October 26 2012

10 Twitter #Chats to Follow in Urban Planning and Urban Design

October 26th, 2012Posted by 

The new wave in social media communication is quickly creating a method for discussing topics relating to urban planning, architecture, and community development. The social media site Twitter is leading the charge in this evolution by creating a way for people from around the world to gather in one centralized location to discuss and solve various […]

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October 25 2012

Ten Steps for Developing the World’s Greenest City

October 25th, 2012Posted by 

What does it take to become the world’s greenest city? Officials in Canada’s west coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia think they have the answer and plan to achieve this status by 2020. Using a variety of transportation measures, building codes, and urban design techniques, Vancouver is set to lead the world in sustainable living. […]

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October 24 2012

United Nations Building: Copenhagen, Denmark

October 24th, 2012Posted by 

“The water in itself adds quality to this city”, Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The United Nations committee reaches worldwide, currently covering 193 member states. Its foundations were set following the end of the Second World War, when 51 countries committed to invest their power in the welfare organization. The declaration formulated in the Millenium Summit […]

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October 18 2012

Brownfields on the River’s Edge: Minnesota and the Mississippi

October 18th, 2012Posted by 

The connected metro-regions of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in Minnesota, are at the forefront of brownfield remediation. The Twin Cities exhibit several exemplary projects that demonstrate the positive reception of toxic sites converted to public space.  Urban planners, environmental lawyers, state agencies, and landscape architects each have major roles in this transformative process. Brownfield remediation […]

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October 04 2012

Retooling the Assembly Line at the Ford Plant in St Paul, Minnesota

October 4th, 2012Posted by 

In 2011, Ford closed their 122-acre St. Paul, Minnesota plant after 86 years of production. The community has developed around the plant and Ford’s impact on the area is a fixture of this cultural landscape.  The closure of automotive plants in the US is not a new phenomenon: In the last 33 years, 267 of […]

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September 28 2012

5 Facts About Revitalizing the City of Richmond, Virginia’s Downtown

September 28th, 2012Posted by 

A healthy downtown is an important economic component for any city that desires to increase revenue, improve tourism, or revitalize local neighborhoods. Thus, the local downtown is by and large the life-blood of any metropolitan area. Like many other cities and small towns, urban planners from Richmond, Virginia have been working tirelessly to revitalize the […]

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September 20 2012

Why You Should Care About New Design Guidelines in the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Zone, Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 20th, 2012Posted by 

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, new design guidelines are being recognized to preserve the context and character of the historic heart of the city.  Following an extensive public hearing period and intensive research, these guidelines express value systems surrounding such notions as streetscape, access to the Mississippi River, potential archaeological remains, views, and the historic integrity of […]

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September 19 2012

Top 10 Architecture Firms to Follow on Twitter

September 19th, 2012Posted by 

As President Barack Obama’s recent acceptance speech showed us, Twitter has become one of the largest social networking services in media today.  His speech broke the twitter record with 52,756 tweets per minute and generated roughly 4 million tweets. In the realm of architecture, twitter can be used to promote, inform, and create dialogue with […]

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September 05 2012

How Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Works in Tacoma, Washington

September 5th, 2012Posted by 

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; or CPTED, was originally coined and developed by C. Ray Jeffery, a criminologist who published a book of the same title in 1971. Jeffery built on the principles of notable authors, including the famed Jane Jacobs herself, an urban activist who campaigned for new, community-based approaches to planning for over […]

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August 30 2012

Landscape Architecture Digs Up a New Definition for Itself In Light of Environmental Challenges

August 30th, 2012Posted by 

Garden designer? How about ecological warrior? Landscape architects may be due for a new reputation, and for good reason. As a field, landscape architecture has changed rapidly over the past two decades. It is too simple to assume that architects focus only on floral gardens and upscale stone walkways. As human environmental impacts become more […]

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August 23 2012

Listening With Your Eyes, Seeing With Your Ears in Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 23rd, 2012Posted by 

“Whether we look closely or not, great art in public spaces improves our quality of life in Minneapolis every day,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak of the Minnesota Public Radio’s Sound Point project launched in 2011.  Sound Point is an engagement of people and art, a dialogue between artist and viewer, and a multimedia experience inspired […]

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August 22 2012

Xeriscaping and Landscape Design Challenges in Canada’s Desert

August 22nd, 2012Posted by 

Canada is often imagined as a country of towering mountains, vast prairies, frozen lakes, and lush forests. However, tucked between two mountain ranges is the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, a semi-arid swath of land containing the country’s sole desert. Kelowna, Canada, is the largest city in this region, and is subject to the many […]

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August 08 2012

South Tacoma, Washington’s New 32,000 Square Foot LEED Certified Activity and Recreation Center

August 8th, 2012Posted by 

During a season of economic frugality and budget cuts in the U.S., it is great to see that community development is not on the chopping block in Tacoma, Washington’s South End. May 19, 2012 marked the grand opening of Metro Parks Tacoma’s new South Tacoma Activity and Recreation (STAR) Center. The STAR Center is a […]

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August 07 2012

How to Flourish in the Biodiesel Industry: A Day at Piedmont Biofuels

August 7th, 2012Posted by 

In July 2012, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan gleefully snipped the official ribbon at the Piedmont Biofuels ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying the well-proven commercial viability of the plant’s innovative biodiesel brewing process. Just about two years ago, the triumph of this successful biofuels company was made possible by a $1.2 million United States Department of Energy […]

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August 01 2012

Inside the Spokane Sewer Treatment Plant’s Facelift: Neighboring State Park Breathes Sigh of Relief

August 1st, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, Washington was given the land for its wastewater treatment plant and Riverside State Park by an affluent citizen in his will in the first half of the 20th century. He designated the land’s division and only allowed the City to keep the land if they used it for those sole two reasons. The only […]

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July 26 2012

Pop-Up Place and Biomimicry in Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 26th, 2012Posted by 

Revitalization and renewal are such commonly used buzzwords that they’ve lost some of their impact.  But the urban landscape is one that will always require fresh efforts of adaptation to shifting trends.  The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota have recently witnessed new attempts to accommodate changes in economy, transportation, and consumerism. One […]

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July 24 2012

A Pragmatic Interpretation of Foucault’s Biopower

July 24th, 2012Posted by 

Michel Foucault (October 1926- June 1984) was a French philosopher and activist, pivotal in the conception of contemporary postmodern theory. They are bred in the suburbs, and then sent to school. They attend Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. They are pumped with pertinent education, and then are […]

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July 19 2012

Rhode Island Park Design Favors Functionality (and Food) with New Edible Forest

July 19th, 2012Posted by 

It’s July 2012, and new saplings and shrubs at Roger Williams Park hover around three feet tall. But in five years, the site will sprout tubers and leafy greens – even offering medicinal herbs free of charge to visitors. In 30 years, the small pocket of land will provide nuts, mulch, fruit, and fuel to […]

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July 11 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Matthew Traucht: Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 11th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Matthew Traucht from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Matthew Traucht graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and is now pursuing his Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Inspired by the work he was doing as an […]

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July 04 2012

Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

The City of Spokane, Washington implemented two of their first-ever SURGE (Spokane Urban Runoff Greenways Ecosystem) projects in 2010 with AHBL: Lincoln Street on the South Hill; [Bottom] [Official Surge Report]; Broadway Street in the West Central Neighborhood. [Top] [AHBL's Presentation to the City]. Both were the first of their kind in Eastern Washington, and […]

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