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 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 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
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
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 25
Architecture Not Built for Function in Galway, Ireland : The design of buildings has always been contentious, whether the disagreement stems from aesthetic complaints, or disregard for the functionality of the building....
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Aug 25
The Future Pie-IX Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit System of Montreal, Canada : Introduction Pie-IX Boulevard is one of the Montreal metro area’s most frequented roadways....
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Aug 25
The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy : Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, insp...
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Aug 22
In Plessis-Gassot Garbage Provides First-ever Source of Methane Energy in France : The commune of Plessis-Gassot [in the Île de France region] has just opened a power plant that will furnish the amount of energy equivalent to the consump...
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Aug 22
We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa’s Next Transit Challenge : In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service....
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Aug 21
Solar Decathlon Europe 2014: Versailles, France Explores Dwellings of the Future : Following two years of work – from the conception to the construction of the 1-to-1 scale buildings – and 17 days of exhibition and competition in the gardens of Versailles Palace, on July 12, 2014, t...
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Aug 21
8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction & Displacement : More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning...
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Aug 20
Redevelopment & Community Garden Controversy in La Querelle, Brussels, Belgium : The neighborhood of la Querelle, located in the heart of Les Marolles, is due to benefit from a profound renewal. This construction, which will be launched soon, is bound to offer...
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Aug 19
Self-Service Scooters are the Next Form of Communal Transportation in Paris? : The parisian family of environmentally-friendly vehicles could very well be enlarged!...
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Aug 19
The Bicycle: More Popular than Ever in Quebec, Canada! : The bicycle is one of the most popular pastimes in Quebec, Canada....
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Aug 19
Thessaloniki, Greece’s Twelve Apostles’ Square is Changing : The project had an initial budget of 937,500 Euros and an actual of 478,787 Euros, and is expected to be completed within nine months....
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Aug 19
Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation : Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil....
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Aug 18
Evaluating 10 Years of Redevelopment: Urban Renewal in Clichy-sous-Bois, France : Rows of low-rise buildings and litter have disappeared from the field of view of residents living in the neighborhoods of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil....
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Aug 18
Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy? : Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until Octo...
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Aug 15
Contactless Services Make City Life Easier in Nice, France : Four years after first being set up in Nice, France, contactless payment establishes itself as a part of everyday French life....
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Aug 14
Montreal, Canada Presents Info-Neige Challenge for Smart Snow Removal : Today, on July 3, 2014, Vice President of the Executive Committee on Information Technologies, the Smart City, Administrative Reform and Youth Harout Chitilian, accompanied by Vice President of the Co...
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Aug 14
How Will Google Design the New São Paulo, Brazil Campus for Entrepreneurs? : This week, Google announced that São Paulo, Brazil will host a Google Campus for Entrepreneurs in order to create a shared workplace oriented towards entrepreneurs in the technology sector who...
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Aug 13
Smart Snow Removal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada : In the future, snow removal in Montreal will be done more efficiently, and it will be accompanied by more information provided to citizens....
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Aug 13
Farewell to The Grid from Marilena Mela in Florence, Italy : When I applied to be a blogger for The Grid six months ago, I was in a phase of my life when I knew I should try a new creative activity....
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Aug 13
Can The City Of Baltimore, Maryland Use Tech Hacks To Solve Community Issues? : In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications....
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Aug 13
The Grid’s Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10 : Last year, for the first time, The Grid introduced the Top 20 Websites for Engineers of 2013....
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Aug 12
Madrid, Spain Launches IBM Smarter Cities Project : The City of Madrid, Spain has announced the signing of an agreement aimed at improving the lives of its 3 million citizens....
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Aug 12
A “Better Market Street:” The Revitalization Plans for San Francisco’s City Center : Market Street serves as the primary artery of San Francisco serving to filter hoards of pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars through its corridor....
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Aug 12
Aude, France Creates App to Connect and Inform Youth about their City : “Our objective with the Acti City InfoJeunes Connect app consists of responding to their expectations in order to be identified as a source of serious, credible, and referenced information.” It...
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Aug 12
São Paulo, Brazil Hosts the Google for Entreprenuers Women’s Startup Weekend : With the goal in mind of turning ideas into new business models, the 2014 Women’s Startup Weekend (SWW), a major event in the world of entrepreneurship, will take place August 15-17th at the F...
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Aug 12
Government Technology Conducts a New City : With the rise of the technological era, city governments are rapidly realizing the importance of harnessing this scientific knowhow in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens....
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Aug 11
Open Data in Agen, Aquitaine, France: Towards Greater Transparency : Agen’s city council has released their plans for a new mandate....
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Aug 11
Making the City Evolve: Buenos Aires’ Ministry of E-Government : The second term of the current Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, brought the creation of two new ministries into the organization of the Government of the City; one of them is the new Ministry of E-G...
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Aug 8
Farewell to The Grid, from Chris Christou in Athens, Greece : My journey with The Grid started on the streets of Athens in February 2014, on an unexpectedly sunny day in-between a gloomy and rainy week....
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Aug 8
In Nantes, France, Exceptional Architecture for the Maison du Batîment : In a tenuous economic context, one must be daring! But the gamble waged by the Fédération du Batîment des Pays de la Loire and de Loire-Atlantique has paid off....
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Aug 7
The Official Launch of the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists, Paris : The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Equality has launched the registration period for the 5th Awards for Young Urbanists in order to valorize the young generation and its ability to respond to the...
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Aug 7
Countless Underutilized Buildings in Athens, Greece : If one marked Athens’ empty and abandoned buildings in Google Earth, they would see little black spots in extremely high density....
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Aug 7
Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic : If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives....
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Aug 6
Book Review: “The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design” : Anthony Denzer’s 250+ page book The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design, published by Rizzoli, is a study of the evolution of solar design from the 1930′s onward....
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Aug 6
Architecture of Le Corbusier: World Heritage Sites in Firminy & Loire, France : After two failed attempts to make the work of the famed architect Le Corbusier recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 and 2011, interested Fren...
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Aug 5
St-Roch Wants to Charm with Its Parking Spaces in Quebec City, Canada : The Organization for the Commercial Development of Quebec’s city center is launching a charm operation in the St-Roch neighborhood, located in the centre-city, by betting on its parking spaces. The bu...
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Aug 5
Saint-Catherine, Montreal Struggles with Downtown Transportation Access : François Cardinal invited Clément Demers, an architect, urban planner, and professor in the University of Montreal’s School of Architecture, to write an article for his blog....
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Aug 5
The Prominent Goulandris Museum Under Construction in Athens, Greece : Towards the end of 2016 the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vasili’s and Eliza’s Goulandri is expected to be ready on Eratosthenous Street in the Pangrati area....
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