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Green Innovation: First Bio-building Powered by Algae Opens in Hamburg

Green Innovation: First Bio-building Powered by Algae Opens in Hamburg | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

The world's first algae-powered building is being piloted in Hamburg.

Designed by multinational firm Arup, features panel glass bioreactors on a facade containing microalgae that generate biomass and heat, serving as a renewable energy source.

 

The systems provide insulation for the building- 129 bioreactors have been fitted to the southwest and southeast faces of the building. They are controlled by an energy management center in which solar thermal heat and algae are harvested and stored to be used to create hot water.

 

Jan Wurm, Arup’s Europe Research Leader, said: 'Using bio-chemical processes in the facade of a building to create shade and energy is a really innovative concept. 

'It might well become a sustainable solution for energy production in urban areas, so it is great to see it being tested in a real-life scenario.'

 

The news comes after Arup announced their vision for the future of skyscrapers which suggested that buildings would be 'living' buildings powered by algae that respond automatically to the weather and the changing needs of inhabitants...


Via Lauren Moss
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I am interested to follow this story and to learn more details about the specific sources for the algae and a bit more of the science behind it.

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Indeed! Algae is helpful.
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Thanks so much for your thoughts.....
Noor Fatima's comment, April 12, 2013 11:32 AM
welcome:)

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11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans | WIRED

11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans | WIRED | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
As smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities around the world are embracing high-tech solutions to lots of problems.
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fun read....City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it."

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LED Streetlights: A Step toward Smarter Cities

LED Streetlights: A Step toward Smarter Cities | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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While some obstacles to LED adoption remain, LED lights improve nighttime visibility and use less energy.

the streetlight market is in the middle of a massive transition from more conventional technologies, such as high-pressure sodium, to LED. As a result of this transition, the “Smart Street Lighting” report suggests the global installed base of LED streetlights will exceed 116 million by 2023. This is up from 13.2 million by the end of 2014.

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The Path to Smarter Cities

The Path to Smarter Cities | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Chicago image via BuzzFeed

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The world’s population is expected to reach 8 billion by 2025, and more than half of these individuals are expected to live in cities.

 

Technology alone is not the answer. The best work gets done when people collaborate. This is particularly true as we collectively try to address energy, water, urbanization and transportation challenges.

 

The way we manage energy and water will define this century. It’s time for clear industry alignment and action around management to ensure resources can meet demand.

 

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Copenhagen's 'Bicycle Snake': Aiming to Become the Best Cycling City in The World

Copenhagen's 'Bicycle Snake': Aiming to Become the Best Cycling City in The World | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

The Ambitious Cykelslangen by DISSING+WEITLING enables Copenhagen's vision to become the best cycling city in the world by the end of 2015.

The 235-meter-long orange snake meanders 5.5 meters high above sea level from Havneholmen through the mall Fisketorvet, ending at Kalvebod Brygge. This “snake” is actually a ramp and a bridge, called the “Cykelslangen — The Bicycle Snake,” that provides more than 12,000 bicyclists with a safe route through this busy district every day.

The architecture firm DISSING+WEITLING was asked to design a ramp to replace a nearby staircase. Instead of just designing a simple ramp, they went a step further and designed a bridge. The result is a destination and focal point that can be seen for miles from the air and has also completely transformed the area for all who enjoy it.


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Option : Urban change and management

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National spotlight: Putting art at the heart of redevelopment - Elevation D.C.

National spotlight: Putting art at the heart of redevelopment - Elevation D.C. | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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National spotlight: Putting art at the heart of redevelopment
Elevation D.C.
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In the post-recession landscape, a number of artists and communities are choosing a different path. They’re integrating artists into community development strategies and using art to help transform neighborhoods.

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Architectural Record | Sheltering The World

Architectural Record | Sheltering The World | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Park Hill, designed by Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith (1961). Renovated by Hawkins\Brown and Studio Egret West; Photo © Keith Collie

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There is a growing insight that the best  "social housing" is integrated with social services as well as connected to the urban fabric and the wider community. One size, though, does not fit all.

 

In Search of the $100 House
Designers strive to provide super-low-cost dwellings worthy of being called homes.

 

Before 2007, people living in the rural Burera district of northern Rwanda had little access to a health-care facility or doctors.

In 2011 a hospital was finally completed. The challenge it faced was how to attract and retain Rwanda's brightest medical professionals, as well as doctors from other countries? The solution: Architecture via comfortable, relatable, houusing.

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Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear

Capturing the Signs of a Changing D.C.—Before They Disappear | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Where the biggest demographic shifts are happening along the city's Green line, the buildings are changing with them.
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The comments are where the substance lies and the images....

and this is how this story begins......"Since moving back to the D.C. area just over two years ago, I still catch myself feeling surprised by how fast this city is changing right now."

By Mark Byrnes @markbyrnes525 for CityLab

images of the old and the new DC

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In straitened times, power of sculpture to inspire is explored at outdoor exhibition

In straitened times, power of sculpture to inspire is explored at outdoor exhibition | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

8 ft corten steel bull from Peter Walker https://twitter.com/pwalkersculptor

The First Art Newspaper on the Net., art daily,art news,artdaily, daily art, art, art newspaper, Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography, Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs, Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 360 Images, 3D Images, Last Week.

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The show brings the Gardens alive during the summer months and encourages a wide range of visitors to come into the University and the City.

A total of 45 sculptures by 33 carefully selected, internationally-acclaimed artists


"We've chosen grand, monumental sculptures that will take people to an unreal place; a place where they can dream," says Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, who is co-curating the show with John Sydney Carter. "A public exhibition shouldn't be self-indulgent, it should be an effort to enrich people's lives. Sculpture has a way of energising people - and I want to bring that to Leicester."

 

There are works by a wide range of international artists.

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Zaha Hadid: Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Zaha Hadid: Jockey Club Innovation Tower | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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Jockey Club Innovation Tower
Program: School of Design and Design Institute for Social Innovation
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects

 

About: Initiated by PolyU and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI) convenes university expertise, curates trans-disciplinary projects, and constructs partnerships for social well-being and positive systemic change. The institute’s new home will be the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, where designers, civic leaders, intellectuals, professionals, and fellow citizens will engage in dialogues pertaining to Hong Kong’s future. Asia’s first design institute dedicated to social innovation will focus on articulating creative and alternative solutions to the complex challenges in the fields of urban sustainability, ageing population, family and youth, and enabling technology for disabled.

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Success Stories | Green Cities Campaign

Success Stories | Green Cities Campaign | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Learn about the success of cities worldwide as they work to make their communities more sustainable and work towards a cleaner, healthier environment.
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Great stories of cities greening up, from Burma to Ohio and beyond.

 

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Kansas Gets First Community Solar Project

Cooperative utilities are on the forefront of the solar revolution in the United States....

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What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis - 83degreesmedia

What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis - 83degreesmedia | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
83degreesmedia What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis 83degreesmedia The idea that other smart cities have something to learn from Memphis is a new one, a radical one, yet it's completely plausible given the recent addition of 60 miles of bike...
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By Richard J. Alley | Tuesday, April 01, 2014

deas: As counterintuitive as it may seem, long-range planning may not always be in a city's best interests. Thinking small in the beginning, starting off manageably with pop-up shops and temporary green spaces or street festivals, solidifies a neighborhood's vested interest in its area of town.

 

The idea that other smart cities have something to learn from Memphis is a new one, a radical one, yet it's completely plausible given the recent addition of 60 miles of bike lanes, a $350,000 ArtPlace grant to build the Broad Avenue Arts District, the recent influx of small businesses to Overton Square and redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building.

 

A great post with many suggestions and concrete ideas that are working.

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Is The Keith Haring Foundation Banning Real Art?

Is The Keith Haring Foundation Banning Real Art? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Art collectors are suing Keith Haring's foundation in New York, saying it has cost them at least $40 million by refusing to authenticate about 90 works by the late artist.

The federal lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan....
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In the 1980's Keith Haring began giving his love to New York City in the underground subway stations in the form of

graffiti a la Keith," I found a way of participating with graffiti artists without really copying them, because I didn’t want to draw on the trains." He used the empty black paper panels which were used to cover up old advertisements against the platform walls.


Keith was invited to exhibit in Europe - in Holland, Italy, Belgium, and England as well as in Japan. Everywhere, people responded to a style that combined the simple with the complex, that blended color and pattern to form dynamic images of great variety and originality. And it was a style that mysteriously suggested the artistic traditions of Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and the Americas. There were also powerful images of social consciousness, for Keith looked at the world, and at the struggles of the oppressed, and through his art made his feelings known. Over the course of his career he called attention to causes by creating works to promote literacy, support UNICEF, work against apartheid in South Africa, and fight drug use. Because Keith was gay, he made a special effort to spread awareness of AIDS, making works of art that warned young people against unsafe sex.


To learn more about this remarkable artist, and human being:http://www.haringkids.com/keith/life/


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Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks in New York

Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks in New York | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks on how architecture and design is changing New York City.
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Great video and interesting read..."NEW YORKERS ALL OF A SUDDEN
ARE INTERESTED IN QUALITY OF LIFE"

New York designer Stephen Burks tells us how his once rough-edged city is being tamed by world-class architecture, urban design improvements like the High Line and a European-style bike-sharing scheme in the first of our reports from the Big Apple.

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Smarter Buildings, 10 Ideas From Around The World

Smarter Buildings, 10 Ideas From Around The World | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
BERLIN — Worldwide researchers are experimenting increasingly with moss, algae and potted plants as a way to turn houses into multifunctional buildings.
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Great post, examples of options for solving some serious global issues:

1 nourishment from the air for moss/ removing pollutants from the air

2 carbon emissions solution

3 impact for global warming

4. specialized paints cleaning the air

 

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Why cities matter

Why cities matter | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
The heart of urban innovation is a desire to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for the people living in cities. CNNMoney's Most Innovative Cities list provides a snapshot of the people and programs that are doing just that.

Via Toni Sánchez
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A great post..some highlights:

 many projects touch multiple sectors -- Philadelphia's prisons are bringing in tablets to improve education; New York is installing wireless sensors to keep sewers from overflowing; and Chicago's public libraries are using robots to teach low-income kids about science.

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How Cities Build Vibrant Tech Scenes – Next City

How Cities Build Vibrant Tech Scenes – Next City | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Everyone’s chasing a tech economy, but first you need these necessary ingredients.
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Information from the article's author, Brady Dale

"Having covered technology and watched startup communities for even longer, I’ve made a list of attributes that cities with sustainable tech ecosystems seem to have. Then I ran it by some experts with experience in the innovation economy to flesh it out. Until all these elements are in place, a city is unlikely to see any of the effects above. Here’s what a place needs."

 

At Least One Big Winner People are more likely to take the risk to become tech entrepreneurs if they know people who have done it and done it well.

 

Capital needs to be near enough that entrepreneurs can travel to take a meeting with a potential investor and get back home (or to the office) within a day — which means that fast transit between cities is good for entrepreneurship.

 

An Outward-Looking Major InstitutionIn America, this is going to be a university more often than not.

 

Coworking Spaces/Accelerators/Makerspaces The creator of Delicious.com, Joshua Schachter, says that one aspect of cities that inhibits entrepreneurs is leases.

 

Tech Reporters Covering the City in Person

 

Lots of Engineers

 

State-of-the-Art Internet Access

 

Informal Leaders

Great article, full of useful information!

 

 

 

 

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[Indianapolis, USA] Parking Structure ART Facade / Urbana

[Indianapolis, USA] Parking Structure ART Facade / Urbana | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Architects: Urbana
Location: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Year: 2014
Photographs: Serge Hoeltschi

 

From the architect. This project began with an interest in challenging the typical notion of the parking structure as an unappreciated infrastructural typology by transforming the new Eskenazi Hospital parking structure into a binary, synthetic terrain. During the design process, an interest in camouflage evolved into an approach that would create a very large dynamic, interactive element for the City.  Rather than an actively kinetic approach, with all of the inevitable maintenance and longevity concerns that accompany those types of project, we were instead working towards an approach that capitalizes on the fact that most viewers would, themselves, be moving on bicycles or in automobiles.  Thus, the design ultimately became something that offers a degree a variability of color and form as one passes by the project.  The awareness of this, interestingly enough, occurs whether someone is directly watching or even just seeing it out of their periphery of vision


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simple parametrics. yet very effective

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Water born: Community Stepping Stones' "I Am River" mural project - Creative Loafing Tampa

Water born: Community Stepping Stones' "I Am River" mural project - Creative Loafing Tampa | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it


“The river became part of us, and we became part of it,” Bristol said.

 

Water born: Community Stepping Stones' "I Am River" mural project
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After winning a grant from the Children's Board last year, Tidmore visited Philadelphia to learn about the method from the city's famed Mural Arts Program.

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This story comes from our neck of the woods.

Here is an overview of the project:  a boatload of learning, on topics from the technical aspects of digital photography to the science of tidal rivers, with plenty of river-induced self-reflection along the way.

 

"When they started out they were just like typical teens — they all brought their cell phones,” says Community Stepping Stones Director Sigrid Tidmore. “After a couple of trips, they started to get all quiet and pensive. They realized that they were going to be in a different world.”

 

The murals represent a distillation of much that the students learned during “I Am River”: how to identify the river’s plants and animals, take captivating photographs, transform them into illustrations using Photoshop, and paint the illustrations onto mural paper.

 

This is an inspiring story that has the potential to monetize for the muralists and inspire them in their future endeavors,

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London's Book Benches Highlight the Capital's Great Literary Works

London's Book Benches Highlight the Capital's Great Literary Works | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
A public art project invites you to have a seat on outsized versions of tomes linked to the city.
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Have a Seat......crack a book!
The streets of London have transformed into a book lover’s paradise thanks to a new public art project that celebrates the city’s rich literary heritage. #london #literature #reading #art

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde—Art by Trevor Skempton (@liu5tan/Twitter)

 

great benches...great art....#London #love

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Artists have transformed 50 London benches into works of art, reflecting literary works associated with the city. What a neat way to weld beauty and function

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Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design

Twenty Years Later, What Rural Studio Continues to Teach Us About Good Design | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Lions Park Scout Hut. Image © Rennie Jones Hale County, Alabama is a place full of architects, and often high profile ones. The likes of Todd Williams

Via Alice Krueser-Lowe
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“engagement with real, local conditions is crucial for architecture’s global relevancy.”

 

Giving some love, sweat, tools and education to the countryside...small towns....

 

Great program...

 

 

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The Line Hotel L.A. : A Raw Gem Shining Through The Neon Lights of Koreatown | Yatzer

The Line Hotel L.A. : A Raw Gem Shining Through The Neon Lights of Koreatown | Yatzer | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

at Conceived as a starting point for urban explorers and comfort zone for stressed out city dwellers, The Line Hotel, a full on luxury boutique hotel by the Sydell Group, opened in January 2014 inside a former mid-century hotel on the same site.

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#bucketlist The Line Hotel is on ours!
"Displaying full sensitivity to its exciting location, designer Sean Knibb has achieved much much more than merely refurbishing and restyling this former middle range hotel dating from the 60s.

The undervalued and its place in an urban environment is a central tenet throughout the hotel’s public spaces and 388 rooms. Based on unpretentious everyday materials such as canvas, raw concrete and wood, the quotidian is cleverly raised to a new level where everyday objects are given a new level of attention whilst the surrounding neighbourhood is paid due homage to through ethnic references. Design - highlights feature repurposed items from 99 cent shops, transformed into design objects seen for example in the chandelier made of plastic balls and the classic design chairs upholstered with colourful Mexican blankets."

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This City Aims To Be Car-Free In 20 Years | Spirit Science and ...

This City Aims To Be Car-Free In 20 Years | Spirit Science and ... | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
In order create what will someday be a large green network, local authorities are to connect pedestrian and cycle lanes; this is expected to smooth inner city traffic flow.
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Locations all around the world are submitting to greener design and methods of living that will support future generations to come. Hamburg is just one of many examples that will likely influence a change in the current system. -

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Judit Urquijo's curator insight, June 17, 6:52 AM

La ciudad de Hamburgo (Alemania) se ha propuesto eliminar los automóviles de su centro urbano en el plazo de 20 años


Se trata sin duda de un ambicioso plan para una ciudad con un área metropolitana en la que conviven 5 millones de personas (datos de 2012). Este proyecto, denominado "Green Network", que se enmarca dentro de una estrategia orientada a paliar los efectos del cambio climático, tiene como principales ejes vertebradores una red de caminos verdes de carácter peatonal y ciclable que unirán los extrarradios con el centro urbano. Esta red estará complementada por un sistema de transporte público que tendrá por sello su eficiencia. 


En este sentido, Hamburgo cuenta con ciertas ventajas. Aproximadamente el 8% del área metropolitana es reserva natural, ya que el curso del río Elba ha creado una notable diversidad de hábitats que propician esta protección. Además, el 40% de su extensión está cubierta por zonas verdes que, con la ejecución de este plan, se verán ampliadas. 


¿Utopía? El crecimiento urbanístico experimentado por nuestras ciudades ha hecho del automóvil particular una necesidad. Pero el problema es de conciencia. Nos hemos acostumbrado a querer llegar hasta el kilómetro cero sentados al volante, a pesar del tiempo y el dinero que se consume en esta tarea a veces titánica. Por tanto, para llevar a cabo un proyecto como el que se está ideando en Hamburgo es vital un proceso de reeducación tendente a crear un nuevo modelo de ciudad, pero el mismo debe gestarse desde la propia persona consciente de la huella que produce y no desde la prohibición. Y no todo el mundo estará dispuesto a someterse y a colaborar.


Quizás, por tanto, sean más factibles otras alternativas como las que propone Harald N. Rostvik, que aboga por que sean los coches eléctricos de pequeño tamaño los que reinen en la ciudad en un sistema de car-sharing. 


Información adicional

 

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 24, 9:42 PM

Strategies for sustainable urban places - European example 

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'Smarter' Cities in North Africa

'Smarter' Cities in North Africa | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works....
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Morocco will host the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit and serving as a hub for other conferences, like the first International Summit on Smart Cities in North Africa this coming June around Casablanca, Morocco's most populous city.

 

1.Small cities are the best candidates for becoming "smart cities."

2.Geography helps the easier transition to solar panels in North African cities .

3.Creating recycling centers and the like.

4.ICT Hubs  = Information and Communication Technology

 

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Sea Change: Brooklyn's Dlandstudio

Sea Change: Brooklyn's Dlandstudio | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Susannah Drake of Dlandstudio is reviving contaminated landscapes with her politically savvy practice.

Image creating wetlands that act like sponges...filtration

Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, which provides a system of open space designed to absorb and remediate stormwater. Here, wetlands act like sponges, with plants and engineered soils leaching heavy metals and toxins out of contaminated water.

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Susannah C. Drake AIA...“I wanted to make a lot of changes to the standard way of operating within the urban world.”

 

“When I first got out of Harvard I had three Ivy League degrees and I couldn’t get a job,”

 

the firm’s vision for the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, which provides a system of open space designed to absorb and remediate stormwater. Here, wetlands act like sponges, with plants and engineered soils leaching heavy metals and toxins out of contaminated water. But the plan is more than just environmental. It integrates hydrology, ecology, land use, and cultural preservation. Sponge Park includes community amenities, like a green walking path and the Pilot Street-End Sponge Park that leads to the canal off 2nd Street. The street-end park will create a much-needed public space while using things like bioswales to mitigate polluted runoff.

 

These are excerpts, but the whole post is important and interesting,

the topic impacts all cities to varying degrees.

 

 

 

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Engineering An End To Food Waste With Smarter Logistics For Our Leftovers

Engineering An End To Food Waste With Smarter Logistics For Our Leftovers | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
This startup is working out the most efficient way possible to pickup leftover food from restaurants and deliver it to charities in need. It's like...
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I am sold...great, innovation!

"This startup is working out the most efficient way possible to pickup leftover food from restaurants and deliver it to charities in need. It's like Fresh Direct for unused food.

Every year, tens of billions of pounds of perfectly edible food are thrown out by restaurants, groceries, catering companies, and delis.

 

All of the details have not been worked out but,the  two computer science Ph.D.s--Rajesh Karmani and Caleb Phillips- are talented, dedicated and highly driven.

 

Want to help? Contact  Zero Percent  http://www.zeropercent.us/

 

 

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