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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May 24 2013

Spinning Wheels: Cincinnati Bike Month 2013 & Cincinnati Bike Advocacy

May 24th, 2013Posted by 

The Month of May in Cincinnati celebrates cyclists & cycling in all forms – ushering in hundreds of events hosted by local bicycling advocates including the City of Cincinnati, Queen City Bike, Mobo Bicycle Coop and many other bike friendly businesses such as Park + Vine. This year, wheels are spinning, and gears are shifting […]

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May 23 2013

A Journey Through the Ages, As Seen by the People: A Book Review of Architecture without Architects

May 23rd, 2013Posted by 

  Without the usual fashion cycles of period architecture, vernacular architecture remains, as always, “immutable, indeed, unimproveable, since it serves its purpose to perfection” –  or so Bernard Rudofsky, author of Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture, believes. Rudofsky’s brief foray into non-pedigreed architecture takes us across time and space, highlighting some […]

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May 22 2013

One City, Nine Towns: Shanghai’s Western Suburbs

May 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Over a decade ago, as the population of Shanghai soared, density was at an all time high and Chinese urban planners, realizing the city’s growth was unsustainable, they proposed a new solution to the problem: decentralization. The “1 city, 9 towns” project revealed in 2001 was proposed as a creative solution to the increasing urban […]

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May 13 2013

A Language Designed for Urban Planners, By Urban Planners: A Review of “A Pattern Language”

May 13th, 2013Posted by 

A tremendously ambitious book, A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein attempts to create a language that developers and urban planners can use to shape our environment.  The author’s intent is to create a universal language that can be applied to all development projects, in an attempt to encourage the creation of […]

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May 08 2013

Shanghai’s Jiashan Market: A Model for Community Based Development?

May 8th, 2013Posted by 

In a city of over 20 million people, with about 3500 people living in each square kilometre, finding a space that provides an intimate sense of community may seem next to impossible. Within this urban maze, however, exists a number of places seeking to foster a greater sense of community and neighbourhood. Envisioned by Brearley […]

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May 08 2013

Back to Reality: The Deflation of Melbourne, Australia’s Housing Bubble

May 8th, 2013Posted by 

An Australian’s house provides major evidence to his claim of living a lifestyle that resembles the majority of the country. A quarter acre block with a backyard spacious enough for a BBQ and patio is synonymous with many Australians’ lifestyle. However, this lifestyle has become harder to attain for the current generation of Australians. From the […]

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May 07 2013

The Importance of New Urbanism in Orlando, Florida

May 7th, 2013Posted by 

Florida is a state of dichotomies. Even after a decade of explosive population growth, much of the Sunshine State remains very rural. Coastal cities like Miami are home to the international super-rich, while just blocks away you can find families struggling to make ends meet. And, maybe most surprisingly, Florida – a state known in […]

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