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 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
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 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 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 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
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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Oct 2
The Paris Metropolis: An Increasingly Differentiated Social Mosaic : Relying on detailed census data to study the transformations of the Parisian metropolis, Anne Clerval and Matthieu Delage show that a dynamic of becoming more bourgeois should not mask the str...
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Oct 2
Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil : The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconst...
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Oct 1
Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland : If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb f...
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Oct 1
Plans to Demolish Architectural Heritage in Brussels, Belgium : A project not adapted to existing buildings could potentially have its building permit request denied....
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Sep 30
20,000 Secure Bike Parking Spaces in Ile-de-France, Paris, France by 2020 : More than just a pastime, the bicycle also serves as a mode of transportation. At the initiative of the Office of Transportation for the Ile-de-France (Stif), the Veligo measure propo...
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Sep 30
São Paulo, Brazil’s Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5 km : Within just 2.5 km, the ten most expensive addresses are concentrated in the country’s largest city. Although São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out ac...
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Sep 29
A Visual Typology: A Modern Face-Lift To San Francisco’s Victorian Homes : Take a walk with me. We are walking up a San Francisco street so steep you think it might be easier to crawl....
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Sep 29
Time for Nairobi, Kenya to Manage its Urban Freight or Face Transportation Woes : Population growth in cities comes with a increased demand for goods. These goods need to be transported to get to their consumers....
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Sep 29
Paris, France Aims for Bicycle Trips to Account for 15% of Transport by 2020 : More parking spaces for bikes, new bike paths on the main roadways, widespread 30km/h zones, and possibly wider bicycle paths or even banning automobile traffic surrounding markets; <...
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