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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August 01 2012

Inside the Spokane Sewer Treatment Plant’s Facelift: Neighboring State Park Breathes Sigh of Relief

August 1st, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, Washington was given the land for its wastewater treatment plant and Riverside State Park by an affluent citizen in his will in the first half of the 20th century. He designated the land’s division and only allowed the City to keep the land if they used it for those sole two reasons. The only […]

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July 30 2012

Spanish Engineers Migrating to Germany: Spain’s ‘Brain-Drain’

July 30th, 2012Posted by 

It is very paradoxical how history changes. In the Second World War German people migrated to other countries, while at present, they are welcoming people from all around Europe. In this precise moment I am writing this post, and I am physically in Germany. Some months ago I quit my position in the Engineering department […]

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July 24 2012

A Pragmatic Interpretation of Foucault’s Biopower

July 24th, 2012Posted by 

Michel Foucault (October 1926- June 1984) was a French philosopher and activist, pivotal in the conception of contemporary postmodern theory. They are bred in the suburbs, and then sent to school. They attend Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. They are pumped with pertinent education, and then are […]

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July 16 2012

Unique Engineering & Architectural Logo Designs

July 16th, 2012Posted by 

Creating a unique engineering logo design is not an easy task. In the world there are thousands of different logos and it is difficult to stand out. And there are experienced consultants and websites specialised in the task. However, unique engineering logo designs must be designed carefully. Engineering logos are expected to be as professional, […]

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July 04 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark’s New Aquarium: Sneak-Preview From The Blue Planet Building Site

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

“A sculpture at the coast unites the natural elements of water, air, and earth.” Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The South-East coast of Zealand, Denmark offers a leisure time oasis as the motor way streams out of the urban area. Sandy beach patches, with small yacht ports and bike tracks, stretch across undulating green fields. Before […]

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July 04 2012

Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

The City of Spokane, Washington implemented two of their first-ever SURGE (Spokane Urban Runoff Greenways Ecosystem) projects in 2010 with AHBL: Lincoln Street on the South Hill; [Bottom] [Official Surge Report]; Broadway Street in the West Central Neighborhood. [Top] [AHBL’s Presentation to the City]. Both were the first of their kind in Eastern Washington, and […]

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July 02 2012

Mamak Landfill Waste Management Project: Ankara, Turkey

July 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Landfills within metropolitans create serious problems both because of environmental pollution and the large areas they cover in city territories. Today, several methods have been developed with the purpose of rehabilitating such areas. In Turkey, ITC Invest Trading & Consulting AG was the first company putting such applications into practice on behalf of the Ankara […]

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June 12 2012

Public Square Group: Integrating Skate Parks Into the Urban Fabric of Cleveland, Ohio

June 12th, 2012Posted by 

Skateboarding is legally recognized as a “hazardous recreational activity.” While this categorization seems dour it is actually an interesting bit of legalese that enables cities to construct skate parks without fearing legal liabilities. Skate parks in North American cities are being constructed at a record pace. And in 2005 an organization of skaters, activists, and […]

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May 03 2012

The Importance of Keyword and Keyphrases in Search Engine Optimization

May 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Search engine optimization (SEO) is crucial for the success of many websites. No matter how often you may tune your site for a better ranking with major search engines, it may still not be enough if the right keywords or keyphrases are not being selected. This is because search engines decide how relevant a site […]

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May 01 2012

Coop Himmelblau’s Art Museum in Akron, Ohio

May 1st, 2012Posted by 

Where would GSP readers assume influential Austrian architecture firm Coop Himmelblau would execute its first American project? Not quite New York or Los Angeles, Akron, a rust belt city in Ohio, is the unlikely host of Wolf Prix and Helmut Swiczinsky’s bold new addition to the Akron Art Museum. Coop Himmelblau has a successful history […]

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