April 02 2013

Floating Life: Is It Achievable?

April 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The Netherlands is a relatively small country, however it has a considerably sizeable population that is currently in and around 16.5 million. This makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with almost 83% living in urban regions. It is an extremely low lying country with about 50% of its land […]

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April 01 2013

Are Daylight Conditions of Hospitals Important in the Design Process?

April 1st, 2013Posted by 

When we wake up in the morning and the weather is sunny and warm, don’t we feel more happy and eager to go out and face everyday life? Imagine a patient that stays in a hospital room for many days. If they wake up in a room full of sunshine, surely they feel more relaxed […]

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March 29 2013

Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront Urban Design Master Plan Poised to Reach Project Vision

March 29th, 2013Posted by 

In the course of the last decade, American river cities have sustained continued interest from policy makers and urban planners who have worked to create targeted opportunities for significant long-term investment and economic development. In Cincinnati, this reinvestment has received national attention in terms of how the city has been able to connect environmental design […]

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March 21 2013

Old Dog, New Tricks: Urban Transformation in Milan

March 21st, 2013Posted by 

While we often think of cities according to their skylines, we overlook the fact that these are constantly changing in cities around the world. Because of cities’ organic nature, the essence of the city is thus manifested physically in the urban format. New transformations and new skylines are indicative of changing attitudes, and in many […]

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March 19 2013

Micro Hydropower: An Underused Source of Renewable Energy?

March 19th, 2013Posted by 

Climate change is seen as the major problem of our generation, and confronting it will mean action on how energy is sourced and the levels of demand. In 1990, the United Kingdom signed an agreement for reducing emission levels at least 80% by 2050. The Northern Ireland government has set a bold target in relation […]

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March 05 2013

Harvesting of Rainwater in the U.K.: Storm Water Management

March 5th, 2013Posted by 

The UK is a rich western country with a population of 60 million. Average water use is 150 litres per person per day (55m3 per person per year). Although the perception (not least by its inhabitants) is that the UK is a wet country with plenty of rainfall, the reality is that the UK only […]

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February 26 2013

Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida: Bringing Together Culture and Sustainability

February 26th, 2013Posted by 

Why has downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park been closed for the past few years? Because city officials, architects, and construction crews are working tirelessly on the city’s most exciting new bayside destination: Miami’s Museum Park. During the next two years, Bicentennial Park will reemerge as Museum Park, with two new museums and a reimagined transit stop. […]

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February 15 2013

What Makes a Bike-Friendly City?

February 15th, 2013Posted by 

The League of American Bicyclists has been working over the past ten years to “identify the DNA” of bicycle-friendly cities. The League does not simply put out a list of the most friendly cities, businesses, and universities in the nation, but provides education on the important components of that DNA they have identified. The annual […]

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February 04 2013

A New Page in the Book of Greek Railways?

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

As Greece faces an economic recession, the country’s creditors have asked the government to move ahead with the privatization of major companies. It is believed that this process will offer the country economic sustainability. OSE, the Greek company in charge of railway transport, is one of these major companies. The solution suggested by the Greek government, […]

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January 21 2013

Making Athens, Greece Bike-Friendly

January 21st, 2013Posted by 

I live in Athens, Greece. For the last two years there has been a big increase of people traveling by bike in the city. It seems that the economic crisis, which began in 2010, has a positive effect, at least for the environment. Fuel prices, as well as the increasing cost of mass transit tickets, […]

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January 17 2013

Is Phoenix Catching Up to its Counterparts in the Transportation Game?

January 17th, 2013Posted by 

The Phoenix Metro area has seen a steady increase in ridership on the Valley Metro Light Rail.The surge in riders to almost 50,000 a day has prompted Phoenix Metropolitan area policymakers to accelerate the engineering, design, and completion of extensions, in some cases by seven years. Phoenix has made a valiant effort to provide access […]

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January 07 2013

The Current Situation and Future Prospects of Olympic Property in Athens, Greece

January 7th, 2013Posted by 

When a city is selected to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it undertakes a great responsibility to accommodate athletes and their teams, as well as thousands of people at appropriate infrastructures. Athens, Greece hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2004. It was an event undoubtedly well-organized and appreciated globally. The total cost of […]

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December 10 2012

Is There Enough Green Space for Everyone? What About Athens, Greece?

December 10th, 2012Posted by 

Is it possible for people to connect with nature while living in urban environments? Especially in big cities with poor access green spaces? Here are a few examples of percentages of green space per resident, in a sample of cities around the world: Cape Town: 290 m2/resident And according to a summary of research findings […]

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November 28 2012

Twitter Chat Frequency, Topics, and Promotion: A Guide for Architecture and Urban Planning

November 28th, 2012Posted by 

There are a few questions to ask yourself before you run out and start a twitter chat of your own. After establishing your unique why, previously covered, you should consider what kind of commitment you are willing to make and how to implement it. Remember, part of establishing a successful twitter chat is creating a […]

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October 24 2012

United Nations Building: Copenhagen, Denmark

October 24th, 2012Posted by 

“The water in itself adds quality to this city”, Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The United Nations committee reaches worldwide, currently covering 193 member states. Its foundations were set following the end of the Second World War, when 51 countries committed to invest their power in the welfare organization. The declaration formulated in the Millenium Summit […]

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October 15 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Athina Kyrgeorgiou: Athens, Greece

October 15th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Athina Kyrgeorgiou from Athens, Greece. Athina Kyrgeorgiou graduated from National Technical University of Athens, Greece as a Civil Engineer with a specialization in Transportation Planning and Engineering. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and is always eager to learn about sustainable ideas and solutions for a […]

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September 12 2012

Spokane’s Rich History of the Adoption and Destruction of Rail Transportation: Please Be Doomed to Repeat!

September 12th, 2012Posted by 

In April 1888, the first streetcar line in Spokane, Washington was built for Browne’s Addition, a neighborhood just one-mile West of downtown.  The terrain is level and easy to maneuver for the less-powerful engines. It was built to attract mining and timber barons to the then-newly built mansions in the subdivision. It was drawn by horses and was […]

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September 04 2012

Raleigh, North Carolina Urban Design Center Lunch Forum Series

September 4th, 2012Posted by 

Beneath the myriad accolades and honors awarded to the city of Raleigh, exists its innovative and exceptionally accessible Raleigh Urban Design Center. This past summer, pools of Raleigh’s most engaged denizens sacrificed their lunch breaks for a higher cause; the city form. On five separate occasions, the Urban Design Center hosted one-hour civic discussions on […]

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August 27 2012

Accepting Blogger Applications Until September 21, 2012

August 27th, 2012Posted by 

Global Site Plans is happy to announce the acceptance of applications for the Fall Environmental Design Blogger Internship program. Applications for the Fall program close on September 21, 2012 and the internship will begin in October 2012. You should be willing to make a 6-month to one-year commitment to The Grid. For more details regarding […]

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August 03 2012

The Death of High Speed Rail in Richmond, Virginia

August 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Since 1996, the State of Virginia has been working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Southeastern High Rail Corridor project to establish high speed rail passenger connections that would connect the City of Richmond to places like Columbia, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Raleigh, North Carolina.  The project is being done as a […]

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