July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Abbey Seitz: Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Abbey Seitz in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Abbey Seitz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Design of Art in Architecture and minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Growing up in a small suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, she knew no different than cold snowy […]

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July 01 2013

Where Urban Planners Go: The Top 10 Urban Planning Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 1st, 2013Posted by 

Last year, The Grid went on a mission to uncover the most popular urban planning-related websites for 2012. With extensive research and the help of Alexa International Rankings, we were able to compile a list of the top 20 websites for this specific niche. It is time for an update. In the list for 2013 […]

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June 27 2013

Is Urban Sprawl Always Sprawl?

June 27th, 2013Posted by 

In the United States, we often refer to the widespread suburban, non-city center areas as sprawling neighborhoods. They have streets that wind in and out, causing disorientation and creating minutes-long drives just to enter or exit some developments. In contrast, we often consider the “European context” to be a dense urban paradigm that balances the […]

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June 19 2013

Myki: The Costly Implementation of Melbourne’s Transport Ticketing System

June 19th, 2013Posted by 

Why does it seem that sometimes the more advanced we get, or the more available technology becomes, the less effective we become? This is the case with Public Transport in Melbourne. Up until the 1990’s Trams were controlled by aged conductors, dressed classically and ever approachable. They were employed to make sure everyone who came […]

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June 18 2013

How the East Bay Bicycle Coalition is Making Ridership Accessible to all Residents

June 18th, 2013Posted by 

Promoting bicycle ridership has become a widespread mission across many regions, ranging from small towns to large cities. In California’s East Bay, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) has grown to be the primary advocacy group to make bicycling more feasible and safer on a large scale. The organization’s “guiding principles” include the following: Make […]

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June 11 2013

Placemaking Through Civic Retail: Public and Farmers’ Markets at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Rob Spanier, LiveWorkLearnPlay Rob Spanier, Partner and Principal of LiveWorkLearnPlay, began with the analogy that planning is the hardware, and activation is the software. He said that there are ways to activate a community in ways that don’t need to rely upon huge capital investment. So why farmers’ and public markets? Spanier said that markets […]

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June 11 2013

Asia’s Sprawling, High Density Future: Exporting New Urbanism to Developing Countries at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

Dan Solomon, Mithun | Solomon Dan Solomon, CNU co-founder, author, and Principal at Mithun | Solomon, opened the session by saying that in the context of new urbanism concepts being introduced to developing countries, “We can’t exactly declare victory, but we’ve made our presence strong.” Overall, he explained the urban planning struggles in China. He […]

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June 04 2013

Does Urban Agriculture Have a Real Future in San Francisco, California?

June 4th, 2013Posted by 

After reading articles about residents growing vegetables in their backyards and seeing community gardens sprouting (pun intended) up in dense cities, I have become intrigued by this idea of growing your own produce instead of purchasing it at your local market. Is there a real future for this contemporary practice or will it continue to […]

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May 31 2013

Midnight Tram Through Nottingham: The Economic Impact of Tramlines

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

Tramways have a greater impact on communities than local governments give them. Tramways connect people and business in a way that no other physical medium can. These electric transportation vessels revitalize and help refurbish and reshape not only businesses and surrounding streets, but also business models and the identities of cities. Nottingham Express Transit or […]

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May 28 2013

Decentralised Energy Creation: Is it the Way Forward?

May 28th, 2013Posted by 

Climate change has now become the problem the world cannot ignore. Addressing future global warming, and adapting to it now, will require making fundamental changes to the way we live. How we produce, distribute and use energy is key to this. Decentralised energy allows the financial costs and energy losses associated with the long-distance national […]

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May 27 2013

The Little Flour Mill That Could: Historic Preservation in Spokane, Washington

May 27th, 2013Posted by 

This historic industrial building  – gone commercial haven – success story begins with “The Biggest Man in Spokane,” Simon Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer, a prominent member of Spokane’s Jewish community, was one of the first in the area to go to Russia in search of investors. His efforts were fruitful after convincing a Dutch mortgage company to […]

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May 20 2013

Edible Landscapes of Attica, Greece

May 20th, 2013Posted by 

In Greece, during the last few years, a demand for transparency around food and a need to eliminate the intermediaries, mainly due to poor quality of products in combination to high prices, has resulted in a boom of collective action concerning the production and distribution of food. On the other hand, the proliferation of movements […]

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May 14 2013

Cultura Ambiental: A Paradigm Shift for the People of Buenos Aires

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

In 2010, Siemens and The Economist published the first reliable index ranking for green cities worldwide. Among many other indexes concerning this subject published in the past few years, this is the first one with a specific chapter for Latin America. The result of this index showed a phenomenon that was clear to everyone but […]

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May 14 2013

Tidal Wave Energy: Is it Ecologically Sustainable?

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

Global energy demand continues to grow and tidal wave energy generation devices can provide a significant source of renewable energy. Technological developments in offshore engineering, and the rising cost of traditional energy, means that offshore energy resources will be economic in the next few years. Tidal wave energy is a form of hydropower that converts the energy […]

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May 08 2013

Back to Reality: The Deflation of Melbourne, Australia’s Housing Bubble

May 8th, 2013Posted by 

An Australian’s house provides major evidence to his claim of living a lifestyle that resembles the majority of the country. A quarter acre block with a backyard spacious enough for a BBQ and patio is synonymous with many Australians’ lifestyle. However, this lifestyle has become harder to attain for the current generation of Australians. From the […]

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May 07 2013

Richmond, California’s Safe Return Project Inspires Change

May 7th, 2013Posted by 

How can we most effectively prevent crime? America has invested a lot of money in its prison system. In fact, the FY 2013 budget requests $8.6 billion for federal prisons and detentions according to the US Department of Justice. However, there is a different, more contemporary thought process that does not agree with this type […]

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May 06 2013

Happy Birthday Navarinou Park: Athens, Greece

May 6th, 2013Posted by 

A park that was supposed to be a parking area celebrated on Sunday, 14 of April its 4th year of existence. A small self-organized park in the heart of Athens, Greece has set a very important precedent in the latest urban history of self-managed open spaces for all Greek Cities. The Navarinou Park is located […]

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May 03 2013

Green Schoolyards and Their Effect on Education: Thessaloniki, Greece

May 3rd, 2013Posted by 

It is really disappointing that every time we think of schools, a rigid, concrete structure comes to mind. Even in kindergarten, some of us remember playing inside the building, rather than enjoying a large green playground. Hopefully, this won’t have to be the case for our children. A few months ago, the municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece, […]

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April 30 2013

Commercial Onshore Wind Farms: A Threat to the Amenity of the Landscape

April 30th, 2013Posted by 

The amount of wind power in the world is increasing quickly. The background for this development is improved technology, decreased costs for the units, and increased concern regarding environmental problems of competing technologies such as fossil fuels. The amount of wind power is not spread equally over the world, so in some areas, there is […]

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April 24 2013

The Hidden Costs of Highways: How The Investment of Vehicle Orientated Infrastructure is Affecting our Health

April 24th, 2013Posted by 

Our mobility is bound by the linkages available to us and the built environment that surrounds us. But how does our transportation choices in our city affect our health and well being ? This is a question that is gaining prevalence as cities grow, densify and complicate the daily journey of urban dwellers. A report […]

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