Global Site Plans: The Grid

Every weekday of the month The Grid is your destination for blogs related to architecture, engineering, environmental non-profits, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

Sep 19
In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life : The decision was previously predicted and is now official: The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministe...
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Sep 19
The Iconic Form of Montreal’s Plexes Wavers with Condominium Construction : Residents that walk the streets of Montreal, and visitors alike, are often drawn to the city’s architecture, particularly its iconic form of the plexes....
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Sep 19
The Ames, Iowa Economy in the Wake of VEISHEA Cancellation : The city of Ames, Iowa will be saying goodbye to VEISHEA, the largest student-organized festival in the United States, after a university task force declared its cancellation this past month....
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Sep 18
Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil : An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private v...
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Sep 17
Bicycle Use in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France: A Precarious Future? : Is the number of people who use the bicycle as a form of transportation becoming larger and larger in the Toulouse metropolitan area? It would appear so base...
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Sep 17
How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City? : Earlier this year, Jeff La Noue authored a blog post supporting the idea that moving Baltimore City’s prison complex would improve the area’s aesthetics and thus promote development in adjacent neighb...
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Sep 16
Reducing Residential Street Speed Limits in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Montreal : The speed limit on the residential streets of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (a borough of Montreal, Canada) is currently 40 km/h, except for in school zones and around parks, where the speed limit drops t...
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Sep 16
Niterói, Brazil First City to Adopt Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) System : In the state of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói pioneered the use of biometrics in public transportation and could continue this trend by becoming the first city in Latin America to adopt a BHLS, (Bus...
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Sep 15
Laval, Quebec, Canada: Far From Being a Model of Active Transportation : While the majority of Laval’s residents go to work by automobile, Florent Dufort leaves his house on bike every morning in order to go to work in the Quartier des spectacles neighborhood in d...
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Sep 15
Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci : The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan....
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Sep 12
Marseille, France: The Day the Bus Triumphed over Traffic : The TGB (an acronym meaning “very large bus”) was launched on Monday Sept. 1st in the 15th and especially in the 13th districts of Marseille, France....
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Sep 11
KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri : Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health....
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Sep 11
Athens, Greece’s Hellinikon Park Poised to be the Largest Park in World : “I can already imagine the faces of my family and friends in North Dakota when I tell them that I work in Athens....
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Sep 11
Architecteurs Competition 2014: Announcing French Architectural Winners : The Architecteurs, the primary national network of architects and builders, came together and selected, during their annual great Congress (from June 25-28, 2014) the award winners of the 2014 Archite...
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Sep 11
Families Fight Against Expulsion in Goiás of Santa Monica, Brazil : The occupation of the Santa Monica farming collective entered its second day with more than 3,000 landless families already organized in shacks and small kitchens....
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Sep 10
Rabat, Morocco to Undergo “City of Lights” Transformation by 2017 : Long confined to the status of an administrative city, Morocco’s capital dreams of becoming an international city of culture and knowledge. In the minds of Casablanca’s residents, Rabat is a ci...
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Sep 10
Ottawa, Canada Youth Should be Involved in the Planning Process : It is important to have a youthful voice in city planning. I have repeatedly found myself to be the youngest person at planning open-houses and consultations I have attended in Ottawa....
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Sep 9
Improving Road Conditions to Gain Votes in Olinda, Brazil : What can be said of the superficial improvements made to the streets of Olinda by City Hall in order to facilitate the election of Paulo Câmara to the Senate?...
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Sep 9
Biking is Found to be Safer in Paris than in Suburban and Rural France : At the end of last June, the Ministry of the Interior published data on corporal accidents related to road traffic in France, and from this data, it generated a very interesting chart, referencing in...
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Sep 9
On Île d’Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion : Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent....
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Sep 8
Across the Bay: Oakland Leads in School Health Programs : In San Francisco, you are more likely to see Google buses than school buses on any weekday morning. Why?...
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Sep 8
Parking Day 2014 in Quebec City, Canada: Re-imagining a Neighborhood : The sixth annual PARK(ing) Day is right around the corner....
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Sep 5
Turning Over a New Leaf at the Queen of Angels Campus in Montreal, Quebec : As a new school year begins, the girls that once attended Queen of Angels Academy will be starting a new grade at entirely new schools....
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Sep 5
School Buses in the Agglomeration Community of Martinique, Eastern Caribbean : More than 5,200 students will get on board one of the school buses of the CACEM (the agglomeration community of central Martinique) this year. In order to be...
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Sep 4
The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil : The debate about the sustainability of our activities on the planet can no longer exclude education. The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alar...
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Sep 4
The Atenistas Task Force of Athens, Greece : One day in the summer of 2010, on Soutsou Street in Athens, a small group of friends and acquaintances met in “Tsai” in order to discuss the idea of creating a “task gro...
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Sep 4
New Legislature in San Francisco’s Pushes for Increase of Urban Agriculture : San Francisco is leading the way for urban agriculture with support from community gardens, the city, and local farmers markets....
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Sep 3
Top 5 Online Education Programs in Urban Planning : Upon being given the task of formulating a list of the top five programs available online for urban planning, I had to first question the differences between online education and traditional e...
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Sep 3
Bordeaux, France to Host Mobility Challenge During European Mobility Week : The 4th Mobility Challenge will be held on September 18th in the French region of Aquitaine....
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Sep 2
The 18 Axes of the Intervention Plan to Upgrade the Center of Athens, Greece : A project regarding the abandoned buildings in Athens is being conducted in the framework of the first Integrated Urban Intervention Plan for Athens by the Ministry of Environment En...
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Sep 2
British Urban Mobility Specialist Philip Anthony Gold Advises Brazil : Among the speakers for the first Seminar on Social Responsibility and Sustainability was the British transportation specialist, Philip Anthony Gold, a consultant for several institutions, who discusse...
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Sep 2
In Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, New Transportation Prices Throw Users Off Course : Back to school: those words are synonymous with change, even in transportation....
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Sep 1
Nebraska’s Architectural Gems Serve as a Place of Homage to Top World Artists : Aristotle once said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Indeed, it may be known that art is a visual subject....
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Sep 1
Montreal Initiates Global Movement of Urban Agriculture Summer Schools : A survey conducted last year by the City of Montreal revealed that 42% of citizens practice urban agriculture....
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Aug 29
How Canada Failed to Build a Beautiful Capital: An Ottawa Retrospective : I have yet to visit a city that manages, in equal parts, to be as grand and mediocre as Ottawa. Your first glimpse of Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital city is bound to take your breath away....
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Aug 29
Redevelopment Brings Luxury Student Apartments to Ames, Iowa : As construction began this summer on the Campustown Redevelopment Project in Ames, Iowa, new signs have gone up at the construction site advertising two new luxury stude...
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Aug 29
“Pedestrianized” Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians : Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic....
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Aug 29
Strasbourg, France Tests Reduced Traffic Fines for Cyclists – Are They Effective? : Since November 2012, Strasbourg, France has been experimenting with reduced fines, created exclusively for cyclists. Instead of paying a fine of 90 euros, cyclists benefit from a...
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Aug 29
Wind Farms in Galway, Ireland: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly : Renewable sources of energy are in high demand in Ireland today,and wind farms seem to be popping up all over the country....
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Aug 28
How Highways and Segmentation Affects Kansas City, Missouri : Metropolitan areas are essential to national economic development....
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Aug 28
A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire Emerges : The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to the presidential delegate for reconstruction, Andrés Silva....
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Aug 28
Casa Futebol: Transforming Brazil’s Empty Stadiums into Housing : What should we do with the infrastructure built on the occasion of a major sporting event such as the soccer World Cup? This question seems to arises each time, whether about the Olympic Games...
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Aug 27
Taking Inspiration from Central Park: The European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium : A “Central Park” for Brussels? Busy in her office in the city’s Place Royale, Marie-Laure Roggemans stops for a bit when someone says these magic words....
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Aug 27
San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification : A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and...
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Aug 27
A Farewell to The Grid from Luis Lozano-Paredes in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Bogotá, Cali and Medellín, Colombia : As I complete my two year internship with The Grid, it is time for a retrospective look....
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Aug 27
Has MARC Weekend Train Service Benefited the Baltimore Region? : The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service has long served commuters in central Maryland....
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Aug 26
Lyon, France to Welcome its First Vertical Urban Farm: Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise : Last Thursday, engineers, researchers, and other Lyon architects presented the project FUL (Ferme Urbaine Lyonnaise), which could produce more than 600,000 salads per year, starting in the summer o...
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Aug 26
Free Parking in Brussels, Belgium for Users of Carsharing Services : Beginning in September 2014, the vehicles of the two car sharing companies in Brussels (Cambio and Zen Car) will be equipped in such a way that their drivers will...
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Aug 26
Bordeaux, France Encouraging Public Transportation Users to Walk Instead of Ride? : In order to relieve congestion on downtown tramway lines, a marketing campaign plans to suggest that users of Bordeaux’s TBC choose to walk between certain stati...
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Aug 26
Leaving the Public in the Dark: Proposals for Bike Lanes in São Paulo, Brazil : Movements for improving public transport began a few years ago in São Paulo, with groups advocating for better conditions for non-motorized transport including bicycles and pedestrian pathways...
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