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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October 29 2013

Amsterdam-Noord: From an Abandoned Shipyard to Amsterdam’s Creative District

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

While waiting for the ferry at the wharf behind Amsterdam Central Station, the Eye Film Museum designed by the Viennese architectural firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects stands with its futuristic design as a landmark on the IJ Lake northern shore. A fifteen minute ride on a free ferry took me along the shore, to what is […]

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September 25 2013

As The Economy Trends South: Victorian Government Proposes ‘East-West’

September 25th, 2013Posted by 

Though a city of less than five million people, Melbourne is a sprawling city that’s population and sprawl are growing at an exponential rate. The development of housing in outer Melbourne has choked existing infrastructure, due to the inability for Victoria to integrate public transportation within these newly developed areas. The government’s latest decision to […]

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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 11 2013

Nanny State: How Victorians Are Losing Their Freedom

September 11th, 2013Posted by 

As a Melburnian, I feel privileged to live in a city that offers such varying activities and landscapes within such a well-governed state. However, in recent years I have acknowledged that the liberties of my life have been diminishing, and that the powers that be may be slowly tightening their grip on day-to-day life in […]

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August 28 2013

One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable

August 28th, 2013Posted by 

Over the last fifty years, Australia has witnessed migration levels that now make it as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. As you speak to European migrants who came during the baby boom period, they relay to you just how hard they had it. As new generations of migrants arrive, their stories […]

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August 14 2013

Why Rail is Imperative for Melbourne’s International Airport Linkages

August 14th, 2013Posted by 

As major cities around Australia and the world have acted on the growth of their cities and airports’ patronage by installing high-volume contemporary public transport services, the world’s most liveable city’s airport has stood still. As Sydney Airport constructed a rail system as the Olympics approached, Melbourne has failed to canvass any such plans whilst announcing that a new […]

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July 31 2013

Shadows of Doubt: Will Melbourne’s Planned Density Affect Its Liveability

July 31st, 2013Posted by 

As Melbourne’s population grows, our city’s planners are pushing for densification. By concentrating growth, Melbourne is hoping to ease the strain on housing supply by promoting smaller lot sizes, as well as ease the burden by extending infrastructure to its urban fringes. However, a by-product of this densification is the physical dominance that high-rise developments […]

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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 17 2013

MONA: How One Man’s Gamble Put Hobart on the Map

July 17th, 2013Posted by 

The Apple Isle has historically been a destination devoid of tourists, as Tasmania could be described as the ignorant outcast of a lucky country. Whilst visitors flock to Queensland to bathe in sun or to the Northern Territory to go ‘walkabout,’ Tasmania attracts epicureans and nature lovers who bask in the desolate lands of the […]

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July 11 2013

Looking at the “Planet of Slums,” by Mike Davis

July 11th, 2013Posted by 

We often think of migration in terms of the push and pull forces that cause people to move from one place to another, and the demographic statistics that accompany these shifts. But many people skip a whole part of the story: what is the status of this migration now? As researchers, we don’t want to […]

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July 03 2013

Last Chance: The Free Rent Scheme Activating Melbourne’s Docklands

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Vintage, grungy and gentrified are words that are often associated with Melbourne’s most trendy neighbourhoods. Inner urban suburbs such as Fitzroy and North Melbourne that are characterised by Victorian terrace housing, Miner’s cottages and brick veneer factory warehouses have played a significant part of Melbourne’s suburban gentrification over the last 10 years.  However, the case of […]

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June 27 2013

Is Urban Sprawl Always Sprawl?

June 27th, 2013Posted by 

In the United States, we often refer to the widespread suburban, non-city center areas as sprawling neighborhoods. They have streets that wind in and out, causing disorientation and creating minutes-long drives just to enter or exit some developments. In contrast, we often consider the “European context” to be a dense urban paradigm that balances the […]

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June 19 2013

Myki: The Costly Implementation of Melbourne’s Transport Ticketing System

June 19th, 2013Posted by 

Why does it seem that sometimes the more advanced we get, or the more available technology becomes, the less effective we become? This is the case with Public Transport in Melbourne. Up until the 1990’s Trams were controlled by aged conductors, dressed classically and ever approachable. They were employed to make sure everyone who came […]

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June 04 2013

Does Urban Agriculture Have a Real Future in San Francisco, California?

June 4th, 2013Posted by 

After reading articles about residents growing vegetables in their backyards and seeing community gardens sprouting (pun intended) up in dense cities, I have become intrigued by this idea of growing your own produce instead of purchasing it at your local market. Is there a real future for this contemporary practice or will it continue to […]

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May 16 2013

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping: Urban Planning for a Better Mall Experience

May 16th, 2013Posted by 

Milan is rich in industrial history. A nearby site includes the former Innocenti factory, most notable for producing Lambretta Scooters in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The present service-oriented economy means that many old factory sites are claiming vast swaths of land, acting as holes in the urban fabric. Overcoming such obstacles is a contemporary theme […]

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May 07 2013

Richmond, California’s Safe Return Project Inspires Change

May 7th, 2013Posted by 

How can we most effectively prevent crime? America has invested a lot of money in its prison system. In fact, the FY 2013 budget requests $8.6 billion for federal prisons and detentions according to the US Department of Justice. However, there is a different, more contemporary thought process that does not agree with this type […]

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April 18 2013

Green Parks Are More Than Green Recreation

April 18th, 2013Posted by 

Besides infrastructure and built urban form, one of the most important aspects for cities is its physical green space. Nature can be aesthetic or functional, but it always serves the same purpose: to remind us that cities are living places bound to the laws of nature. While built space represents the structured evolution of our […]

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April 09 2013

How an Oakland, California Neighborhood Went from Grunge to Hipster-Magnet

April 9th, 2013Posted by 

Like many of its Bay Area counterparts, Oakland, California is a city full of diverse neighborhoods, comprised of unique identities blending and interacting to form one of the region’s primary destinations. Temescal is one such example where you can see the local history while experiencing the recently emerged culinary and art scenes that have come […]

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February 13 2013

Core Values: The Regeneration of the Center of Guayaquil, Ecuador

February 13th, 2013Posted by 

After forty-eight hours in a city, you usually have an idea about whether you enjoy it, or if you just want to leave. This time frame may allow for a walk through the city’s center and, perhaps a visit to a few well-known attractions or landmarks. On a visit to Ecuador’s commercial center and principal port Guayaquil, you […]

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