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.

Rio de Janeiro Creates New Urban Policy Organization for Mayorial Cooperation

by Nora Lamm

Over the course of the next decade, the number of industries and logistics companies (who look after the transport and storage of goods) is expected to double in the state of Rio Grande, Brazil. The question for planners... Read article

How Will Google Design the New São Paulo, Brazil Campus for Entrepreneurs?

by Nora Lamm

This week, Google announced that São Paulo, Brazil will host a Google Campus for Entrepreneurs in order to create a shared workplace oriented towards entrepreneurs in the technology sector who are starting their own busi... Read article

São Paulo, Brazil Hosts the Google for Entrepreneurs Women's Startup Weekend

by Nora Lamm

With the goal in mind of turning ideas into new business models, the 2014 Women's Startup Weekend (SWW), a major event in the world of entrepreneurship, will take place August 15-17th at the FIAP in São Paulo, Brazil. It... Read article

Residents of São Paulo, Paulistanos, Lose One Month Per Year Sitting in Traffic

by Nora Lamm

If you won two weeks vacation every month, what would you do? Time is freedom. To enjoy family, to travel, go to the park, the beach, the movies, all of the activities that enrich our lives. The good news is that our cit... Read article

Porto Alegre, Brazil Follows National Policy to Combat Homeslessness

by Nora Lamm

On Tuesday July 29th, Mayor José Fortunati signed an agreement that the city of Porto Alegre will adhere to the National Policy on Homeless Populations. The signing was attended by the Minister on Human Rights of the Pre... Read article

Northeastern Brazilian State of Ceará Attracts New Tourism

by Nora Lamm

The Ceará Aquarium will be ready in December 2015, said Tourism Secretary Bismarck Maia. The final schedule of the work was presented by ICM Reynolds, the American company responsible for the construction. The equipme... Read article

São Paulo, Brazil Mobilizes to Preserve Cultural Spaces

by Nora Lamm

After a great deal of political mobilization, the Fine Arts Cinema reopened its doors to the public on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the traditional corner of Rua da Consolação and Avenida Paulista. Faced with pressures fro... Read article

Beach Pollution a Major Threat to Fisheries, Economy & Tourism in Fortaleza, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

The mission: picking up trash on a stretch of the Praia do Futuro (Beach of the Future in Fortaleza, Brazil). Sponsored by the Cleaning the World Organization, volunteers gathered together with gloves to protect their ha... Read article

A Look at the Positive Legacy of the World Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil

by Nora Lamm

It is not difficult to see the legacy of the World Cup for the city of Porto Alegre. In total, fourteen major transportation public works have been developed in different regions that will dramatically change traffic pat... Read article

New Mobile App for Bus Commuters in Rio de Janeiro Found Unuseful

by Nora Lamm

On the 11th of June, the city of Rio de Janeiro received a tool that allows mobile access and real-time information about bus lines and routes, as well as attractions. Through QR Code technology and Near Field Communicat... Read article

Obstacles Ahead for São Paulo's Master Plan

by Nora Lamm

The Master Plan of the city of São Paulo is a set of guidelines, backed by the power of local law, whose purpose is to guide urban growth through the next sixteen years. The new plan was approved this week after nine mon... Read article

Communities in the Amazon Use Solar Power to Watch the World Cup

by Nora Lamm

Isolated communities in the interior of the Amazon are now able to watch the games of the World Cup, especially to support the Brazilian team, which is something that was unthinkable for decades. The community of the Sob... Read article

São Paulo, Brazil Reforms Urban Waste Disposal Practices

by Nora Lamm

Many people separate dry waste from organic waste, but we know little about the destination of these materials. If, indeed, they are used for recycling, isn't it possible to also reuse organic waste? The final destinatio... Read article