November 22 2012

The Ghetto in the Sky: From Slum Removal to Urban Renewal in Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 22nd, 2012Posted by 

One of the most iconic viewsheds in Minneapolis – hated by some, loved by others – are any that include the Riverside Plaza apartments. From many places in the city you can see the Brutalist concrete buildings, with their primary-color panels and blockish tower-structure, towering above their surroundings. In 2010, Riverside Plaza was included in […]

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November 20 2012

Creative Industries Against the Right to Access Water: Who Can Claim the City?

November 20th, 2012Posted by 

The Mayor, urban planners, and economists agree: creative industries are key to Berlin’s economic development. In a city that doesn’t rely on larger industrial facilities, that holds a special position due to its historical heritage, that was perceived as an island for decades – music, film, and new media industries have started to settle; building […]

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November 16 2012

Three Good Reasons for the Rising Cost of Parking in Austin, Texas

November 16th, 2012Posted by 

“Free parking is at the root of many urban ills: congestion, sprawl, wasteful energy use and air pollution.” – Donald Shoup, Parking may not be an obvious urban design issue, but it affects the traffic patterns, environmental health, and landscapes of our cities. As the population in Austin, Texas continues to skyrocket, the city certainly […]

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November 09 2012

10 Ways to Change Urban Sprawl in the City of Richmond, Virginia

November 9th, 2012Posted by 

By all accounts, urban sprawl is a problem that has plagued many metropolitan cities throughout the United States. Like many of these cities, Richmond, Virginia has struggled with the concept of how to control the growing population while still possessing the ability to attract new residents to the area. Recently, many of the city’s efforts […]

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November 06 2012

A Long-range Plan for the Tohono O’odham Nation

November 6th, 2012Posted by 

Currently, the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona is collaborating with the Tohono O’odham Nation to develop a long-range plan that will address the Nation’s specific district needs based upon their different characteristics. Tohono O’odham Nation is a United States reservation, comprising 11 districts. Today, the Nation is occupied by […]

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November 02 2012

Capital MetroRail Prioritizes People to Create an Accessible, Connected, and Sustainable City

November 2nd, 2012Posted by 

“Rather than being guided, as it should be, by natural systems or human needs, the quality and placement of growth in our regions is largely dependent on the car.“-Peter Calthorpe The newly adopted Austin, Texas city plan, appropriately titled the “Imagine Austin” plan, envisions a less congested and more sustainable city. It turns the conversation […]

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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 16 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Jasna Hadzic: Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 16th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Jasna Hadzic from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but having spent most of her adult life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.; Jasna Hadzic has been greatly influenced by both cultures, most specifically in terms of architecture, planning, and design. The transition of living […]

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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 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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September 11 2012

Tucson, Arizona: A Leading Arts Community

September 11th, 2012Posted by 

At the corner of 6th Avenue and Toole Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, you can find a 20-foot high kinetic sculpture, which is a butterfly with a 6 ½-foot wingspan. This fancy public art, created by Bevel Butterfly Company, is a highlight of the Tucson Warehouse Art District; it is a newly completed, two-month old, installation. […]

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August 17 2012

Richmond, Virginia’s Growing Housing Inequality by the Numbers

August 17th, 2012Posted by 

The growing housing crisis in America has had a great impact on Richmond, Virginia’s housing market. Since the beginning of the housing collapse in 2008, the wealthier 1% of the nation’s households have seen great success, while the remaining 99% of the nation have seen 1 in 667 housing units become foreclosed since June 2012. […]

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August 03 2012

The Death of High Speed Rail in Richmond, Virginia

August 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Since 1996, the State of Virginia has been working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Southeastern High Rail Corridor project to establish high speed rail passenger connections that would connect the City of Richmond to places like Columbia, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Raleigh, North Carolina.  The project is being done as a […]

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July 19 2012

Showcasing and Exploring the Urban Fabric of Downtown Tempe, Arizona

July 19th, 2012Posted by 

Downtown Tempe, Arizona has a variety of destinations that create a unique space syntax between modern urban blocks, natural desert landscape, historical buildings, and a man made lake, to name a few. It’s the perfect destination for anyone that likes good music, the sun, the desert, and interesting architecture. The desert doesn’t quite seem like […]

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July 17 2012

New California Recycling Law Mandates Landfill Diversion in Mammoth Lakes, CA

July 17th, 2012Posted by 

Everyone wants to recycle, but what would you do if it was mandatory? California Bill AB 341, directed by CalRecycle, will go into effect on July 1, 2012 and will require commercial recycling within California state limits. The Town of Mammoth Lakes is providing education and outreach in an effort to help the community adjust […]

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July 04 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Alex Banuelos: Tempe, Arizona

July 4th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Alex Banuelos from Tempe, Arizona. Alex Banuelos is a recent graduate of Arizona State University.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Planning from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He is currently pursuing his Real Estate License and plans on attending Arizona State […]

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July 02 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Wanyi Song: Tucson, Arizona

July 2nd, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Wanyi Song from Tucson, Arizona. Wanyi Song is a graduate research assistant of the University of Arizona in Science of Planning. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture when she was living in Southern China. After her undergraduate studies, Wanyi worked full-time as a Landscape […]

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June 20 2012

Spokane, Washington’s Waste-to-Energy Plant’s New Recycling Center Design

June 20th, 2012Posted by 

Waste Management broke ground October 2011 on behalf of the City of Spokane for their new 62,000 square foot, state-of-the-art recycling center. October 1st, 2012, they are scheduled to open and ready for almost a dozen new recyclable materials. The Spokane Material and Recycling Technology (SMART) Center will receive many things dubbed as trash until […]

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June 05 2012

Social Media Implementation by Sasaki Associates, Inc.: An International Planning and Design Consultancy

June 5th, 2012Posted by 

Planning should be participatory; however, it’s often very difficult to get stakeholders to contribute to planning processes. Mail-in survey return rates are low, and more often than not, residents don’t want to sit through a Saturday morning design charette. Marketing online and social media platforms give urban planners and architects a set of contemporary tools […]

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May 14 2012

Perfecting your Resume: APA 2012 Resume Session Part 2

May 14th, 2012Posted by 

Think about your audience when applying, was one of the first pieces of advice given by the American Planning Association Resume’s for Today’s Economy panel. Controlling your message, marketing yourself and establishing your ‘brand’ is a large part of standing out to hiring mangers.  Bower suggested re-reading the job advertisement and contacting HR to find […]

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