September 18 2013

The Magic of Colonne di San Lorenzo in Milan, Italy

September 18th, 2013Posted by 

By day a piazza, by night an adventurous hangout; this is the transformation that as urban planners we attempt to provide within a city. But can this type of functionality emerge in places we least expect? Once the structure of a second century temple or public bath, the Colonne of San Lorenzo now represents a well-known […]

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September 05 2013

Sonoma County’s Mobile App Assisted Rideshare Program Shifts Into Second Gear

September 5th, 2013Posted by 

An innovative ridesharing program has taken hold in Sonoma County, California, as  WeGo Sonoma continues to utilize the real-time mobile rideshare app known as “Carma.” The app allows drivers and riders to post their planned and needed trips, and creates a system of payment so the cost of the trip is shared between both parties. Unlike services […]

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September 04 2013

The Green Side of Milan: Can a Tree Brighten Up Your Neighbourhood?

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Milan, like all Italian cities, has a concentrated urban tissue and dispersed land for green use. As a tourist or a city-dweller, you can recognize two types of green spaces based on the density and shape of their use: concentrated and linear areas. Concentrated green spaces can be defined by parks and gardens, while linear […]

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September 03 2013

Cultural Districts Offer a Unique Way to Brand Indianapolis Neighborhoods

September 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to six different cultural districts, which all offer a different scene to residents and visitors. Each district is a neighborhood that has been branded by the buildings, physical features, and businesses that reside in them. Five of these reside in the core downtown area: The Canal and White River State Park, […]

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August 29 2013

Sasaki Associates Planning the Future of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln

August 29th, 2013Posted by 

Colleges around the United States are often known to be hubs for innovation, research, intellect, and above all, change. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is starting to embrace this idea of change and growth through a new fifteen-year plan that is devised to elevate the campus’ building designs and green spaces. Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts, an architectural firm hired by […]

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August 28 2013

Is Astana, Kazakhstan Pedestrian Friendly?

August 28th, 2013Posted by 

Pedestrian safety is one of the main determinants for walkabilty. Astana’s government has incorporated pedestrian-friendly mechanisms into the city’s transportation network. On Turan Avenue for example, with the push of a button, pedestrians can instantaneously stop traffic barrelling down the four-lane thoroughfare. Displays appear and count the number of seconds that pedestrians have to cross. […]

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August 26 2013

Greek Beaches and Coasts Heading Towards Privatization?

August 26th, 2013Posted by 

There is always a critical question that I pose to myself whenever a guest from other parts of Greece or abroad happens to visit me here in Athens. A full three-day tour can easily cover a visit to the Acropolis and the important archaeological sites around it, as well as to the adjacent vibrant areas […]

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August 22 2013

Unique Form-Based Code Sets Petaluma Above the Rest

August 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Take a stroll through downtown Petaluma, and you will see why it is different from every other city in Sonoma County. It does not sprawl out like a spider web of big-box retailers and suburban developments like Rohnert Park, nor does its downtown emanate from a central plaza like Healdsburg and Sonoma. Instead, Petaluma’s urban core remains […]

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August 15 2013

From Curitiba to Chicago: The New Rapid Transit Bus Corridor

August 15th, 2013Posted by 

After a year-long planning study, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Economic Development, and the Federal Transit Administration, selected Ashland Avenue to be the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in the Windy City. As BRT systems have many features in common with […]

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August 07 2013

Fashionable Milan: Does Design Week “Re-Design” the City?

August 7th, 2013Posted by 

Milan is internationally acknowledged for its strong, unique identity in industrial design, fashion, and architecture. Every year the city hosts events that have a temporary imprint on the urban design and street dynamics in several neighborhoods. “Fashion Week” is a week-long event in which fashion designers and brands display their new collections in organized runway […]

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August 01 2013

Chicago’s Crosswalks: Planning for Pedestrians in the Windy City

August 1st, 2013Posted by 

While crosswalk paint may not be the most glamorous part of an urban planner’s job, it represents an integral part of their vision. The City of Chicago released its first-ever Pedestrian Plan last fall as part of a long-term effort to improve safety. The city has double the national average for hit-and-run pedestrian fatalities, and […]

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July 31 2013

Will Daring Architecture Produce Monotony in Astana?

July 31st, 2013Posted by 

Astana has a predilection for post-modern, avant-garde architecture. The construction of wildly creative, contemporary architecture in Dubai and Tokyo cemented these cities’ reputations as modern urban centers. Likewise, Astana will be “the Dubai of Central Asia,” according to Kazakhstan’s government, a bastion of modernity in a region that tends toward the traditional.  This penchant for […]

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July 19 2013

Farewell to The Grid: Geoff Bliss

July 19th, 2013Posted by 

I began writing for The Grid in December 2012. At this time, I was preparing to move to New York City for employment, having relocated back to Woodstock, NY temporarily in August of that year. I was eager to start writing. I researched a number of potential ideas which could explore emerging planning and design themes […]

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July 18 2013

The Peculiarity of Aldermanic Privilege

July 18th, 2013Posted by 

Urban planners and developers everywhere often need to contend with onerous local zoning codes and wind their way through arduous public approval processes. It’s simply part of the art of placemaking. Yet nowhere is this process as politically peculiar as in the city of Chicago. The city is divided into 50 political wards, each of […]

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July 12 2013

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I […]

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July 12 2013

A Fond Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid from Dafni Dimitriadi

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

After a personal resolution about six months ago, among others, I decided to expand my interests associated with architecture and pursue new experiences. Only one day after, I came across the writing internship position in Global Site Plans. I figured, “This can’t be a coincidence!” Reading and writing articles concerning architecture and urban planning has […]

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July 11 2013

Thinking Regionally: Sonoma County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

July 11th, 2013Posted by 

Sonoma County has been a tourist haven for wine connoisseurs and recreationalists for decades. In more recent years, the county has gained notoriety for its commitments to climate protection, alternative transportation and sustainable communities. This is evident in the planning efforts of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan […]

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July 03 2013

Astana, Kazakhstan: Metabolism and the Symbiosis of the Built and Natural Environments

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

To sunder Kazakhstan’s Soviet legacy from the nation’s hopes for the coming century, President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the national government said farewell to Almaty and established a new capital in 1997. In 1998, the government invited planners and architects to compete to design Astana, the new city. Kisho Kurokawa, a renowned Japanese architect, won the […]

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July 02 2013

A Farewell from Alex Lenhoff

July 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Looking at a city through the lens of an urban planner gives you a different perspective than the average citizen. Sure, it might make you pessimistic at times, but you are also aware of the positive changes cities make every day, and that your city could follow suit. During my six months as The Grid’s […]

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June 28 2013

The New Structure of Homelessness In Nottingham

June 28th, 2013Posted by 

A city is only as good as its people. And in these stringent economic times, this statement could not be true. Throughout history, those who fell on hard times created strategic and moralistic battles for their governing leaders. How exactly do you house the homeless, and how much is appropriate for budgeting their support? Nottingham […]

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