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Urban Design for Bicycles: a Plausible Sustainable Solution

Urban Design for Bicycles: a Plausible Sustainable Solution | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Using bicycle-friendly cities like Copenhagen as inspiration, a growing number of cities around the world are changing their urban design to become biking cities.

 

Each year, Copenhagen eliminates 90,000 tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere from the sheer number of cyclists versus cars.

Designing cities with bicycles in mind reduces emissions, commute times, urban sprawl and illness. More cities are looking to bike-friendly sustainable development as they aspire to become green.

Urban planners and architects are increasingly faced with the challenge of compacting development and designing a sustainable transport pattern...


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Etienne Randier's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:21 AM

A la fin des années 60, Georges Pompidou déclarait que Paris devait s'adapter à l'automobile, revenus de cette hérésie, les urbanistes planchent désormais sur la création d'un cadre de vie conçu pour le bien-être des humains et non celui des machines.

 

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Changing the face of the city one building, one bench, one wall at a time
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Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plantseverywhere you look.
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"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."

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Gentle Genius / GG-loop

Gentle Genius / GG-loop | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

“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. ”


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This story has heart and soul and gives a pretty compelling point of view....

"The city and its various parts can be seen as a music score, the edifices acting as notes played by different instruments simultaneously"

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INTRIGUING Ghost Town in China

INTRIGUING Ghost Town in China | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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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Financing for downtown Cincinnati micro-apartment project comes together - Cincinnati Business Courier

Financing for downtown Cincinnati micro-apartment project comes together - Cincinnati Business Courier | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

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Micro apartments are a market driven solution to affordable housing. Glad to see it in Cincinnati.  It would be perfect in many more expensive cities like San Diego.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 10, 2015 2:13 PM

Micro apartments are a market driven solution to affordable housing.  Glad to see it in Cincinnati.  It would be perfect in many more expensive cities like San Diego.

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The connected street light: an agent for change

The connected street light: an agent for change | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Public urban lighting does more than illuminate the streets—much more. Ensuring basic visibility and safety for pedestrians and drivers at night is only one of an expansive sweep of capabilities that...

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31 Coffeeshops And Cafés You Wish You Lived In...Creating Culture

31 Coffeeshops And Cafés You Wish You Lived In...Creating Culture | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Don't just get your fix. Get your home decor inspiration, too...

The cozy, woodsy nook at La Esquina in Copenhagen
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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.

 

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Halbert Named 2015/16 AIR - charlestonchronicle.net

Halbert Named 2015/16 AIR - charlestonchronicle.net | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Local painter, Daryle Halbert, to fill role for 2015/2016
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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."

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Smart Cities Enable Urban Sustainability - Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)

Smart Cities Enable Urban Sustainability - Triple Pundit (registration) (blog) | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
'Smart' usually means performance enhancements and better optimization. What does that mean for a metropolis?
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This is an easy to understand, simplified explanation of the phenomenon of "smart cities"

 

For the most part, converting something into what we call “smart” means performance enhancements and better optimization.

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Do TALLER Buildings Have to Mean DARKER Streets? – Next City

Do TALLER Buildings Have to Mean DARKER Streets? – Next City | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
How to design a denser city without sacrificing sunlight.

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The article is about so much more then darker streets...it's really radical thinking, followed by changing the zoning codes....

“modernize the rules that shape buildings,” .....

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Next City

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We are a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world.

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Lisbon's Junk Gets a Second Life as Gorgeous 3D Animal Street Art

Lisbon's Junk Gets a Second Life as Gorgeous 3D Animal Street Art | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Lisbon, one of Europe’s most underrated cities, has in recent years been the recipient of an influx of artists. The local talent also exists in spades. One of these homegrown creatives is artist Arturo “Bordalo II,” who uses materials like old tires, scrap metal, steering wheels, oil paint, and bumpers to form impressive, larger-than-life 3D murals on walls and back alleys throughout the city. The stars of these murals are almost always animals, and the art itself is a mix of Banksy and a more colorful Tim Burton...


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seriously awesome idea and execution....

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Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses

Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards are bringing European-style energy efficiency to a new demographic in the United States.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 6, 2015 2:02 AM

Effectivement en France, beaucoup de logements pionniers en termes de performance énergétique ou de performance environnementale globale accueillent des familles de revenus modestes  sur l'impulsion des projets de bailleurs sociaux.   Ce type de logement va aussi souvent de pair avec un  projet d'habitat participatif.

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Why Cities Should Pay People To Eat Their Veggies

Why Cities Should Pay People To Eat Their Veggies | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Federal and state governments are matching some food-stamps purchases at farmers markets dollar for dollar. When cities take advantage, it pays.

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It's Nice That : Istanbul’s impossibly colourful minimalist architecture, shot by Yener Torun

It's Nice That : Istanbul’s impossibly colourful minimalist architecture, shot by Yener Torun | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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This is not how I imagined Istanbul, what about you? Yener Torun takes us on a fantastic  journey through his images of the architecture you might not expect around this city.

 

"I started to combine street photography with minimalism, and I started looking for buildings with colourful façades and patterned walls."

 

I" believe that the vibrant colours I find have positive effect on people who see them. These oases I find in the desert of grey buildings help me think more positively about the future too. And at least I can say this provides a personal antidote." 

Yener Torun

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The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Social impact bonds encourage skeptical investors.

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what is a smart city

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What is a smart city? According to “The 2015 World Smart City Awards” recently held in Barcelona, Peterborough is just that.

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clearly written and informative....

"For a City to be smart, that City needs to know what its needs are, where they are not smart, and where they can become smart."

 

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A Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World's Best Street Designs

A Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World's Best Street Designs | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
It’s a walkable feast.

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#psychological #practical #pedestrians #bicycle #greenspace

Awesome improvement ....

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NYC Skycrapers and Monuments Light Up For Paris As Multiple Attacks Hit the City

NYC Skycrapers and Monuments Light Up For Paris As Multiple Attacks Hit the City | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

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.


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our thoughts and prayers for Paris .....

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association concert urbain's curator insight, November 15, 2015 8:56 AM


Untapped Cities
@untappedcities 

Urban discovery and exploration. Untapped Cities is a community of over 500 contributors uncovering the best of urban life from cities around the globe.

 NYC | Paris | Travel
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Famed Street Artist Shepard Fairey Paints His Widest Mural In Jersey City - The Roosevelts

Famed Street Artist Shepard Fairey Paints His Widest Mural In Jersey City - The Roosevelts | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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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.”

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Large City Parks and Green Spaces Promote Well-Being | Psychology Today

Large City Parks and Green Spaces Promote Well-Being | Psychology Today | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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A Bridge That Celebrates Pedestrians Opens In Copenhagen

A Bridge That Celebrates Pedestrians Opens In Copenhagen | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

 

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.'


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a beautiful gift...

"Cirkelbroen bridge is a gift to the city of Copenhagen to promote good living in in Denmark"

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Millennials Will Live In Cities Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen Before

Millennials Will Live In Cities Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen Before | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
It’s actually hard to know what to believe about millennials, the Americans born after 1980 who make up the largest generation in history.
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"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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Old Bordeaux SUBMARINE base transformed into housing

Old Bordeaux SUBMARINE base transformed into housing | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Parking is accommodated on the ground floor, with the first-floor platform above housing atria that extend the full length of the buildings. Shared reception areas open onto the central spaces, where small gardens are divided up by pathways.

 

An old submarine base in Bordeaux provided the site for this docklands housing complex by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés


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we love the industrial vibe and all the green aspects of the design , the function of the atrium...totally elevates the appearance

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Jeppe Hein creates 18 whimsical installations in Brooklyn park

Jeppe Hein creates 18 whimsical installations in Brooklyn park | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Sculptural park benches and a maze constructed of mirrors are among the pieces by Danish artist Jeppe Hein featured in an outdoor exhibition in New York.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 21, 2015 5:32 PM

Me recuerdan a las follies de Tschumi en La Villete, Paris.

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Green tech: The most eco-friendly cities in the world

Green tech: The most eco-friendly cities in the world | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
We're always talking about the most well-connected cities. This time, we're showcasing some of the most eco-friendly ones in the world.
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I already new I liked Minnesota but now I have more reasons that confirm my affections.

 

Many of the cities/countries are those which repeatedly appear under this topic

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Why not learn from the best? 10 great transportation ideas from 10 great cities!

Why not learn from the best? 10 great transportation ideas from 10 great cities! | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
if most cities decided to invest more in that type of infrastructure rather than more car parkings, pollution would go down and health and happiness would go up a lot.

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The videos are informative and interesting....

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