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Sarah Essbai

Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

The long awaited The Global Grid architecture websites ranking is finally here. Be sure to check out our other rankings this year, including the Top 20 landscape architecture, urban planning, and civil / structural engin... Read article

Top 20 Civil / Structural Engineering Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

The Global Grid's third ranking of 2016 (don’t miss our landscape architecture and urban planning lists) brings you the twenty most popular civil and structural engineering websites. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers webs... Read article

Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

Our fifth annual ranking of urban planning websites is out! This year’s list is diverse and reflects the broad appeal and influence of urban planning not only among professionals, but also the public at-large. Like previ... Read article

Top 20 Landscape Architecture Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

This year’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture websites list is a mix of the old and the new. There are the consistent front runners, but there are also some who made way for some interesting new additions. Newcomers include ... Read article

Book Review of “Spectacular Vernacular: London’s 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings”

by Sarah Essbai

In "Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings," David Long takes the reader through central London to discover its least known yet extraordinary buildings. As disclosed in the book's introduction,... Read article

Farewell to The Grid, from Sarah Essbai

by Sarah Essbai

When I started as a blogger at The Grid, I was packing to go back to my home country of Morocco. I had spent two years in the United States as a Fulbright scholar at the graduate urban planning program of Ball State Un... Read article

Noord-Zuidlijn in Amsterdam: Digging a Metro Line under the Historic City

by Sarah Essbai

For the last ten years, visitors of Amsterdam have been surprised at the sight of several open construction sites in the city’s historic center. Starting at Central Station, open construction sites are found throughout t... Read article

The Challenges of a Dutch Inclusive Neighborhood

by Sarah Essbai

The Netherlands has one of the most unique affordable housing programs in Europe. Affordable housing, which roughly translates to social housing (Sociale Huurwoningen) represents nearly 80% of the Dutch rental housing un... Read article

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

by Sarah Essbai

IJburg is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam. In this city of high density and scarce developable land, the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive planning process. IJburg is a unique urban plan... Read article

Amsterdam-Noord: From an Abandoned Shipyard to Amsterdam’s Creative District

by Sarah Essbai

While waiting for the ferry at the wharf behind Amsterdam Central Station, the Eye Film Museum designed by the Viennese architectural firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects stands with its futuristic design as a landm... Read article

Rabat, Morocco: On A Quest to Become A World Class Capital or Elitist Capital?

by Sarah Essbai

Rabat is Morocco’s political capital. For most Moroccan citizens, Rabat is sooner or later a necessary stop due to its concentration of major administrative, health and educational facilities. The city also offers better... Read article

Morocco’s New Cities Program Lacks Basic Service Accessibility

by Sarah Essbai

In 2004, development work was launched in the first site, Tamansourt, nearby Marrakech, of Morocco’s “Villes Nouvelles” (New Cities) program. By 2020, the program aims to create 15 cities evolving around the major countr... Read article

Should Casablanca's Colonial Heritage Be Preserved?

by Sarah Essbai

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city; but unlike the rest of the country’s major cities that were founded between the seventh and fifteenth centuries, Casablanca’s history is quite recent. Casablanca was one of five new... Read article

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