November 07 2012

Renovating the Waterfront: Kelowna, Canada’s Downtown Parks Plan

November 7th, 2012Posted by 

As a waterfront city, Kelowna, Canada is heavily reliant on its shoreline. Okanagan Lake provides many things for the city, though the limited points of access pose a complex question when it comes to the provision of space. Competing for use of the shore are the tourism industry, public parks, boat launches, marinas, a logging […]

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November 05 2012

Infill Development: Towards an Innovative Approach to Redevelopment

November 5th, 2012Posted by 

It is no secret that vacant lots pose difficult challenges by influencing crime and the vitality of residential and commercial areas, which furthermore decreases tax bases and property values for urban areas. It is important now more than ever to address the surplus of vacant lots and properties, which despite good intentions and modest success, […]

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October 22 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Luis Lozano-Paredes: Buenos Aires, Argentina

October 22nd, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Luis Lozano-Paredes from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Luis Lozano-Paredes is currently a student seeking a Diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in Colombia in 1987, he grew between the cities of Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, and then moved […]

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October 17 2012

Planning for Pedestrians: How and Why We Should Put People Before Vehicles

October 17th, 2012Posted by 

If there’s one thing The Grid’s bloggers are passionate about, it’s putting people back into the urban equation. One example of this ideology is the push for pedestrian-friendly communities. We have explored car-free towns, lamented the “National Automobile Slum,” and pondered Neotraditionalist and New Urbanist design. But how can your community achieve a vivacious streetscape? […]

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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 14 2012

8 Ways to Redevelop the City of Richmond’s Riverfront

September 14th, 2012Posted by 

The overall goal of any riverfront plan is to create river accessibility that becomes a major resource to the community; by linking it to nearby communities so that both residents and tourist can enjoy it. While many communities have a neighboring river as a potential asset to their community, most local governments are unable to […]

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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 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 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 18 2012

Ørestad, Denmark: Cutting Edge Urban Fiber

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

An ambitious project sets new grounds for innovation in Copenhagen Financial and social needs have brought decisive urban expansion in the Danish capital; pushing the urban borders towards the South, bridged by the centre of the city and the Kalvebod Fælled natural reservation, and stretching over five km with six metro stops. Exploration of the […]

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July 11 2012

What is the Purpose of a Park?: Mission Creek Regional Park, Kelowna, Canada

July 11th, 2012Posted by 

Summer has arrived in Canada’s Okanagan valley, and with the warmer weather, people are venturing outside to enjoy the many parks in Kelowna. Among these is Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway, arguably the most visited park in the city. It includes an educational centre, salmon spawning channel, picnic areas, and a playground. The greenway […]

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July 04 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark’s New Aquarium: Sneak-Preview From The Blue Planet Building Site

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

“A sculpture at the coast unites the natural elements of water, air, and earth.” Kim Herforth Nielsen, 3XN The South-East coast of Zealand, Denmark offers a leisure time oasis as the motor way streams out of the urban area. Sandy beach patches, with small yacht ports and bike tracks, stretch across undulating green fields. Before […]

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May 10 2012

From Green Thumb to White House: University of Massachusetts Permaculture Makes Big Strides

May 10th, 2012Posted by 

College lawns are not just for Frisbees anymore. The UMass Permaculture Initiative snagged top honors at the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge this March 2012, beating out 1,400 applicants and 15 finalists in a social media voting campaign. The project, founded in October 2010, is just one of many efforts in a growing […]

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May 08 2012

Design Elements of the Mammoth Lakes, CA Gateway Project: The Mountains are Calling

May 8th, 2012Posted by 

The Mammoth Gateway Project is an effort to elaborate on the entrance to the resort community of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Signage is crucial for travelers and Mammoth Lakes needs wayfinding markers to help tourists get around with ease, while creating memorable experiences. The Mammoth Gateway Project is the ultimate expression of Mammoth’s desire to stick […]

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April 17 2012

Developing the Waterfront: Cleveland, Ohio Shoreline Development Plan

April 17th, 2012Posted by 

A new urban planning and development scheme is being implemented in Cleveland, Ohio that will dramatically change the look and accessibility of the city’s underutilized waterfront. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland Ohio’s lakefront has long been neglected with little commercial development and fewer public spaces. EE&K architects of New York, in conjunction […]

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February 01 2012

Tree Planting Efforts in Tampa, Florida

February 1st, 2012Posted by 

Trees are important for cities. Environmentally-speaking, trees provide important environmental inputs and outputs. Aesthetically-speaking, trees can provide a sense of beauty to a city. Planners and landscape architects have long-recognized the importance of trees and other plants in urban design.Tampa, Florida has a long-established grassroots organization that has helped bring trees to the city. The […]

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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 19 2011

City Tree Policy: Planting Indigenous Tree Species in Montreal, Canada

December 19th, 2011Posted by 

Trees form an essential part of the landscape of any city, and Montreal is no exception. Their functions include the following: ●     Providing shade; ●     Purifying the air; ●     Beautifying neighbourhoods and providing ornamental value; ●     Improving curb appeal and adding to property values; ●     Saving on home heating and air conditioning costs. In fact, […]

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