December 19 2013

Soaring Skyscrapers: Local Governments Have Fallen Into Height Worshipping Trap

December 19th, 2013Posted by 

Starting from the first skyscraper in Shanghai Lujiazui to the Broad Group high profile announcement of the world’s tallest building – Changsha ‘Sky City’ plan, there has been increasingly dense concrete jungle growth during the past two decades. Compared to the heated growth of skyscrapers in America in the 1930s, which represented the rising power […]

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December 05 2013

Planning Mixed-Income Communities: 5 Ways Yesler Terrace Does it Better

December 5th, 2013Posted by 

Can the barriers between people at different income levels be broken by simply having them live near each other? Seattle is attempting to answer this question through planned mixed-income communities. Yesler Terrace is a bold project operated by the Seattle Housing Authority. It aims at completely redefining the area, which happens to be the oldest public […]

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December 03 2013

It’s History, But Not Preserved: The Demolition of The University of Ulster, Belfast

December 3rd, 2013Posted by 

What should happen to worn out buildings? Should they be refurbished or demolished to make way for a new design? Questions like these often come up in situations of regeneration, such as in Belfast with the redevelopment of University of Ulster. The University of Ulster is currently situated in Belfast, but there are also campuses in […]

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November 27 2013

Architect Michel Cantal-Dupart Warns of Grand-Paris’ Mediocrity

November 27th, 2013Posted by 

To reduce Grand Paris to metro and train lines is to forget the demands for integration made by neighborhoods, and also solidarity with our less affluent fellow citizens. It ignores the imperative to conduct urban planning, and it is also an assault against residents. All of this is summarized in a twenty page report given […]

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November 26 2013

The Challenges of a Dutch Inclusive Neighborhood

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

The Netherlands has one of the most unique affordable housing programs in Europe. Affordable housing, which roughly translates to social housing (Sociale Huurwoningen) represents nearly 80% of the Dutch rental housing units. This portion accounts for about 33% of the current total housing stock. Affordable housing in The Netherlands is considered a right rather than […]

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November 25 2013

Regent Park Social Housing Revitalization: A Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Success?

November 25th, 2013Posted by 

The Regent Park Film Festival in Toronto spurred me to check out the $1 billion, fifteen-year revitalization of the neighborhood and also see some great films produced locally and internationally. Regent Park, notorious in the media for violence crime, was planned as a social housing experiment in the late 1940s. The design was based on […]

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November 21 2013

Pike Place Market Was Almost A Hockey Arena

November 21st, 2013Posted by 

Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks, and is most favorable for tourist activity. While today no one doubts its importance and historic value, in the past planners had proposed to replace the market and revitalize the area with new development; even a hockey arena. Nowadays, it is difficult to think why such […]

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November 19 2013

A Missing Core: Architectural Education in Northern Ireland

November 19th, 2013Posted by 

Architectural education is vitally important, as both the public and professionals alike can stimulate a collaborative community seeking the best for their future. The diagram below shows how architecture, planning and urbanism, and landscape architecture in the UK are treated as three separate areas. I believe the missing core to this diagram is the education […]

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November 14 2013

The Rehab Trend in Kansas City, Missouri

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

Everyone remembers the financial meltdown that coincided with the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. Since early 2009, during the first term of President Obama, the plans for the stimulus package gave way to a novel and sustainable way of combating the rampant foreclosure problems. Although Kansas City was plagued with this problem and the […]

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November 14 2013

State Transportation Grant Bolsters Long-Awaited Sonoma Valley Bike Trail

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

How incredible would it be to explore Sonoma Valley and its hundreds of wineries without spending a dime on gas or expensive tours?  Apparently it would be pretty incredible, judging by a recent state-funded grant to develop the Sonoma Valley Bike Trail, which will connect the regions wineries and parks. The $191,000 Community-Based Transportation Grant […]

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November 07 2013

Lincoln, Nebraska to Further Develop a Redeveloped Floodplain: “Exchange at Antelope Valley”

November 7th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska in recent years has had the unique opportunity to redevelop key urban areas. These areas, otherwise unusable land spaces, have given city architects, engineers, and urban planners the opportunity to redevelop the city through several revitalization efforts, one including the Antelope Creek Valley Project. An otherwise floodplain, the Antelope Creek […]

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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 29 2013

‘People for Urban Progress’ Repurposes Indianapolis’ RCA Dome

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

People for Urban Progress, or PUP, is an environmentally focused non-profit that began in 2008. At that point, the RCA dome was in the beginning stages of demolition, and two bright innovators had an idea to save the dome from being sent to a landfill. Michael Bricker and Maryanne O’Malley brainstormed and implemented a plan […]

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October 17 2013

Social Equity Or NIMBYism? Marin County’s Battle With Affordable Housing

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

Marin County is home to thousands of acres of open space; national, state and regional parks; and one of the most staggering equity disparities in the country. According to the American Human Development Project, the median income for the wealthiest community in Marin County, Tiburon, is $80,000; the lowest is Canal at $21,000. The Canal […]

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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 01 2013

Velocity Targets Four Core Groups in Indianapolis’ Comprehensive Plan Process

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ greatest organizations and individuals. The project is spearheaded by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., a marketing and communications non-profit that focuses on the development […]

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September 26 2013

Grant Funded Projects Shaping Lincoln, Nebraska

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

With any development project, much focus is placed on the big picture, the final product. However more often than not, many never think about the road taken to get to this final product. During the initial stages of planning, sources of money and budgets are of the utmost of concern as the design must fit […]

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September 26 2013

Farewell From Chicago: Andrew Kinaci Signing Off

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s incredible to be writing my last post for The Grid, as it seems like my internship has just begun. The author from the Willis Tower Skydeck In my day job, I work for an energy affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, an urban sustainability think-and-do tank. I applied for this blogging position as […]

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September 13 2013

Kalamazoo, Michigan Farmers Market Opens to SNAP Bridge Card Payments

September 13th, 2013Posted by 

My weekly Saturday morning routine during summers in Kalamazoo, Michigan is anchored around a trip to the Bank Street Farmer’s Market. Having made this a habit the past few years, I have seen this major Kalamazoo market explode in popularity: the number of vendors has no doubt shot up along with customer traffic; and new […]

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September 03 2013

Cultural Districts Offer a Unique Way to Brand Indianapolis Neighborhoods

September 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to six different cultural districts, which all offer a different scene to residents and visitors. Each district is a neighborhood that has been branded by the buildings, physical features, and businesses that reside in them. Five of these reside in the core downtown area: The Canal and White River State Park, […]

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