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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.

 

“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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The Case For Tall Wood                               Michael Green Architecture

I find this hard to truly picture, but the story is solid...."the last century there has been no reason to challenge steel and concrete as the essential structural materials of large buildings. Climate change now demands that we do.....Wood is the most significant building material we use today that is grown by the sun. When harvested responsibly, wood is arguably one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and storing carbon in our buildings."

 

“I’d put my money on solar energy…I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
~Thomas Edison, In conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone March 1931

 

http://mg-architecture.ca/portfolio/tallwood/

 

 

“Known as the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago is an optimal location for a prototype in mass timber construction,” writes Carlos Arzate

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 11:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.

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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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Senator Renzo Piano's G124 Team Is Poised to Transform Italy's Cities, One Shipping Container at a Time

Senator Renzo Piano's G124 Team Is Poised to Transform Italy's Cities, One Shipping Container at a Time | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

“The unhappy city contains a happy city unaware of its own existence,” wrote Italo Calvino in his masterpiece Invisible Cities. Beyond designing the Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan in Paris and the Columbia University Campus Plan in New York City, architect Renzo Piano has spent last year looking for fragments of happy cities around Italian suburbs with a team of six young architects.


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The 77-year-old architect named "Senator for life"  by the President of Italy decided to invest his funds as politician to develop a plan to rescue the suburban areas of major italian cities with a group of young architects.

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It really is!.Any architectural solution or proposal is a political statement as it means doing something for the community.

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From Dallas to London to Sydney, the 35 new resilient cities – in pictures

From Dallas to London to Sydney, the 35 new resilient cities – in pictures | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
The 100 Resilient Cities programme has revealed a new set of cities it will help prepare for, and bounce back from, the shocks and stresses of modern urban existence
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The story takes a critical eye to the challenges, and attempts to touch on solutions, for several large urban areas. The emphasis is on brief descriptions and "nutshell" assessments, but the images and impressions are interesting.

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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.

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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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Ionut Anton's curator insight, August 20, 2014 1:56 AM

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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A. Perry Homes's curator insight, July 22, 2014 2:52 PM

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

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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, 2014 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, 2014 9:42 PM

Strategies for sustainable urban places - European example 

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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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Could Smarter City Lighting Lead To Carbon Neutrality? |

Could Smarter City Lighting Lead To Carbon Neutrality? | | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Lighting the way to greener, more efficient cities - http://t.co/H7VYkEGLNv
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Copenhagen is  one of the most cyclist-friendly and subsequently greenest cities in Europe.  They are forging aheadt to become the world’s first carbon neutral city by the year 2025.

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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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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 17, 2014 8:08 PM

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
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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

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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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