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Leaders of Istanbul! You Say Contractors Are Selfish? What About You?

May 14, 2014 by The Global Grid

Turkey and Contractors

It is now a widely accepted practice that sidewalks and roads are broken down and reconstructed before every election in Turkey. Where other countries plan for the infrastructure that might be constructed under those sidewalks and roads, in Istanbul this is not the case.[read more]

Design Challenge: Reconstruct Canada's Busiest Transit Hub without Stopping Service

April 8, 2014 by The Global Grid

Update without Interruption

Union Station in Toronto is overdue for a renovation. Last updated in the late 1980′s, it is dated; the connections between the three transit systems are inefficient, and the congestion during rush hour foreshadows the situation in twenty year’s time when ridership is expected to double or triple.[read more]

Soft Infrastructures For Smart Cities

November 19, 2012 by Rick Robinson

At Birmingham’s Smart City Commission, we have been trying to answer an interesting question: What makes the difference between a “smart city” and a city where smart projects take place? “Smart” projects will occur everywhere in time.[read more]

Innovators Target Urban Farming

September 23, 2010 by Tyler Caine

Urban farming has grown to be a subculture of sustainability that has received a fair amount of theoretical interest and study, but not a great deal of realization. For all of the interesting possibilities that urban farming is thought to enable, there have been enough hurdles to slow down any meaningful manifestations in U.S. cities....[read more]

Retooling Incentives for Renewables

September 15, 2010 by Tyler Caine

Our country’s effort to support renewable energy is still in its early stages of development and ripe for adjustment. The maturing of the renewable industry can positively affect job growth, technological innovation and increased efficiency, but there are a number of ways we can be doing those things, even within the umbrella of...[read more]