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How to Design a Happier City

How to Design a Happier City | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 7, 8:22 PM

Australian Curriculum Geography - enhancing liveability

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7 Cities with Great Green Projects

7 Cities with Great Green Projects | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Cities can be hot-spots of pollution, with thousands or millions of people, cars, pets, industries, and more contributing to global warming.

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oyndrila's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:01 AM

Green projects help cities to be socially and environmentally sustainable.

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World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy

World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony planted with trees that are able to respond to the city’s weather — shade will be provided within the summer, while also filtering city pollution; and in the winter the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building. Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The design of the Bosco Verticale is a response to both urban sprawl and the disappearance of nature from our lives and on the landscape. The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland. Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.


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Sieg Holle's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:43 AM

excellent use of space   for  new vitality -renewal

Eco Installer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:42 AM

A perfect way to live in a forest! 

Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, March 29, 9:49 PM

Now THAT's a green building...

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Disaster Resilience Education For Schools | Australian Emergency Management Institute

Disaster Resilience Education For Schools | Australian Emergency Management Institute | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, October 23, 2013 6:58 PM

CD - The causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard.

 

A mountain of resources here - whether you are studying bushfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes - there's something for you here.

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Reimagining How to Build Cities on a Human Scale - News - Concrete Playground Sydney

Reimagining How to Build Cities on a Human Scale - News - Concrete Playground Sydney | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Cities are brilliant. They facilitate things like coffee, sex and conversation.
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Out of Africa – Did the Colonial Powers ever Really Leave?

Out of Africa – Did the Colonial Powers ever Really Leave? | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Africa may have achieved independence, but the old colonial ties are still important as France’s decision to send troops to Mali to fight Islamist extremists shows.

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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 10:27 AM

This infographic was very interesting.  By using color coding it highlights the areas of influence the colonel powers still maintain over their old possessions.  This map is helpful in understanding how this affects the politics of theses regions today.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 25, 12:59 PM

Colonial ties are still very prevalent due to Europe's dependence upon the resources of Africa. European countries like England and France invest billions in Africa, not to help those African nations, but to build infrastructure for resource extraction or to keep governments stable. Though the true exploitation of Africa has ended, the current situation certainly has the ring of exploitation as the people of Europe enjoy the diamonds and chocolate harvested by the multitudes of impoverished people of Africa.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 4:04 PM

Colony powers are still located within Africa. Just because Africa is technically independent doesn't mean that British Colonial power isn't still in place.

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New York-style elevated park plan for Ultimo

New York-style elevated park plan for Ultimo | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
AN INDUSTRIAL relic on the city's western fringe is poised to be made into a New York-style High Line.
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peoplemovin - A visualization of migration flows

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Geography in the news 2013

Geography in the news 2013 | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Pages, links and information showing how Geography is a topical, evolving subject
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Tornado hits Bundaberg Queensland

Queensland's wild weather has taken an incredible turn, with more than a thousand homes under threat of flooding in Central Queensland and a tornado tearing ...
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Crocodiles 'in mass SA escape'

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Some 15,000 crocodiles reportedly escaped from a farm in South Africa's far north amid heavy rains and flooding.
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mental_floss mobile

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Crisis in the Central African Republic: Dispatch One - YouTube

They went to the airport when the massacres began. Residents of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, knew that French soldiers were stationed...
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5 Part series by vice. It gives a fairly good overview of the conflict in Central Africa. There is some violence, particularly in part 3.

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The case for recognising indigenous Australians in our constitution

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to hold a referendum on recognising Aboriginal peoples in the Australian constitution. Professor George Williams from...


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What each country leads the world in

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World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities

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Forging a New Mobility Majority though Equity, Efficiency, Economy and . . . lots of hard work
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Lift-off for urban cable car projects as cities seek transport solutions

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Australian population to top 23 million tonight - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian population to top 23 million tonight - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Australia's population will reach an estimated 23 million people some time tonight.
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Australian Census Stats: The population capacity of Australia

Australian Census Stats: The population capacity of Australia | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
How many people can Australia handle, based on food growing capacity?
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Difference Differently

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Flood Plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Queensland's rainfall outlook in one animated map - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Queensland's rainfall outlook in one animated map - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Australia's Physical Environment and Natural Hazards | Scoop.it
Heavy rainfall prompted by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald is expected to continue and spread south across Queensland and into northern New South Wales over the rest of the Australia Day weekend.
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Bushfires

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Public Transit and Density

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:25 PM

This image is an excellent visualization to use when teaching about density, public transportation and urban planning. 


Questions to Ponder: How is this a persuasive image?  Do you argee with the argument that the planning office is making? Are there something important factors that this image ignores?


Tags: transportation, urban, planning, density, sustainability, unit 7 cities.

Imran Ahmed Khan's comment, January 17, 2013 3:44 PM
Good picture! It defines the growth of the city that impact on urbanization rate, public health, socioeconomic environment. It also tell us that if we reduce vehicles on the road more space and clean environment may we get, that reduce motality and morbadity of several disease especially lung diseases.
Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:31 PM

What are the benefits for each?  Drawbacks? You decide!