October 06 2011

Lingotto Fiat: Creative Reuse of Futurist Industrial Structures

October 6th, 2011Posted by 

While many influential architecture firms, like Bjarke Ingels Group, are attempting to bridge the gap between avant-garde and practical, nearly one hundred years ago, the retro-futuristic Lingotto Fiat Factory in Turin, Italy set the precedent with its combination of innovative form with sensible organization. The Lingotto Fiat Factory is regarded as the first built example of […]

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September 08 2011

The Metabolist Movement: Adaptable Super Structures

September 8th, 2011Posted by 

In the late 1950’s, influenced both by developments in contemporary architecture and the technological advances of the space race, a small group of Japanese designers began to produce works under the banner “The Metabolists.” In a post WWII Japan, where many of the cities and traditional structures had been reduced to rubble by bombs, these […]

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August 25 2011

Car Free Towns and Cities Around the World

August 25th, 2011Posted by 

In a previous blog, I wrote about the car-free suburb in Vauban, Germany. However, whether by intentional design or chance circumstances, quite a few other cities around the world continue to operate without automobile usage. Here is a selection of some of the more idiosyncratic car-free towns and cities around the world. Supai, Arizona is […]

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August 15 2011

How You Can Live Without Paying a Utility Bill

August 15th, 2011Posted by 

The average monthly residential utility bill in America is $104.52. Per year, this is $1,254.24 per residence. For the country (approx. 125 million), this adds up to $156,780,000,000. This is the amount that could be saved if the grid was totally sustainable. However, because of a spotty electrical grid, substantial energy losses through transmission, and […]

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August 12 2011

Expanding California’s State Water Project to the Nation: Avoiding Water Shortages Nationwide

August 12th, 2011Posted by 

Sidewalks exploding, train tracks buckling, foundations cracking – Is it the End? No, just a really bad drought in Texas. Drought: Standard for North America In Texas, we’ve been recording weather since 1895. If you’re looking at that history, you only have the Dust Bowl of the 30s, the decade-long dry spell of the 40s-50s, […]

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August 08 2011

Contributing Blogger Internship: Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning

August 8th, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is offering a 1-year internship opportunity for contributing bloggers for topics related to architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, sustainable design, and sustainability. If you are a student with a passion and talent for writing about any of the aforementioned topics, then Global Site Plans wants you as a contributing […]

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July 28 2011

Manifesto Architecture’s Wall Climbing Bicycle Rack: Seoul 2010 Cycle Design Competition

July 28th, 2011Posted by 

Manifesto Architecture’s entry to the Seoul 2010 Cycle Design Competition for a rotating vertical bicycle hanger has generated a lot of conversation about form vs. functionality. In many cities bicycles clog up all available sidewalk space and overrun traditional bicycle racks.  The Bike Hanger attempts to solve these problems with an innovative new approach. The […]

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July 14 2011

Charcoal Press Design in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Safety for Women and Environmental Conservation

July 14th, 2011Posted by 

Environmental concerns come secondary to human needs in war ravaged countries. However, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a new project is being developed that marries social action with environmental conservation to provide women with an alternative fuel source, in an area where war has made the simple act of cooking a meal a potentially […]

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July 04 2011

Resource Scarcity and War: How They Relate

July 4th, 2011Posted by 

Imagine a country that has, through engineering, progressed production to the point that goods are essentially unlimited. And/or it has used landscape architecture to make its built environment much more efficient and friendly. It is a situation where political autonomy AND economic versatility would thrive…This is the goal of sustainability – to make goods unlimited.

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June 30 2011

Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Planning Contributing Blogger: 1-Year Internship Opportunity

June 30th, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is offering a one-year internship opportunity for contributing bloggers for topics related to architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, sustainable design, and sustainability. If you are a student with a passion and talent for writing about any of the aforementioned topics, then Global Site Plans wants you as a contributing […]

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June 20 2011

Plasma Converter: Turning Landfills into Usable Oil

June 20th, 2011Posted by 

Revolutionary machines of such type come around rarely, and this one in particular, offers a way to clean up our landfills and turn garbage into a somewhat “renewable resource.”

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June 06 2011

How the Fission-Fusion Loop Can Eliminate Nuclear Waste

June 6th, 2011Posted by 

Since fission is splitting the atom and fusion is fusing it back together just make it so the outputs of one become the inputs of another in a never-ending loop.

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May 06 2011

Car-Centric Architecture and a Vision for Los Angeles

May 6th, 2011Posted by 

In a previous post one of our other bloggers, Jessica, wrote about the excitement of CicLAvia, “I believe if cities adopted a building style that considered cyclists, instead of being optimized for cars, this “Bikitecture” would promote safer and friendlier streets for the city.” Jessica, I could not agree with you more. The building style […]

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May 04 2011

2011 APA Conference Goes Social Media Crazy Using Twitter

May 4th, 2011Posted by 

Three weeks ago, the American Planning Association (APA) held its annual conference in Boston.  Over 5,000 urban planning professionals and students shared their ideas, exchanged business cards, and learned about emerging trends in the profession.  This year, social media, particularly Twitter, played a big role in keeping conference attendees connected and aware of lectures, activities, […]

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March 13 2011

Environmental Design Contributing Blogger: 6-Month Internship Opportunity

March 13th, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is offering a six-month internship opportunity for contributing bloggers for topics related to architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, sustainable design, and sustainability. If you are a student with a passion and talent for writing about any of the aforementioned topics, then Global Site Plans wants you as a contributing […]

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February 07 2011

Why is Logo Design Important for Your Company?

February 7th, 2011Posted by 

Sloppy and ineffective marketing is the cause of half of all businesses failures within their first few years, this includes forgoing logo design.  If you are a sole proprietorship or small business that is waiting until a few clients come your way until you begin the process of designing a logo and/or marketing materials, here […]

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November 13 2010

Free Internet Directory Listings for Engineers and Engineering Firms

November 13th, 2010Posted by 

When a potential client is searching for an engineer or engineering firm, they may find themselves sitting in front of the computer and Googling (Google.com) the following terms: “find a structural engineer,” “architectural engineer,” “civil engineering,” “civil engineer,” “civil engineer firm directory,” and/or “civil engineer firm.” And that’s the exact search I sat down to […]

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November 11 2010

Benefits of Website Maintenance and Examples of Website Maintenance Requests

November 11th, 2010Posted by 

When you purchase a vehicle, you plan on maintaining it, correct? Well, just like a well maintained car, your website will need a maintenance plan in order to continually run successfully.  Website maintenance will ensure that your website attracts, educates, and expands your client base, while generating revenue for your business.  This means that even […]

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August 15 2010

WordPress Websites Increase Search Engine Ranking

August 15th, 2010Posted by 

Redesigning Your Site or Need to Drive Traffic? If you have a architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning consultancy firm, or an environmental non-profit and your considering redesigning your website or trying to drive internet traffic, the most effective option is a WordPress website. WordPress websites are the easiest for Google and other search engines […]

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