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.

Apr 23
Why There Are No Trees in the Place du Pantheon or on Rue Soufflot in Paris, France : On March 8th, 2014 the Parti Socialiste’s candidate for the mayorship of Paris announced her redevelopment project for the Place du Panthéon, a square that she considers to be “isolated” and “inaccess...
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Apr 23
5 Years After the Formation of Nairobi’s “Friends of Karura Forest” : Urban forests are a vital component of a city....
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Apr 22
How to Make Buenos Aires, Argentina a Cleaner City : The recent administration of Buenos Aires has been rather successful in confronting many problems of the city that were neglected for many years....
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Apr 22
Farewell to The Grid, from James Foskett in Belfast, Ireland : I never could have imagined how much I’d learn from Belfast, Ireland. Having only been here for three years, studying my undergraduate in architecture, Belfast has opened so much to me....
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Apr 22
Impressive Villa F in Rhodes, Greece : Any structure at this preferential plot in Rhodes island would undoubtly arouse extreme interest. The area is a few meters away from the coast road and it is bordered by an old natura...
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Apr 21
Tactical Urbanism in Laval, Quebec, Canada : On April 1st, two students of architecture and urban design at the University of Laval launched their project of tactical urbanism #chaisesnomades on the school’s campus. And it was n...
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Apr 21
How Smog is Destroying Denver’s Rocky Mountain Views : The Denver metro area is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains....
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Apr 18
Ten Years After the Athens Olympics: A Review : Long story short, Athens 2004 Olympic venues are for sale....
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Apr 18
Redeveloped Denver Union Station Shows Priority for Regional Transportation : The historic Denver Union Station is getting a makeover to the tune of $900 million. The plan is to turn one of Denver’s most prominent, yet underutilized historic structures, into th...
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Apr 18
Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil : On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church in downtown Rio de Janeiro....
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Apr 17
BIDs Reshaping D.C.’s Future One Neighborhood at a Time : Since the mid 90’s, Washington, D.C. has been allowing commercially concentrated areas to band together to form Business Improvement Districts (B.I.Ds) throughout the city....
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Apr 17
A Listed Building Becomes Cartoon Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece : The listed building on Anagenniseos Street, in Thessaloniki, will soon find its old glory, thanks to the Municipality’s decision to reuse it as a Cartoon and Animation Museum. The bui...
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Apr 17
Using What You’ve Got: Recycled Building Materials of Wengen, Switzerland : In a ski town like Wengen, Switzerland, where there are enough skis to build everyone a seat, you don’t see much sports equipment being recycled and repurposed for furniture and building features....
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Apr 16
What Makes a Great Street for Shopping? A View from Boston, MA : On this sunny Friday I found myself riding my bicycle from Cambridge to Boston, to the Back Bay neighborhood that is home to two of the most prominent commercial streets in the area: Boylston...
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Apr 16
Two Projects to Celebrate 1,000 Years of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace, France : A sustainable lighting installment will accompany the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg’s Cathedral, whose foundation work was begun in 1015....
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Apr 16
Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA : Yes, I will be happy to be a volunteer for the 2013 Fluff Festival. Will I get a fluffernutter sandwich as a snack?...
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Apr 16
Siena, Italy: The Exaltation of the Medieval Spirit : What makes the relatively small town of Siena so special in comparison with the other former Italian city-states in the north?...
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Apr 16
Why You Should Be Excited about the Potential Baltimore Water Taxi Expansion : Downtown Baltimore, Maryland is working hard to remain a tourist destination, while improving its branding as a decent place to live....
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Apr 15
Today’s Urban Encyclopedia: “The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t” : As cities grow and redevelop, community leaders are constantly imagining new ideas to improve their businesses and neighborhoods....
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Apr 15
Sculptor Alexandros Liapis’ Distinguishable Workshop in the Greek Countryside : In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexand...
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Apr 15
University of Wisconsin’s Rapid Plan for a Sustainable Future : Madison, Wisconsin is a city where politics meet academics. The mid-sized city is both the state capital and home to the state’s largest public university – the University of Wisconsin-Madison....
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Apr 14
Melbourne’s Federation Square as a Catalyst for Community Building : Melbourne’s Federation square was built in 2002, as a critical response to the failures of past developments on the site....
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Apr 14
Exporting the Smart City of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Île-de-France, France : For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors....
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Apr 14
How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto : Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-fo...
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Apr 11
Double Decker Highway: Good or Bad for Nairobi? : It is not news that there is a planned double decker highway for the City of Nairobi. Many people see the project as progressive and a potential solution to the traffic congestion pro...
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Apr 11
Water Continues to Define Washington D.C. : Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet....
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Apr 10
Video of Submerged Port City in Pavlopetri, Greece : Pavlopetri, one of the oldest cities in the world, is located south of Laconia, opposite to breathtaking Elafonisos. The submerged port city was already in its heyday by the Bronze Ag...
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Apr 9
Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities : Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is p...
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Apr 9
Why Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood is the Center of the Universe : Fremont is one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, boasting an enviable popularity with residents, tourists and businesses....
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Apr 9
Open Data & Government Pulling Pittsburgh into the 21st Century : What do you think of when you hear about Pittsburgh?...
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Apr 9
Green Light Given for Bike Path in Montreal, Canada : On March 25th, the administration of the city of Montreal finally gave the green light to a development project aiming to create an elevated bicycle route that will eventually be located under...
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Apr 9
Urban Renewal to Shape a “New” Downtown in Bogota, Colombia : As the capital city of one of the most violent countries in the world during the 1980s and 1990s, Bogota was not considered an interesting place to travel....
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Apr 8
World Urban Forum 7: Medellin, Colombia at the Heart of Urban Debates : Twenty years after being considered the the most violent city in the world, Medellin is no longer recognized as the most dangerous city, but the most innovative, the most resilient, and an exa...
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Apr 8
Online Platform Aims to Fix Their “City of Errors” : A couple of years ago, a group of young people decided to voluntarily set up an interactive platform for their city....
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Apr 8
RIBA and ARB to Restructure Architectural Education in the UK : In the UK the route to becoming a qualified architect averages at almost ten years, longer than most other EU countries....
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Apr 8
Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues : With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands?...
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Apr 7
Passion for the Arts in Former Slaughterhouses in Casablanca, Morocco : In Casablanca’s outskirts, in the working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi, a surprise awaits visitors....
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Apr 7
Repurposing the Public Toilets of Dublin, Ireland : Dotted around Dublin there are dozens of former “public conveniences” or public toilets now unused, boarded and chained shut. These small, single story Victorian and Edwardian units w...
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Apr 4
Painting the Town Yellow, Green, and Blue: Street Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil : Beyond its inherent associations with youthful disobedience and vandalism, Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as...
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Apr 4
Mammuko Provides The Astrid an Upcycled Second Life: Kinsale, Ireland : Kinsale is a picturesque, popular and historic town on the southwest coast of Ireland. It is a port town and holds a very large harbor for boats and tall ships....
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Apr 3
Holiday Home Ban Pushes Architects Out of Wengen, Switzerland : What use is an architect in a no-build zone? In the town of Wengen, the oncoming ban of second home construction in Switzerland is threatening architects main livelihood. Much of the...
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Apr 3
Pavement Debates in Kansas City, Missouri : Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, like other metropolitan centers, has higher amounts of parking than its neighboring suburban and rural areas....
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Apr 3
Runners Explore the City of Athens, Greece : Area named Plaka in Athens From the alleys of Plaka at Anafiotika, to Archaia Agora, Thiseion and the footpaths of Filopappou....
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Apr 3
Stapleton, Denver: Living up to its New Urbanism Promise? : Stapleton, Denver is a New Urbanism development on the site of former Stapleton International Airport, which closed in 1995. The former airport sat on 4,700 acres located about ten mi...
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Apr 2
An Exploration of Verticality: The Towers of San Gimignano, Italy : Six centuries before the creation of the modern vertical landscapes that characterize cities like Manhattan, a city scheme of a similar form, although of a different scale and social background, grew...
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Apr 2
Visual Pollution in the City of Athens, Greece: Escaping this Aesthetic Prison : Visiting Athens, Greece, you will hear that the city looks pretty in August or during popular holidays, while half the population is away on vacations....
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Apr 2
The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris, France and Beyond : For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced...
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Apr 2
The Multi-Layered City from Harvard Square’s Subway Station in Cambridge, MA : As the crowded subway train approached Harvard Square station, coming from Boston, I felt the sharp turn and heard the squealing and screeching sound of the wheels against the track of the train slowi...
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Apr 1
Reconnecting with the Capital Waterfront : There is a conspicuous disconnect between Washington, D.C....
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Apr 1
The Image of a Grid: Creating a Mental Map of Phoenix, Arizona : If you were asked to get out a pencil and paper and draw your city, what would you include? Maybe a few major roads, a downtown district, a large lake?...
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