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A Mixed-Use Project Takes Cues from Australia's Landscape

A Mixed-Use Project Takes Cues from Australia's Landscape | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

Nestled between ocean and rain forest, the Wharf Road project establishes a new benchmark for ecological design within the natural environment.

Taking cues from the variety of geological outcroppings across the vastness of Australia’s landscape the Wharf Road proposal quite simply represents the translation of these features into an urban condition. Pushing up from the urban landscape the crystalline towers at Wharf-Road pierce the skyline as prismatic stalagmites reflecting and refracting light, creating an iconic urban-geology.

The architecture is simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; straightforward, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant...


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Smart Signage: Points- Postscapes

Smart Signage: Points- Postscapes | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
A look at the web enabled wayfinding system
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Really great idea for all forms of physical environment. The ability to refocus guests and visitors opens a up a whole area of possibilities and responsive signage

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Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique

Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
A salute to those special places—some humble, some utterly utilitarian—that give a city its unique personality and collective soul.


The six places and objects shown at the link are urban amenities of a particular kind, but really they’re much more than that. These are the distinct features in the landscape that give a city its unique character. Every city has them. They can be supremely useful (the parkettes in Toronto, Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, D.C.’s fabulous subway stations) or gloriously idiosyncratic (the hidden staircases in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh’s charming Inclines, the incongruous gas lamps of sunny San Diego).

All of them, however, play a beloved civic role that transcends their mere function, lending a kind of quiet poetry to daily life, grace notes to the grind. Six writers and designers, one from each city, reflect on these special characters in the urban landscape...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:54 AM

This thought from the article sums it up for me...."believe that we can be great and that change is possible and that we can achieve it."

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A Mixed-Use Project Takes Cues from Australia's Landscape

A Mixed-Use Project Takes Cues from Australia's Landscape | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

Nestled between ocean and rain forest, the Wharf Road project establishes a new benchmark for ecological design within the natural environment.

Taking cues from the variety of geological outcroppings across the vastness of Australia’s landscape the Wharf Road proposal quite simply represents the translation of these features into an urban condition. Pushing up from the urban landscape the crystalline towers at Wharf-Road pierce the skyline as prismatic stalagmites reflecting and refracting light, creating an iconic urban-geology.

The architecture is simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; straightforward, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant...


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Building architecture from surroundings...

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When architects design death chambers | SmartPlanet

When architects design death chambers | SmartPlanet | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
Should architects boycott prison design projects or advocate, instead, for cost-effective, well-designed and humane correctional facilities?
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What Cities Are Doing To Become Water Smart | EarthTechling

What Cities Are Doing To Become Water Smart | EarthTechling | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
Many cities are already getting a jump start on smart water solutions and their work provides models for other places dealing with water challenges.
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Splinter Society — Architecture & Human Environments

Splinter Society — Architecture & Human Environments | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
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What beautiful use of space

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Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects

Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

Mario Cucinella Architects have designed the ARPT headquarters in Algeria with a fin-like form referencing sand dunes and Mediterranean architecture.

 

The project is inspired by the Algerian desert landscape, where the dunes are manufactured by wind and sand. An institutional building as the new ARPT headquarters serves as the reference point within a neighborhood and a city where tradition and modernity merge each other to create new symbolic and cultural scenarios.

The desire to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture and, in particular, by the natural cooling techniques of the past, suggested an aerodynamic shape, convex on the North side to divert the hot winds, and concave on the South side to capture the cool breezes during the night, and thus to promote the natural ventilation of the building.

Form, energy and tradition are transformed then into a new building that will become a symbol of the development of Algeria.


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ParadigmGallery's comment, July 8, 2013 12:04 PM
interesting concepts...
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Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home

Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

This house is integrated with nature, sustainably designed and features a pared back palette infused with just the right amount of contrast.


Originally designed by Bark Design, the architects adopted principles of authenticity, economy, durability and simplicity into the design. A change in ownership gave the opportunity to further explore and refine the dwelling for its new occupants.

In the words of the architects, "The basic ‘pavilion’ plan was sketched out in the sand during an early site visit. A simple diagram of two timber pavilions placed either side of a 50 year old Morton Bay Ash ensures that the tree takes centre stage to the scale, proportions and life of the house around it. Celebrating its natural, coastal setting, the house provides its occupants with an inextricable link to the landscape. Exploring ideas of lightness, layers of transparency and integrating indoor/outdoor living within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, the Marcus Beach house is a simple frame to enable a contemporary coastal lifestyle to unfold within a very special landscape.


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Becky Schivley Mather's comment, July 16, 2013 6:22 PM
The Swiss Family Robinson would have loved this!
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thomas heatherwick learning hub #design

thomas heatherwick learning hub #design | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
thomas heatherwick learning hub the design for nanyang technological university democratizes the learning experience with cylindrical towers.

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Cloud Illustrator's curator insight, July 16, 2013 9:46 AM

Heatherwick continues to fascinate me. I find his designs very appealing.

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Cook&Bath – Kitchen and Bathroom Interior Design by Roy Benjamin, Verdu Pierre & Denat Alexandra » Yanko Design

Cook&Bath – Kitchen and Bathroom Interior Design by Roy Benjamin, Verdu Pierre & Denat Alexandra » Yanko Design | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
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Rethinking the bathroom with the constraints of urban living

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Levi's presents "Skateboarding in India" Episode 2 • Highsnobiety

Levi's presents "Skateboarding in India" Episode 2 • Highsnobiety | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
The second episode following Levi's and the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore on their mission to build their skate park in India.
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Building the first free skateboard park in Bangalore. Nice story. Part 2

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Why the City of Miami Is Doomed to Drown | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Why the City of Miami Is Doomed to Drown | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin
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From urban to submerged - what are the human and industrial implications of a city submerged?

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A new airport complex is taking shape in Abu Dhabi, where roughly 12,000 construction workers are on

A new airport complex is taking shape in Abu Dhabi, where roughly 12,000 construction workers are on | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
A new airport complex is taking shape in Abu Dhabi, where roughly 12,000 construction workers are on-site daily to finish the massive structure, whose floor area is larger than that of the Pentagon.

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A Colorful Park Encourages Community Members to Re-create Space through Interaction and Exploration

A Colorful Park Encourages Community Members to Re-create Space through Interaction and Exploration | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

Artist Adam Kalinowski has created an interactive space filled with colored sand and sculptures for the H. Dabrowski park in Poland. Titled The Practice of Freedom II, the installation encourages community members to use their creativity and play with the materials to re-create the environment around them.


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Cube House by Plasma Studio

Cube House by Plasma Studio | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
Since publishing a residential extension in Italy by architects Plasma Studio earlier this month, we've picked another faceted house from the studio's archives located in the same South Tyrollean village.

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notliebags's comment, August 14, 2013 6:56 AM
creative design, love the house.
Yegal Lavian's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:25 AM

Creativety at it's best

pen ju's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:46 PM
cool
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Crowdsourcing utopia: 21st century urbanism

Crowdsourcing utopia: 21st century urbanism | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
New forms of cooperative urbanism are harnessing the internet to achive grand civic goals
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The World - Luxury Residences at Sea

The World - Luxury Residences at Sea | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
The World is the only private residential community-at-sea where its Residents may travel the globe without ever leaving home. Since it first set sail in 2002, The World has visited over 800 ports in approximately 140 countries.
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If cities disappear can we afford to live at sea?

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Interaction and Collaboration: Saunalahti School by VERSTAS Architects

Interaction and Collaboration: Saunalahti School by VERSTAS Architects | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

In the “Future School” educational activities will increasingly take place outside the traditional classroom and introduce new ways of learning.

Saunalahti school is a building tailored to support the pedagogical ideas of a forward-looking school. In its operation, the school puts special emphasis on new ways of learning, art and physical education and collaboration. The building supports these ideas by creating places for interaction of various scales and atmospheres.


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ESTAR's curator insight, July 29, 2013 8:41 AM

#arquitectura es deleitar la vista del futuro usuario

Annie Clarke's curator insight, October 14, 2013 5:21 PM

living in response to your environment

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Caterpillar House: Contemporay Prefab Construction in Santiago, Chile

Caterpillar  House: Contemporay Prefab Construction in Santiago, Chile | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

This prefabricated house for an art collector and his family was built in the outskirts of Santiago in a new suburban residential area. In order to reduce construction time and costs, second hand shipping containers were used as follow: Five 40 “standard containers, Six 20“ standard containers and one 40“ open top container for the swimming pool.

 

The main purposes of the house were two: the first one was to integrate it to the territory of this part of the city where the presence of the Andes Mountain is extremely strong both visually and tectonically. The second one was to allow the external air to run smoothly and easily through the all house and its different parts In order to avoid mechanical cooling.

 


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Mpi Guy's comment, September 6, 2013 6:43 AM
Cudos for inventive design!
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BIG reveals telus sky tower for calgary, canada

BIG reveals telus sky tower for calgary, canada | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
BIG reveals telus sky tower in calgary-- the eco-minded reflective skyscraper will shape the candian city's skyline by 2017.
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china completes the largest building in the world

china completes the largest building in the world | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it

it's one of the superlatives destined for a record book: 'what is the world's largest building?' a year ago the answer would have been dubai's international airport terminal 3, but as of july 1st the new century global center in the fiercely-growing mega-city of chengdu undoubtedly takes the title.  with 1.2 million square feet spread out over 18 stories in a glass and steel structure, the program includes what one might expect for a building of this scale: a 14-screen imax theater, shops, restaurants, offices, hotels (yes, plural), the reconstruction of an entire mediterranean village, an artificial beach with realistic sunsets and sea breezes orchestrated by the help of an LED wall (in a contemporary 'truman show' fashion), and a 500,000 ft2 art center next door designed by none other than zaha hadid. to make some spatial comparisons, the building could comfortably house three pentagons or 20 sydney opera houses. it's important to add as well that the entire structure was constructed in just a year, and stands as a testament to the will and ability of the chinese


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A feat of architecure and experience innovation

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Keven Holt's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:15 AM

Is bigger always better? 

Rakhi Rajani's comment, July 15, 2013 3:05 PM
It mighty well end up like the other ghost cities. Can't rely on architecture to create a community on its own.
Jesús Hernández's comment, July 16, 2013 3:44 PM
Thanks for your great comments!!! :-)
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AMMO / Joyce Wang

AMMO / Joyce Wang | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
© Edmon Leong Architects: Joyce Wang Location: Hong Kong Contractor: Wan Fang Limited Mr. Allan Mak Allan Area: 2,000 sqft Year: 2012 Photographs:
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A former explosives magazine compoundis turned restaurant. Stunning.

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Levi's presents "Skateboarding in India" Episode 1 • Highsnobiety

Levi's presents "Skateboarding in India" Episode 1 • Highsnobiety | Cities & Environment | Scoop.it
Levi's joined Holystoked and 2er along with 24 skateboarders and builders to build the first, free public use skate park in India.
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Building the first free skateboard park in Bangalore. Nice story. Part 1

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