February 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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February 02 2015

The Fleet of the Future: BART’s Improved Design for the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is getting a much needed remodel after 40 years of service. The typical Bay Area commuter’s relationship with BART has always been strained. A typical BART ride, much like that on any big city’s public transit system, involves outdated design, crowded cars, maintenance delays, and unsightly seating tainted from someone […]

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January 26 2015

Creative Augmented Reality App in San Francisco: Reimagining the SFMOMA

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is “closed for construction, yet more open than ever.” With the museum expansion still under construction until early 2016, the SFMOMA collection has been popping up around the Bay Area in exhibits held within surrounding museums and public spaces. Even with the handful of curated exhibits planted throughout […]

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January 05 2015

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco’s SOMA district just south of downtown. The 160 square foot SmartSpace apartment holds enough space for one person looking to practice minimal living. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which […]

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December 15 2014

The Architectural Paradox: SOM’s Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Derived from the Greek word Katholicos, the word catholic means “universal” or “all-embracing.” This is an interesting paradox for a religion with an often authoritative past and history of exclusion. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself but may be true. Unlike “drowning in a the fountain of eternal life” or “jumbo shrimp” the […]

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December 10 2014

Modern Pockets in a Wanting City: Private & Public Spaces in Phnom Penh

December 10th, 2014Posted by 

Crossing the threshold from a street into a private space in the city of Phnom Penh is like stepping into the country’s future. Contemporary architectural design is giving the city a vibrant facelift and creating an international style of quality architectural spaces – but only from the interior. Much of Cambodia’s capital city is left in the […]

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December 08 2014

Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012. Data for Baltimore City was not available; however, the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City estimates there are around twelve urban […]

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December 03 2014

Architectural Heritage Loses Ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

December 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Among the aged temples and deteriorating colonial buildings in Phnom Penh, rise a new architecture of an international contemporary style that could be located anywhere in the world. Everyday new developments erase part of the city’s past, and without a strong effort to preserve some of the meaningful structures, Phnom Penh’s current construction boom could […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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November 17 2014

When Will Baltimore City’s Water Wheel Be Shut Down?

November 17th, 2014Posted by 

Baltimore City’s newest Water Wheel has received a lot of positive attention in recent months, but it is just one solution to the Inner Harbor’s serious trash problem. A two-minute video from Healthy Harbors shows hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles, cans, cigarettes, styrofoam and plastic bags floating from Jones Falls and into the Inner Harbor. In […]

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November 10 2014

Coworking in San Francisco: Redefining Our Everyday Workspace

November 10th, 2014Posted by 

Say goodbye to the worn out 9-to-5 cattle barn of work cubicles. A new movement of alternative workspaces is beginning to take hold across the United States, especially in San Francisco. The number of telecommuters, a.k.a. remote and home worker types, are rapidly growing with the technology age. According to the Global Workplace Analytics, around 25 million […]

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October 29 2014

A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild

October 29th, 2014Posted by 

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth in the economy, population and urbanization, however there is yet to be any regulations to ensure sustainable development. Without a comprehensive master plan […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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October 20 2014

Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco’s Homeless “Epidemic?”

October 20th, 2014Posted by 

Men and women step over the homeless, with shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year, begging on the streets of San Francisco. Most treat San Francisco’s homeless population similar to a chronic condition. It is seen as an issue which is constantly looming over the city, but will never be resolved. Some are […]

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October 10 2014

In Millonfosse, France, Citizens Open their “Eco-garden” to the Public

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

A showing of “Eco-Citizens’ Gardens,” organized by the regional natural park, Scarpe Escaut, attracted about thirty visitors to Daniel and Régine Hennion’s garden in Millonfosse, France. The couple explained why they have taken on this gardening project: “It’s about satisfying our desire to preserve biodiversity. We are also responding to our need for a reasonable […]

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October 08 2014

Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time. The resulting design, infrastructure, and zoning of Baltimore’s neighborhoods has not always lent itself to environmental protection and sustainability. In recent years however, Baltimore City has shown an increasing commitment to the protection of its […]

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October 06 2014

Natura 2000 Designations Constrain Development in Galway, Ireland

October 6th, 2014Posted by 

Natura 2000 sites were established to protect the 220 habitats and approximately 1,000 species throughout Europe. The Natura 2000 sites came into being with the European Union’s habitats directive, Directive on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora. There are over seventy Natura 2000 sites in Galway (the most in Ireland); however most of […]

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September 29 2014

A Visual Typology: A Modern Face-Lift To San Francisco’s Victorian Homes

September 29th, 2014Posted by 

Take a walk with me. We are walking up a San Francisco street so steep you think it might be easier to crawl. You feel that if you were to extend your arms straight out you could touch the very ground you tread. Feel your calves burning? Good, now look up. Look at the homes lining […]

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September 22 2014

Galway, Ireland Initiates “Cycle to Work” With Up to 51% Reduction in Bike Costs

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Located on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is one of the wettest cities in the world. On average, it rains 175 days of the year, which doesn’t particularly entice people to cycle to work. It became clear that a government funded scheme would be needed to encourage people to change their commuting habits. The Cycle […]

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September 22 2014

“Autogeddon:” Is The Automobile Killing San Francisco’s Infrastructure?

September 22nd, 2014Posted by 

Pedestrian and cyclist safety has always been a pressing issue in the San Francisco Bay Area, with injuries and fatalities currently reaching record highs. In this post, I would like to steer clear of contributing to my previous tirades about the lack of pedestrian safety in San Francisco, leaving that to my previous article addressing the […]

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