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June 04 2014

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 4th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has announced the installation of “bike streets” where bicycles will have priority over motor vehicles. Imported from Europe, this concept of sharing roadways […]

April 23 2014

Fighting Over Jet Planes: Toronto’s Downtown Airport Expansion

April 23rd, 2014Posted by Becky Loi

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) is a small airport located on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario. Canada’s ninth busiest airport, the BBTCA currently accommodates more than two million business and leisure travelers annually. It also has the distinction of being the only airport located entirely within Toronto’s boundaries. In 1983, the City of […]

December 25 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Greg Shermeto in Pittsburgh

December 25th, 2013Posted by Greg Shermeto

Looking back on my time spent writing for The Grid, I’ve realized that I have learned much more about my city than I ever could have imagined. The city of Pittsburgh is full of wonderful forms of urban design, including being a leader in such planning aspects as Historical Preservation, Green Building, and a booming […]

May 21 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Sophie Plottel: Shanghai, China

May 21st, 2013Posted by Renée van Staveren

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Sophie Plottel in Shanghai, China. Sophie Plottel is a recent graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a minor concentration in Global Development Studies. A native of Vancouver, Canada, she is interested in the continuing efforts of […]

April 04 2013

Courtney McLaughlin: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

April 4th, 2013Posted by Courtney McLaughlin

They say that when something is meant to be, you begin to see signs of it everywhere; life begins to push you in the direction you are supposed to go. I can certainly attest to this phenomenon in my experience with urban design. Once I discovered how strong my interest was in this field, I […]

March 05 2013

Traffic Signals on the Scale of Cyclists in Montreal, Canada

March 5th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

As a part of its plans to invest in sustainable transportation, Montreal has built several bicycle lanes over the years. However, traffic signals for bicycles have yet to follow in many neighbourhoods. Although there are traffic lights directed towards drivers and pedestrians, traffic signals on many streets do not “speak” to cyclists. While traditionally cyclists […]

February 19 2013

A New Bike Coalition in Montréal, Canada

February 19th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

Montreal is awash with bicycling advocacy groups. In recent months another group has formed: the Montreal Bike Coalition, an initiative of the Mile End neighbourhood community organization “Ruepublique” (literally, public street). The Bike Coalition aims to connect all the grassroots cycling organizations and citizen cyclists, with a focus on utilitarian cycling, while not replicating the […]

February 04 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Michael Lytton: San Diego, California

February 4th, 2013Posted by Renée van Staveren

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Michael Lytton from San Diego, California. Michael Lytton is a peripatetic planner and writer. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., he has lived in Victoria, Toronto, New York, Charlottesville, Tirana, Albania, Los Angeles, and now San Diego. He is a city planner with LEED Sustainable Design certification. He is […]

January 02 2013

Jordan Rockerbie: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

January 2nd, 2013Posted by Jordan Rockerbie

June 2012 will forever hold a fond place in my heart, as it signalled the beginning of so many great things. In June I received my degree from the University of British Columbia, embarked on my first full summer in Canada’s Okanagan valley, and started writing my first blogs for The Grid. I have since […]

December 05 2012

Infrastructure Projects Big and Small Make Cycling Safer in Kelowna, Canada

December 5th, 2012Posted by Jordan Rockerbie

For a city of nearly 180,000, Kelowna, Canada boasts one of the most extensive bike networks in the country. Spread across the city are over 300 kilometres of bike lanes, multi-use paths, and greenways. Infrastructure projects such as the Mission Creek Greenway and Rails with Trails corridor show Kelowna’s dedication to encouraging cycling as a […]

October 25 2012

Ten Steps for Developing the World’s Greenest City

October 25th, 2012Posted by Courtney McLaughlin

What does it take to become the world’s greenest city? Officials in Canada’s west coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia think they have the answer and plan to achieve this status by 2020. Using a variety of transportation measures, building codes, and urban design techniques, Vancouver is set to lead the world in sustainable living. […]

August 08 2012

Is Human Scale Important to Cities Without Skyscrapers?

August 8th, 2012Posted by Jordan Rockerbie

Cities are built for a variety of reasons, but are ultimately places for people to live, work, and play. As such, architects and urban planners need to keep in mind the concept of human scale, or designing buildings and spaces for human use. This impacts everything from the height of buildings to the size of […]

July 11 2012

What is the Purpose of a Park?: Mission Creek Regional Park, Kelowna, Canada

July 11th, 2012Posted by Jordan Rockerbie

Summer has arrived in Canada’s Okanagan valley, and with the warmer weather, people are venturing outside to enjoy the many parks in Kelowna. Among these is Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway, arguably the most visited park in the city. It includes an educational centre, salmon spawning channel, picnic areas, and a playground. The greenway […]

January 02 2012

The Impact of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) on New York City Downtown Revitalization

January 2nd, 2012Posted by Christine Camilleri

Each year, New York City’s network of Business Improvements Districts (BIDs) invests approximately $100 million worth of programs and services across the five boroughs. This network of 64 BIDs constitutes the largest network of its kind nationwide.  Business owners, property owners, local merchant associations, elected officials, and urban planners have come to acknowledge the importance […]

November 23 2011

Transforming a Historical District With Transit-Oriented Development: Tampa, Florida

November 23rd, 2011Posted by Sarah Thomas

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is the development of mixed-used development to optimize access and use of public transit. Transit stops serve as the center of the neighborhood. The concentration of shops and restaurants are highest around the center and gradually decline further away. TOD maximizes public transit use by making it easier for riders to walk […]

November 14 2011

What the High Line Means for America’s Urban Parks

November 14th, 2011Posted by Barrett Lane

As mentioned earlier on this blog, the success of New York’s High Line and recent extension has brought in more attention, investment, and tourists to Manhattan’s Chelsea and Meatpacking neighborhoods. And while New York enjoys the fruits of its labor, other cities across North America are looking to achieve similar results through comparable projects. Using […]

October 27 2011

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) Conference: March 2012

October 27th, 2011Posted by Shelley Rekte

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), an organization comprised of nearly every higher learning landscape architecture program in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, will be holding its annual conference at the University of Illinois March 28 – 31, 2012. The 2012 CELA Conference will provide educators, professionals in the field, […]

October 20 2011

Urban Planning Conferences You Must Attend: January – June 2012

October 20th, 2011Posted by Jordan Meerdink

Many of the bloggers at Global Site Plans continue to learn about urban planning and urban design long after they finish formal schooling. One of the most interesting ways to go beyond standard classroom education is by attending any of the multitudes of conferences that are presented by colleges, research facilities, and companies each year. […]

July 20 2011

Models for Sustainable Transportation: Alternatives to the Automobile

July 20th, 2011Posted by Daniel Sheehan

When it comes to developing more sustainable methods of transportation for Americans, there is nowhere to go, but up. Americans emit nearly 4,500 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions per person, per year. This is nearly double that of any other country in the world; not to mention four times as many emissions as Europe and […]

February 22 2011

About The Grid

February 22nd, 2011Posted by 

THE GRID began in 2010 with Renée van Staveren, the Founder of Global Site Plans, blogging about branding, social media, content, and more – all related to environmental designers. Since its inception, the blog has grown to run weekly. Every weekday of the month The Grid is your destination for blogs related to architecture, engineering, environmental […]


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