March 08 2013

A Comparative Look at Austin’s Most Creatively Sustainable Homes

March 8th, 2013Posted by 

KRDB, the architects of the Sol community in East Austin, utilized creative solutions to design homes that address multiple facets of sustainability. Affordability is innate in the Zero-Net Energy homes; the carefully considered designs reduced initial costs, and utility costs are lessened due to their energy efficiency achieved through some unexpected methods listed below. Highly energy efficient […]

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February 22 2013

Welcome to the New Cultural Coast of Thessaloniki, Greece

February 22nd, 2013Posted by 

In the last decade, many architectural projects have come to fruition in Thessaloniki, Greece. One that particularly stands out, and has a special place in many young people’s hearts, is the regeneration of the central pier of the city’s port. This project started in 1997 within the framework of the “European Capital of Culture” program […]

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February 21 2013

Remnants of a Dream in Coral Gables, Florida

February 21st, 2013Posted by 

Diversity is a key ingredient for a successful development, or at least that’s what George Merrick, Founding Father of Coral Gables, believed in 1925. Along with The American Building Company and former Ohio Governor Myers Cooper, he created the largest home development project in that time’s history: the Village Project. At the time, South Florida […]

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December 28 2012

Music, Sound, and Noise: BldgBlog’s Fanciful Survey of Acoustically Inspired Designs

December 28th, 2012Posted by 

“In the elevators of the Empire State Building, you’d hear the elevators of the Eiffel Tower. The sounds of the Paris Metró are replaced with the sounds of the Bejing subway…If you don’t like Rome, you can make it sound like Dubai.” –Geoff Manaugh, The BldgBlog Book In this passage, author Geoff Manaugh introduces his […]

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November 22 2012

The Ghetto in the Sky: From Slum Removal to Urban Renewal in Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 22nd, 2012Posted by 

One of the most iconic viewsheds in Minneapolis – hated by some, loved by others – are any that include the Riverside Plaza apartments. From many places in the city you can see the Brutalist concrete buildings, with their primary-color panels and blockish tower-structure, towering above their surroundings. In 2010, Riverside Plaza was included in […]

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November 12 2012

A City Center for the People: Athens, Greece

November 12th, 2012Posted by 

“Rethink Athens” is a project organized and funded by the “Onassis Foundation” whose objective is to improve the everyday life of Athenian citizens, by transforming the center of the Greek capital. “Rethink Athens” will be realized by a European competition which will indicate a winning architect (person or legal entity) to undertake the design of a […]

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October 24 2012

United Nations Building: Copenhagen, Denmark

October 24th, 2012Posted by 

“The water in itself adds quality to this city”, Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The United Nations committee reaches worldwide, currently covering 193 member states. Its foundations were set following the end of the Second World War, when 51 countries committed to invest their power in the welfare organization. The declaration formulated in the Millenium Summit […]

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August 08 2012

Is Human Scale Important to Cities Without Skyscrapers?

August 8th, 2012Posted by 

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 […]

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July 18 2012

How to Promote your Firm on LinkedIn: Architects, Urban Planners

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

Your firm can use the popular professional networking site LinkedIn for much more than your standard Facebook ‘like’ page. Facebook is casual and is viewable by all whom may be interested in your firm. LinkedIn provides a professional atmosphere online with many specific tools and resources to help your business and employees. Here are four tips […]

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July 10 2012

A Farewell from Jordan Meerdink

July 10th, 2012Posted by 

From a simple submissions post on my college jobs board, I began my writing internship for Global Site Plans in May 2011. As an undergrad I had dipped my feet in creative writing, authoring several articles for student publications, however blogging for The Grid was to be a new experience unlike any I had undertaken […]

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July 04 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark’s New Aquarium: Sneak-Preview From The Blue Planet Building Site

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

“A sculpture at the coast unites the natural elements of water, air, and earth.” Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The South-East coast of Zealand, Denmark offers a leisure time oasis as the motor way streams out of the urban area. Sandy beach patches, with small yacht ports and bike tracks, stretch across undulating green fields. Before […]

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July 04 2012

Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

The City of Spokane, Washington implemented two of their first-ever SURGE (Spokane Urban Runoff Greenways Ecosystem) projects in 2010 with AHBL: Lincoln Street on the South Hill; [Bottom] [Official Surge Report]; Broadway Street in the West Central Neighborhood. [Top] [AHBL's Presentation to the City]. Both were the first of their kind in Eastern Washington, and […]

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June 26 2012

Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative: Creative Design In a Shrinking City

June 26th, 2012Posted by 

It has been argued the cities in the Midwest are on the “decline.” Populations in urban centers like Detroit, Buffalo, and Cleveland are shrinking as old infrastructure decays. However, the newly relocated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative takes an unorthodox approach to these “shrinking cities” and addresses the so-called problems as opportunities to engage in research […]

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June 18 2012

Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain: 2016 European Capital of Culture

June 18th, 2012Posted by 

On June 28, 2011, San Sebastian (Donostia in Basque) was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016 for Spain, and on May 10, 2012, Europe confirmed it. San Sebastian is a city of 180.000 inhabitants located in the northen coast of Spain and will host the 2016 title along with the Polish […]

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May 16 2012

Water in Tempe, Arizona: Colorado River Sourced

May 16th, 2012Posted by 

In a desert climate, such as Tempe, Arizona, rain is sparse. At only 4.5 inches per year, it is a very dry place. The city gets water, nevertheless, as is demonstrated by the unusual amount of lawn-grown grass surrounding the suburban and urban sprawl. The question then is how? How do residents get the water […]

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May 15 2012

West Side Market: The Historic Heart and Soul of Cleveland, Ohio

May 15th, 2012Posted by 

As cities grow and change over time, cultural icons sometimes fall victim to the march of “progress.” However, one of Cleveland’s most iconic structures, the West Side Market, has remained proudly on the corner of Lorain Avenue and West 25th Street for one-hundred years. Originating with an open air market in 1840, and moving to […]

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May 10 2012

Ashley Roberts: Moving on from Global Site Plans and The Grid

May 10th, 2012Posted by 

When the opportunity arose six months ago to blog for Global Site Plans, I jumped at the chance. At the time I had recently finished a Diploma in Architecture at a University in the United Kingdom and was brimming with enthusiasm and ideas about the world of architecture, but was desperately struggling to find a […]

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May 04 2012

Laura Paterson: Saying Goodbye to Global Site Plans and the Grid

May 4th, 2012Posted by 

For my final post, I’d like to thank everyone for reading my blogs over the last six months, I hope they brought a new and Scottish perspective to Global Site Plans; I certainly enjoyed writing about issues I care about.  Many thanks to Global Site Plans and especially Renée van Staveren for giving me this […]

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May 01 2012

Coop Himmelblau’s Art Museum in Akron, Ohio

May 1st, 2012Posted by 

Where would GSP readers assume influential Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelblau would execute its first American project? Not quite New York or Los Angeles, Akron, a rust belt city in Ohio, is the unlikely host of Wolf Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky’s bold new addition to the Akron Art Museum. Coop Himmelblau has a successful history […]

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April 26 2012

Designing for the Disabled in the United Kingdom

April 26th, 2012Posted by 

It is almost guaranteed that at some point every Architect across the United Kingdom has despaired at them. Building regulations regarding the access to and use of buildings, otherwise known as Approved Document M are more often than not, at the least, a minor annoyance, if not a full blown architectural headache. With a continuous […]

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