Developed by architects from Colectivo bma in Barranca de Huentitán, Guadalajara, Mexico, this new building for the Mexican Institute for Community Development (IMDEC) was built in just four days with the help of 100 volunteers.
The new facility includes both housing and meeting space, and was constructed using local building techniques and materials. Built with a concrete base, the walls were made using bahareque (reed frames and mud) and woven reed lattices that cover most of the building’s exterior.
Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plantseverywhere you look.
"The improvements presented are practical and effective and can be undertaken across the city in many locations," says Armour. "They are buffer, localized solutions aimed to adapt the city to the different effects of climate change scenarios to build resilience."
“The design process for my family’s house started following an intuition, that developed over time taking the form we can see now. During the evolution of the project a transformation, like the renewal of the king, has occurred in me. One of the major catalysts has been the album “In the Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, inhabiting my subconsciousness unraveling itself through catharsis in this project.
At the beginning I imagined to restore the building giving it a coherent fortress-like look again. Whilst the tower took shape in my imagination, a castle emerged in which the King had trapped himself, overwhelmed by his fears, his dark side, prone to decay and death, the Nigredo. The court where tension, resignation and sacrifice evolved into hope, rebirth, the project itself. ”
Ordos, Inner Mongolia, is known as the largest Chinese “ghost town”. Curious to see these surreal cityscapes, photographer Raphael Olivier went there in order to capture images of its eeriness, empty streets, abandoned buildings and very clean atmosphere. A symbol of the Chinese dream, contrasting with a less flamboyant reality, to discover.
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The cozy, woodsy nook at La Esquina in Copenhagen
Coffee shops are everywhere, they can anchor a neighborhood, set a tone, or become a regular meeting place.
Travel with us around the world to see some unique and charming shops! In Detroit their is amazing chalkboard art at Astro Coffee, the living room furniture of Stan & Co in Utrecht, the cool lighting at Tapped and Packed in London.
Local painter, Daryle Halbert, to fill role for 2015/2016
Daryle Halbert brings his talent and impressive resume to encourage and inspire the residents of North Charleston.
"Since moving to Charleston, Halbert has become very interested in the rich African American history and culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. His most recent paintings depict scenes of Lowcountry cuisine, agriculture, music, and folklore. He views his work as a means to educate and inform and is passionate about inspiring others to develop their artistic talents."
New WRI analysis examines the vital role building efficiency can play in shaping sustainable cities of the future. When done right, energy-efficient buildings can generate several social, environmental and economic benefits.
Googie is the architectural equivalent of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's definition of obscenity—you may not know how to define it, but you know it when you see it. The Norms on L
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"Googie architecture got its name from architect John Lautner's 1949 design of Googies, a coffee shop formerly located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights in West Hollywood. Googies was demolished in 1989, but the style it inspired lives on. Bold and eye-catching" Douglas Haskell
Here at Untapped Cities, we have strong ties to both New York City and Paris. As the founder of Untapped Cities, I was born in New York but lived in Paris in 2010, and my husband Augustin Pasquet, who manages partnerships and advertising for Untapped Cities, moved to New York City from Paris in 2012. Many of our contributors live in Paris and for many years we ran a subsite, Untapped Paris as well. This year, part of our team spent all of April and May living and working in Paris, and a large portion of August.
There is a kinship between New York City and Paris – so different physically, even culturally, but similar in spirit. When I was married, I thought long and hard about whether to change my last name. In the end, I kept both, and I’m glad because today I also feel French. It is with sadness that I see what people are willing to do to the places that so many call home, places that have such rich history and culture, whether New York City or Paris, or elsewhere. But we cannot succumb to fear. Cities like New York City and Paris must continue to be melting pots, to welcome the world to its doorsteps and to invite them in – porte ouverte.
WE really like everything Shepard Fairey does, from his creation of OBEY (fantastic fashion) to his famous murals and street art and now his work with prisoners.
Fairey’s latest Philadelphia works are part of Mural Arts’ Open Source exhibition, and he’s trying to broaden Philadelphia’s perspectives to a greater extent by focusing on mass incarceration and prison reform. One mural features the portrait of James Anderson, a reformed Los Angeles gang member who now works to keep others out of prison. Another is of Amira Mohamed. She’s a once-incarcerated Philly resident who now studies architecture and works for Mural Arts.
“My goal with these pieces was to shed some light on the issue, destigmatize incarceration by finding people who are doing really great things,” Fairey said, “but were formerly incarcerated.”
A new study confirms the importance of both large city parks and smaller green spaces for maintaining the well-being of both urban residents and a city's ecosystem.
image via: travelandleisure.com Central Park
Central Park Is "The Lung of the City"
Large city parks along with random “green spaces” and smaller parks appears to be the optimal combination for the health of both city dwellers and urban ecosystems.blue spaces" close to water is beneficial for the health, happiness, and fitness of city residents.
Designed by Studio Olafur Eliasson, and built by the non-profit charitable foundation Nordea-fonden, Cirkelbroen bridge is a gift to the city of Copenhagen to promote good living in in Denmark.
'Cirkelbroen celebrates pedestrians. It reflects the daily life and intimacy that you find around the canal in the Christianshavn neighbourhood, its houseboats and sailing boats, the unique life on the ramparts. Copenhagen’s harbour was once a centre of maritime activity, and Cirkelbroen is a testimony to that history.'
It’s actually hard to know what to believe about millennials, the Americans born after 1980 who make up the largest generation in history.
"Thanks to the generation’s size and influence, millennials are moving to new places made just for them, by them—revitalizing smaller cities or opting for hybridized urban-burb enclaves where quality of life is the driving force."
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