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.

Oct 30
Technology Giants Google and Microsoft Invest in Rio de Janeiro Favela Mapping : Technology giants have finally realized the existing market in the steep alleys where cars barely pass, and where electric power, water, sewage pipes, even cable TV, arrives by spont...
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Oct 29
A City Without Zoning? Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Development Runs Wild : As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the largest and fastest growing city in the country with over two million inhabitants. In recent years it has seen unprecedented rates of growth...
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Oct 28
The Minhocão Highway Demolision and the Parks of São Paulo, Brazil : Since the approval of the new Urban Master Plan, the debates on the future of Minhocão Highway of Sao Paulo, Brazil have intensified....
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Oct 28
Rue Saint-Merri, Paris Considers Pedestrian-Only Corridor : During the last Council meeting of the Saint-Merri neighborhood, in Paris, France, Julien Landel, the Assistant to the Mayor who oversees neighborhood councils announced the following regarding Rue Sa...
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Oct 27
San Francisco’s Road to Zero-Waste: An Unthinkable Goal by 2020? : San Francisco is a catalyst for change, leading the nation by becoming the first major U.S....
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Oct 27
The Food Deserts of Des Moines, Iowa: Limited Access in the Breadbasket of America : In a state often referred to as “America’s Breadbasket,” it seems counterintuitive to think that food security would pose much of a problem. But in Des Moines, Iowa, however, it does....
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Oct 24
The City of Paris’ New Bike Plan Focuses on Infrastructure Projects for 2014-2020 : More parking spots for bikes, new bike paths on major streets, extension of zones with 30km/h speed limits, and perhaps wider bike paths or the prohibition of cars at temporary markets. These a...
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Oct 23
Archipel Habitat Receives the “HLM, Partners of the Aging” Prize in Rennes, France : The aging of a population raises multiple stakes. Home care service for the elderly is one of them....
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Oct 23
A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy : It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending univers...
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Oct 23
Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil : If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that it is more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil....
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Oct 22
Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland : Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students....
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Oct 22
Issues of Access Arise for Disabled and Elderly People in Galway, Ireland : When architects or engineers set out to design a building, a critical element that they should think about, along with what the building will be used for, is access....
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Oct 21
Urban Revitalization Seems Close Enough to Touch in Saint-Maixent l’École, France : Elected officials have validated Saint-Maixent l’École’s application for candidature for a national project to revitalize downtown areas across the country. While opening the mun...
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Oct 21
São Paulo, Brazil Street Markets Celebrate 100 Years : On August 25th, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of the formal existence of street markets in São Paulo, a true cultural heritage of the city. The date refers to the fir...
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Oct 20
Ottawa Lacks Downtown Amenities to Stimulate Urban Intensification : A few weeks ago, on a sunny September afternoon, I left the fluorescent confines of my Centretown office in Ottawa to indulge in a meditative outdoor lunch in the fresh air and gentle hum of the city....
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Oct 20
Are Tech Companies the Cure for San Francisco’s Homeless “Epidemic?” : Men and women step over the homeless, with shoes worth more than that individual earns in a year, begging on the streets of San Francisco....
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Oct 17
Three French Mayors Profess Support for an Inter-Communal Health Clinic : With a critical lack of doctors and a chronic lack of finances, three communes in the Loiret department of France reflect on the possibility of designing an inter-communal health clinic. ...
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Oct 17
Urban Drainage Poses A Major Development Risk in Nairobi, Kenya : The City of Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate....
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Oct 16
Balancing Priority for Pedestrians and Parking in Rue Sainte-Catherine West, Montreal : Priority to pedestrians, but also more parking – this is the paradox that emerges from the first phase of consultations conducted by the City regarding the restructuring of Rue Sainte...
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Oct 16
Activists Fight to Preserve Historic São Félix Railway Station in Bahia, Brazil : Considered to be the main cultural and historical heritage building in the Reconcavo of Bahia, the São Félix, a former railway station, is now in an advanced state of deterioration and has bee...
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Oct 15
Montreal, Quebec is One of Five Global Hubs of UN’s Future Earth Project : Climate change poses a threat to peace, security, health, livelihoods, places and species. The United Nations project Future Earth has been designed to respond to these challenges....
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Oct 14
A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, France : In Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the development of mass transit is a central element of the metropolitan project. However, the stakes and steps taken are very different from one city to the other....
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Oct 14
Montpellier Ranked as One of France’s Most Entrepreneurial Cities : Possessing all of the advantages of a large city with the more peaceful rhythm of a human-scale metropolis, Montpellier attracts numerous students, workers, and entrepreneurs....
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Oct 14
Florianópolis, Brazil Signs Agreement to Improve Urban Mobility : The Municipality of Florianópolis and EMBARQ Brazil signed an agreement of technical, financial, economic, social and environmental cooperation on the afternoon of Thursday, September 25th....
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Oct 10
Racing Towards the Finish Line: Behind Montreal’s Hippodrome Development Project : The Hippodrome of Montreal, formerly named the Blue Bonnets Raceway, was a horse racing track and casino founded in 1872....
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Oct 9
Bees and Belonging in Ottawa’s Resilient Community Gardens : A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa....
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Oct 9
Park Director Says Main Source of Brazil’s São Francisco River Is Dry : The São Francisco basin covers five states in Brazil and experts say the biodiversity of the region is under threat. The director of the Serra da Canastra National Park, Arthur Luiz Castanheir...
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Oct 8
Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access : It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily....
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Oct 8
Grants to Aid Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Goal: Swimmable & Fishable by 2020 : As a major port city, Baltimore’s history with industrial activity influenced how the city’s land has been zoned and developed over time....
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Oct 8
Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City : Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just,...
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Oct 7
#IAMTHEGRID: Two Years Later Kennith George Reflects from Wenatchee, WA : “Relevant, innovative and cutting edge” is how Kennith describes The Grid. Nearly two years since blogging, from November 2011 to November 2012, Kennith George was with The Grid in it...
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Oct 7
Water Outages and Rationing in São Paulo, Brazil Launch Protests : The Movement of Landless Workers (MTST) has been protesting since the afternoon of Thursday [September 25th] outside the headquarters of the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of São Paulo (SABESP)...
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Oct 7
Environmentalist Hopes to Bring Eco-Tourism to Touques River in Northern France : A meeting with Emmanuel Schmitt, a 23-year old naturalist from Deauville, reveals a passion for the biodiversity of the marshes of the Touques River as well as that of the Côte Fleurie....
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Oct 6
Casablanca, Morocco Inaugurates its New Casa-port Train Station : His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently inaugurated the new train station of Casa-port, which is a crowning achievement for the national transportation network’s modern heritage....
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Oct 3
#IAMTHEGRID: One Year Later Michael Jenkins Reflects from Oakland, California : “Progressive and illuminating” is how Michael describes his experience with The Grid. Blogging from Nothinghamshire, England between January and June 2013 after finishing his MBA stud...
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