August 09 2011

City of Philadelphia Comprehensive Plan 2035: Thrive, Connect, and Renew

August 9th, 2011Posted by 

After months of research and development, the City of Philadelphia released its first comprehensive plan in June 2011, since the “1985 Plan” back in 1960.  The new city plan, which predicts how the city will look 25 years from now in 2035, focuses on the key ideas of thrive, connect, and renew.  But unlike the previous […]

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July 26 2011

A Quicker Commute on Trains and Buses: Social Media Aides Public Transportation

July 26th, 2011Posted by 

As technology becomes increasingly mobile, city residents are constantly in demand for information on the go.  But aside from their desire to Facebook and tweet anywhere, anytime, users are looking for ways to improve their commute, quicken their pace, and reach their destination faster.  Public agencies and private developers have responded to the call, creating […]

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July 11 2011

Social Media Marketer & Community Builder İnternship: 1-Year Opportunity

July 11th, 2011Posted by 

Do you tweet and use Facebook every day, all day? Is building social community so ingrained you just can’t stop? We seek a highly a motivated individual with experience and fanatical passion for blogging, micro-blogging and community participation leadership. If you are a student with a passion for social media, have top-notch writing and communication […]

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July 07 2011

Starting a Bicycle Commuting Revolution Using Social Media

July 7th, 2011Posted by 

As much as I enjoy commuting to work and school on my bicycle, oftentimes I dislike riding it for regular errands. Incomplete streets, limited bicycle trails, and routes are one problem, but a lack of bicycle facilities are another. When you’re hopping out of your car to patronize stores at strip malls, do you ever […]

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June 28 2011

Urban Planning Schools: Implementing Social Media Curriculum

June 28th, 2011Posted by 

As social media continues to grow and become part of the architecture and planning disciplines, design schools are increasingly integrating these essential services and networks as part of their marketing and communication, but also in their curriculum.  With many design firms and city agencies incorporating these tools into their professional practice and branding, it is […]

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June 14 2011

Urban Planning Departments To Follow on Twitter

June 14th, 2011Posted by 

With more and more city residents becoming engaged in social media, municipal planning departments are taking notice. Across the country, many cities are responding to the trend by embedding themselves within social media networks and reaching out to constituents like never before. The cities are putting themselves out there on Twitter and allowing anyone to […]

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June 03 2011

Roach Coaches and Gourmet Food Trucks

June 3rd, 2011Posted by 

Foodies, like myself, love to discover through social media any eat-on-the-street, inexpensive made-to-order food. Independent-minded cooks find a food truck an appealing alternative to owning a stationary restaurant which carries high overhead costs. You can find anything from Sudhi burritos, Korean tacos, empanadas and soul food.

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May 31 2011

Social Media Etiquette for Twitter

May 31st, 2011Posted by 

Twitter is a terrific micro-blogging platform that allows users to send 140 character messages to each other and the world. This form of social media allows for vast amounts of information to be sent in short bursts, but can also be a disaster for a user that may be new to the site. Even the […]

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May 20 2011

Campaigning and Fundraising Using Social Media Sites

May 20th, 2011Posted by 

One organization that is using new tools offered by companies like Global Site Plans to grow and build its advocacy campaigns is Next Aide.

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May 04 2011

2011 APA Conference Goes Social Media Crazy Using Twitter

May 4th, 2011Posted by 

Three weeks ago, the American Planning Association (APA) held its annual conference in Boston.  Over 5,000 urban planning professionals and students shared their ideas, exchanged business cards, and learned about emerging trends in the profession.  This year, social media, particularly Twitter, played a big role in keeping conference attendees connected and aware of lectures, activities, […]

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April 25 2011

Social Media Marketer & Community Builder Internship: 6-Month Opportunity

April 25th, 2011Posted by 

Do you tweet and use Facebook every day, all day? Is building social community so ingrained you just can’t stop? We seek a highly a motivated individual with experience and fanatical passion for blogging, micro-blogging and community participation leadership. If you are a student with a passion for social media, have top-notch writing and communication […]

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April 12 2011

Japan Earthquake: Social Media Unites Countries During Natural Disaster

April 12th, 2011Posted by 

In the wake of last month’s horrific natural disaster in Japan, the world has shown nothing but an outpouring of support and relief for the badly battered nation. The digital response to such a devastating tragedy has been equally impressive and far-reaching, if not more. The earthquake and aftermath in Japan has proved that the power of […]

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March 29 2011

iPad 2: On Top of The Mobile Web and Dictating Website Design Standards

March 29th, 2011Posted by 

One of the most hotly anticipated products launched this year was Apple’s iPad 2. As CEO Steve Jobs launched the product earlier this month, he noted many of the updated product’s new features: a thinner body, a longer-lasting battery, built-in camera, faster processor, and a slick updated OS to go along with it.  Interestingly enough, […]

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March 13 2011

Environmental Design Contributing Blogger: 6-Month Internship Opportunity

March 13th, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is offering a six-month internship opportunity for contributing bloggers for topics related to architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, sustainable design, and sustainability. 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 […]

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March 03 2011

Architects, Prepared for the Architecture Job Upsurge?

March 3rd, 2011Posted by 

Many individuals looking for architecture jobs can start to breathe easier as the economic situation becomes more positive.  In the recent State of the Union address President Obama proposed the ‘Better Buildings’ Initiative, aiming to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 20 percent in the next 10 years, which could mean a lot more […]

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March 03 2011

Social Media Implementation in Architecture: Şanal Architecture Interview

March 3rd, 2011Posted by 

On a rainy day in the district of Arnavutköy in Istanbul, Turkey, I met with Alexis Şanal of Şanal Architecture to discuss her architecture firms’ uses, successes, and failures in implementing and utilizing social media platforms.  Through discovering their niche and their social media uses, you too can develop successful social media platforms, while charting […]

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March 01 2011

Urban Planning and Public Participation Through Social Media Crowdsourcing

March 1st, 2011Posted by 

It’s no secret that social media has a strong foothold in public participation.  From influencing national revolutions in the Middle East to helping re-launch careers, major social networks like Twitter and Facebook have the ability to spread information and connect users faster than ever before.  With regards to planning, social media is used as a […]

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