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Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique

Urban Characters: Exploring the places and objects that make each city unique | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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...


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This thought from the article sums it up for me...."believe that we can be great and that change is possible and that we can achieve it."

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Okolo web

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Some time ago we have visited this modernist apartment building by Jean Ginsberg (1905 - 1983) in Paris. Born in Poland and active in France, Ginsberg is one of the most interesting protagonists of French modernist architecture in the generations after Le Corbusier and his influence. He is most famous for his Parisian apartment buildings he designed during the 1950s.
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Jean Ginsberg is a wonderful discovery for us...forever fans of mid-century modern and brutalism. Yes this is a stretch because we are implying they are a current asset to the neighborhoods in which they stand....quite frankly we really do not know if they have been maintained or not The use of concrete is dear to our aesthetics....
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Daan Roosegaarde's Smog Free Bike would generate clean air as you pedal

Daan Roosegaarde's Smog Free Bike would generate clean air as you pedal | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Daan Roosegaarde has unveiled the next concept in his Smog Free Project – a bicycle that would inhale polluted air, clean it, and release it.


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SWISS DESIGN: nine objects that have acquired cult status

SWISS DESIGN: nine objects that have acquired cult status | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Discover nis swiss design objects that have acquired cult status and learn more about Switzerland's history thanks to the House of Switzerland - by the FDFA
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My peeler has a name...REX!
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Architectuur Maken uses 15 tonnes of rubble to create Rotterdam house

Architectuur Maken uses 15 tonnes of rubble to create Rotterdam house | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
The bricks forming the facade of this tall, skinny house in Rotterdam are made from 15 tonnes of compacted industrial waste
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There is so much to like about the reuse and recycycle trends we see around us. Whether it's rubble, plastics, glass, cooking oil, and even fall leaves, it is all creative and useful. It definately shows interest and effort and creative thinking.
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We can cut emissions in half by 2040 – but only if we build smarter cities

We can cut emissions in half by 2040 – but only if we build smarter cities | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
As a planet, we have some serious climate targets to meet in the coming years. The Paris Agreement, signed by 192 countries, set an aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.5ᵒC. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, set to be achieved by 2030, commit the world to “take urgent action” on climate change.
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Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary the country has run out of rubbish

Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary the country has run out of rubbish | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Sweden is so good at recycling that, for several years, it has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011. We can only dream of such an effective system in the UK, which is why we end up paying expensive transport costs to send rubbish to be recycled overseas rather than paying fines to send it to landfill under The Landfill Tax of 1996. 

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What makes a city green? | Environment

What makes a city green? | Environment | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
A new European Green Capital has been announced: Essen in Germany. Located in a former coal-mining region, it's reinvented itself as a "green city." But what makes a city green - and why is this worth the effort?
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"European Green Capital" for the year 2017
Essen, Germany, a former coal-mining city in the heart of the Ruhr region, was particularly recognized for overcoming its challenging industrial history to reinvent itself as green, thus becoming a leading example for other cities.
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Can Portland survive its popularity?

Can Portland survive its popularity? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Portland, Oregon is in the midst of a population boom, but the notoriously well-planned city is having trouble adjusting to the influx. Preservationists are hoping a first-of-its-kind ordinance can save some of what makes Portland so special.
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On October 31, Portland will become the first city to adopt an ordinance requiring that houses built in 1916 or earlier be deconstructed instead of demolished. Deconstruction is the process of dismantling a house in a way that allows the pieces to be recycled and reused.

Great purpose, great quote..."we’re all just looking to hold on to some sense of permanence in a world that’s changing faster than we can cope—to assert that this space, this place, in this tiny sliver of time that we inhabit it, is not disposable."

another quote: "Deconstruction of historic homes won’t solve the problems of a changing city. It won’t stop change. But it’s a step towards recognizing the value of our past in hopes that, in some form, it lives on in our city."
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Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, Australia

Architensions Shortlisted for Civic Center Design Using Local Vegetation in Sydney, Australia | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
New-York-based studio Architensions has released the design for its shortlisted project, Rising Ryde, for the Ryde Civic Center in Sydney, Australia. In an effort to embrace local communities and contexts, the project is conceived as a hill-shaped building covered in local vegetation and it aims to prioritize people through its complex system of social connections and interactions with nature.

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Instead of creating boundaries, the Center furthermore “multiplies the interstitial space” through transparent and semi-transparent curtain walls. This openness allows the building to appear as a protective device and shading system for urban life, rather than a physically imposing mass. ArchDaly
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These are the cities where the fewest people drive to work

These are the cities where the fewest people drive to work | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Oslo announced plans last year to ban all vehicles from its center within the next few years. Meanwhile, Paris has already held car-free days, with further initiatives announced this year.
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Will Europe beat the U.S. in smart city innovation?

Will Europe beat the U.S. in smart city innovation? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Despite turbulence, Europe is poised to steal the innovation crown from a US that offers dimmer prospects for its entrepreneurial hubs.

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5 smart IoT cyber security best practices to create the safest cities in the world

5 smart IoT cyber security best practices to create the safest cities in the world | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
List: Cyber security in modern cities has become a priority for governments and businesses. CBR lays down 5 critical tools that will make any metropol
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Cities that steal smart ideas from plants and animals

Cities that steal smart ideas from plants and animals | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Architects, designers and urban planners are borrowing from natural phenomena as diverse as termite mounds and resilient grapefruits to design smart, sustainable cities
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Norman Foster Explains How Drones in Rwanda Could Lead the Way for New Cities

Norman Foster Explains How Drones in Rwanda Could Lead the Way for New Cities | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Back in September, Foster + Partners released details of their designs for a droneport in Rwanda, a humanitarian initiative that seeks t
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". While drones in Russia are being used to deliver pizza, there is space and, in fact, a need in Rwanda for drones to serve as medical units."
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Korean Curiosity: Is Seoul Experiencing a "Neo-BRUTALIST Revival"?

Korean Curiosity: Is Seoul Experiencing a "Neo-BRUTALIST Revival"? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
During his frequent travels to Seoul, Hong Kong- and Singapore-based photographer Raphael Olivier noticed a new trend taking the South Korean capital: a crop of geometric, concrete buildings of all genres. He calls the new style Neo-Brutalism, after the modernist movement that proliferated in the late 1950s to 1970s, in which raw concrete was meant to express a truth and honesty. Olivier's observation led him to capture the phenomenon in a personal photo series—a photographic treasure trove of these projects which, when taken as a whole, uncovers a cross-section of this trend in the city's architecture.

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A City Is Not a Computer

A City Is Not a Computer | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
This seems an obvious truth, but we need to say it loud and clear. Urban intelligence is more than information processing.

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Atlanta-based BLDGS elevates the role of adaptive reuse in its hometown

Atlanta-based BLDGS elevates the role of adaptive reuse in its hometown | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
When Brian Bell and David Yocum first founded BLDGS in Atlanta, they didn’t plan to specialize in adaptive reuse—but they come to relish the role.
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Yocum “We take a lot of pleasure in uncovering,” Yocum said. “If we can find the truth in each of the challenges and kind of reflect the presence of that truth it gives us a lot that we would not be able to layer onto a project.”
Yocum calls this inserting the “featherlike presence of the new while respecting the gravity of the old.”
Their work has continued along these lines, pushing and pulling on the complex layers of existing materials and techniques and the addition of contemporary ones....#awesome #architecturalphilosophy #adaptivereuse
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How COMBINING Social Housing with Tourism Could Help Solve Havana’s Housing Crisis

How COMBINING Social Housing with Tourism Could Help Solve Havana’s Housing Crisis | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
The largest of the Caribbean islands, Cuba is a cultural melting pot of over 11 million people, combining native Taíno and Ciboney people with descendants of Spanish colonists and African slaves. Since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro, the country has been the only stable communist regime in the Western hemisphere, with close ties to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and frosty relationship with its nearby neighbor, the United States, that has only recently begun to thaw. While the architecture in the capital city of Havana reflects the dynamic and rich history of the area, after the revolution Havana lost its priority status and government focus shifted to rural areas, and the buildings of Havana have been left to ruin ever since. Iwo Borkowicz, one of three winners of the 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award, has developed a plan that could bring some vibrancy, and most importantly some sustainability, back to Havana, the historic core of the city.

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The dilemma: how to accomodate tourists in Cuba
A symbiotic relation of cooperative social housing and dispersed tourism in Habana Vieja / Iwo Borkowicz, Faculty of Architecture,
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Addressing urban challenges with citizens' intelligence

Addressing urban challenges with citizens' intelligence | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
To build smarter and more effective cities, using data is just part of the way. What is even more important is the capacity to harness the most important asset in cities: the talent, skills and experience of their citizens.
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It’s the 100th anniversary of Jane Jacob’s birth.
by Christina Garrido

She protested against large projects in the New York of the 50s and the 60s, when urban development in the city was at its apogee.

influencing many later generations. Some of the most prominent are, for example, her famous book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), a strong critique of the American urban development model and advocate of the right of communities,
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Growing Up…Vertical Farming

Growing Up…Vertical Farming | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Learn about the need for and benefits of vertical farming in multi-story greenhouses.
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Regional climates are changing and as this progresses it creates a need for other options.Vertical farming provides the opportunity to bypass these regional environmental hurdles by creating prime exterior conditions indoors.
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Virtualization Key to Smart Cities

Virtualization Key to Smart Cities | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
When I first wrote about smart cities for this blog back in 2013, the concept was still very much just that – a concept.
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A Smarter Tomorrow | News from Peru - Peruvian Times

A Smarter Tomorrow | News from Peru - Peruvian Times | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
As globalization slows and the world’s urban populations increase, smart technology in city planning will help economic growth and ensure cities remain livable
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"growth trends imply that urban development is both an opportunity and a threat"
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A city's design can help foster racial equality, say eight experts

A city's design can help foster racial equality, say eight experts | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
A diverse lineup of architects and planners provides ideas for repairing segregated cities, from engendering a more inclusive design culture to increasing the number of public swimming pools.
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The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change

The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Nowadays the main building materials used in the construction industry are concrete, steel and timber. From the point of view of ecological sustainability, there are four important differences between these three materials: first, timber is the only material of the three that is renewable; second, timber needs only a small amount of energy to be extracted and recycled compared to steel and concrete (but the implementation of its potential is not as developed yet); third, timber does not produce waste by the end of its life since it can be reused many times in several products before decomposing or being used as fuel and; and fourth, timber traps huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere – a tree can contain a ton of CO2 [1] – and the carbon absorbed remains embedded as long as the wood is in use.

Considering the fact that 36 percent of total carbon emissions in Europe during the last decade came from the building industry,[2] as well as 39 percent of total carbon emissions in the United States,[3] the materiality of construction should be a priority for governments’ regulations in the future as measurements against global warming. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and the level of carbon emissions of the big economies across the globe are big issues that need to be solved with urgency in order to avoid larger, more frequent climate catastrophes in the future. The current regulation in several countries of the EU, which is incentivizing the use of renewable materials in buildings, is showing the direction the building industry in many other parts of the world should follow. And if these measures are adopted across the EU and beyond – if other countries start to follow this tendency as well – there will be significantly more wood in cities.

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4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities | World Resources Institute

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities | World Resources Institute | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
New WRI analysis examines the vital role building efficiency can play in shaping sustainable cities of the future. When done right, energy-efficient buildings can generate several social, environmental and economic benefits.
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