Starting with The Grid in December of 2012, I never imagined where a year of blogging would take me. Studying environmental engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I wasn't quite sure what the future would hold within this very realm; however I would come to find out that this blogging experience would expose me to an area within environmental engineering, leading me to a future in urban planning and green design.
Looking into the green design and urban planning scene, I was surprised to find that Lincoln, Nebraska was actually moving forward in this type of design, embracing it and moving forward with innovate design and infrastructure. With this in mind, I was immediately eager to start writing, showing people that Nebraska is not just a flat “fly over state” in the middle of the United States, but rather a hub for innovation within the Midwest. Looking back, I feel as if I was successful in this goal; having written such posts showing the unique revitalization of a flood plain, the innovative developments of the Haymarket development, urban planning within the college campus of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, as well as several forward thinking interest groups determined to introduce innovative design within the city of Lincoln. All of these posts having truly showcased how Lincoln is continuing to take a step in the right direction.
Writing for The Grid has truly opened my eyes to all that Lincoln has to offer as far as urban planning, while providing a holistic view of urban planning on a global scale. I have become aware of what the future holds within sustainable design and the blog has allowed me to perpetuate and share my own ideologies of where urban planning should be headed. My posts have evolved over the course of the year - honing in on the importance of creation without destruction. Urban planners, architects, and engineers alike must continue to build cities and expand; however doing so while considering the biology and nature of the city’s surroundings. Through acknowledging the relationship between the natural world and our consumer society, cities can evolve into innovative and progressive areas, while maintaining the environment within them. The Grid has truly allowed me to let this idea grow and share it with others around the globe.
I want to thank The Grid team for all that they have done and the constructive feedback they have given me throughout the year. This experience has given me so many opportunities and I can only hope that I have given back as much as it has given me.
And now I must say goodbye from the “good life” of the capital city Lincoln, Nebraska.
Credits: Images by Lisa Gran. Data linked to sources.