June 12 2014

The Importance of Preserving Sheikh Sou Forest in Thessaloniki, Greece

June 12th, 2014Posted by 

Following an amendment, 55 million hectares of forest in Thessaloniki have been declassified. A bill regarding the selling off of several shorelines was proposed, but luckily was withdrawn due to the Panhellenic outcry and the collection of more than 100.000 signatures. Last, but not least, the service responsible for supplying water in Thessaloniki is going […]

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June 10 2014

Residence Surrounding Excavations in Ancient Corinth, Greece

June 10th, 2014Posted by 

This residence of 210 square meters is located in Ancient Corinth, Greece, in a plot where many archaeological digs have taken place. The main parameters of the design for the residence were to preserve the excavation “spirit” of the plot and the interconnection of the house with the historically interesting surroundings. The building has a […]

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April 08 2014

Online Platform Aims to Fix Their “City of Errors”

April 8th, 2014Posted by 

A couple of years ago, a group of young people decided to voluntarily set up an interactive platform for their city. A platform that according to their official website is aimed at all people who find, deal with and repair the errors of the city where they live. In the beginning, the group created a […]

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April 15 2013

Farewell From Athina Kyrgeorgiou

April 15th, 2013Posted by 

I started writing for Global Site Plans and The Grid in October 2012 and I can’t believe how fast time has passed by. I was reading The Grid posts on social media and I always thought that it was a very well organised initiative from people interested in environmental and urban design – for anyone […]

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March 28 2013

Phoenix, Arizona Innovates with Crowdsourced Planning via “MyPlanPHX”

March 28th, 2013Posted by 

For the first time since 2002, the City of Phoenix, Arizona is undergoing a General Plan Update. The current plan is being updated in order to comply with Arizona state statutes, particularly the Growing Smarter Act, which requires cities to update their general plan every 10 years. This time around, Phoenix has created an interactive […]

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December 28 2012

Music, Sound, and Noise: BldgBlog’s Fanciful Survey of Acoustically Inspired Designs

December 28th, 2012Posted by 

“In the elevators of the Empire State Building, you’d hear the elevators of the Eiffel Tower. The sounds of the Paris Metró are replaced with the sounds of the Bejing subway…If you don’t like Rome, you can make it sound like Dubai.” –Geoff Manaugh, The BldgBlog Book In this passage, author Geoff Manaugh introduces his […]

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December 19 2012

Nailing the Basics: Five Ways Elton Consulting Demonstrates How to Do a Website Right

December 19th, 2012Posted by 

While I don’t have a background in design, I know a good website when I see one. Elton Consulting Group is a planning firm with three offices in Australia. In addition to consulting services, Elton Consulting Group operates a news bulletin called Urban Affairs. Here are five things that make their website stand out. 1. […]

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December 12 2012

A Review: Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation: The BLDGBLOG Book

December 12th, 2012Posted by 

The BLDGBLOG Book offers readers an exciting and unpredictable exploration of architecture in the broadest of contexts. Uninhibited by constraints, author Geoff Manaugh follows his line of interests wherever they may lead him, unlocking the possibilities of the future of architecture through his collection of narratives, interviews, images, and more. Ultimately, he challenges readers to join him in […]

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November 13 2012

Top 5 Online Education Programs for Architecture: Continuing Education

November 13th, 2012Posted by 

The explosion of online education in the past decade is rapidly changing the face of education. In 2006, 3.5 million students were listed as enrolled in an “online learning institution of higher education.” In 2009, it was asserted that 44 percent of USA post-secondary students were taking either some or all of their courses online. […]

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November 06 2012

Filling the GAP: Short- and Long-Term Strategies for Europe’s Largest Open Space

November 6th, 2012Posted by 

With its 2.5 acres of land, Tempelhof has recently become Europe’s largest unimproved inner-city space. A site for experimental airships already in the 19th century, Tempelhof was one of Berlin’s most central airports for most of the 20th century. From holding a strategic logistic function within the Nazi regime, to providing an air passage during […]

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October 29 2012

Towards a New Multi-Modal System of Transportation in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN

October 29th, 2012Posted by 

Envision a scenario consisting of a strong urban core with dispersing traffic; mixed-income housing; new construction; streets, and building scale meant to reinforce a village-like atmosphere. With the help of zoning and regulations; subdivision ordinances; and transportation services, more and more cities nowadays are seeking to recreate. The Twin Cities are doing just that by […]

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October 26 2012

10 Twitter #Chats to Follow in Urban Planning and Urban Design

October 26th, 2012Posted by 

The new wave in social media communication is quickly creating a method for discussing topics relating to urban planning, architecture, and community development. The social media site Twitter is leading the charge in this evolution by creating a way for people from around the world to gather in one centralized location to discuss and solve various […]

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October 23 2012

Online Participation Tools Within Urban Planning: A Quick Fix for Local Problems?

October 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Do you have a problem? Mark it on the map and we’ll take care of it – if you vote for us. Prior to Germany’s Berlin Senate election in 2011, the Green Party presented an interactive online tool that people could use to suggest changes for the urban environment. More than 800 requests were sent […]

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August 13 2012

5 Creative Environmental Engineering Website Designs

August 13th, 2012Posted by 

Any person that is reading this post is most likely a frequent Internet user. The population of the world in December 2011 was estimated at 6 billion inhabitants, and the number of Internet users was 2 billion people. This means that a third part of the world can be considered as an Internet user. I […]

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July 02 2012

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: 2012 European Green Capital

July 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Vitoria (Gasteiz in Basque), Spain, was awarded the title of European Green Capital for the year 2012. Former European Green Capitals were the city of Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 and Hamburg, Germany in 2011. For the year 2013, the green torch will be passed on to the city of Nantes, France. The aim of this […]

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June 19 2012

The Issue of Single Family Transient Rentals: Zoning for Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, CA

June 19th, 2012Posted by 

Zoning, the main form in which land use is regulated in the United States, is a controversial form of urban planning. Property owners do not like being told what they can and cannot do with their land and view use restrictions as a violation of their property rights. Those in favor of zoning view it […]

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June 07 2012

Web-Based Crowdsourcing: Power to the People or the Planners?

June 7th, 2012Posted by 

With the growing popularity of crowdsourced funding platforms like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, many urban planning professionals have begun to explore the potential of a good web-based brainstorm. In 2011, the development firm Renaissance Downtowns partnered with the city of Bristol, Connecticut to solicit feedback on the piazza feature of its mall redevelopment plan. After receiving […]

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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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