December 03 2013

Green Roof Policies Stumble in Guangzhou, China

December 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Guangzhou has carried out the green roof policy for more than one decade, but the implementation has encountered challenges. A report released by the Guangzhou Institute of Landscape Gardening showed that the green roof area of ​​Guangzhou accounted for an estimated total area of ​​only 0.5%, which is far less than Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. […]

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November 11 2013

100,000 Trees Wiped Out During Hurricane Leads to Number One Most Deforested City in America

November 11th, 2013Posted by 

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”, a Greek Proverb and the philosophy of most Landscape Architects for America’s future. Therefore, it is great when the majority of the world thinks of the Deep South or New Orleans, Louisiana they envision Oak Trees covered […]

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November 06 2013

Pockets, Promenades, and Pyramids: Park Design in Astana, Kazakhstan

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

Three of Astana’s parks form a linear greenway: Astana Park, the Esil River promenade, and the park of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The uses of these parks are distinct functions of these parks’ designs and features. Collectively, these parks demonstrate how park design might encourage or discourage specific uses. Astana Park’s paths are, […]

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November 04 2013

Mega-Projects Explosion at Faliron Delta in Attica, Greece

November 4th, 2013Posted by 

The construction of the largest public cultural complex in Greece is currently being developed at an unabated pace at the Southern coastline of Attica next to Faliron Delta. Personally, I don’t remember a public project progressing faster since the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. This is because the project is fully granted by the Stavros […]

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October 16 2013

Can Temporary Urban Gardens be the New Park(ing) in Milan, Italy?

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

Milan is facing a problem that has been a challenge for urban planning ever since the invasion of cars: the issue of parking spaces. Where and how many are questions that need answers in order to satisfy agglomerated cities all over the world. But nowadays, even too much parking can give rise to issues, and […]

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October 15 2013

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: One of the City’s Greatest Achievements

October 15th, 2013Posted by 

In the past year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has received attention and support from both native Hoosiers and people across the country. Cities such as Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio have voiced their support (and jealousy) of the eight-mile bike path that connects five of the six Indianapolis Cultural Districts. The trail has also been […]

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October 14 2013

Walking on Neutral Ground: New Orleans’ Unique Landscape Feature

October 14th, 2013Posted by 

When visiting New Orleans, non-natives may hear people talking about the “neutral ground,” and most of them will look around and think “the what?” In New Orleans, it’s not only an interesting name, but also a unique landscape feature specific to New Orleans. The “neutral ground” is a strip of land running through the middle […]

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September 04 2013

Pittsburgh Park Conservancy Preserving 1,700+ Acres of Pittsburgh’s Green Spaces

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Although heralded as a major urban city, Pittsburgh is also known for its large urban parks and green spaces. These spaces have helped brighten the steel city into a scenic and beautiful metropolis which is begging to be explored by tourists and residents alike. The city itself has five large urban parks, as well as […]

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September 04 2013

The Green Side of Milan: Can a Tree Brighten Up Your Neighbourhood?

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Milan, like all Italian cities, has a concentrated urban tissue and dispersed land for green use. As a tourist or a city-dweller, you can recognize two types of green spaces based on the density and shape of their use: concentrated and linear areas. Concentrated green spaces can be defined by parks and gardens, while linear […]

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August 22 2013

Unique Form-Based Code Sets Petaluma Above the Rest

August 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Take a stroll through downtown Petaluma, and you will see why it is different from every other city in Sonoma County. It does not sprawl out like a spider web of big-box retailers and suburban developments like Rohnert Park, nor does its downtown emanate from a central plaza like Healdsburg and Sonoma. Instead, Petaluma’s urban core remains […]

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August 20 2013

Revitalization of the Fez River: A Reclaimed Public Space

August 20th, 2013Posted by 

Founded in 789, Fez is the third largest city of Morocco. Its historic center, the Medina, is a unique urban structure that features passive architecture, unique urban landscapes, and one of the biggest pedestrian networks in the world. But the Medina, listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO in 1981, is facing several […]

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July 24 2013

Lakeview Commons Triumphs with Summer Placemaking in South Lake Tahoe

July 24th, 2013Posted by 

One of the greatest ways a city can bring a community together is through a public park. Public parks benefit our cities in many ways, from public health and recreational opportunities, to strengthening the bonds between friends and families. Most of us can remember when a park we frequented was torn down and converted into […]

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July 17 2013

Where Landscape Architects Go: The Top 10 Landscape Architecture Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 17th, 2013Posted by 

On August 28, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Landscape Architecture Websites 2012. Now, the time has come to create a new list for 2013.  This year’s Top 20 lists for urban planning and architecture were released on July 1st and we were excited to see a mix of sites from last year’s lists, […]

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July 16 2013

Challenging Hierarchies: The Architecture of the National University of San Martín

July 16th, 2013Posted by 

Pierced, horizontal and without spatial hierarchies, the new building on the campus of the National University of San Martín is proposing a new research centre, with spaces that emphasize group work for scientists and academics. The architecture of the Dr. Rodolfo Ugalde Biotechnology Research Institute is unique on the campus, as it proposes an innovative concept for […]

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July 12 2013

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I […]

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July 12 2013

Discovering Successful Neighborhood Elements in South Minneapolis

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

We all know when a neighborhood is livable. When a street works, it feels charming by instinct. But why? What specific urban planning techniques make a street successful? To discover these answers, I took a look at communities in South Minneapolis to uncover how neighborhoods have succeeded in captivating their citizens. Although there is a plethora […]

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July 11 2013

Thinking Regionally: Sonoma County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

July 11th, 2013Posted by 

Sonoma County has been a tourist haven for wine connoisseurs and recreationalists for decades. In more recent years, the county has gained notoriety for its commitments to climate protection, alternative transportation and sustainable communities. This is evident in the planning efforts of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Allyson McAbee: New Orleans, Louisiana

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Allyson McAbee from New Orleans, Louisiana. Allyson McAbee is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana she works at a residential design, build firm while volunteering at gardens and farms around the city. Traveling […]

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June 20 2013

A New Vocabulary in Design: A Book Review of Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture

June 20th, 2013Posted by 

How should we expand and design our growing cities to adapt to our changing global community? In Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, authors Diana Balmori, renowned landscape and urban planner, as well as architect Joel Sanders set out to derive a new vocabulary in sustainable design to answer this very question. In doing so, they explain designing for […]

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June 10 2013

With the Environment in Mind: Planting Guides

June 10th, 2013Posted by 

In the age of sustainability and more environmently-minded people, landscaping guides are more prominent now than in the past few decades. A landscape guide sets out specific plants pertaining to a certain region, city, or town. Their main purpose is to solidify the native and non-native species in a given area, including, but not limited […]

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