Nora Lamm

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nora grew up surrounded by the varied architectural styles and geographies of the Southwest U.S. After graduating from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Geography, Nora moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the affordable housing industry. After studying Portuguese and Spanish and traveling in the southern cone of South America, Nora is looking forward to providing the readers and followers of The Grid with translations of Brazilian blogs that provide the most insightful and local perspectives related to environmental design.

Construction Company to Pay $5 million for Labor Irregularities in Manaus, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

The construction company, Andrade Gutierrez SA was responsible for the construction of the stadium known as the Arena da Amazônia (a football stadium previously known as the Vivaldão which was reconstructed from 2011- 20... Read article

São Paulo, Brazil's Most Expensive Addresses are Concentrated in 2.5 km

by Nora Lamm

Within just 2.5 km, the ten most expensive addresses are concentrated in the country's largest city. Although São Paulo is the sixth largest metropolis in the world and spreads out across a huge area of 1,522 square kilo... Read article

New Bill Prioritizes Vehicles and Prevents Bike Lanes in Porto Alegre, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

The emergence of new bike lanes in Porto Alegre might be restricted to city sidewalks, reducing the area for pedestrians. Bike lanes may only be implemented if the existing streets are extended, without taking space from... Read article

Research Reveals Solutions to Brazilian Public Transportation Issues

by Nora Lamm

The increase in bus fare brings more headaches for the Brazilian citizen than electricity, water or telephone bills. This insight was revealed in unpublished research from NTU (National Association of Urban Transport) pr... Read article

Bike Paths Return the Streets to Children in São Paulo, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

An interesting and very important phenomenon has begun to take shape on the streets of São Paulo: reclaiming public space for children. Places that were previously wasted on private vehicles are now being converted for p... Read article

Niterói, Brazil First City to Adopt Bus with High Level of Service (BHLS) System

by Nora Lamm

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói pioneered the use of biometrics in public transportation and could continue this trend by becoming the first city in Latin America to adopt a BHLS, (Bus with High Level of Service)... Read article

Families Fight Against Expulsion in Goiás of Santa Monica, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

The occupation of the Santa Monica farming collective entered its second day with more than 3,000 landless families already organized in shacks and small kitchens. The camp was named after Dom Tomás Balduíno, as a tribut... Read article

Improving Road Conditions to Gain Votes in Olinda, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

What can be said of the superficial improvements made to the streets of Olinda by City Hall in order to facilitate the election of Paulo Câmara to the Senate? They are disrespectful to the intelligence of the Olidense ci... Read article

The Link Between Education and Sustainable Living in Brazil

by Nora Lamm

The debate about the sustainability of our activities on the planet can no longer exclude education. The undeniable fact is that we are in a situation of environmental and social alarm because the teaching methods used i... Read article

British Urban Mobility Specialist Philip Anthony Gold Advises Brazil

by Nora Lamm

Among the speakers for the first Seminar on Social Responsibility and Sustainability was the British transportation specialist, Philip Anthony Gold, a consultant for several institutions, who discussed the need for urban... Read article

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

by Nora Lamm

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to the presidential delegate for reconstruction, Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolit... Read article

Leaving the Public in the Dark: Proposals for Bike Lanes in São Paulo, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

Movements for improving public transport began a few years ago in São Paulo, with groups advocating for better conditions for non-motorized transport including bicycles and pedestrian pathways. Now these movements have f... Read article

8,000 Families in Minas Gerais, Brazil Face Mass Eviction & Displacement

by Nora Lamm

More than 8,000 families will be evicted from their homes without alternative accommodation in the near future. The government of the state of Minas Gerais said that they are planning a "mega-operation" that will dislodg... Read article