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