March 19 2012

Taking on a New Role with The Grid: Twitter Community Manager

March 19th, 2012Posted by 

When I was first asked one year ago to write for The Grid, I was nervous, yet excited to be part of a new voice for design on the web.  As I became more comfortable with the position and began to write more regularly, I have been able to use my column to inspire and […]

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March 08 2012

Examples of Website Maintenance Requests

March 8th, 2012Posted by 

Blogs are today’s “black.” Nowadays, many companies are incorporating personalized websites as part of the businesses’ Public Relations strategy to reach out to new and potential clientele, or the general public. So it is important, more so within the field of architecture, engineering, environmental non-profit, landscape architecture and urban planning, to maintain your website in […]

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February 15 2012

Steps and Tools to Promote Urban Planning Firms Online

February 15th, 2012Posted by 

A few weeks ago, I explored three avenues for social media marketing for urban planners and urban planning firms. The social media marketing steps discussed in that blog are just a handful of steps for an urban planning firm to promote themselves online. There are many different avenues a firm can take to promote itself […]

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January 26 2012

The Benefits of Website Maintenance for Your Environmental Design Business

January 26th, 2012Posted by 

Within the field of architecture, engineering, environmental non-profit, landscape architecture and urban planning, attending to your website’s upkeep will help your business grow and continue to thrive. Clientele will most likely conduct research about your company prior to contacting you, and in today’s age, companies are always developing and maintaining websites to attract new and […]

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January 18 2012

What is Social Media Marketing?: A Guide for Urban Planners

January 18th, 2012Posted by 

Social media marketing has become a buzzword this decade. Every business seems to be hiring social media marketers now. Which social media network would be the most appropriate for a certain organization? This mini guide is meant to be a starting point for planners’ and architects’ research into social media marketing. Planning professionals should always […]

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January 02 2012

The Impact of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) on New York City Downtown Revitalization

January 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Each year, New York City’s network of Business Improvements Districts (BIDs) invests approximately $100 million worth of programs and services across the five boroughs. This network of 64 BIDs constitutes the largest network of its kind nationwide.  Business owners, property owners, local merchant associations, elected officials, and urban planners have come to acknowledge the importance […]

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December 12 2011

Connect with The Grid on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

December 12th, 2011Posted by 

We know that you love reading new articles on The Grid right here on our site, but did you know that you can also keep up with your favorite stories and writers “off the grid” on your favorite social networks?  The Grid now goes wherever you go, with multiple social media streams to keep you informed […]

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December 01 2011

Introducing Twitter Community Manager, Barrett Lane

December 1st, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is happy to introduce Barrett Lane as Twitter Community Manager. Barrett Lane is a Social Media Correspondent for The Grid, and adds this position to his current responsibilities. In addition to managing the Global Site Plans Twitter community and blogging, Barrett is a Graduate Student studying Urban Planning and Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. from […]

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December 01 2011

The Importance of Branding Yourself in the Digital Age

December 1st, 2011Posted by 

As of October 31, 2011, we are living in a world of 7 billion people. The working population is around half of that. So, theoretically there are somewhere around 3.5 billion people looking for employment. These people all must compete with one another. In the wake of the recent economic meltdown, they have to compete […]

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November 24 2011

5 Suggestions for the FiELD9:architecture Website

November 24th, 2011Posted by 

This designer has a very impressive portfolio of work; the projects reveal sensitivity to sustainability, scale, texture, and function. At present, I feel the FiELD9: architecture website does not do justice to the talents and passions of the designer.  The “brand” FiELD9 is unique and innovative, and these suggestions are intended to support the needs […]

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November 10 2011

Finishing a Chapter with Global Site Plans and The Grid

November 10th, 2011Posted by 

As a final submission for The Grid, I wish to thank everyone who has read my past blogs. I hope that they have been a source of new perspective and contemplation. What often began as a thought or idea manifested into words more tangible through my internship. For this, I wish to express my appreciation […]

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November 01 2011

How Urban Planners Use Social Media to Engage Stakeholders

November 1st, 2011Posted by 

Two weeks ago, I discussed the various ways that urban planners and firms use social media to reach out and interact with public audiences (i.e. Facebook and Twitter).  While using these platforms is a good way of creating a base and engaging with users, knowing how to use these methods correctly and in the right […]

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October 18 2011

Best Uses of Social Media for Urban Planning

October 18th, 2011Posted by 

From the beginning of its practice, planning has always been a discipline of engagement.  Without engaging and interacting with city residents and constituents, planners would be lost with regards to making effective decisions and city plans.  Now, with technology virtually omnipresent and more of these residents having access to data and city information, it’s imperative […]

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October 13 2011

Designing Retail for Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Neotraditionalist, New Urbanist Design

October 13th, 2011Posted by 

Neotraditionalist, or new urbanism design, is committed to pedestrian-friendly streets. Details for this type of urban design include mixed-use zoning, garages at the back of residential lots utilizing alleys, and retail areas located on the same secondary streets running throughout the development. Pedestrians and bicyclists become the main focus for this type of development, as […]

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September 29 2011

Sharing Bicycle Trails and Pedestrian Paths: Etiquette Rules

September 29th, 2011Posted by 

As a pedestrian on a bicycling/walking path, you’ve probably grumbled as a bicyclist passed from behind without warning. Or maybe you’ve feared for your children’s safety as you’ve pulled them to the side of the path as bicyclists whizzed past without regard to their speed. On the other hand, as a bicyclist, chances are you […]

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September 10 2011

Fall 2011 Internship: Business and Marketing Blogger

September 10th, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is offering a 6-month to 1-year internship opportunity for contributing bloggers for topics related to business, marketing, design (website, graphic, and print), internet marketing, and content strategy. If you are a student with a passion and talent for writing about any of the aforementioned topics, then Global Site Plans wants you as a contributing blogger. We […]

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September 09 2011

How Cities are Getting “Smart”

September 9th, 2011Posted by 

“Smart” is a Cyber Buzz Word Hawking & Einstein would have trouble keeping up with this term’s branding umbrella. “Smart” is a swirling universe of interlocking cyberstrings: system, network, knowledge, power, self-regulation, transparency, efficiency, sustainability, individuality, comprehensiveness, inclusivity. Smart cities draw on all of these. “Smart” is Open The cat is out of the bag […]

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September 06 2011

“Summer Streets” Take New York City: A Model for Walkability and Connectivity

September 6th, 2011Posted by 

For the fourth year in a row, the City of New York transformed some of its most heavily trafficked streets into a network of pleasant pedestrian plazas and recreational byways.  Inspired by modern public space and urban design projects such as Paris Plage, Summer Streets, which ran for three consecutive Saturday this past August 2011, showcased […]

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September 01 2011

Landscape Design and Maintenance: Utilizing Local Information Resources

September 1st, 2011Posted by 

My professor recently told a story about an individual that was picking out trees for a landscape design he was working on. Of all the trees available to him at the nursery, he chose ones that had been improperly planted so that the soil and mulch covered the root flare and was piled too high […]

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August 23 2011

Redefining Urbanism: BMW Guggenheim Museum Lab

August 23rd, 2011Posted by 

In August 2011, the BMW Guggenheim Lab made its formal debut on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  A collaboration between BMW Corporation and the Guggenheim Museum, the lab hopes to redefine and rethink the modern concepts of urban planning and urban design through a series of exhibitions, games, and public events among other items. […]

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