December 26 2013

Farewell to The Grid, From Nick Danty

December 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s hard to believe that six months have gone by since I was hired here at The Grid. At the time of my interview in June 2013, I was working as a limited-term employee at the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) in Santa Rosa, CA and was bogged down in climate policy analysis and alternative transportation studies. […]

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December 20 2013

The “Man-Eat-Man” Mentality of Nairobi Roads

December 20th, 2013Posted by 

The traffic lights go red, and drivers continue to drive. Only a near collision with another vehicle will make someone stop. The Nairobi road culture is interesting, a culture where red may mean go and green may mean stop. Even with the new digital traffic lights that synchronize and indicate time, drivers will try to […]

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November 22 2013

Matatus: Nairobi’s Leader of Transportation Since 1973

November 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Mobility, sustainability, and identity are three key elements for good cities. Developed economies enjoy public transport systems with fixed routes, schedules, and pricing; but this is not the case in developing countries. In Africa, citizens use a variety of means to get around, ranging from small minibuses to riding on the back of motorcycles. Nairobi […]

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October 21 2013

“Square Camps:” The Squares that Cultivate Democracy

October 21st, 2013Posted by 

Historically, cities worldwide have proven to be the epicenter of social movements. The economic crisis imposed on Greece since 2008 and its failed management by the Troika and the IMF since 2010 have increased the general discontent and the number of strikes and manifestations in the Greek capital of Athens. According to statistics, in 2012 […]

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October 10 2013

Digital Capitals of America: Lincoln Named the 2013 eCity of Nebraska

October 10th, 2013Posted by 

In a world that is powered by the internet, it comes as no surprise that small, local businesses are turning to online sources as a way to market themselves and expand beyond their shop doors. E-marketing is playing a key role in this transition, helping to establish small businesses and creating growth for both the company and […]

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September 05 2013

Sonoma County’s Mobile App Assisted Rideshare Program Shifts Into Second Gear

September 5th, 2013Posted by 

An innovative ridesharing program has taken hold in Sonoma County, California, as  WeGo Sonoma continues to utilize the real-time mobile rideshare app known as “Carma.” The app allows drivers and riders to post their planned and needed trips, and creates a system of payment so the cost of the trip is shared between both parties. Unlike services […]

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July 03 2013

(Assistant Editor & Social Media Coordinator) Adam Dickinson: Londres, Costa Rica

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest team member, Adam Dickinson, from Londres, Costa Rica. Adam recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in International Development and Environmental Science, and currently resides in Londres, Costa Rica. A native of Toronto, Canada, his experiences have centered around sustainable livelihoods and rural development. Whether […]

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June 21 2013

Grayscale Cincinnati Seeks to Reactivate Former Brewery Complex

June 21st, 2013Posted by 

The former Jackson Brewery stands at 208 Mohawk Street, facing southward with an impressive view of the downtown Cincinnati skyline. The iconic building – with its well-known “METAL BLAST” logo – has maintained an enduring place in Cincinnati brewing history. The brewery, which has gone through many uses since its closing, will soon be reborn as Grayscale Cincinnati, […]

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June 13 2013

Cell Phone Tracking Data Sold in Hopes for Better Decision Making: Transportation’s Future with Technology at The Congress of the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Rob Milam, Fehr & Peers Ron Milam, Principal-In-Charge of Technical Development at Fehr & Peers, discussed the effect of big data on transportation planning and engineering. He began by lending us some perspective: If you were to purchase a hard drive with the intent to store all music ever recorded by man on it, you […]

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June 07 2013

U Square Student Development Poised to Open Doors to Public

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Cincinnati campus has grown significantly in recent years – earning national distinction for its campus transformation – achieved through successful visioning and leadership in the last decade. This growth, which has elevated the rankings and reputation of the university 17 points (to the top tier of national universities in 2011), has likewise […]

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April 15 2013

Farewell From Athina Kyrgeorgiou

April 15th, 2013Posted by 

I started writing for Global Site Plans and The Grid in October 2012 and I can’t believe how fast time has passed by. I was reading The Grid posts on social media and I always thought that it was a very well organised initiative from people interested in environmental and urban design – for anyone […]

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April 14 2013

Seeking Spring 2013 Internship Applications: Environmental Design Blogger

April 14th, 2013Posted by 

Do you have a unique specialty in the field of environmental design? Do you currently live in a town or city that has not/or is currently not being covered by another blogger? Have you successfully managed social media platforms? Do you have a passion for writing and want to learn how to successfully blog? If […]

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April 05 2013

Open House Thessaloniki 2013 – A Great Success

April 5th, 2013Posted by 

A few months ago, I was walking in Thessaloniki, Greece when I noticed some really eye-catching “Open House Thessaloniki” posters all over the city. I wasn’t familiar with this particular project, so as soon as I returned home, I started looking for more information about it. Ten minutes later, and I had already sent in […]

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March 19 2013

Micro Hydropower: An Underused Source of Renewable Energy?

March 19th, 2013Posted by 

Climate change is seen as the major problem of our generation, and confronting it will mean action on how energy is sourced and the levels of demand. In 1990, the United Kingdom signed an agreement for reducing emission levels at least 80% by 2050. The Northern Ireland government has set a bold target in relation […]

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February 26 2013

Social Media and The City: The Do’s and Don’ts of Involving People

February 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s no secret that in order to attract investors, companies, and tourists, cities are under increasing pressure to stand out. More and more cities make use of social media to create a positive image and strengthen their place in the global competition of attractive cities. Imagine, you are in charge of your city’s social media […]

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February 22 2013

User’s Guide To Changing Urban Design With Instagram

February 22nd, 2013Posted by 

What if visual media could change the urban design industry? What if the main player wasn’t a person or a group, but was a university in Nottingham, England? The possibility is more tangible than one might think. Coupled with the school’s award winning buildings and sustainable designs, Instagram could be used to market the school’s […]

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January 25 2013

The Intriguing Case Of Nottingham Tourism and Instagram

January 25th, 2013Posted by 

Cheap labour is good, but free labour is even better. With the emergence of ever evolving social media platforms, many of the world’s industries are formulating creatively inexpensive strategies for optimal gain. However, when it comes to the tourism industry, the utilisation of platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are either non existent or tepidly innovative. […]

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January 10 2013

Floating Cities and CO2 Glass: Landscape Futures of The BLDGBLOG Book

January 10th, 2013Posted by 

Ultimately, the real strength of The BLDGBLOG Book is Geoff Manaugh’s skills as a compelling storyteller. As Manaugh delves into the world of Landscape Futures in the fifth and final chapter of his book, the reader is simultaneously immersed in the floating canal city of London A.D. 2109 and in the Cloud City that hovers […]

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December 27 2012

Jamaal Davis: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

December 27th, 2012Posted by 

Wow, how fast time does fly! It seems like only yesterday that I was signing my first set of paperwork to do my internship with Global Site Plans. Initially, I must admit that I was a little nervous about doing an internship with Global Site Plans because I feared that I could not produce quality […]

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November 23 2012

10 Twitter #Chats to Follow in Architecture

November 23rd, 2012Posted by 

In today’s technological society, Twitter has become a great way for professionals in architecture, landscape design, and urban planning to frequently communicate. As a result, more and more professionals today are using the online platform to discuss topics relating to community, environment, infrastructure, and more. Thus, twitter has become one of the best ways to […]

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