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Expo's Gate is Full of Programs But Architecture Fails to Impress Milan

April 18, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Expo's Gate and Architecture

“Expo Gate: Milan’s Gateway to the Expo” is the slogan you can find on the Expo 2015 webpage describing the exhibition’s entryway. The structure is located in Via Beltrami, in the city center of Milan, in front of the Castello Sforzesco. It connects the castle, the center of the 1906 Universal Exhibition, and Via Dante.[read more]

Three Architectural Periods in Peru

April 18, 2015 by Canin Associates

Peru Architecture

Peru as a country boasts a mix of cultures, climates, and architecture. What makes it an incredible place to visit is that modern Peru seamlessly blends together its diverse history. Nonetheless, each culture and each historical period is still visible and alive throughout the country.[read more]

What Rio de Janeiro Looks like Through an 80 Megapixel Camera

April 17, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Rio in Deep Detail

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of Rio de Janeiro that was shot with an 80 megapixel camera. It was done by LA-based photographer Joe Capra. As far as videos and photos go, it’s probably as close as you’re going to get to actually being there.[read more]

Let's Give a Damn about Gender Equity in Architecture

April 16, 2015 by Taz Loomans

Women in Architecture

Two weeks ago I was at an event where I was completely inspired and utterly disappointed at the same time. Design Museum Portland screened 'Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture' at the Hollywood Theater and by the end of it I felt like I could change the world.[read more]

Bringing Attention to the World's Endangered Markets

April 16, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markets and Preservation

Public markets can be the social and economic heart of a city. While there continues to be tremendous energy and momentum around global market advocacy there are still many public markets throughout the world that are threatened by a variety of factors.[read more]

Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]

Yard Waste: What is the Purpose of the Space Around Our Homes?

April 14, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The Purpose of Yards

The yard has long been viewed as a necessity for children, symbolic of the opportunity for kids to run free in their own space free of fears from perceived dangers. Many parents view private green spaces as an essential component to creating healthy children, and without a child could potentially suffer.[read more]

Complex and Useful: Green Is Infrastructure

April 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Infrastructure Complexity

This report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes that work across scales and contexts to provide multiple benefits for people and their environments.[read more]

In a More Volatile World, New Models Are Needed

April 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Modeling Bahavior Innovation

Today, we understand how our world is shaped by complex, dynamic systems. While landscape architects have been fast to embrace ecological systems thinking, they have been slower to see how systems thinking can transform our ways of imagining, visualizing, and then intervening in the environment.[read more]

People-Centric Smart Cities: Five Ways Technology can Support Better Urban Living

Technology Making Cities Smarter

What are smart cities? Consensus is growing around the idea that smart cities utilize technology to foster green development, innovation, and new forms of participation. There are many ways that technology can help cities be more responsive to residents, while also making urban areas more efficient and green.[read more]

Unconventional 'Wikibuilding' Planned to Help Reinvent Paris, France

April 8, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'Wikibuilding' in Paris

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, has designated a lot in a concentrated development zone as part of the project “Reinventing Paris.” 8,000 to 11,000 square meters of mixed-use space will be designed using a mix of architecture and open-source media, built out of timber.[read more]

Re:code LA: Updating Los Angeles' 1946 Zoning Code

April 7, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

LA's Old Zoning Codes

Re:code LA, an ambitious process to update the zoning code in Los Angeles, is undoubtedly one of the city’s biggest projects, in addition to new plans guiding health and transportation. Zoning code refers to city regulations on the physical development of land – we can think of it as the DNA of city development.[read more]