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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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 23 2012

Online Participation Tools Within Urban Planning: A Quick Fix for Local Problems?

October 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Do you have a problem? Mark it on the map and we’ll take care of it – if you vote for us. Prior to Germany’s Berlin Senate election in 2011, the Green Party presented an interactive online tool that people could use to suggest changes for the urban environment. More than 800 requests were sent […]

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October 19 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Luise Letzner: Berlin, Germany

October 19th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Luis Letzner from Berlin, Germany. Originally from Berlin, Luise Letzner currently pursues a Masters at HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany, in Urban Planning. She also holds a B.A. in European Studies from Malmö University, Sweden, where she focused on inner-city redevelopment projects, place branding, and […]

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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 18 2012

How to Promote your Firm on LinkedIn: Architects, Urban Planners

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

Your firm can use the popular professional networking site LinkedIn for much more than your standard Facebook ‘like’ page. Facebook is casual and is viewable by all whom may be interested in your firm. LinkedIn provides a professional atmosphere online with many specific tools and resources to help your business and employees. Here are four tips […]

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June 15 2012

Flexibility, Visibility, Possibility: Blogging as a Job Opportunity

June 15th, 2012Posted by 

The economic recession has changed the job market dramatically. Rather than waiting idly for the resurgence of the architecture sector, design professionals should consider freelance blogging. Writing for The GRID provides value for future opportunities. From urban design related blogging opportunities with Grist and Planetizen, to media, news, and design correspondent positions in the NGO […]

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June 08 2012

Social Media Innovations for Planners: Where are We Heading?

June 8th, 2012Posted by 

Did you ever imagine that, as planners (or architects), we would be able to make revisions on a 10 thousand sqf retail mixed-use project in Revit, on our smart touchpads, while discussing it with a colleague on What’s App, on our way home, in a public train? It’s happening. Today’s social media mobilizes planners’ and […]

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June 06 2012

Uses of Social and Participatory Mediums in Urban Planning

June 6th, 2012Posted by 

Planning participation is a requirement in most American states, and many municipalities realize its power; a sense of ownership in the community for an initiative can be a determining factor in the success of any plan. To distribute and gather information to and from the community there are essentially three routes. Depending on the community […]

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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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June 04 2012

Social Media for Planning Consultancies

June 4th, 2012Posted by 

Planning consultancies offer a wide range of advice on matters concerned with planning, development, and environmental issues which surround a building project. They are involved in a number of different types of projects, for example: Town centre improvements; Business parks; Airports; Smaller building works for companies. In all of these projects it is important that […]

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June 04 2012

5 Social Media Tips For Increasing Public Participation in Urban Planning

June 4th, 2012Posted by 

The importance of social media, in our daily lives, is increasing day-by-day. We shop from websites, which our friends have recommended from Twitter, instead of going to the shopping mall. We schedule our social life according to events which are highly advertised or shared on Facebook. And we talk to our friends via messengers, instead […]

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June 01 2012

Urban Planners: How to Choose the Best Social Media for your Purpose

June 1st, 2012Posted by 

One of the most important components of your work as an urban planner is engaging community stakeholders. For urban projects in the main street district, the downtown development authority, city leadership, planning and zoning commissioners, historical district commissioners, architects, and neighborhood residents are all integral partners. Projects that deal more with regional issues require collaboration […]

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May 30 2012

Best Uses of Social Media for Government Agencies and Urban Planners

May 30th, 2012Posted by 

There is no denying it, we are in the facebook era. With over 900 million users, the public has never been more exposed and globally connected. One reading this may agree, but likely conclude, that the banter on Facebook is similar to the banter on Wikipedia; it is inefficient, random, and full of opinions, often […]

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May 28 2012

History of Social Media in Urban Planning

May 28th, 2012Posted by 

Public participation in urban planning has been transformed by web and mobile-based social media technologies.  From simply informing citizens about a new proposal or plan to actively seeking out citizen suggestions and feedback, social media has changed the way urban planners approach public participation. Planners are always looking for new techniques and tools to engage […]

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May 07 2012

Christine Camilleri: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

May 7th, 2012Posted by 

In October 2011, I began my internship writing for The Grid. I had always been interested in the potential that social media can provide as a platform for discussions about urban planning and design. Aside from this, I did not quite know what to expect from the experience. Six months later, I am leaving my blogging position at Global […]

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April 27 2012

Final Thoughts: A Farewell to Everyone at The GRID and Global Site Plans

April 27th, 2012Posted by 

As my 6-month internship with Global Site Plans coasts to a gentle close this week, I find myself in a much different place than when I began blogging for the GRID in October 2011. In the beginning, I was a recent college grad still clinging to my Cornell days by hanging around Ithaca, New York […]

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April 12 2012

How Important is the Internet to Architecture and Architects?

April 12th, 2012Posted by 

It is pretty well acknowledged that the Internet has changed the world, with easy, universal access to information and instant communication across the planet. But how has it impacted the daily life of an architect? Has it changed the way they work? And is the full potential of the Internet being utilised? Habits are changing. […]

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