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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.

Autonomous Driving: Are Cities Ready? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post

by Sarah Essbai

We’ve all read it or heard it: It’s only a matter of time before self-driving cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, become part of our streetscape. For the first time in decades, here is an innovation that promises to... Read article

The Global Grid's Holiday Book List - 2017/2018 Winter Edition

by Sarah Essbai

Holidays are for family, friends, good food, getaways and postponed reading in our favorite nooks. At The Global Grid, the holidays have always been the occasion to review and update our books-to-read (or re-read) list. ... Read article

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

by Sarah Essbai

Every third Wednesday of the month, join our community of urban development, building professionals, and enthusiasts in an hour-long chat on Twitter, from 12:00 p.m. to 01:00 p.m. PST, to discuss a wide-range of urban to... 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 David Long

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