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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June 27 2013

Planning Steps into the Spotlight: Walkable City Book Review

June 27th, 2013Posted by 

If you’re a planner and have tried to explain to everyday folks the importance of good planning, then you know it can be a difficult topic to interest them. Most either find the planning profession to be too regulatory or know nothing about it at all. In Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown can Save […]

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June 20 2013

Can Complete Streets Compete in Phoenix?

June 20th, 2013Posted by 

Complete streets accommodate all varieties of transportation: from cars, to buses, to bikes, to pedestrians, to those in a wheelchair or even roller skaters. But they are sparse in Phoenix, Arizona. Complete streets demand a certain type of urban design with special emphasis on street design. Phoenix, instead, has chosen to invest heavily in stroads […]

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June 07 2013

U Square Student Development Poised to Open Doors to Public

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Cincinnati campus has grown significantly in recent years – earning national distinction for its campus transformation – achieved through successful visioning and leadership in the last decade. This growth, which has elevated the rankings and reputation of the university 17 points (to the top tier of national universities in 2011), has likewise […]

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June 06 2013

Book Previews: Sprawl Retrofitting at The Congress for the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 6th, 2013Posted by 

Robert Pittman, artist and author, opened by presenting his new book, Anonymization, for the first time in the United States. He defined sprawl as “anonymous development” due to the alienation one feels when in a sprawling suburb and the loss of unique character and culture via homogenized designs. The book consists of four phases that […]

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June 05 2013

The Indispensable Greenery of Astana, Kazakhstan

June 5th, 2013Posted by 

Astana, Kazakhstan. Astana’s extensive greenery contrasts sharply with its backdrop, the Kazakh steppe, an expansive plain characterized by whipping winds and extreme seasonal temperature fluctuations. In the winter, temperatures plummet to -45, while in summer, temperatures rise to 99 degrees Fahrenheit! Astana’s parks and recreational spaces, landscaped institutional and civic commons, and tree-lined thoroughfares are practical […]

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June 05 2013

The Weight of Development: Could Shanghai Be Sinking?

June 5th, 2013Posted by 

Shanghai’s economy is rapidly growing, but the city itself may be sinking. Reports of cracks in the sidewalks and streets in recent years have left residents and city officials worried about the future of such a dense city. Shanghai has apparently sunk more than 2 metres in the last 15 years and continues to sink […]

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June 03 2013

Parametric Design and Manufacturing: Cipher City Landing in Athens, Greece

June 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Parametric design and manufacturing, that seem to be in good tune with micro scale projects, are gaining more and more space in the architecture schools programs all over the world. Parametric workshops, camps, conferences and competitions combined with an increasing number of Fab-Labs are reflecting the accumulating theoretical talks, methodologies and the upcoming computational techniques. […]

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May 31 2013

Ano Poli, Thessaloniki: The Charm of Architectural Integrity

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

In almost every city, there is a specific area that everyone visits to spend hours just walking, taking photos, and relaxing. Can it be a coincidence that this area almost in every city is the so-called “old town?” In Thessaloniki, Greece, the prominent “Ano Poli,” meaning “upper side of the city,” is one of the […]

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