August 12 2015

Los Angeles’ South Park BID Embarks on Green Alley Initiative

August 12th, 2015Posted by 

In many cities around the world, the use of alleyways have been an integral part of the urban landscape. They have been a place of cultural and civic activity. However, in the United States, we have often viewed alleys as being unappealing service corridors associated with crime, vice, and street vagrancy. In other words, a […]

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August 10 2015

A Book Review: “The Robotic Touch: How Robots Change Architecture”

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

In a relatively recent commercial, General Electric presents their vision of the future of work, a future where human-driven design is assisted by machines. The main actors of the commercial are 3-D printers and industrial robots, suggesting their potential impact in the projected future. Expectedly, architecture is well within the domain of the impact of […]

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August 05 2015

Sustainable Fashion: How Consumer Choices & Fashion Can Coexist

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

How can we evolve the fashion industry to reflect a more sustainable and ethical approach? Authors Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill set out to answer this very question in Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present, and Future. The book, taking inspiration from the exhibition Eco-Fashion: Going Green, provides a glimpse into the unique world of the fashion […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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July 31 2015

In Verberie, France, An Intergenerational Residence Leads to Debate

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

Discussions are underway amongst elected officials in Verberie, France. Is it wise to create an intergenerational residence? “The initial feedback is mostly positive,” assures Michel Arnould, the Mayor of this commune of 4,000 residents. The final decision will be made at the beginning of the school year, during the next session of the municipal council. […]

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July 28 2015

Amiens, France Prioritizes Social Housing Lease-Ownership Program

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

The French government hopes to facilitate the construction of social housing by giving land to local communities and social landlords at a low price. Jean-Christophe Loric, Deputy to the Mayor of Amiens in charge of urban planning and housing and President of OPAC de la Somme, explains the social housing situation in the Picardy capital. […]

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July 26 2015

In a Crowding World, Is the Future of Raleigh’s Transitional Housing in Tiny Homes?

July 26th, 2015Posted by 

On June 25th, design and planning professionals gathered at AIA North Carolina’s Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) to listen to a panel of experts discuss opportunities for alleviating homelessness through design. The conversation centered on a hypothetical, transitional housing community, outside of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, following the announcement of the finalists for Activate14’s Tiny […]

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July 22 2015

The Grid’s Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2015 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 22nd, 2015Posted by 

Global Site Plans’ The Grid is proud to bring the list of the Top 20 Architecture Website of 2015. For the fourth consecutive year, we’ve compiled the most visited websites that cover architecture, interior design and home improvements and highlighted their best features. Our ratings are compiled with the helpful hand of Alexa Analytics. Have […]

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July 21 2015

Strasbourg, France to Re-reveal Plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

On the thousand-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame Collection Foundation, (the organization that supports Strasbourg, France’s Notre-Dame Cathedral), the foundation’s museum is equipping itself with two new rooms that will hold the drawings and plans for the cathedral, dating back to the middle ages. Inaccessible to the public since 1989, these showpieces will once again be […]

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July 08 2015

The Grid’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2015 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

For the fourth year in a row, Global Site Plans’ The Grid is pleased to give you the list of the year’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites. These URL’s are for those passionate about making cities thriving, successful places to live, work, and play. Each site offers their own unique twist on the issues our […]

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June 25 2015

Vienna, Austria Hosts The World’s First Interdisciplinary Biennale

June 25th, 2015Posted by 

With its enormous budget, ambitious designs, and dogged controversy, Milan’s Expo has captured the architectural community’s attention. But urbanists are increasingly looking towards the Austrian capital of Vienna for inspiration. Earlier this month, Vienna’s array of world-famous museums and design studios threw open their grand doors for the Vienna Biennale, which is operating for the first […]

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June 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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June 15 2015

Welcome to Milan’s World Fair 2015: Big Expectations and First Impressions

June 15th, 2015Posted by 

Milan’s Expo 2015 has been put under a lot of pressure over the course of the past few months. From the big question of whether or not it would be completed on time, to the protest that devastated the city of Milan, everyone had great expectations for how the Expo would look when it finally opened. I can say […]

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June 08 2015

Egypt’s New Capital Will be the Largest Planned City in History. But is it Possible?

June 8th, 2015Posted by 

Cairo’s thousand year reign as the capital of Egypt is under threat by a new capital. Set to rise from the desert sand just east of Cairo, the new capital is estimated to cover an astonishing 270 square miles and cost $45 billion. Already being dubbed as the “new New Cairo” of Egypt, not to be […]

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June 05 2015

Citizens of Laval, Quebec Propose Height Limits for New Development

June 5th, 2015Posted by 

Laval, Quebec’s citizens movement “Pas de Tours dans Ma Cour,” (PTMC) or “No Towers in My Neighborhood,” is setting the tone for the upcoming public consultations that will be led by the Demers administration, beginning August 1, 2015, on the revision of the territorial development plan. The current plan has been in place for more […]

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May 29 2015

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In some places, matte steel and sculpted concrete sit side by side with 300-year old gilded stone … a complicated marriage […]

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May 26 2015

Bouge, Belgium’s New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

May 26th, 2015Posted by 

Have you heard of the UK’s Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the philosophy that has been adopted by the Matexi group, developer of a new […]

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May 25 2015

Minneapolis’ Historic Peavey Plaza Falls into Disrepair & Faces Destruction?

May 25th, 2015Posted by 

There are many factors that weigh into the decision to limit funding for the upkeep of a historic landmark, particularly one significant enough to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the case with Peavey Plaza, located downtown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg as a […]

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May 12 2015

Paris, France Plans to Be the World’s Biking Capital by 2020

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following the recent particulate pollution episodes that touched Paris, City Hall has unveiled its solution: the 2015-2020 Bike Plan. Through this major 150 million Euro project, those in charge hope to not only improve air quality but the comfort and security of the capital city’s 225,000 regular bikers. The goal: “turn Paris into the biking […]

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May 11 2015

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Campus Cherishes its Architectural Roots

May 11th, 2015Posted by 

Many universities in the United States work hard to preserve their campuses’ historic architecture. In fact, many schools cherish their old buildings so much that it even plays a part in their recruitment programs. The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota is no exception, boasting some of the finest and historic academic buildings […]

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