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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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

Top 20 International Urban Planning Websites 2012: Giants of Urban Planning Online

June 4th, 2012Posted by 

Wondering where urban planners around the world get their news, where they are spending their valuable time, and where you should be looking too? The Grid scoured the Internet, and using Alexa International Rankings, found the 2012 – Top 20 most popular urban planning-related websites. Whether they are non-profit, for-profit, or hobbyist sites, we found […]

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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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April 06 2012

Top Architecture Company Websites

April 6th, 2012Posted by 

An effective architecture company website can increase business and attract talented staff, which is why we’ve selected a few to illustrate how it SHOULD be done! We’ve selected these sites based on the following criteria: design, ease of use, copywriting, interactivity, use of technology, innovation and content. Rem Koolhaas, OMA Like any creative industry, architectural […]

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April 05 2012

How to Use E-mail Marketing for Your Urban Planning Business

April 5th, 2012Posted by 

Setting up an e-mail marketing campaign won’t take years or many board meetings. It’s simple to do, especially if you receive direction from a professional web marketing company to provide insight on e-mail campaign designs and e-mail marketing campaign packages. For example, one company Global Site Plans gains expertise from is MailChimp, which is a […]

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March 27 2012

The How-To’s of Building Your Email Marketing Contact List

March 27th, 2012Posted by 

Email marketing campaigns allow small-to-medium sized architecture, engineering, and urban planning firms reach larger audiences for a fraction of what traditional direct mail marketing cost. Imagine informing thousands of individuals about upcoming events, new products and services, publications, and news with the click of a mouse. With a Global Site Plans email marketing campaign package, an […]

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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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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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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 22 2011

The Big Society: A Call for the Return of Co-operative Housing?

November 22nd, 2011Posted by 

In the run up to the 2010 general election, “The Big Society” constituted a key part of the Conservative party manifesto, aiming to “create a climate that empowers local people and communities,” largely through asking them to volunteer in local initiatives. In truth, “The Big Society” initiative was met with a great deal of apathy. […]

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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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