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Maxwell Vidaver

Maxwell Vidaver is a graduate student in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and also holds a B.A. in Geography from Binghamton University, where he focused on urban economic analysis. He is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and developed an early passion for urban planning and environmental design as an avid cyclist, mechanic, and commuter. His planning interests include exploring alternative transportation options, maximizing energy efficiency in new urban projects, and improving access between city users and government. Max’s goals are to help promote smart design initiatives, and facilitate community-city collaboration in order to create more sustainable, as well as comfortable, urban environments.

Looking at the “Planet of Slums,” by Mike Davis

by Maxwell Vidaver

We often think of migration in terms of the push and pull forces that cause people to move from one place to another, and the demographic statistics that accompany these shifts. But many people skip a whole part of the s... Read article

A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid From Maxwell Vidaver

by Maxwell Vidaver

Six months went by awfully quickly. I started writing for The Grid during a wet and cold January in Milan, Italy; it is now July, hot, and sunny. The internship happened to coincide with my last semester of graduate scho... Read article

Is Urban Sprawl Always Sprawl?

by Maxwell Vidaver

In the United States, we often refer to the widespread suburban, non-city center areas as sprawling neighborhoods. They have streets that wind in and out, causing disorientation and creating minutes-long drives just to e... Read article

The Future Cities Are Smart Cities

by Maxwell Vidaver

In the midst of rapid technological innovation, our cities are becoming “smarter.” We may have passed the first part of the digital revolution, but the fact stands that technology is now an inseparable part of our lives.... Read article

Green Cities are Successful Cities: From Piazzas to Pocket Parks

by Maxwell Vidaver

It is no secret that successful cities are also green cities. By green, we are referring to the physical “greenprint,” or the physical green infrastructure of the city. This includes tree-lined boulevards, large regional... Read article

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping: Urban Planning for a Better Mall Experience

by Maxwell Vidaver

Milan is rich in industrial history. A nearby site includes the former Innocenti factory, most notable for producing Lambretta Scooters in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The present service-oriented economy means that many old f... Read article

Stadiums: Making the Most of Space

by Maxwell Vidaver

Roaring crowds, bright lights, and elaborate shows are all part of the visceral human feeling we have at stadiums. For a long time, people have been fascinated by the experience of large performances. These concerts a... Read article

Green Parks Are More Than Green Recreation

by Maxwell Vidaver

Besides infrastructure and built urban form, one of the most important aspects for cities is its physical green space. Nature can be aesthetic or functional, but it always serves the same purpose: to remind us that... Read article

What Transportation Says About Lifestyle

by Maxwell Vidaver

Each day, millions of people depend on reliable transportation for access at a high level of efficiency; and in this way, cities are the largest people movers around. From a logistical standpoint, the efficiency as... Read article

Old Dog, New Tricks: Urban Transformation in Milan

by Maxwell Vidaver

While we often think of cities according to their skylines, we overlook the fact that these are constantly changing in cities around the world. Because of cities’ organic nature, the essence of the city is thus man... Read article

The Dirty Truth About Urbanization in Milan, Italy

by Maxwell Vidaver

What happens when we run out of farmland, green recreation space, and forests that inhale carbon dioxide? An increasingly significant global problem is the amount of land and soil that is lost to urban development.... Read article

“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life:” Milan Expo 2015

by Maxwell Vidaver

The Universal Expo is coming to Milan in 2015, and construction is already underway for the major six-month event. The Universal Expo occurs only every five years, and encompasses a “universal” theme that is global in na... Read article

“Cities of Tomorrow:” Bologna, Italy as the City of Cities

by Maxwell Vidaver

The term “city” is a broad one at best to describe our heavily populated urban centers. What defines a city? Who puts the boundaries in place – often political and arbitrary – and our main issue: what is the essence of o... Read article