January 10 2012

Shigeru Ban and His Paper Architecture

January 10th, 2012Posted by 

Shigeru Ban, a renowned architect with an international design firm, is most famous for his novel use of recycled and low cost materials in design. Ban studied at the Cooper Union School of Architecture under famed Architect John Hejduk. Using his background in Japanese architecture, and influenced by Hedjuk’s western school of thought, Ban embraces […]

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January 04 2012

LEED Certification & Sustainability at the University of South Florida

January 4th, 2012Posted by 

The University of South Florida (USF) is a university system in the Tampa Bay area. The main campus, located in Tampa, ranks as the 9th largest university in the country. In 2005, a class from the MBA Sustainable Business track did a sustainability audit for a class project, which caught the attention of administrators. Since […]

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January 03 2012

The Whitmore Track Project: Attracting Athletes to High Altitudes in Mammoth Lakes, Califonia

January 3rd, 2012Posted by 

How can a world-renowned ski resort town attract world-class athletes in the summer time? The answer is a top-notch sports field facility. For Mammoth Lakes, California this project is called The Whitmore Park Track and Sports Field Project, a joint effort by the High Sierra Striders and the Town of Mammoth Lakes to be completed by […]

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December 22 2011

Detroit, Michigan: The Non-Motorized City?

December 22nd, 2011Posted by 

Frequently cited as an indicator of an emerging economy, bicycles are becoming the symbol of sustainable and productive communities. From Copenhagen, Denmark, to Portland, Oregon, bicyclists represent a considerable portion of daily commuters. Will the Motor City (Detroit, Michigan) ever relinquish its auto-centric ideals for the benefits of pedal power? A combination of rising gas […]

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December 21 2011

Water Taxi: An Innovative Public Transit Opportunity in Tampa, Florida

December 21st, 2011Posted by 

One of the nice things about living in Florida are ample beaches and water. Besides possessing your typical tourist attraction, Florida’s beaches and waterfront allows transportation and urban planners to be creative with public transit. Water taxis are gaining popularity in the state, and the Tampa Bay area can utilize water taxis to connect two counties […]

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December 20 2011

Environmental Design: A Look At The Swall Institute in Mammoth Lakes, California

December 20th, 2011Posted by 

Looking for an environmentally friendly, quiet, workspace surrounded by the serenity of nature? The Swall Institute is your answer. A small residence designed for flexible use, located outside of Mammoth Lakes, California, The Swall Institute acts as an incubation space for individuals and groups who work better when they have access to the great outdoors.  […]

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December 09 2011

Ithaca is Gorges: Preserving Scenic Views in Ithaca, New York

December 9th, 2011Posted by 

Ithaca, New York in the Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty.  Its dramatic landscape of pastoral hills and valleys, deep gorges, rushing waterfalls, and glittering lakes have created many faithful residents and visitors passionate about protecting the area’s scenic resources. In places like Ithaca, urban planners, architects, and developers must be especially […]

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December 07 2011

Mitigating the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect in Downtown Tampa, Florida

December 7th, 2011Posted by 

An urban heat island (UHI) is an urban area that experiences warmer temperatures than its surrounding areas. UHIs occur because buildings block the surface heat from radiating, which lets heat continue to build up in the area. The UHI effect can also be caused by the lack of vegetation in urban areas and changes in […]

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December 05 2011

Reconstruction of Montreal’s Turcot Interchange and its Impacts

December 5th, 2011Posted by 

The Turcot Interchange is a major highway junction in Montreal, connecting the north-south Autoroute 15 and the east-west Autoroute 20/720.  The elevated interchange accommodates about 280,000 vehicles a day.  It is located near several working-class neighbourhoods, and is next to a rail-yard as well as the Saint-Jacques Escarpment.  Hastily constructed in 1966-67 in time for […]

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November 23 2011

United Kingdom Government Incentive Schemes: Renewable Heat Incentives (RHI)

November 23rd, 2011Posted by 

Renewable Heat Incentives are the most recently launched incentive scheme, so far announced by the United Kingdom Government in March 2011. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to provide financial support, and encourage investments from individuals and communities. This is all in order to switch from fossil fuel heating to renewable energy. The Energy […]

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November 15 2011

Tenement Fishing in Istanbul and New York City, Fact or Fiction?

November 15th, 2011Posted by 

Less about urban planning and more about the  forgotten interstitial margins created by architecture, this article links scattered reports about fishing in basements beneath New York City with the cisterns of Istanbul, the home of Global Site Plans’ principal, Renée van Staveren. Istanbul is home to several hundred ancient cisterns that, when built during the […]

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November 09 2011

3 Drivers for Energy and Environmental Reforms in the United Kingdom

November 9th, 2011Posted by 

Sustainablewaste management, climate change, and renewable energy are three significant issues becoming increasingly important worldwide, especially in Europe. Incidents of spills, land & water contamination, biodiversity losses, and health concerns have triggered thresholds for policy makers of European Union (E.U.) to ensure implementation of feasible waste management systems throughout the Europe. Various landfill, waste minimization, […]

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November 08 2011

Sustainable Tourism: How to Mitigate the Effects of Tourist Populations in Resort Communities

November 8th, 2011Posted by 

Sustainable tourism may seem like an oxymoron. Historically, tourism has resulted in environmental and cultural degradation across the globe. While a diversified economy remains optimal, many places depend heavily on tourism. Locations with delicate natural environments such as the rain forests of Brazil, the coral reefs of Australia, and the plains of Africa often suffer […]

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October 28 2011

(The GRID Blogger) Ubaid Khan: England, United Kingdom

October 28th, 2011Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Ubaid Khan in England, United Kingdom. Ubaid Khan has over six years of operational, development, technical and environmental experience in the Waste Management and the Environmental Industry sectors in the Middle East and United Kingdom. During his career he liaised with various municipalities and undertaken […]

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August 19 2011

The New Green Streets of Edmonston, Maryland: A Local Initiative

August 19th, 2011Posted by 

Many communities across Maryland do not think of sustainable improvements when it comes time to make road improvements. But the town of Edmonston saw the road’s expiration date as a time to put a new lease on the roadways. Leading by example, the town created an innovative green street that creates environmental and transportations improvements […]

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March 02 2011

Electric Cars: Saviors or the Final Undoing of American Cities?

March 2nd, 2011Posted by 

If the oil spike a couple years ago – and the one we are in the middle of now – has taught us anything, it is that something drastic needs to be done about our dependence on oil.  Eventually, the price reaches a point that demand falls as people look for other ways to travel; […]

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