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Sarah Essbai

Sarah Essbai graduated in 2013 with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University in Indiana where she pursued her studies as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to moving to the US, Sarah obtained her Diplome d’Architecte from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture in Rabat, Morocco. In Morocco, Sarah worked on the development of a green lodging facility in the Moroccan desert as well as the historic rehabilitation of the historic center of Fez, her hometown. Sarah’s interests include affordable housing, which was the subject of her master’s thesis, community development, real estate crowdfunding and social design. She believes that within these topics, sustainability should be inherent and should be a necessary component of every design project and development.

Your Guide to Joining The Global Grid Monthly Twitter Chat #TheGlobalGrid

by Sarah Essbai

Starting January 2018, The Global Grid relaunches its monthly chat on Twitter. Every third Wednesday of the month, join our community of urban development, building professionals, and enthusiasts in an hour-long chat on ... Read article

Amsterdam's First Urban CSA: Pluk! Groenten van West

by Sarah Essbai

Amsterdam, the Netherlands is home to a thriving urban food scene. A strong interest in food production, distribution and consumption patterns has been growing steadily in the past few years. Food initiatives are multipl... Read article

Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2017

by Sarah Essbai

The fourth category in our 2017 rankings is architecture. This year, eleven new (and returning) websites were added to our list of the most visited architecture online platforms; as measured by Alexa Analytics internatio... Read article

Top 20 Civil Engineering Websites of 2017

by Sarah Essbai

This year’s list of the top 20 most visited civil and structural engineering websites includes a record number of professional organizations; more than half. The knowledge and career development resources made available ... Read article

Top 20 Landscape Architecture Websites of 2017

by Sarah Essbai

The websites of this year’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture ranking represent a variety of interests within the field of landscape architecture and design. We included resources for inspiration, career development, urban s... Read article

Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2017

by Sarah Essbai

This year, marking the sixth year of our annual ranking, six new websites joined the ranks of our Top 20 Urban Planning Websites selection. Last year’s top ranking websites are, however, holding tight to their positions ... Read article

Top 20 Architecture Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

The long awaited The Global Grid architecture websites ranking is finally here. Be sure to check out our other rankings this year, including the Top 20 landscape architecture, urban planning, and civil / structural engin... Read article

Top 20 Civil / Structural Engineering Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

The Global Grid's third ranking of 2016 (don’t miss our landscape architecture and urban planning lists) brings you the twenty most popular civil and structural engineering websites. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers webs... Read article

Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

Our fifth annual ranking of urban planning websites is out! This year’s list is diverse and reflects the broad appeal and influence of urban planning not only among professionals, but also the public at-large. Like previ... Read article

Top 20 Landscape Architecture Websites of 2016

by Sarah Essbai

This year’s Top 20 Landscape Architecture websites list is a mix of the old and the new. There are the consistent front runners, but there are also some who made way for some interesting new additions. Newcomers include ... Read article

Book Review of “Spectacular Vernacular: London’s 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings”

by Sarah Essbai

In "Spectacular Vernacular: London's 100 Most Extraordinary Buildings," David Long takes the reader through central London to discover its least known yet extraordinary buildings. As disclosed in the book's introduction,... Read article

Farewell to The Grid, from Sarah Essbai

by Sarah Essbai

When I started as a blogger at The Grid, I was packing to go back to my home country of Morocco. I had spent two years in the United States as a Fulbright scholar at the graduate urban planning program of Ball State Un... Read article

Noord-Zuidlijn in Amsterdam: Digging a Metro Line under the Historic City

by Sarah Essbai

For the last ten years, visitors of Amsterdam have been surprised at the sight of several open construction sites in the city’s historic center. Starting at Central Station, open construction sites are found throughout t... Read article