Lisa Gran

Lisa Gran is an undergraduate student in her final semester of studying Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As an aspiring engineer, Lisa is especially interested in the utilization and development of environmentally sound materials in sustainable planning and design. As she nears the end of her undergraduate studies, she plans on gearing a career in sustainable urban design and engineering principles, drawing inspiration from cities around the globe.

Lincoln Farmers Market: Building Community Amidst a Growing City

by Lisa Gran

Every Saturday morning from early May to mid October, you can expect to find a bustling marketplace within the Historic Haymarket of Lincoln, Nebraska. This one of a kind experience is set within a bustling atmospher... Read article

Appreciating Architecture: The Idea of the "Naked" Museum

by Lisa Gran

Within our modern urban landscapes, buildings often serve in the realm of functionality and purpose. Often times the functionality of a building overshadows the architecture; the building serving as a backdrop to the usa... Read article

Book Review of "Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture" by Diana Balmori & Joel Sanders

by Lisa Gran

How should we expand and design our growing cities to adapt to our changing global community? In "Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture," authors Diana Balmori, renowned landscape and urban planner, as well as a... Read article

A Shift in Urbanization: A How to Guide to Take a Step in the Right Direction

by Lisa Gran

Growing up in a city your whole life, you definitely gain perspective on how it has grown and expanded throughout the years. I have been able to see the city of Lincoln, Nebraska develop and grow immensely in my time her... Read article

A Better Solar Cell: Utilizing Solar Power in the Unexpected

by Lisa Gran

Alternative energy is a highly sought after field that can make great strides in improving the sustainability of communities throughout the globe. Wind, biofuels, hydroelectric, and solar power are all forms of alternati... Read article

The Cleaner, Greener Lincoln, Nebraska Initiative

by Lisa Gran

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska has strived to become a top green community within the Midwest region. One way that Lincoln has successfully shifted toward sustainable thinking is through its implementation of the Cleaner,... Read article

The Road To Recovery: A Lesson In Rebuilding from the Gulf Shores of Alabama

by Lisa Gran

As I stepped out of my blogging domain of Lincoln, Nebraska and to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a spring break getaway this past month, I was able to gain great insights into an environment far removed from the Midwest lands... Read article

From Flooding To Flourishing: The Revitalization Of An Otherwise Floodplain

by Lisa Gran

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska has become a hub of new and innovative designs within the last couple of years. This innovation in development has truly proved Lincoln to be a growing city that encompasses environmental ... Read article

The University Of Nebraska, Lincoln: Once Again A Hub For New Design

by Lisa Gran

In my opinion, the future of building is building up. The use of multifunctional buildings to conserve space is a necessary component of smart urban planning for the future. While many large East Coast cities within th... Read article

Lincoln, Nebraska's 2015Vision: A Lesson in Networking Propelling Vision To Action

by Lisa Gran

The propulsion of urban planning is vital this day in age. Innovation and ideas must be at constant work and implementation, in order to create a positive vision. Within the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, the group 2015Visio... Read article

Innovation In Revitalization: The Lincoln, Nebraska Haymarket Development Project

by Lisa Gran

Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska has always been the economic and social center of the city; the Haymarket area being the heart of this downtown area. While parts of the Haymarket remain popular hot spots for restaurants, farm... Read article

Lincoln Rides Above The Rest In The “Get Up & Ride” National Bike Challenge

by Lisa Gran

As the prices of gas skyrocket and a sustainable lifestyle is ever so important to adopt, alternative forms of transportation are key in our society, although sometimes a challenge to implement. Lincoln has stepped up ... Read article

A Midwest City Ranks Top of the Natural Resources Defense Council Smarter Cities for Transportation

by Lisa Gran

When you think of a mecca for public transportation, often times your mindset shifts to large cities; New York City, Tokyo, London all stick out to me. A new city is emerging, that is the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, whi... Read article