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.

Jul 25
Glass Buildings, A Past Perfect Trend in Athens, Greece : From rural to urban, and from marble to glass, the history of the contemporary city of Athens has been vigorous, exciting and sometimes contradictory....
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Jul 23
Hacking the City: “Explore Everything” Book Review : There is a feeling among many people that the city is built for others, that we may look at it but may not touch it, the spatial equivalent of an artifact in a glass case in a museum....
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Jul 23
The Grid’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10 : In 2012 and 2013, The Grid searched far and wide across the web to find the most popular websites for landscape architects. Now another year has passed, and it’s time to click refresh....
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Jul 23
The New Bierger-Center of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: Drawing From the Past : On Monday, June 30, the new Bierger-Center in Luxembourg City’s Guillaume Square officially opened its doors....
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Jul 22
“Acropole Palace” Transforms into a Cultural Haven in Athens, Greece : Permanent and temporary exhibitions, a digital library, activities associated with modern culture, a gift shop and a restaurant with great views of the entire city of Athens are expected to be...
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Jul 21
The SFMOMA Expansion: Increasing Community Connection Through Transparency : Commonly, the most dreaded hurdle for architects is: How to address the site in a way which does not dismiss the surrounding urban fabric. Drawing in the occasional pedestrian would b...
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Jul 21
Montreal, Quebec, Canada Welcomes Its First Parklet : The borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal in Montreal has launched an unusual public development project; a parklet that is being developed. A concept inspired by cities such as San Francisco and Vancouver...
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Jul 21
Farewell to The Grid from Christine Cepelak in Dallas, Texas : If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write....
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Jul 18
Poised for Redevelopment: Boland’s Mill at Grand Dock in Dublin, Ireland : Boland’s Bakery Mill is located at the intersection of Barrow Street and Pearce Street beside Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock....
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Jul 18
How will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals? : Two super-hospitals (MUHC and CHUM) are under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and wi...
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Jul 17
Microclimatic Improvements for Panepistimiou Street in Athens, Greece : An approval was finally signed regarding the environmental conditions of the Panepistimiou Street’s rehabilitation project in Athens. Other projects were also included in this mee...
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Jul 17
Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods : It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s hi...
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Jul 17
Farewell to The Grid from Kaylie Duffy in Madison, Wisconsin : It’s hard to believe that my six month internship with The Grid has finished....
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Jul 17
New Mobile App for Bus Commuters in Rio de Janeiro Found Unuseful : On the 11th of June, the city of Rio de Janeiro received a tool that allows mobile access and real-time information about bus lines and routes, as well as attractions....
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Jul 17
Churches Outliving their Use in Montreal, Canada : Montreal, the city of a thousand church steeples?...
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Jul 16
Places of Non-Catholic Worship in Florence, Italy: Where Do Other Faithfuls Pray? : Florence is a city whose character has been dominated by Catholicism since the Middle-Ages. Throughout the years, religion has played a significant role in many aspects of its social life....
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Jul 16
San Francisco’s de Young Museum: “Smart” or Not? : When considering building materials, what do you think of? Glass, steel, concrete, stone, wood, and some subtleties in between?...
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Jul 16
The Grid’s Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10 : Now in its third year, The Grid is proud to introduce the Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2014....
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Jul 16
Electric Bikes and Expanded Service: The Vélo’v of Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France : The three-speed Vélo’v bikes are a familiar part of the urban landscape to Lyon’s inhabitants....
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Jul 15
The Unbearable Lightness of Argentine Architecture: The Venice Biennale : In line with the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Argentine exhibition aims to reflect on how society incorporated modern ideas from the 20th...
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Jul 15
Do Pedestrian Zones Exist in Athens, Greece? : Perceptions regarding social life are often constructed based on people’s interests....
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Jul 15
Canadian Mayors Look to Roadway Tolls or Carbon Taxes to Fund Infrastructure : There is only one toll bridge in Quebec, between Laval and Montreal. Quebec – A toll bridge? A toll road?...
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Jul 15
Obstacles Ahead for São Paulo’s Master Plan : The Master Plan of the city of São Paulo is a set of guidelines, backed by the power of local law, whose purpose is to guide urban growth through the next sixteen years....
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Jul 14
Toward Multimodal Transport: Learning from Ottawa’s Suburban Biking Culture : Conversations about bike commuting focus mainly on the traditional territories of city downtowns and the urban core....
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Jul 14
Touristic Safari: The Urban Cable Car of Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro : Usually possessing more or less informal types of housing and close-knit communities, favelas, a term specific to Brazil, continue to mark the collective imagination....
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Jul 14
Milan’s City of Business: Urban Planning in Economic Form : It is both impressive and beautiful to understand the evolution of Milan, simply by looking at its skyline....
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Jul 11
Navarinou & Plato’s Academy Parks: Communities Create Public Space in Athens : Currently, in the city of Athens, Greece, there are various initiatives lead by local groups and community members, taking action to improve city life by any means ne...
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Jul 10
Communities in the Amazon Use Solar Power to Watch the World Cup : Isolated communities in the interior of the Amazon are now able to watch the games of the World Cup, especially to support the Brazilian team, which is something that was unthinkable for decad...
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Jul 10
Walk the City with us: Thessaloniki, Greece Walking Tours : Evi Karkiti is a journalist with several decades of experience working in radio, newspapers and magazines. About a year ago she decided to take her work a step further....
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Jul 10
The Ephemeral Village 2014: A Visionary Event in Montreal, Canada : For the second year in a row, the Quebec Urban Design Association (ADUQ) has initiated a call for proposals in order to build an Ephemeral Village 2014. ADUQ’s goal is to transform underused places...
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Jul 9
The Grid’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10 : It’s that time of year again! The Grid searched far and wide through the web to compile a list of the Top 20 Websites for Urban Planners....
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Jul 9
The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened : A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134  year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work.<...
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Jul 9
A Novel Innovation for Rental Bikes in Marseille, France : How long does it take to go from Marseille’s Old Port to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM), the city’s new pride and joy? 5 minutes along the quay, with watch in hand....
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Jul 8
Thessaloniki, Greece’s White Tower Takes the Lead in National Pilot Upgrading Plan : This year, the tourist season in Thessaloniki has been much more organized than in years past....
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Jul 8
São Paulo, Brazil Reforms Urban Waste Disposal Practices : Many people separate dry waste from organic waste, but we know little about the destination of these materials. If, indeed, they are used for recycling, isn’t it possible to also reuse organic waste?...
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Jul 8
Little Velib for Children Comes to Paris, France : This new service will offer 300 rentable bikes, divided among five different locations in Paris: le Bois de Vincennes (12e), la Coulee Verte (12e), les Berges de Seine (7e), le Bois de Boulogne (16...
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Jul 7
Shaping Downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Accessibility for All : The development of the city center and the region are inseparable....
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Jul 4
San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism : Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment?...
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Jul 4
Landlords Forced to Update Bedsit and Studio Style Apartments in Dublin, Ireland : At the beginning of February 2013, new regulations came into effect that forced landlords to provide a number of amenities not previously available in the traditional Dublin bedsit....
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Jul 4
The Underground City: Beneath the Surface of Montreal, Quebec : The name “Underground City” draws images of a thriving metropolis lying deep beneath city streets....
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Jul 3
Building for Intellectual Growth in Madison: Wisconsin’s Future Idea Center : The “Wisconsin Idea” is a principle that is ingrained in every young mind that enters the University of Wisconsin....
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Jul 3
Heritage In Danger: The Desrochers House, St-Leonard District, Montreal : Thanks to sites being registered on the annual Heritage Montreal list of endangered sites, in 2013, the media brought to light the St-Leonard housing co-op and its sneaky disappearance – which was cau...
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Jul 3
“Los Lampicos” Fight to Rid Thessaloniki, Greece of Graffiti and Waste : It is a Sunday afternoon in Thessaloniki’s New Waterfront....
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Jul 3
Red Line Light Rail Plans Spark Needed Discussion Across Baltimore : The City of Baltimore has a lot of problems, just some of which officials hope to solve with fourteen miles of new light rail....
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Jul 2
Port Authority of Quebec Develops Intrusive Silos in Quebec City, Canada : Last November to general surprise, a silo designed to store wood pellets sprang up overnight in l’Anse au Foulon, on the land surrounding Quebec City’s port....
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Jul 2
Green Spaces – Where and How are They Built into a City? Examples of Italian Urban Greenery : Living in an Italian city makes one appreciate the importance of the outdoors and public spaces....
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Jul 1
São Paulo, Brazil Will Soon Have a Free Bicycle Service Center : São Paulo, Brazil has already surpassed 11 million inhabitants, and the issue of urban mobility is becoming increasingly relevant....
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Jul 1
Three Querns Preserved & Operating Again on Patmos Island, Greece : In places with few residents, nicknames are extremely common. Patmos’ citizens tenderly call the architect Dafni Becket “Mylomama” (meaning the mother of querns)....
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Jul 1
From the Last Council Meeting of the Saint-Merri Neighborhood, Paris : The last meeting of the council of the Saint-Merri neighborhood was an opportunity for the municipality of the 4th Arrondisement to speak – plans on the boards – about the adjustments to the study con...
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Jul 1
The First Public Building Green Façade in Buenos Aires, Argentina : As presented in numerous previous posts, the City of Buenos Aires has embarked on a series of measures towards comprehensive green management policies. With the recently approved Green Roofs la...
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