Sarah Essbai

Sarah Essbai is an architect, urban planner and independent researcher based in Zaandam, in The Netherlands. As of September 2017, she is leading the communications and marketing efforts of The Global Grid.

Top 20 Active and Alternative Transportation Websites of 2018

by Sarah Essbai

May, National Bike Month, is over. To extend the momentum, we are releasing the second edition of our top 20 of the most visited active and alternative transportation websites according to Alexa Analytics scores. This ra... Read article

Planning for Bicycles: The Fight for Complete Streets | #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

by Sarah Essbai

#TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat topic for National Bike Month addressed biking infrastructure in cities and how to best engage communities in implementing complete streets. The creation of new bike lanes in many cities is of... Read article

Planning for Bicycles: The Fight for Complete Streets | #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post

by Sarah Essbai

In the United States, May is national bike month. And at The Global Grid, we’re happy to take any occasion to discuss biking, planning for bikes and biking infrastructure in the city. This month’s #TheGlobalGrid Twitter ... Read article

Top 20 Civic Tech Websites for Urban Planners and City Makers of 2018

by Sarah Essbai

A new category is joining our annual website rankings this year: Civic Technology/Civic Tech. Hundreds of online tools and websites are deployed to enable public participation and community action and empower citizens th... Read article

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

by Sarah Essbai

April’s #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat was dedicated to green roofs, a special sustainable building feature gaining popularity in cities around the world. During our chat, we asked if green roofs benefit more than the build... Read article

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post

by Sarah Essbai

Green roofs are gaining popularity across the globe. As urban development ramps up, green roofs offer unexpected room for nature. They hold all the benefits of green open spaces while mitigating numerous environmental is... Read article

Cynthia Bowen, APA President, on Being a Woman in Urban Planning

by Sarah Essbai

We would like to close our celebration of women this month with some wise words from Cynthia Bowen, the current President of the American Planning Association (APA). Cynthia Bowen is the director of planning for Rund... Read article

Safety through Environmental Design | #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

by Sarah Essbai

What impact does environmental design have on safety in our cities was the question addressed in #TheGlobalGrid March Twitter chat. Safety is a core element of a quality urban life. A safe city ensures that all its city ... Read article

Safety through Environmental Design | #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post

by Sarah Essbai

Safety is one of the defining elements of a city’s quality of life. It is often measured by metrics of crime rate, number of reported homicides, acts of vandalism and other violent incidents which objectively quantify an... Read article

Women in the Built Environment: Where Do We Stand? In Honor of International Women’s Day 2018

by Sarah Essbai

When I graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture in Rabat, Morocco, we were a class of 73 students, 68 young women, and 14 young men. That’s right, more than 75% of this group of freshly graduated architects were... Read article

City Branding: What Role in Placemaking? #TheGlobalGrid February Chat Recap

by Sarah Essbai

Our February chat discussed city branding and its role in placemaking. City branding strategies are adopted by an increasing number of cities around the world to strengthen their competitive advantage. City branding does... Read article

City Branding: What Role in Placemaking? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post

by Sarah Essbai

Cities around the world are competing to attract talent, investment, and business; the pillars of economic success and growth. The effects can be found in planning documents, economic development strategies and growth vi... Read article

Autonomous Driving: Are Cities Ready? #TheGlobalGrid January Twitter Chat Recap

by Sarah Essbai

On Wednesday, January 17th, we hosted #TheGlobalGrid inaugural Twitter chat of 2018. Autonomous driving was the highly requested topic of the month and for good reason. We’ve all heard of the self-driving cars' promise t... Read article