July 17 2014

New Mobile App for Bus Commuters in Rio de Janeiro Found Unuseful

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

On the 11th of June, the city of Rio de Janeiro received a tool that allows mobile access and real-time information about bus lines and routes, as well as attractions. Through QR Code technology and Near Field Communication (NFC), users point their smartphone devices towards adhesive signs installed in five thousand points on the fleet […]

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July 16 2014

The Grid’s Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 16th, 2014Posted by 

Now in its third year, The Grid is proud to introduce the Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2014. We dug deep into the web and took suggestions from our readers to find the most visited architecture websites, according to Alexa Analytics. We have many familiar names from our 2012 and 2013 lists, as well as […]

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July 10 2014

Communities in the Amazon Use Solar Power to Watch the World Cup

July 10th, 2014Posted by 

Isolated communities in the interior of the Amazon are now able to watch the games of the World Cup, especially to support the Brazilian team, which is something that was unthinkable for decades. The community of the Sobrado in the city of New Airão, is an example. Villagers were fortunate enough to watch the opening […]

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July 04 2014

San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving. New ways to interact, communicate […]

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June 03 2014

Billboards that Literally Breath & Create Potable Water in Lima, Peru

June 3rd, 2014Posted by 

I have to confess that I am impressed by the social engagement of the future engineers from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology), who have continuously been innovating to improve the quality of life (which is often mediocre) of the residents of their home country of Peru. Last year, the group drew the attention of […]

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May 29 2014

Lights 2.0 on Stratumseind, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

May 29th, 2014Posted by 

In the “smart cities” of the future, lighting will play an important role. In December 2013, the city of Eindhoven kickstarted a very interesting future project for a “smart city” for the long term. The project aims to model the ambiance of one of the hotspots of popular entertainment in Europe, Stratumseind. It combines a […]

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May 14 2014

Renting Versus Buying in Baltimore: Is There a Growing Trend?

May 14th, 2014Posted by 

“Manhattanization” is what one article has recently labelled the up cropping of towers, or buildings with fifteen or more stories, in many U.S. cities, including Baltimore. Comparing the relatively small city of Baltimore to Manhattan signals the changing landscape of charm city, due in large part to developers and urban planners excited to see growth […]

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February 20 2014

Funding a Revolution: The Rise of Fabricated Housing in Kansas City, Missouri

February 20th, 2014Posted by 

Due to higher efficiency and better performances of factory production and assembly lines, manufactured homes are increasingly becoming more popular due to affordability in urban design and housing contexts. Local organizations such as the Legal Aid of Western Missouri, are exploring the option of building manufactured homes on lots in the area as part of their Economic Development […]

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January 14 2014

Abracadabra: A Book Review of Kunstler’s “Too Much Magic”

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Have people begun to believe that technology can solve all the world’s problems? Author James Howard Kunstler makes this convincing argument in his newest book Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. In his first nonfiction book since the The Long Emergency (2005), Kunstler presents new evidence to support his […]

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November 06 2013

The Dutch Lead the Greening of Brownfields

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

Over its fourteen years, the Canadian Brownfields Conference has shifted its focus from soil remediation methods to brownfield redevelopment, highlighting the reuse of land as a key component of urban planning and creating vibrant communities. This change was echoed in all but one of the Canadian Urbanism Institute Brownie Award winners. A rare International Brownie […]

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September 04 2013

The 2013 Top 10 Websites For City Builders – With Coverage of the Top 20

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Shortly after posting our last Top 20 list, Brent Toderian, an engaged Twitter follower and professional urban planner, suggested we compile a list of websites for “multidisciplinary urbanists / city-builders.” To make a slightly longer story short, we took his idea to heart and created this new list. We gathered every relevant site, none of […]

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August 22 2013

Economic Development for Sustainability in Oakland, California

August 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Economic development can often be overlooked in the pursuit of sustainable urban planning, however, the three E’s of sustainability consist of Ecology, Equality and Economy. In promoting economic sustainability, Oakland’s Business Assistance Center (BAC) provides resources for economic ventures, of which, Oakland Grown, a program of the Sustainable Business Alliance, is a prime example of organized […]

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July 25 2013

Advancing Sustainable Urban Planning at the Esri 2013 Conference

July 25th, 2013Posted by 

I recently attended the 2013 Esri International User Conference with over 15,000 others in San Diego interested in Geographic Information Science or Systems (GIS). Focused on GIS to enable sustainable urban planning, I found that CityEngine launched upgrades with V10.2, simplifying the conversion of 2D imaging into 3D with just five steps, for preview of […]

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June 17 2013

New Working Spaces for New Working Conditions: The Rise of Co-Working Spaces

June 17th, 2013Posted by 

It’s been a hard day’s night And I’ve been working like a dog It’s been a hard day’s night I should be sleeping like a log If the Beatles had the chance to rewrite these verses today, they should probably take into account that a rising number of city dwellers work at night and sleep […]

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June 17 2013

Access for All: Our #thegrid Social Equity and Inclusiveness Twitter Chat Recap

June 17th, 2013Posted by 

After raising the question of how to achieve social equity and inclusiveness in urban planning, within our previous post, Global Site Plans’ The Grid and the Center for Social Inclusion turned to Twitter and #thegrid for a thought-provoking conversation on the topic. From this fast-paced one hour chat, four emerging trends appeared: 1. Access to […]

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June 13 2013

The Future Cities Are Smart Cities

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

In the midst of rapid technological innovation, our cities are becoming “smarter.” We may have passed the first part of the digital revolution, but the fact stands that technology is now an inseparable part of our lives. Smart cities around the globe are adopting new digitally based infrastructure and introducing new services in this arena […]

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June 12 2013

SFPark Program Puts Parking Theory to the Test

June 12th, 2013Posted by 

What’s the longest it’s ever taken you to find parking in an urban environment like San Francisco? If you’ve ever driven in the city, you’re probably familiar with the frustrating (and dangerous) experience of circling city blocks to find an open space. You’re not alone. In 2007, Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA, […]

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May 23 2013

A Better Solar Cell: Utilizing Solar Power in the Unexpected

May 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Alternative energy is a highly sought after field that can make great strides in improving the sustainability of communities throughout the globe. Wind, biofuels, hydroelectric, and solar power are all forms of alternative energies that are becoming increasingly viable as well as powerful sources to be used in everyday life. Amongst these popular forms of […]

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May 15 2013

Engaging Citizens to Improve Neighborhoods with Neighborland

May 15th, 2013Posted by 

Neighborland was born out of a street art project by Candy Chang, where nametag-like stickers reading “I wish this were a __________” invited the passerby to imagine possibilities for empty storefronts. The project generated onsite civic input for improving abandoned properties in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Today, Neighborland has grown into a website […]

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May 01 2013

Tracking Blighted Properties in New Orleans with BlightStatus

May 1st, 2013Posted by 

With an estimated 35,000 abandoned properties, blight is a prevalent problem in New Orleans, exacerbated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A new website, launched by the City of New Orleans and the nonprofit group Code For America, aims to provide citizens with information regarding blighted properties in their area. Blighted properties are a visual eyesore […]

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