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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.
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.
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...
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.
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....
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.
Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie with Stephen Burks on how architecture and design is changing New York City.
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.
One of Chicagoland’s most prominent retailers has cleaned up one of Chicago’s grossest corners.
What’s driving the decision for some retail corporations to reappropriate old spaces in urban areas? http://bit.ly/1dg9RbQ Curious Cities
.....as part of a course called “Buildings as Evidence” — we learn how a corporation’s deep pockets can help sell us our own city’s history as well a Cubs T-shirt in the check-out line.
Small is the new big
City dwellers are more of the grab and go kind of shoppers, purchasing smaller amounts more often then suburbanites.
Target, Wallgreens, Walmart....corporations across the country are moving into urban, historic and architecturally important buildings. Oak Park’s success proved there was money to be made in adaptive reuse. Last year, Target debuted its Chicago CityTarget store in the century-old Louis Sullivan building on State Street, while Wal-Mart opened an “express” branch in an old Pearl art supplies store off the Chicago Avenue Brown Line stop. Walgreens, too, opened an urban store in the landmark Noel State Bank building.
Love this story and the mayor....not what we are used to seeing in political figures, very refreshing.
Mayor John Fetterman
Fetterman is an outlier in an outlying town. He is a white man with an Ivy League degree and some family money who spent his twenties in existential wanderings—following interests in social work, business, and public policy. But about seven years ago (more) he chose to put down adult roots in this bombed-out historic town on the Monongahela River, eight miles from Pittsburgh. Home to Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill, in 1875, and first free library, Braddock has lost 90 percent of its population since World War II—and many of its grand old buildings to lack of maintenance and landlord absenteeism.
“Making significant improvements in and beating back what many would say is the inevitable decline and implosion of a post-industrial community—isn’t this why you go to a public-policy school?” he asks. “Don’t people in these jurisdictions deserve to live in an improving set of circumstances? It’s never going to be equal, but that doesn’t mean that people can’t be safe, have opportunities for their children—and not have to watch 90 percent of their town get carted off to the landfill.”
'Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and represent the largest of any environmental policy challenge. Urbanisation is only set to increase, cities house half the world's population today but are set to host three quarters in 2050.
To cope with this continued urban growth we will need to invent new ways to manage cities and make them more effective. The convergence between digital technology and the world of energy, or Energy 3.0, will pave the way for a new ecosystem of services which will enable both a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption.'
Can information and technology improve the quality of life in cities? That seems a pretty fundamental question for the Smarter Cities movement to address. There is little point in us expending time and money on the application ...
This article is a detailed analysis, eventually concluding with a nod to the affirmative.
"I’ve written before about the importance of telling stories that illustrate ways in which technology and information can change lives and communities for the better. The Community Lovers’ Guide to Birmingham is a great example of doing this. As cities such as Birmingham, Dublin and Chicago demonstrate what can be achieved by following a Smarter City agenda, I’m hoping that those involved can tell stories that will help other cities across the world to pursue these ideas themselves." Rick Robinson
Rebuild the city step by step instead of chasing the big win.
The gist.....Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities,” an analysis of 18 of these struggling cities published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Legacy cities that take stock of their assets, and put together collaborations and partnerships, engage in what we call “strategic incrementalism.” It’s a different kind of mindset that doesn’t chase the big win — that rebuilds the city step by step, the equivalent of playing small ball, getting your players on and bringing them home, rather than always aiming for the fences......
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.
#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."
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.
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. -
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....
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
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.
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,
Steven Holl Architects collaborated with Spirit of Space to create two short films that capture the essence of Chengdu’s newest sustainable
Steven Holl Architects collaborated with Spirit of Space to create two short films that capture the essence of Chengdu’s newest sustainable micro-city: Sliced Porosity Block. Shaped by the distribution of natural light, this multi-use complex of five sun-carved concrete towers defines itself by the formation of three large public valleys that, not only supports a hybrid of different functions, but anchors the building into the surrounding urban fabric..
If you are skeptical or just plain interested in urban farming this video about Gotham Greens from Dark Rye is a must see: https://vimeo.com/62903716
In the post by Marica McKool AIA she describes this growing trend...
"Naively ambitious, maybe. But as a twitter-mate noted, “creating food AND jobs and making productive use of vacant land and changing the urban landscape in a huge way!” is in my opinion extremely exciting and worth every effort of that ambition!
To present the concept of Urban Farming, I’ve collected images of existing urban farms that are already “digging into” (on/over/through) the built environment – doing amazing things for food, people, cities, communities, and sustainability – as well as conceptual urban farming architecture – projects which begin to rethink the word “farm,” especially in the urban environment, and offer a very bold response to the question, “What is Green Architecture?”
This topic really interests us, and we would appreciate your feedback.
Arquitetura, decoração, design, artes e lifestyle. Estes são os assuntos que inspiram a bamboo.
If I had to make a choice pro or can for graffiti, I would have to go with pro. Street art has become so sophisticated today and in its best application a positive for an urban landscape. In its lowest form a defacing of property. Personally I see the overall positive use today outweighing the negative.
"We're trying to do a paradigm shift with how cities deal with their real estate." If you follow this topic you know we have a soft spot in our hearts for Detroit. I will now officially extend that to the Midwest. We are at our Iowa City office this month and as always we are impressed with the overall wonderful attitudes of midwesterners. This story about Milwaukee is an inspiration for any of the many cities struggling through these difficult economic times.
Tim McCollow head of the Home Gr/own initiative,:
foreclosed homes are now being repurposed for local food production, processing, and distribution, rather than mothballed and sold during the next boom. "We want to put local food economy on steroids and connect all the dots,"
Modern architecture triumphs when beautifully-designed public museums drive the economy of neighborhoods and cities.
Frank Gehry started an economically beneficial trend when he designed a modern museum for a depressed neighborhood in Bilbao, Spain.
Museums are built to house cultural objects: art and artifacts. But today, the design of the building which houses these items has become an essential component of the museum experience. Modern architects are transforming the perception of recently-built museums into high-tech, sculptural structures, drawing attention to building, site and neighborhood. Read the rest of the story.....
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...