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Greenroofs.com Projects - Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore

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Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education’s College Central has made a bold statement to embrace Singapore’s transformation into a ‘City in a Garden.’

 

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institution in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers as well as continuing education and training to working adults.


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Resaerch suggest farming was central to the birth of urbanism. Uruk is in southern Mesopotamia was founded by the Sumerians around 3500 BC. Archaeologists agree that Uruk was the first true city, characterised by zoning and operating of a civic administration. According to records, the administration was mostly managing the agricultural hinterland, and experts suggest that these complex tasks led to the Sumerians inventing writing. As it was in the begining....

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FarmRoof®'s curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:45 PM

This is awesome, great example to set for all of our cities!

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If we are smart, all of our cities will soon look like this...

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Harvesting The Biosphere: Book Review | Bill Gates

Harvesting The Biosphere: Book Review | Bill Gates | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it
Bill Gates reviews the book Harvesting the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil, which looks at the impact human activities are having on the web of plants, animals, and other life forms that compose the Earth’s biosphere, and what it means for our future.
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How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub

How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it

The city of Nantes, the fifth largest in France, is a place of rich history dating back at least as far as the second century.  Economically, Nantes was long a port and shipbuilding center of considerable significance. 
But the shipping and shipbuilding industry in western Europe began a serious decline in the 1960s and 70s, and the last major shipbuilding facility in Nantes closed in 1986. 
The proud city needed a new identity in order to remain relevant. That new identity became, first, culture and then, sustainability. Today the two have come together in some highly innovative ways that have led the European Union to designate Nantes as its "Green Capital" for 2013.

The EU’s annual green designation was created by the European Commission in the last decade, with Stockholm selected as the first honoree, for 2010. The prestigious competition involves a lengthy application process and is judged on the basis of twelve overlapping environmental criteria:

Response to climate change
Transportation
Urban green spaces
Land use
Nature and biodiversity
Air quality
Noise pollution
Waste reduction and management
Water consumption
Wastewater treatment
Green municipal management
Dissemination of best practices

The 2013 award for Nantes included specific praise for the city’s efforts regarding climate, transportation, water, and biodiversity...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, December 18, 2012 12:17 PM

Nantes is the fifth largest city in France and in it's earlier life was a hub for shipping and ship building. The proud city needed a new identity in order to remain relevant.  That new identity became, first, culture and then, sustainability.  Today the two have come together in some highly innovative ways that have led the European Union to designate Nantes as its "Green Capital" for 2013.

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"Community Gardens in the City" video by USF student Marisa Silva #usfca

A glimpse of urban agriculture in San Francisco illustrated by the community gardens of the University of San Francisco, Potrero Hill, 19th & Rhode Island, and the…

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Sam Wilder's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:24 PM

Marisa Silva is a member of the USF Urban Agriculture class. She made this awesome video about community gardens and urban ag in SF for her video production class. One of the main goals of the USF urban agriculture program is not only to teach students how to grow healthy food in sustainable ways, but to utilize social media and find ways to tell these stories and get the word out. This is a perfect example of how to do this. Awesome job! 

Lizzie Roeble's comment, May 11, 2013 11:08 PM
sweet video!
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resilients:start [the libarynth]

resilients:start [the libarynth] | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it

Resilients imagine possible futures and prototype them as artistic experiments in living and working environments. In 2011 a group of us started the Resilients project to collect, create, share and support resilient creative practices that we believe are needed to thrive in uncertain, turbulent times.


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Robots in Ecology: Welcome to the machine - H+ Magazine

Robots in Ecology: Welcome to the machine - H+ Magazine | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it
WHY USE ROBOTS IN ECOLOGY? Ecology as a scientific discipline dates back to Renaissance, yet it has only flourished over the past 50 years. Long considered second class “soft” science, it now enjoys strong support from ...
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10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs

10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it

Rising sustainability concerns over the last decade have brought about a fascinating new tendency in landscape concepts for development and renewal of urban and even industrial areas. Nature is coming back to cities and that’s a wonderful opportunity for us to get back to it too. Experience the mesmerizing beauty of these nature bites inserted into urban context and let’s hope this is the future of landscape architecture!


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Greenroofs.com Projects - Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore

Greenroofs.com Projects - Institute of Technical Education HQ & College Central, Singapore | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it

Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education’s College Central has made a bold statement to embrace Singapore’s transformation into a ‘City in a Garden.’

 

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institution in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers as well as continuing education and training to working adults.


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Resaerch suggest farming was central to the birth of urbanism. Uruk is in southern Mesopotamia was founded by the Sumerians around 3500 BC. Archaeologists agree that Uruk was the first true city, characterised by zoning and operating of a civic administration. According to records, the administration was mostly managing the agricultural hinterland, and experts suggest that these complex tasks led to the Sumerians inventing writing. As it was in the begining....

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FarmRoof®'s curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:45 PM

This is awesome, great example to set for all of our cities!

Angela Lundmark's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:07 PM

If we are smart, all of our cities will soon look like this...

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THE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem

THE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem | Biospheric Cities | Scoop.it
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Working at the Biospheric Foundation with the mushroom team today, I am begining to understand the shear complexities and wonderment of the humble shroom. 

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