Kennith George

Kennith George grew up in the Greater Seattle, Washington area and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Washington. His interest began in architecture, but he quickly found his passion in urban planning and policy. He views much of the built environment as unsustainable and detrimental to healthy societies and community life. He plans to pursue a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Washington, but for now he is enjoying a local government internship in community and economic development. He is grateful for the opportunity to have been an environmental design blogger for Global Site Plans,' The GRID. Kennith’s area of focus lies with the New Urbanism movement of creating walkable, compact, mixed-use, livable, and pedestrian-sized sustainable communities.

A Farewell To The GRID, From Kennith George

by Kennith George

Nearly a year ago I took on the adventure of blog writing to fuel my passion for urban planning and to help interested readers stay informed about local planning from a New Urbanism framework.  I literally had no idea wh... Read article

Responsive Architecture In Tacoma, Washington's Center for Urban Waters: Buildings That Adapt To Environmental Conditions

by Kennith George

Tacoma, Washington is no stranger to LEED Platinum government buildings, but how about going a step further and creating one that actually has the capacity to react to its environmental conditions and alter itself in ord... Read article

Taking Ownership In Unincorporated Communities: South Hill, Washington's Community Plan

by Kennith George

Before the adoption of Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA) in 1990, unincorporated communities like South Hill were under the planning and development policies of Pierce County’s Comprehensive Land use Plan an... Read article

The First LEED-Platinum Certified Affordable Housing Project: Tacoma, Washington's Salishan 7

by Kennith George

Salishan 7 in Tacoma, Washington is the country’s first Hope VI Redevelopment funded project to achieve LEED-Platinum certification, the United States Green Building Council’s highest LEED for Homes green building standa... Read article

Top 10 Architecture Firms to Follow on Twitter

by Kennith George

As President Barack Obama’s recent acceptance speech showed us, Twitter has become one of the largest social networking services in media today.  His speech broke the twitter record with 52,756 tweets per minute and gene... Read article

How Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Works in Tacoma, Washington

by Kennith George

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; or CPTED, was originally coined and developed by C. Ray Jeffery, a criminologist who published a book of the same title in 1971. Jeffery built on the principles of notab... Read article

Development Plans For Tacoma, Washington's Point Ruston Are Underway

by Kennith George

Tacoma, Washington’s Point Ruston, a 97-acre waterfront area, has sat nearly undeveloped for the past three years.  Construction of the first condominium in the project halted several years ago at the garage level, when ... Read article

South Tacoma, Washington's New 32,000 Square Foot LEED Certified Activity and Recreation Center

by Kennith George

During a season of economic frugality and budget cuts in the U.S., it is great to see that community development is not on the chopping block in Tacoma, Washington’s South End. May 19, 2012 marked the grand opening of Me... Read article

Housing Projects Getting Back On Track In South Hill, Washington: New Emerald Point Planned Community

by Kennith George

South Hill, Washington is an unincorporated neighborhood encompassing approximately 19-square miles of Pierce County and has seen tremendous growth over the last 30-years. In 1994, planners with Pierce County Planning an... Read article

Tacoma, Washington's Old Brewery District: The New Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

by Kennith George

Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington; built on a foundation of hard working railroad workers, longshoremen, and sawmill workers. The city has a long history known for its blue-color, rough and gritty image. Wha... Read article

Downtown Puyallup, Washington’s Revitalization Plans: Urban Growth with Historical Preservation

by Kennith George

The City of Puyallup, Washington was settled in the later half of 19th Century and has transformed into a booming scenic, historical, and economic community. This likely occurred in part because of its econo... Read article

University of Washington: Tacoma's new LEED certified Joy Building

by Kennith George

This year the University of Washington Tacoma completed construction on its newest addition to the campus. The Joy Building, named after Russell T. Joy, is the first in Tacoma to receive LEED Platinum Certification in t... Read article

Web-Based Crowdsourcing in Urban Planning Government Agencies

by Kennith George

The need for public involvement is one of the most fundamental and integral components of government agencies. Without this interaction, government leaders would have a difficult time understanding the needs and wants of... Read article