August 15 2013

K-5 School Designed as Healthy Lifestyle Learning Community

August 15th, 2013Posted by 

Childhood obesity has seen a huge increase within recent years and is a major problem within the United States. There are many measures that researchers, dieticians and other professionals have been taking to try and optimize healthy lifestyles; however, did you ever think that the way a building was designed could have the same effect? […]

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August 13 2013

Enhancing Creativity: Ethics and Excellence are the Ways of Architecture

August 13th, 2013Posted by 

Ethics and excellence are main values and goals an architect should pursue in their professional development. At least, this is the motto of the professors at the A+A Chair of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Buenos Aires: Álvaro Arrese and Alberto Álvarez. To reconcile the social utility of architecture with its contemporary and vanguardist production is […]

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July 31 2013

Will Daring Architecture Produce Monotony in Astana?

July 31st, 2013Posted by 

Astana has a predilection for post-modern, avant-garde architecture. The construction of wildly creative, contemporary architecture in Dubai and Tokyo cemented these cities’ reputations as modern urban centers. Likewise, Astana will be “the Dubai of Central Asia,” according to Kazakhstan’s government, a bastion of modernity in a region that tends toward the traditional.  This penchant for […]

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July 30 2013

“The Architecture of Happiness” by Alain de Botton

July 30th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years the process of studying architecture and planning has changed substantially. More and more architectural schools (including my own in Argentina) have shifted from a theoretical education, oriented towards the history, philosophy and mathematics of architecture, into a more practical studio-based style of education that, sadly enough, excludes this theoretical approach to the field, […]

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July 19 2013

Farewell to The Grid: Geoff Bliss

July 19th, 2013Posted by 

I began writing for The Grid in December 2012. At this time, I was preparing to move to New York City for employment, having relocated back to Woodstock, NY temporarily in August of that year. I was eager to start writing. I researched a number of potential ideas which could explore emerging planning and design themes […]

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July 18 2013

Lincoln Farmers Market: Building Community Amidst a Growing City

July 18th, 2013Posted by 

Every Saturday morning from early May to mid October, you can expect to find a bustling marketplace within the Historic Haymarket of Lincoln, Nebraska. This one of a kind experience is set within a bustling atmosphere surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and various shops. Within the two blocks of fair space, there are over 200 […]

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July 16 2013

Challenging Hierarchies: The Architecture of the National University of San Martín

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

Pierced, horizontal and without spatial hierarchies, the new building on the campus of the National University of San Martín is proposing a new research centre, with spaces that emphasize group work for scientists and academics. The architecture of the Dr. Rodolfo Ugalde Biotechnology Research Institute is unique on the campus, as it proposes an innovative concept for […]

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July 12 2013

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I […]

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July 12 2013

A Fond Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid from Dafni Dimitriadi

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

After a personal resolution about six months ago, among others, I decided to expand my interests associated with architecture and pursue new experiences. Only one day after, I came across the writing internship position in Global Site Plans. I figured, “This can’t be a coincidence!” Reading and writing articles concerning architecture and urban planning has […]

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July 04 2013

Appreciating Architecture: The Idea of the “Naked” Museum

July 4th, 2013Posted by 

Within our modern urban landscapes, buildings often serve in the realm of functionality and purpose. Often times the functionality of a building overshadows the architecture; the building serving as a backdrop to the usage of the building as opposed to a piece of art. The Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska has set out to […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Abbey Seitz: Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Abbey Seitz in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Abbey Seitz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Design of Art in Architecture and minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Growing up in a small suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, she knew no different than cold snowy […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Nick Danty: Santa Rosa, California

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Nick Danty in Santa Rosa, California. Nick Danty is a graduate of the Geography and Planning Department at California State University, Chico and currently works at the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) in Santa Rosa. Nick has been involved in several programs at RCPA, but […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Alexandra Serbana: Milan, Italy

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy. Because of her strong background in Urban Planning and Design, from her bachelor’s at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra decided to pursue planning from the perspective of policy and decision-making. She is passionate about traveling and […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Sarah Essbai: Muncie, Fez, and Amsterdam

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Sarah Essbai from Muncie, Indiana, Fez, Morocco, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Sarah Essbai graduated recently with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University in Indiana where she pursued her studies as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to moving to the US, Sarah obtained her […]

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July 03 2013

Astana, Kazakhstan: Metabolism and the Symbiosis of the Built and Natural Environments

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

To sunder Kazakhstan’s Soviet legacy from the nation’s hopes for the coming century, President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the national government said farewell to Almaty and established a new capital in 1997. In 1998, the government invited planners and architects to compete to design Astana, the new city. Kisho Kurokawa, a renowned Japanese architect, won the […]

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July 02 2013

The ARQ awards in Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The ARQ magazine Awards event is organized by the prestigious Journal of Architecture of the newspaper “Clarín” and the Argentine Federation of Organizations of Architecture (FADEA). The “DNA of national architecture” as the prize is named, was developed as a golden opportunity to show the current reality of the discipline. This was the spirit felt at the awards […]

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July 01 2013

Where Architects Go: The Top 10 Architecture Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 1st, 2013Posted by 

Last year we scoured the web to uncover the Top 20 International Architecture Websites 2012. After a thorough search, and with the help of Alexa International Rankings, we found the most popular sites used by both professionals and enthusiasts within the architecture community. Now one year later, it is time to click the refresh button […]

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June 25 2013

The Case of the Puerto Roldán House: Paradoxical “New” Architecture

June 25th, 2013Posted by 

The Grand Prize for Architecture 2012, issued by FADEA (Argentine Federation of Organizations of Architects) and ARQ (the prestigious supplement by Clarin Architecture), has been awarded to the Puerto Roldán House in the outskirts of Rosario, Argentina. A design of Architects Maite Caballero and Gerardo Fernandez. This ‘Grand Prize’ is a great effort that should […]

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June 21 2013

Grayscale Cincinnati Seeks to Reactivate Former Brewery Complex

June 21st, 2013Posted by 

The former Jackson Brewery stands at 208 Mohawk Street, facing southward with an impressive view of the downtown Cincinnati skyline. The iconic building – with its well-known “METAL BLAST” logo – has maintained an enduring place in Cincinnati brewing history. The brewery, which has gone through many uses since its closing, will soon be reborn as Grayscale Cincinnati, […]

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June 20 2013

A New Vocabulary in Design: A Book Review of Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture

June 20th, 2013Posted by 

How should we expand and design our growing cities to adapt to our changing global community? In Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, authors Diana Balmori, renowned landscape and urban planner, as well as architect Joel Sanders set out to derive a new vocabulary in sustainable design to answer this very question. In doing so, they explain designing for […]

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