May 21 2014

Denver Asks its Citizens to “Stop Being an SOV”

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

Do you walk to work? No? I’m not surprised.  The State of Colorado is known as the healthiest states in the country and the City of Denver its densest, most urban place to work. So, how many people are walking to work in Denver? In a 2012 survey of downtown Denver commuters, only 4% of workers walked to work. […]

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May 15 2014

Static Exteriors & Historical Preservation in Wengen, Switzerland

May 15th, 2014Posted by 

Just like energy, space is not created. It is something that already exists but can be transformed. As architects, it is our job to create a sense of place from an existing environment. Nowhere is this more evident than in Wengen, Switzerland, where designers must work with the existing housing stock due to the building […]

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May 07 2014

Denver’s Young Professionals Suffer in Affordable Housing Crisis

May 7th, 2014Posted by 

Congratulations! You just landed your dream entry-level urban planning job in your dream city of Denver, Colorado. Unfortunately, you may go broke trying to find a rental apartment. When I accepted my position in the planning department at Aurora Public Schools working in the suburbs of Denver, I began looking for a place to live. […]

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May 02 2014

“Tactical Urbanism” Implemented by the Planning Department in Denver, Colorado

May 2nd, 2014Posted by 

It sounds more like a military exercise than something urban planners and urban planning aficionados can learn about. In reality, tactical urbanism is a grassroots movement for citizens to make changes in their community without having to go through that pesky, bureaucratic, rules-driven channel known as local government. A popular form of tactical urbanism is […]

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April 25 2014

Green Infrastructure Meets Green Solutions: Wisconsin’s New Energy Institute

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

The energy crisis is not only an American problem but also a global problem. What will happen when fossil fuels run out? Can our planet and its inhabitants even survive the constant burning of these fossil fuels? The University of Wisconsin-Madison doesn’t want to wait around to find out. Their skilled energy researchers and scientists […]

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April 18 2014

Redeveloped Denver Union Station Shows Priority for Regional Transportation

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

The historic Denver Union Station is getting a makeover to the tune of $900 million. The plan is to turn one of Denver’s most prominent, yet underutilized historic structures, into the anchor of the Denver region’s expanding transportation network. It will be the Grand Central Station of the West, a signal once and for all […]

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April 09 2014

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include: Enhanced […]

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April 08 2014

Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than the waste management of Athens and Attica, particularly these days anticipating the Greek Municipal Elections of May 2014. With […]

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April 03 2014

Stapleton, Denver: Living up to its New Urbanism Promise?

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Stapleton, Denver is a New Urbanism development on the site of former Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. The former airport sat on 4,700 acres located about ten minutes east from Downtown Denver. Stapleton, at full build-out, is expected to be home to: Nearly 30,000 residents in 13,000 homes; Ten plus schools; An eighty-acre […]

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March 21 2014

Rethink Athens Initiative: Is this the Right Way Towards a New City Centre?

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

No trees, high temperatures during the summer, noisy, congested and often cramped with protests – the centre of the Greek capital has become a place to avoid at all costs. Re-think Athens, the Onassis Foundation Initiative to transform Athens centre into a friendlier environment, recently opened the exhibition “Towards a New City Centre” in the […]

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March 20 2014

Winter Comfort: Designing an Outdoor Environment in Wengen, Switzerland

March 20th, 2014Posted by 

Indoor/outdoor spaces bring us closer to nature without forfeiting our comforts of home, but usually we see images of summer locations with moderate temperatures. Is this relaxing environment achievable in more extreme climates? Wengen, Switzerland is a good example of how indoor/outdoor environments can exist during winter. People here immerse themselves in the scenery by […]

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March 14 2014

The Galataport Project and the Transformation of Karakoy in Istanbul, Turkey

March 14th, 2014Posted by 

In the shadow of the recently opened Marmaray Sirkeci station, there lies Karakoy, with generous speculation surrounding the potential success of the Galataport Project. The Galataport Project is a cruise project which includes the development of an art museum, hotels, restaurants, bars, fast food joints, souvenir shops, shopping centers, office spaces, exhibition and fair areas […]

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March 07 2014

Kifissos & Ilissos Rivers: A Tale of Two Rivers in Athens, Greece

March 7th, 2014Posted by 

Imagine how different Athens, Greece would be, if there was a river, or two, complementing the urban environment. “But there is one!” some might say, there is Kifissos River, even though it may not be like the River Thames in London or the Seine, Paris. Kifissos River flows through the Athenian Basin. Various archaeological findings […]

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January 21 2014

Ningbo City, China Proposes to Build Wetland Eco-Park in Industrial Zone

January 21st, 2014Posted by 

Zhenhai District, the primary chemical industrial zone in Ningbo City and Zhejiang Province, has proposed to build a two-square-kilometer wetland Eco-Park. Among its 246 square kilometers of land in the Zhenhai District, 56.22 square kilometers are industrial. Dust coming from burning coal is the major environmental issue that the local residents complain about. In recent […]

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January 07 2014

Shanghai’s Fallen Leaves Pose a Tourist Attraction

January 7th, 2014Posted by 

In December 2013, on Wukang Road and Yuqing Road in Shanghai, residents experienced an autumn street scene with fallen leaves. Since these experimental street scenes were implemented, many photographers and tourists have come to visit these streets, and the number of visitors to the area has increased more than 40%, compared with the number last […]

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January 01 2014

A Farewell to The Grid, from Sunny Menozzi

January 1st, 2014Posted by 

Throughout the past year, I have lived in Honolulu, Hawaii; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Astana, Kazakhstan; and Boston, Massachusetts, all at varying distances from my native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Writing for The Grid during this exciting time was a great opportunity that empowered me to be an explorer of these cities. The Grid’s bloggers offer local insights […]

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December 25 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Greg Shermeto in Pittsburgh

December 25th, 2013Posted by 

Looking back on my time spent writing for The Grid, I’ve realized that I have learned much more about my city than I ever could have imagined. The city of Pittsburgh is full of wonderful forms of urban design, including being a leader in such planning aspects as Historical Preservation, Green Building, and a booming […]

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December 11 2013

Station Square: From Train Depot to Tourism Hotspot

December 11th, 2013Posted by 

Station Square has had a storied history in the city of Pittsburgh for over 100 years. The 52-acre site was originally the location of the Pittsburgh train terminal, which was the central station of the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. The Pittsburgh train terminal was built in 1897 by William George Burns, and was the […]

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December 04 2013

“Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water” Book Review

December 4th, 2013Posted by 

Recent Waterscapes: Planning, Building, and Designing with Water edited by Herbert Dreiseitl and Dieter Grau provides a comprehensive overview of innovative water-related projects throughout the world. The editors argue: “Coping with ever greater amounts of stormwater run-off from increased urbanization and fierce heavy downpours does not mean endlessly multiplying the number and capacity of technical […]

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December 03 2013

It’s History, But Not Preserved: The Demolition of The University of Ulster, Belfast

December 3rd, 2013Posted by 

What should happen to worn out buildings? Should they be refurbished or demolished to make way for a new design? Questions like these often come up in situations of regeneration, such as in Belfast with the redevelopment of University of Ulster. The University of Ulster is currently situated in Belfast, but there are also campuses in […]

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