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6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"Many freeway systems were overbuilt in an auto-obsessed era, only to realize later that cities are actually healthier, greener, and safer without them. Like freeway cap parks, which hope to bridge the chasms through severed neighborhoods—Boston's Big Dig is a great example—freeway removal projects try to eradicate and undo the damage wrought from highways, while creating new, multifunctional shared streets that can be utilized by transit, bikes, walkers and yes, even cars.

 

"Okay, you're thinking, but where do all the cars go? It turns out that when you take out a high-occupancy freeway it doesn't turn the surface streets into the equivalent of the Autobahn. A theory called "induced demand" proves that if you make streets bigger, more people will use them. When you make them smaller, drivers discover and use other routes, and traffic turns out to be about the same. Don't believe it? Check out these freeway removals in cities all over the world and see for yourself."

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Ecopolis: The emergence of 'regenerative cities'

Ecopolis: The emergence of 'regenerative cities' | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Professor Herbert Girardet has spent much of his working life on this issue and has come up with the concept of ‘regenerative cities' that aims to set out a roadmap of transformation in the way cities function - and also offers hope that humanity's fate need not be one of resource wars, conflict and climate chaos.

 

Girardet gradually came to realise that the concept of ‘sustainability' is no longer fit for purpose;

 

"Today there is much less to sustain than when the term was coined in the 1980s. We've exceeded the limits to growth on nearly every aspect of development. Sustainable development will not dig us out of the hole we find ourselves in. We have to start thinking in terms of regenerative development. This means working towards giving back to nature as much we take.

 

So, what is a regenerative city - ‘Ecopolis'? It is one that relies primarily on local and regional food supplies; it is powered, heated, cooled and driven by renewable energy, and it reuses resources and restores degraded ecosystems. This is diametrically opposed to how many cities are currently run: they use resources without concern for their origins or destination of their waste products; they emit vast amounts of carbon dioxide without ensuring reabsorption and they consume huge amounts of meat produced mainly with imported feed, often from devastated rainforest regions.


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Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
This is an interview with B.K. Bose, who started the non-profit Niroga Institute with a few yoga students in 2005. Niroga was asked to help work with a group of delinquent young women in an alternative high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, and from the first yoga class the Niroga teachers could see how these students took to the mindful action, breathing and centering (the ABCs) like fish to water. They seemed to connect with a place inside themselves that was safe from all the dysfunction

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.
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Mindfulness in the city : Safe and stressless


When kids drop out of school, the risks of inner-city violence increases.  Entire families are struggling with stresses that can be reduced with scientific approaches to mindful yoga and meditation.

Thet's where Niroga Institute's program comes into play: Transformative Life Skills (TLS).


Nurturing every child's Potential


"We believe that every child and every youth has infinite capability for self-awareness and self-mastery, to act rather than merely react, to achieve their fullest potential."


Watch a short video on Yoga, Self-Control and Social Transformation here.


by Rob Schware

12 Dec 2012


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Magical Urbanism | URBZ via @wwjimd

Magical Urbanism | URBZ via @wwjimd | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

That reality often exceeds imagination is well known. What is less often discussed is how imagination can transform reality.


The fact is that fantasies of radical transgression, including bombing and killing have always been part of a certain subversive imagination, which is particularly appealing to the youth. Especially those who have been brainwashed into negating their violent impulses, desires, drives, aspirations and ego-trips. Attraction to extreme violence, in fictional or actual form is often a response to an unbearable level of frustration caused by the repression of perfectly healthy impulses – impulses to do with expression of anger, creativity and active control of their lives. (...)


It is unfair to expect any self-denial of these impulses from the youth. And it is even worse to lock them up in a world running on autopilot, where any sense of agency is deemed dangerous or impulsive. To them, such a world seems headed straight to a crash. So many youth across the world feel trapped in rigid urban and social structures; stuck in a reality that they are not allowed to reinvent. As a result they often respond passionately to fictionalized versions of reality, which are full of possibilities, including the most extreme and destructive ones. Most often these fictions remain in the realm of the imagination, but sometimes, when intent and determination are high enough, they do translate into reality. (...)


The space of youthful imagination is highly potent. It is like a fertile jungle continuously producing a million new audacious ideas. It is violent and exciting, destructive and creative, all at the same time. It is a space where one can get lost, discover, experiment and grow. A sacred grove of sorts, that one can come back to at any point in time to reconnect to a vital creative energy that helps accomplish wonders


August 26, 2009 by matias


ReTweetYouth : Escaping the trap with #Creativity via @wwjimd

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What GNH (Gross National Happiness) measures

Gross National Happiness #GNHin  Butan measures: compassion,social sustainable development, fairness of distribution, environmental conservation.

 

They want to be 100% organic & biodynamic. They pledge to be carbon neutral. They also measure material and inmaterial dimension of education and are moving from a monarchy to a democracy. All the hierarchy reports from the point of view of GNH.

 

GNH is Not hippie happiness but: a transformative approach, a non-dual perspective (understading of the oneness of people and land) and a systemic approach (considering all levels of the system). Bottom up and top down. They are also creating a Center to apply GNH.

 

Tho Ha Vinh and Julia Kim on Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Bhutan, at the Presencing Global Forum 2012 in Berlin...


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ARTFARMS: A New Approach to Urban Vacancy and “Zombie Cities”

ARTFARMS: A New Approach to Urban Vacancy and “Zombie Cities” | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Andrea Salvini is is a co-curator for Artfarms and a Brooklyn-based architect with a growing reputation for his work in sustainability.


Artfarms, a pilot project that came out of Terrains Vagues, an organization started in 2011 by architect David Lagé, focuses on design strategies for vacant urban places. It began with a simple observation: the East Side of Buffalo feeds a widespread negative perception that discourages urban redevelopment. Terrain Vague’s belief is that cultural concepts can succeed where conventional approaches have not.


Artfarms is a collaboration with local artists and urban farmers, the latter group having transformed these once-residential, abandoned lots into small farms. Artfarms takes the farming concept a step further by using the farmers’ land for outdoor art installations, which will become part of the landscape both as a cultural layer and a destination within the neighborhood.


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Student Power Convergence 2012

Student Power Convergence 2012 | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

College students are under attack in the United States, and around the world. One only need look as far as Quebec or Mexico for evidence of student uprising.

 

... in Washington politicians debated for months over whether or not to allow interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

 

The $1 trillion of student debt held in the US officially exceeds our nation’s credit card debt. Legislators continue to propose bills which raise the cost of attendance at major public universities around the world.

 

I stand with students around the world seeking to create a universal system of higher education which empowers education as a human right, something which all human beings ought to able to pursue to the extent that they choose.

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The Connected City - Design Mind

The Connected City - Design Mind | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Discussing technology's role in transforming the urban landscape with the New Cities Foundation's Mathieu Lefevre.


design mind: With urbanization growing exponentially, it seems as though there will be an implosion. What is technology’s role in managing or improving these new environments or mega cities?


Mathieu Lefevre: Take the subway in any major city, particularly in Asia, and this implosion you refer to is visible. Half of the passengers are reading the news, emailing their friends or playing Angry Birds on a phone or tablet. But I think, as strange as it may sound, technology has the potential to make the mega city more human or certainly to allow humans to connect more. One of the factors most closely associated with the experience of the megapolis in surveys is loneliness. Technology, while it does not replace human contact, can help connect city dwellers and certainly navigate the immensity of the megacity.

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Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.

 

A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.

 

 

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10 Trends That Are Changing Cities Forever

10 Trends That Are Changing Cities Forever | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
When it comes to technology and strategy, government is often behind the times, and far behind the most innovative businesses. It's slow-moving, risk-averse, and subject to many electoral and legal constraints.

Cities, on the other hand, move much faster. That was the subject of a recent panel hosted by SAP and the Brookings Institute, what Sean O'Brien, the Global Vice President Of Urban Matters and Public Security at SAP called the "secret sauce" of the best-run cities.
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10 trends discussed:

  1. Engaging people through their smartphones
  2. Facebook games and interactive community meetings
  3. Saving taxpayer money by consulting for other cities   
  4. Getting the best out of city employees
  5. Less bureaucracy and more leadership
  6. Crowdsourcing ideas and apps from citizens
  7. Using a city's unique attributes to compete globally 
  8. They're driven to innovate by the debt crisis
  9. Becoming more transparent
  10. Moving away from paper and towards big data
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Opening the Gates – Gurgaon, India

Opening the Gates – Gurgaon, India | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Gurgaon, India is one of the fastest-growing cities in one of the most rapidly urbanizing countries on the planet. Known as the Millennium City because it barely existed two decades ago, the Delhi satellite is a study in contrast. Multinational corporations do business from gleaming skyscrapers that overlook unpaved roads and slums with no running water or sewer system. Tech entrepreneurs employed by Fortune 500 companies live in gated communities that on the inside look like any ritzy suburb, except even fancier and the water has to be trucked in. Outside, feral pigs roam free. Since the city’s beginning, the disparity has been stark and unabated. Now that is beginning to change, with an emerging class of young leaders who say the city cannot continue this unsustainable growth. These individuals are moving outside their walled subdivisions to engage with India’s notoriously dysfunctional government and work for reform. The goal is to build a better city for all. If they succeed, this jarringly free-market city could become a model for repairing broken democracy.

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Cities: Salvation Or Infestation? : NPR

Cities: Salvation Or Infestation? : NPR | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

There are lots of lines of evidence telling us our current model for cities is unsustainable. Does that mean cities themselves are the problem and we should all move back to the farm?


Urban agriculture and rooftop farms could be part of the solution. There are proposals to make buildings more like plants so that they can get everything they need right where they sit. There are opportunities for using Big Data to make urban energy consumption hyper efficient. In a thousand-thousand ways — some big and some small — there are opportunities to reimagine how cities work and how we work within them. That is pretty awesome.


With seven billion people and counting, it is likely that the density and efficiencies cities enable might be our only hope for a vibrant, high-tech and sustainable civilization. And with 70 percent of the world's population expected to move into cities by 2050, do we really have any choice?


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Old buildings ‘repurposed’ as unique housing

Old buildings ‘repurposed’ as unique housing | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Throughout the District, “no more pencils, no more books” is the mantra of the moment, as increasing numbers of former D.C. public school buildings are being transformed into offices, gallery spaces, gyms and, yes, homes. To be sure, most of these buildings stood abandoned for quite awhile, overshadowed by hulking office buildings never dreamed of in the days of recess and recitation, or forgotten by neighborhoods struggling with new challenges.


And old schools are not the only structures being re-imagined and reinvigorated. From far-flung rural outposts to well within city limits, old warehouses, churches, barns and stores are finding new lives and new purposes for the 21st century.

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Finding new uses for old buildings is hardly a new idea, but in the past few decades, terms like “repurposing” and “adaptive reuse” have been on the lips of nearly every city official and developer. For preservationists and the historically minded, repurposed old buildings provide a concrete connection with the past while honoring the building’s former function within the neighborhood.

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Building Literacy / Touching Families

Building Literacy / Touching Families | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Understanding the learning potential of young children can change the world in dramatic ways. It can ensure peace or exacerbate war. That little brain is going to adapt whether it means pulling a trigger or planting a seed. Peace Corps and Rotary International are powerful organizations dedicated to a peaceful world. One of the avenues to that end is literacy. If children are able to read, they will be more informed and can make decisions for themselves. People who can read are more able to take charge of their lives and are less likely to be victimized.

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Unconventional university takes shape in San Mateo

Unconventional university takes shape in San Mateo | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

SAN MATEO -- At Draper University of Heroes, venture capitalist Tim Draper is transforming a dilapidated Third Avenue landmark into what he hopes will be a world-class boarding school for young entrepreneurs.  


Draper said he's pleased with the program, which the early investor in Hotmail and Skype has personally overseen. Regarding the comic-book vibe of the school's name, he said it reflects his belief that "the world needs more heroes." The morning recitation expresses a value system of fairness, hard work and enthusiasm.

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KarmaTube: Food People Power

KarmaTube: Food People Power | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

“Food People Power For many years, people living in West Oakland had accepted eating unhealthy food as a way of life. That is, until a small group of people decided to change their community through Mandela MarketPlace, a non-profit that partners with local residents and rural, minority farmers to bring fresh agricultural produce to their local corner stores. Mandela MarketPlace now represents the difference that youth can make by challenging prevailing paradigms - you CAN select what you put in your body.”

 

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