February 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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February 02 2015

The Fleet of the Future: BART’s Improved Design for the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is getting a much needed remodel after 40 years of service. The typical Bay Area commuter’s relationship with BART has always been strained. A typical BART ride, much like that on any big city’s public transit system, involves outdated design, crowded cars, maintenance delays, and unsightly seating tainted from someone […]

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January 26 2015

Creative Augmented Reality App in San Francisco: Reimagining the SFMOMA

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is “closed for construction, yet more open than ever.” With the museum expansion still under construction until early 2016, the SFMOMA collection has been popping up around the Bay Area in exhibits held within surrounding museums and public spaces. Even with the handful of curated exhibits planted throughout […]

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January 16 2015

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill. Over the past five years, the policies instated by Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé, have considerably reduced the city’s […]

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January 05 2015

Micro-Apartments: Making 160 Square Feet Livable in San Francisco

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

California’s smallest legal apartment lies in San Francisco’s SOMA district just south of downtown. The 160 square foot SmartSpace apartment holds enough space for one person looking to practice minimal living. This urban dweller’s dream is equipped with a sofa which folds out as a bed, sliding doors, resourceful storage, and a “smart bench” which […]

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December 15 2014

The Architectural Paradox: SOM’s Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Derived from the Greek word Katholicos, the word catholic means “universal” or “all-embracing.” This is an interesting paradox for a religion with an often authoritative past and history of exclusion. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself but may be true. Unlike “drowning in a the fountain of eternal life” or “jumbo shrimp” the […]

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December 12 2014

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), and Harare (Zimbabwe) rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were […]

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December 01 2014

Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily. As one of the only neighborhoods to survive the destructive fires brought on by the earthquake of 1906, the Dogpatch stands as a living archive within the city. This district off the bay was once home […]

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November 30 2014

Portuguese Translator Nora Lamm Says Farewell to The Grid

November 30th, 2014Posted by 

The past 6 months as a Portuguese translator and content creator for The Grid has been a wonderful and enriching experience. I loved the opportunity to research articles from Brazil at a time when so much innovation, change, and disruption are occurring in that part of the world. Translating articles from Brazil, especially during the […]

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November 28 2014

Nairobi, Kenya Increases Polytechnic Education Opportunities for Growing Sectors

November 28th, 2014Posted by 

Urban poverty is a reality in developing cities. In many cities, thousands of people live on a dollar a day. Alongside this lies a challenge faced by many governments and municipalities in providing quality education for the urban poor. Urban poor have to face the trouble of overcrowded primary schools, shortages of teachers, poor learning […]

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November 25 2014

Inauguration of Renovated Water Treatment Plant in Bazas, France

November 25th, 2014Posted by 

Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents. However, it was in need of being modernized again in order to comply with environmental norms, soundproofing regulations, technological expectations, as well as to be able to treat more sewage- the amount […]

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November 17 2014

When Will Baltimore City’s Water Wheel Be Shut Down?

November 17th, 2014Posted by 

Baltimore City’s newest Water Wheel has received a lot of positive attention in recent months, but it is just one solution to the Inner Harbor’s serious trash problem. A two-minute video from Healthy Harbors shows hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles, cans, cigarettes, styrofoam and plastic bags floating from Jones Falls and into the Inner Harbor. In […]

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November 13 2014

Dedicated Funding for Bike Infrastructure Withdrawn in Porto Alegre, Brazil

November 13th, 2014Posted by 

The creation of the Municipal Fund to Support the Implementation of the Cicloviário System (FMASC) has been discussed since April, when the City Council of Porto Alegre presented two bills related to the topic. The story came to an end on Thursday (10/30), when the City published the Official Version of Complementary Law 744 (LC), […]

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November 04 2014

Southern Brazilian City Canoas Builds Aeromóvel

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

After the inauguration of the first aeromóvel (elevated train) in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2013, Canoas is the first city to count the vehicle as an alternative form of public transport. Earlier this month, the city of Canoas and the Ministry of Cities signed a contract that allows bidding for section 1 of the aeromóvel, which will […]

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November 04 2014

In the Commune of Montans, France, Citizens Speak out Against Methanation Plant

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

Air Pastel. This is the self-given name of the association of French citizens opposed to the building of a methanation plant in the development area of Guardige-Longue. This development area is located in the commune of Montans, in France’s department of Tarn. The association hopes to preserve the quality of life for citizens in the inter-communal […]

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October 31 2014

Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City?

October 31st, 2014Posted by 

The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now. It could be, for the ecologists of Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, a way of occupying the land in the absence of the municipality’s authorization. It could also be a way of demonstrating that one can be involved in politics with a mere spade and a rake. Sandrine Rousseau […]

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October 27 2014

San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020?

October 27th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S. city to reach a “zero-waste” goal. The city recognized that the recycling of bottles and paper could no longer remedy the amount of waste being produced, so they initiated the program. They have already set an example for cities across […]

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October 23 2014

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that it is more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year – equivalent to […]

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October 14 2014

Florianópolis, Brazil Signs Agreement to Improve Urban Mobility

October 14th, 2014Posted by 

The Municipality of Florianópolis and EMBARQ Brazil signed an agreement of technical, financial, economic, social and environmental cooperation on the afternoon of Thursday, September 25th. The act was formalized between Mayor Cesar Souza Junior and the Director of Strategic Development & Relations for EMBARQ Brazil, Rejane Fernandes, with the consent of the ambassador of Great […]

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October 10 2014

In Millonfosse, France, Citizens Open their “Eco-garden” to the Public

October 10th, 2014Posted by 

A showing of “Eco-Citizens’ Gardens,” organized by the regional natural park, Scarpe Escaut, attracted about thirty visitors to Daniel and Régine Hennion’s garden in Millonfosse, France. The couple explained why they have taken on this gardening project: “It’s about satisfying our desire to preserve biodiversity. We are also responding to our need for a reasonable […]

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