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.

Nov 27
Preservationists Mobilize to Save Poet Vigneault’s Village in Natashquan, Quebec : If we were to take a poll among the people of Quebec, a small percentage would be able to locate Natashquan on a map....
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Nov 25
Inauguration of Renovated Water Treatment Plant in Bazas, France : Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents....
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Nov 25
Mining Company to Fund the Relocation of an Entire City: New Kiruna, Sweden : In the northern part of Sweden, on the Arctic Circle, there is a mysterious city threatened to extinction by the pressures of mining operations. This city is Kiruna (go take a look at...
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Nov 24
Red Light Stops Revitalization of Montreal’s Red Light District : The corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ste. Catherine Street used to form a gateway to the lower Main: Montreal’s Red Light District....
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Nov 24
The Suburban Pushback Against Affordable Housing in West Des Moines, Iowa : The city of West Des Moines is an affluent, growing community in the Des Moines metropolitan area. However, it faces challenges when it comes to affordable housing....
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Nov 21
Study in Calgary, Canada Hopes to Improve Future Waste Water Treatment : Lee Jackson, a professor in the University of Calgary’s department of biological sciences, is currently doing a project with his students concerning the treatment of waste wate...
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Nov 20
Will the Elderly Run to the Suburbs? In Montreal, it Seems to be the Case : If we were to believe a study published by a Concordia University researcher, it would be necessary to redouble efforts in order to attract silver heads and other “boomers,”...
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Nov 18
Peace Footbridge in Geneva: A Flagship Element of the Secheron Neighborhood : Officially inaugurated on Sept. 22, 2014, the Peace Footbridge constitutes a key element in Geneva’s Secheron neighborhood....
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Nov 18
Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates : In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists....
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Nov 17
Nour Aoude Says Farewell to The Grid from Ottawa, Canada : Over the last six months, The Grid has become a place to record my ever-evolving understanding of Ottawa’s urban fabric and functions. When I started blogging in May, I had just moved here....
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Nov 17
When Will Baltimore City’s Water Wheel Be Shut Down? : Baltimore City’s newest Water Wheel has received a lot of positive attention in recent months, but it is just one solution to the Inner Harbor’s serious trash problem....
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Nov 14
Nairobi, Kenya Solving Traffic Congestion by Increasing Capacity? : Urban areas experience a lot of vehicular congestion and traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress....
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Nov 14
Benefits and Challenges of Walking & Biking in Riverside County, California : In August, the California Department of Transportation announced funding awards for the first round of the Active Transportation Program (ATP)....
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Nov 14
Centre Hospitalier & Schaeffler Factory Set for Deconstruction in Calais, France : Closed since the beginning of summer 2012, the former hospital in Calais, France will be destroyed in 2015....
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Nov 14
Aesthetic & Rural Policies of Eastern Connecticut’s National Scenic Byway : The Route 169 National Scenic Byway is located in Eastern Connecticut in the Quinebaug River Valley, and features farms, orchards, and historic inns & homes along its entire length....
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Nov 13
Dedicated Funding for Bike Infrastructure Withdrawn in Porto Alegre, Brazil : The creation of the Municipal Fund to Support the Implementation of the Cicloviário System (FMASC) has been discussed since April, when the City Council of Porto Alegre presented two bills related to...
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Nov 13
Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing : We estimate that a car in Montreal spends ninety-five percent of its time parked every week. In this context, self-service cars could contribute to reducing the number of vehicles on the road,...
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Nov 13
“Reclaiming Our Food” Will Change the Way You Eat: A Book Review : Tanya Denckla Cobb’s latest book, Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat, provides a practical guide for anyone looking to get involved in the local...
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Nov 12
Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia : How does corruption affect architecture?...
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Nov 12
New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California : Personally inspired by the documentary “Plant This Movie,” as well as the many other urban farming short films shown at the New Urbanism Film Festival, it appears that urban agriculture is in full swi...
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Nov 12
Silos and Signage Reflect Industrial Heritage in Old Port of Montreal, Quebec : The heyday of industrial activity in the Old Port of Montreal lasted between 1896 and 1930, when the city became a bustling...
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Nov 12
LA2050 Spurs Conversations for a Better Los Angeles, California : As a newcomer to Los Angeles, I am beginning to see that people here are hungry for change. Initiatives that exist to better L.A....
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Nov 11
Herzog & De Meuron’s Triangle Tower Faces Opposition in Paris, France : Jacques Herzog found himself in an uncomfortable situation at Paris, France’s Pavillion de l’Arsenal on October 30th....
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Nov 11
With the Highest Incidence of Lightning in the World, Brazil Plans for Resiliency : At the Amazonian Nokia Foundation II Science Fair (FCA), students presented the unprecedented “electronic device suppressor effect,” which successfully protects electronic equ...
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Nov 11
Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture : Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years....
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Nov 10
Coworking in San Francisco: Redefining Our Everyday Workspace : Say goodbye to the worn out 9-to-5 cattle barn of work cubicles. A new movement of alternative workspaces is beginning to take hold across the United States, especially in San Francisco....
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Nov 10
“Green Home” Boom in Galway, Ireland Connected to Increase of Urban Farms? : Galway, Ireland has seen an increase in the number of buildings, especially homes, that are designed to be environmentally friendly....
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Nov 7
Environmental Activists Push for a Grenelle Environment Round Table in Marseille : Polluted Marseille, congested Marseille, Marseille the concrete jungle. Ecological activists in the French city are calling out to elected officials....
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Nov 6
In Tokyo, Japan, the Metabolist Nagakin Capsule Tower Faces Demolition : Boxes blackened by the passage of time, piled one on top of the other: the “Nagakin Capsule Tower” sticks out in Tokyo’s Shimabshi business district, but a handful of ardent supporters have mo...
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Nov 6
Motorcycle Taxis and Buses Duke it out in Rio de Janiero’s Rochinha Favela : Only three bus lines (537, 538, 539) serve the residents of Rocinha, in Rio’s South Zone, one of the largest favelas in Latin America....
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Nov 5
Guerilla Planning in Baltimore City Creates a Mix of Inclusive and Exclusive Spaces : In 2012, Baltimore City’s population grew for the first time in over six decades only to face a disappointing decline in population in 2013. The residents who remain...
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Nov 4
Southern Brazilian City Canoas Builds Aeromóvel : After the inauguration of the first aeromóvel (elevated train) in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2013, Canoas is the first city to count the vehicle as an alternative form of public transport....
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Nov 4
First Nations Ousted from Construction Site in Gatineau, Quebec : The occupation of the construction site on the Rue Jacques-Cartier by First Nations protesters lasted forty three days. Now, the teepees have disappeared, the fire is extinguished, an...
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Nov 4
In the Commune of Montans, France, Citizens Speak out Against Methanation Plant : Air Pastel. This is the self-given name of the association of French citizens opposed to the building of a methanation plant in the development area of Guardige-Longue....
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Nov 3
“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review : Henry James wrote “London....
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Oct 31
In Kenya, Nairobi National Park Faces Development Encroachment : Nairobi National Park consists of 117 km2 (approximately 45 square miles) of wild flora and fauna within the city boundaries. Established in 1947, it has over a hundred mammal species...
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Oct 31
Des Moines, Iowa’s East Village: Unique Storefronts Cultivating Sense of Place : While Des Moines, Iowa is a city with a population density of only 2,527 people per square mile and rapidly expanding suburbs, one neighborhood in the downtown core has managed to maintain some urban...
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Oct 31
Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France: The Vegetable Garden City? : The idea has been floating in people’s heads for a while now....
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