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.

Dec 16
Social Media & Digital Media Marketing Spurs The City of Quebec’s Rebranding : The City of Quebec is beginning a vast overhaul of its visual identity in order to refresh its image and stay up to date with social media....
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Dec 15
“Main Street Movement” Spurs the Revitalization of Small Towns in Iowa : Small towns in Iowa all seem to have one thing in common: historic Main Streets. The Main Streets of Iowa are typically composed of a few blocks of low-slung brick buildings....
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Dec 15
The Architectural Paradox: SOM’s Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light : Derived from the Greek word Katholicos, the word catholic means “universal” or “all-embracing.” This is an interesting paradox for a religion with an often authoritative past and history of exc...
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Dec 12
Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya : Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas....
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Dec 12
Learning to Ride a Bike Isn’t Child’s Play: Montreuil, France’s Six-Level Bike School : Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily....
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Dec 11
Discussion of Restoring Urban Waterways in Montreal, Quebec Picks up Momentum : Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this i...
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Dec 9
Folding Bikes Allowed on Trams & Buses for the First Time in Caen, France : Up until now, bikes have not been allowed on public transportation in the Caen agglomeration in Caen, France. They have recently started to find their place, but only folding bike...
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Dec 8
The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning : In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipa...
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Dec 8
Connecticut Since the Abolition of County Government in 1959 : Most of New England is made up of counties that predate the Declaration of Independence....
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Dec 8
Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City : The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges....
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Dec 5
No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada : Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare...
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Dec 5
Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada : In the last few years, gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas around North America, and now Kitchener (in Ontario, Canada) is no exception....
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Dec 5
Malpassé Neighborhood in Marseille, France Faces Redevelopment and Evictions : Among the fourteen urban redevelopment projects in Marseille, France, the one in the Malpassé neighborhood has been the most sizeable since it was launched in 2010 by the City of Marseille, the Nation...
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Dec 5
Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context : Milan is a city with a strong industrial background that is an economically influential business, financial, and design center in Europe and beyond. By...
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Dec 4
Four Families Discuss Their Departure From Montreal, To Greenfield Park : Portraits of young families, which after having lived in some of Montreal’s trendiest neighborhoods, have decided to cross the bridges and establish themselves in Longueuil, in the Greenfield Park...
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Dec 3
Verdun’s First Microbrewery Reflects Gentrification of Montreal Neighbourhood : Often thought of as an impoverished working class neighbourhood, the borough of Verdun in Montreal, Quebec has been experiencing a renewal since the early 2000′s....
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Dec 3
Architectural Heritage Loses Ground in Phnom Penh, Cambodia : Among the aged temples and deteriorating colonial buildings in Phnom Penh, rise a new architecture of an international contemporary style that could be located anywhere in the world....
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Dec 2
In Paris’ 14th District, Former Shelter is Transformed into Social Housing : The migrant shelter on the Rue des Arbustes in Paris’ 14th district has been completely transformed into social housing. The building is owned by the COALLIA...
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Dec 2
Modification of Lighting in Magog, Quebec to Reduce Light Pollution & Energy Use : Currently, the city of Magog, Quebec has a policy regarding street lighting within its boundaries that will allow it to save nearly $175,000 per year while also reducing ligh...
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Dec 1
Dogpatch Destination: Pier 70 is San Francisco’s Center for Redevelopment : In the early 1900’s, the Dogpatch district was considered San Francisco’s industrial city-center with over 18,000 people working at Pier 70 daily....
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Dec 1
Brownfield Redevelopment in Galway, Ireland Gives the Harbor A Second Life : With regards to redevelopment, a brownfield is land that has been previously used for industrial purposes....
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Dec 1
The Costs of Not Implementing Green Logistics: A Book Review : Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics (2nd edition, Kogan Page), by Alan C. McKinnon et....
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Nov 30
Portuguese Translator Nora Lamm Says Farewell to The Grid : The past 6 months as a Portuguese translator and content creator for The Grid has been a wonderful and enriching experience. I loved the opportunity to research articles from Brazil a...
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Nov 28
Nairobi, Kenya Increases Polytechnic Education Opportunities for Growing Sectors : Urban poverty is a reality in developing cities. In many cities, thousands of people live on a dollar a day....
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Nov 28
Every University in Toulouse, France Will Soon Have A Community Garden : Since the beginning of the school year, fifteen students from the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole in Toulouse, France have been cultivating a small parcel of land....
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Nov 28
Is Riverside County to Blame for its “Smog Belt” & Failing Air Quality? : Smog knows no jurisdictional bounds, and there are few better examples of this than in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The brown haze that forms over the area in...
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Nov 27
Preservationists Mobilize to Save Poet Vigneault’s Village in Natashquan, Quebec : If we were to take a poll among the people of Quebec, a small percentage would be able to locate Natashquan on a map....
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Nov 25
Inauguration of Renovated Water Treatment Plant in Bazas, France : Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents....
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Nov 25
Mining Company to Fund the Relocation of an Entire City: New Kiruna, Sweden : In the northern part of Sweden, on the Arctic Circle, there is a mysterious city threatened to extinction by the pressures of mining operations. This city is Kiruna (go take a look at...
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Nov 24
Red Light Stops Revitalization of Montreal’s Red Light District : The corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ste. Catherine Street used to form a gateway to the lower Main: Montreal’s Red Light District....
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Nov 24
The Suburban Pushback Against Affordable Housing in West Des Moines, Iowa : The city of West Des Moines is an affluent, growing community in the Des Moines metropolitan area. However, it faces challenges when it comes to affordable housing....
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