November 05 2013

The New Face of Buenos Aires’ Palermo District: SoHo, Hollywood & More

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

Promoted by the ANSeS, the Presidency of the Republic of Argentina, and organized by the Central Society of Architects, what will emerge from the recent contest to redevelop a former railroad installation located in the Palermo district? Not long ago, the Palermo district ended at the Juan B. Justo Avenue, a virtual boundary reinforced by a brick viaduct […]

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November 05 2013

Can Architecture Resolve Conflict?: The Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Peace Walls

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

A key element within architecture that can create a beautiful sense of enclosure or an intimidating space, are walls. In Northern Ireland the wall symbolises a history of conflict and separation, associated with the violent events of The Troubles. The conflict was territorial, not religious, between Irish Nationalist (mostly self-identified as Irish and/or Roman Catholic) […]

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October 31 2013

Is Rincon Valley’s Sprawl-Oriented Design Beyond Repair?

October 31st, 2013Posted by 

On the eastern edge of the city of Santa Rosa lies the Rincon Valley community, a typical middle-class suburb in the heart of wine country. The neighborhoods in this area, most notably the Skyhawk and Saint Francis developments, were designed in the sprawl fashion seen in many late-twentieth century American communities. Along with a landscape of […]

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October 28 2013

10 Corner Stores, 1 Supermarket: New Orleans Food Desert Encourages Poor Nutrition

October 28th, 2013Posted by 

New Orleans, Louisiana is a city loved for its famous food culture and its assortment of unique dishes. So it’s a shame when one also learns this food loving city has also been named a food desert. Despite these famous dishes, resources to healthy food become a scarcity for many low income neighborhoods which are […]

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October 11 2013

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s ArtPrize Invites Commentary on Public Space and the Built Environment

October 11th, 2013Posted by 

This year, Grand Rapids is celebrating the fifth year of their revolutionary art competition, ArtPrize. Since the fall of 2009, ArtPrize has taken over downtown Grand Rapids and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to the West Michigan city. The premise: any business within the ArtPrize district downtown can become […]

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October 03 2013

Guerilla Planning Strikes Junior College Neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California

October 3rd, 2013Posted by 

The Junior College neighborhood is one of the oldest areas of Santa Rosa, and one of the most walkable. The location of middle schools, high schools, and the junior college within the neighborhood has led to a high level of pedestrian traffic and social interaction between residents. Additionally, the traditional neighborhood layout and house design […]

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October 02 2013

Pittsburgh Remains Front-Runner of LEED Technology

October 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The city of Pittsburgh has been a front-runner of LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, since the program’s inception back in 1998. The LEED system helps to rank green buildings in the terms of their design and construction in order to make new buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. There are currently over […]

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September 20 2013

Sustainable Luxury: The New Face of Urban Living in Minneapolis

September 20th, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of sweeping high rises, one often envisions the streets of New York, Chicago or Miami. However, this recent trend of providing luxury living space for young professionals and urbanites is sweeping the nation. Specifically, the growth of luxury apartments in Minneapolis has goals of altering the city to provide sustainable and high-density […]

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September 19 2013

The Living Building Challenge for Sustainability in the Built Environment

September 19th, 2013Posted by 

The open Sustainability Colloquium at the University of California, Berkeley is a presentation series featuring sustainability topics from leading practitioners of urban planning, architecture, landscape design, engineering, consulting, construction, development, and research. The University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design hosts an open Sustainability Colloquium directed by Professor Gail Brager on Fridays from 1-2pm […]

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September 19 2013

Santa Rosa Infill Project Falls Short of Expectations

September 19th, 2013Posted by 

The idea began with great intentions: tear down a blighted building in Santa Rosa’s underused Courthouse Square and replace it with a multi-story mixed-use tower. The building in question, an antiquated AT&T long-distance switching facility, is an architectural eyesore and a barrier to Santa Rosa’s potential to create a thriving downtown. However, three years and […]

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September 17 2013

Should Casablanca’s Colonial Heritage Be Preserved?

September 17th, 2013Posted by 

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city; but unlike the rest of the country’s major cities that were founded between the seventh and fifteenth centuries, Casablanca’s history is quite recent. Casablanca was one of five new planned cities in Morocco after the establishment of the French protectorate in 1912. This political decision aimed at the creation of […]

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September 17 2013

Abandoned Minor League Stadium Revamped to Serve as Apartments

September 17th, 2013Posted by 

Bush Stadium resides in the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium was home to Minor League and Negro League baseball teams from 1931 to 1996, when the Indianapolis Indians’ new stadium opened in the southwest corner of downtown. Since then, it has seen numerous uses: a mini racetrack for midget racecars, a junkyard […]

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September 12 2013

Tract Housing Curbed: One Suburban Neighborhood Embracing Architectural Design

September 12th, 2013Posted by 

Architectural diversity is something that is often times becoming increasingly more difficult to find within suburban areas. Suburban areas are embracing the concept of tract housing; a sort of ‘one house fits all’ in new construction. Through the construction of a vast array of varying styles and designs of houses, one Lincoln, Nebraska neighborhood is […]

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September 11 2013

The Legacy of Soviet Architects and Planners in Astana, Kazakhstan

September 11th, 2013Posted by 

Though Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa designed and planned Astana, Soviet theories on architecture, planning, and urbanism continue to shape the city’s built environment. A monumental, central axis and monolithic high-rise apartment blocks are legacies of Soviet architects and planners.  This aforementioned monumental axis dominates Astana’s layout. Buildings of civic and commercial importance are sequentially organized […]

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September 10 2013

Redefining Green Building: Greenpeace Headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 10th, 2013Posted by 

In June 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters for the global organization Greenpeace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I already knew that the building was energy efficient, and “green” in every sense of the word. However, it wasn’t as promoted or publicized like other examples of supposed sustainable architecture in the country, and you can […]

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September 04 2013

The 2013 Top 10 Websites For City Builders – With Coverage of the Top 20

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Shortly after posting our last Top 20 list, Brent Toderian, an engaged Twitter follower and professional urban planner, suggested we compile a list of websites for “multidisciplinary urbanists / city-builders.” To make a slightly longer story short, we took his idea to heart and created this new list. We gathered every relevant site, none of […]

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September 03 2013

Foreign Investment & Gentrification Offer New Residents for Morocco’s Medinas

September 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Gentrification has become increasingly prevalent in most major metropolitan areas across the globe and affects mainly old and historic urban zones. In Morocco, gentrification can be observed in the historic centers (like Medina’s) of the kingdom’s main cities. However, its evolution and impact are as special as the environment where it takes place. Gentrification in […]

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September 02 2013

“Where ya Stay at?” How the Accretion of Cultures Becomes Nola’s City Planners

September 2nd, 2013Posted by 

“Where ya stay at” is a common question for natives of New Orleans, Louisiana. Although phrased differently, this is sometimes a typical question in other American cities; however, New Orleans is not a typical American city. Its neighborhoods vary in architecture, physical layout, and general atmosphere due to the many residing cultures. Over the course of several […]

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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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August 21 2013

Alex Riemondy’s Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

August 21st, 2013Posted by 

I couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off my journey to becoming an urban planner than writing for The Grid. Over the past year I have explored an array of planning and environmental design topics through blogging. Each topic has expanded my thinking of both simple and complex ideas, such as what truly makes a community, or what are some of the greatest […]

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