April 12 2012

How Important is the Internet to Architecture and Architects?

April 12th, 2012Posted by 

It is pretty well acknowledged that the Internet has changed the world, with easy, universal access to information and instant communication across the planet. But how has it impacted the daily life of an architect? Has it changed the way they work? And is the full potential of the Internet being utilised? Habits are changing. […]

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April 03 2012

Uniting A Fractured Campus: The Tinkham Veale University Center in Cleveland, Ohio

April 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Since its inception in 1967, out of the merger between Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio has struggled to pull together a unified campus from its former fractured halves. This urban planning quagmire will soon be solved this spring with the addition of the Tinkham Veale […]

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March 27 2012

Architecture or Art in Nottingham, United Kingdom: Chicken or The Egg?

March 27th, 2012Posted by 

Modern art finally has a place to call home in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Opened in November 2009, Nottingham Contemporary, designed by architects Caruso St John has proved to be very popular; attracting just under 300,000 visitors through the doors in its first year. But what is it that visitors actually go to visit? Do they […]

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March 13 2012

Ecobuild 2012 Conference: London, United Kingdom

March 13th, 2012Posted by 

Are you interested in sustainability, but not sure where to get the latest information, sample products, and meet like-minded people? The upcoming Ecobuild conference in London, United Kingdom could be just the event for you. Ecobuild is, put simply, the place to go to update your environmental expertise and put yourself ahead of the competition […]

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March 06 2012

“Ghost” Subway Stations: From Berlin, Germany and New York City, New York

March 6th, 2012Posted by 

In Germany, during the cold war, the concept of the “ghost” station developed as a solution to a curious urban planning quagmire. As travel with Berlin became more restricted, the combined Berlin subway lines, referred to as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, underneath the city had to be divided between east and west. In doing this […]

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February 28 2012

Is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Doing Anything to Get People Back to Work?

February 28th, 2012Posted by 

Times are hard. There are very few places in the world unaffected by the economic downturn. And nowhere has this impact been felt more harshly than the construction industry, which has left a generation of architecture graduates trapped in limbo, struggling to get a foothold in the industry. In the United Kingdom the Royal Institute […]

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February 14 2012

Liverpool, England and the Destruction of Grace: Scaring its Own World Heritage Site

February 14th, 2012Posted by 

Something very strange is happening in Liverpool, England. In a remarkable piece of urban planning one of the most recognisable areas of the city has been changed forever by one piece of modern design. Is this beneficial to Liverpool, or has this attempt at contemporary architecture within a historically sensitive setting ruined a section of […]

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February 09 2012

Transformers in Disguise: Compact Home Design to Optimize Space Efficiency

February 9th, 2012Posted by 

Can you imagine a small apartment, let’s say about 344 square feet, transforming into 24 different rooms? It’s possible. Well, at least when architects and engineers choose to focus on such a concept anyway, but the fact is that it has been done. Space is becoming more of a commodity, particularly within the city, such […]

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February 07 2012

Artisan Carpentry: The Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012

February 7th, 2012Posted by 

This May 2012, craftsmen from across the United States and Canada will descend on Port Townsend, Washington to discuss a building tradition developed in the 12th century, timber frame construction. The first question the uninitiated may ask is, “What is timber framing?” This construction method uses heavy wood joined together in intricate joints to create […]

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January 31 2012

Make Good or Get Rid. Time to Get Tough with Regeneration?

January 31st, 2012Posted by 

Brownfield sites prime for building. Derelict architecture crying out to be regenerated. Both are common sites up and down the United Kingdom, but why? With a long standing housing shortage only predicted to get worse, what are we doing to utilise these potentially valuable resources? The value of the land on which they sit is […]

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January 24 2012

Rust Belt Real Estate: Re-imagining Post Industrial Cities

January 24th, 2012Posted by 

While at one time it was counted among the most productive manufacturing areas in the world, the area of former heavy manufacturing bordering the Great Lakes, known as The Rust Belt, has suffered from decaying industry and deserted cities. Through the 1980′s and 1990′s, The population drop in cities like Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit  has […]

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January 19 2012

Attention Architects: 5 Reasons You Need a Free Website Review

January 19th, 2012Posted by 

Are you an architecture student with a digital portfolio? Or an emerging professional seeking a client base? Or a designer with a growing architectural firm? If so, defining your brand and marketing your talents can be difficult. Fortunately, a free website review from Global Site Plans can help you build stronger industry distinction. Not quite convinced? Here […]

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January 10 2012

Shigeru Ban and His Paper Architecture

January 10th, 2012Posted by 

Shigeru Ban, a renowned architect with an international design firm, is most famous for his novel use of recycled and low cost materials in design. Ban studied at the Cooper Union School of Architecture under famed Architect John Hejduk. Using his background in Japanese architecture, and influenced by Hedjuk’s western school of thought, Ban embraces […]

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December 27 2011

What Happened to all the Bomb Shelters? Architects Discover Creative Repurposing

December 27th, 2011Posted by 

The Cold War could be described as the golden age of the bomb shelter. Fears of nuclear and chemical warfare caused many governments and individuals around the world to construct fortified bunkers. Urban planning anticipated massive bombing campaigns by fortifying schools and underground tunnels. This is one of the more utilitarian examples or architecture Global […]

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November 29 2011

Iconoclastic Building Materials

November 29th, 2011Posted by 

Most readers at Global Site Plans are familiar with structures made of concrete, wood and steel. These are the common  construction materials for the vast majority of the buildings people inhabit and experience. However, have you ever seen a structure made out of paper? Or what about water? Many architects and engineers around the world […]

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November 22 2011

The Big Society: A Call for the Return of Co-operative Housing?

November 22nd, 2011Posted by 

In the run up to the 2010 general election, “The Big Society” constituted a key part of the Conservative party manifesto, aiming to “create a climate that empowers local people and communities,” largely through asking them to volunteer in local initiatives. In truth, “The Big Society” initiative was met with a great deal of apathy. […]

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November 08 2011

Learning from the Liverpool One Development: Nottingham, Take Note

November 8th, 2011Posted by 

Nottingham is stagnating. Retail growth has stalled, along with Westfield’s promise of a shiny new Broadmarsh shopping centre. The city has proved its potential as a linear city time and again, with the many shops along Clumber Street and Bridelsmith Gate benefiting from one of the highest footfall figures in Europe, but the Broadmarsh is […]

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October 21 2011

Our Newest Environmental Design Blogging Interns: October 2011

October 21st, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is happy to introduce the newest Environmental Design Blogging interns for October 2011. Each of these individuals will be with Global Site Plans team until May 2012, with a few who have committed to one-year. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for their featured biographies on the www.GlobalSitePlans.com homepage. Welcome to The GRID! Benjamin Ha: Los […]

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October 20 2011

Urban Planning Conferences You Must Attend: January – June 2012

October 20th, 2011Posted by 

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. […]

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October 06 2011

Lingotto Fiat: Creative Reuse of Futurist Industrial Structures

October 6th, 2011Posted by 

While many influential architecture firms, like Bjarke Ingels Group, are attempting to bridge the gap between avant-garde and practical, nearly one hundred years ago, the retro-futuristic Lingotto Fiat Factory in Turin, Italy set the precedent with its combination of innovative form with sensible organization. The Lingotto Fiat Factory is regarded as the first built example of […]

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