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Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings

Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings | Future Design | Scoop.it

French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu recently made stops in locations around Germany, Canada, Belgium and France where he shot several aerial views from inside claustrophobic courtyards which he then turned into quirky illustrations.


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How we will live: More green, more urban, more efficient

How we will live: More green, more urban, more efficient | Future Design | Scoop.it
The neighborhoods of 2039 will feel more like cityscapes with environmentally friendly, energy efficient amenities and people living closer to their jobs.

How we live is indicative of who we are, and both are changing. As city planners look to the next quarter century, they must factor in three profound shifts in modern society: information technology, mobility and climate.

As with everything else, technology is changing not just how we live and work, but the cities where we live and work. That technology has already affected social change, making younger generations more mobile and urban. Technology has also offered new solutions to some of the biggest challenges for 21st century urban planners—climate change and how we make our neighborhoods as green as possible.

 

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 7, 6:00 AM

Il y a besoin de réfléchir à comment  intégrer les projets de durabilité en milieu urbain et les projets technologiques. On présente souvent ces derniers comme la solution aux questions posées par les premiers; c'est vrai, comme l'indiquent des observateurs du Green IT mais seulement si elles sont aussi élaborées avec une démarche RSE Au final, la technologie serait plutôt une  des composantes de nos vies futures apportant son lot de solutions et de questions... à nous de pousser à ses côtés aussi d'autres solutions  : nouvelles attitudes, nouveaux usages pour une ville durable... mais aussi désirable et humaine ?

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Protein Modification Could Push Cellulosic Biofuel Forward

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Protein Modification Could Push Cellulosic Biofuel Forward
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Production of cost-efficient cellulosic biofuels has been limited by lignin, which binds tightly to the cellulose found in plants' cell walls.

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DIY 3D Printing: Bioprinting presentation at MRRF 2014

DIY 3D Printing: Bioprinting presentation at MRRF 2014 | Future Design | Scoop.it
Jordan Miller, Andy Ta, and Steve Kelly talk 3D bioprinting at the 2014 Midwest RepRap Festival.

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MRRF 2014 - Bioprinting

Jordan Miller, Andy Ta, and Steve Kelly talk 3D bioprinting at the 2014 Midwest RepRap Festival Read the Hackaday post: http://wp.me/pk3lN-uAD (MRRF 2014 - Bioprinting - YouTube http://t.co/4bFSh8eqjo)...

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Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria

Water Filter Made from a Tree Branch Removes 99% of E. coli Bacteria | Future Design | Scoop.it
A low-tech water filter system made from a branch of a tree can filter up to four liters of water per day, removing up to 99% of E. coli bacteria and producing fresh, uncontaminated, drinking water.
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9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe

9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe | Future Design | Scoop.it
Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.

Between the 1920s and 1960s, policies adapting cities to car travel in the United States served as a role model for much of Western Europe. But by the late 1960s, many European cities started refocusing their policies to curb car use by promoting walking, cycling, and public transportation. For the last two decades, in the face of car-dependence, suburban sprawl, and an increasingly unsustainable transportation system, U.S. planners have been looking to Western Europe.


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Dragonflies and frogs inspired the best of biomimicry in 2013

Dragonflies and frogs inspired the best of biomimicry in 2013 | Future Design | Scoop.it
From an arthropod to a virus, here are 10 of the most impressive bioinspired developments from the past year.
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7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom

7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom | Future Design | Scoop.it

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John Rudkin's curator insight, January 16, 12:29 AM

Great choice.....

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The World That Awaits Us In 2050

The World That Awaits Us In 2050 | Future Design | Scoop.it
British environmentalist Jonathan Porritt offers a photo-realistic vision of life on Earth in the year 2050. Spoiler alert: the future does not...

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Cheryl Doig's curator insight, December 30, 2013 2:49 PM

Check out the world we made - a positive view of the future. How realistic do you think this is? How can we as leaders keep moving towards our aspirational futures in 2014?

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Rural Urban Framework: Designing Projects that Help Communities Come Together

Rural Urban Framework: Designing Projects that Help Communities Come Together | Future Design | Scoop.it

Often lost among the headlines about China's astonishing development has been a growing interest in the corresponding transformation of the Chinese countryside. At the forefront of architectural research and experimentation in this area is Rural Urban Framework (RUF), a studio headed by University of Hong Kong professors Joshua Bolchover and John Lin.


Since 2006, Bolchover and Lin, who originally hail from England and Taiwan, respectively, have been working with nonprofit organizations, private donors, and local governments on projects in villages throughout China. In Qinmo, in southern Guangdong province, they converted a disused school building into a community center, complete with a demonstration farm. In northern Shaanxi province, their Lingzidi bridge spans a small river to better connect local residents with agricultural fields, while accommodating washing, fishing, and small-truck access.

“Nowadays, 50 percent of the world lives in cities,” says Lin. “But we're interested in the other 50 percent—especially in China, one of the most intensively urban and intensively rural places in the world.”


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2013 in Review: Our Favorite New Maker Tools

2013 in Review: Our Favorite New Maker Tools | Future Design | Scoop.it
We put together a list of our favorite new tools that came out in 2013.Read more on MAKE

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This LA Billionaire Is Reinventing Your Health Care

This LA Billionaire Is Reinventing Your Health Care | Future Design | Scoop.it

“In the past, the scientific, technological and digital pieces did not in exist to assemble the whole,” Soon-Shiong says. “Now they do. I like to look for patterns, in science and life. It’s what I do.” Only an interconnected, instantaneous, molecule-to-manufacturer managed care system can tap science and save money, he insists.


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Has the time come for floating cities?

Has the time come for floating cities? | Future Design | Scoop.it
Could our cities be seaworthy – or are remarkable new proposals for floating urban communities merely utopian sci-fi?

 

A floating village at London's Royal Docks has the official nod, and Rotterdam has a Rijnhaven waterfront development experiment well under way. Eventually, whole neighbourhoods of water-threatened land could be given over to the seas. After decades of speculation and small-scale applications, the floating solution is finally enjoying political momentum – and serious investment...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 15, 10:23 AM

One way to deal with rising seas. :-)

 

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 19, 12:08 AM

Planning for when sea levels rise … 

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Access Our Medicine Initiative | Affordable Medicine

Access Our Medicine Initiative | Affordable Medicine | Future Design | Scoop.it
Everyone should have access to affordable medicine - declare it. Sign the declaration.

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OakOak Uses Street Art to Clean Up the City

OakOak Uses Street Art to Clean Up the City | Future Design | Scoop.it

During the waking hours, the man known as OakOak goes about his 9-5 day, working in a typical office in Saint Etienne, France. But, once the workday is finished, OakOak becomes a creative sniper, scoping out opportunities to shoot paint in the urban spaces of the city.

OakOak had no formal training as an artist and really has no desire to pursue art beyond his street art in Saint Etienne. He saw his coal mining fueled city just getting grubbier and he wanted to do something about it. He says “I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realize them.”


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Sydney's Version of New York’s High Line to be Completed in 2014

Sydney's Version of New York’s High Line to be Completed in 2014 | Future Design | Scoop.it
Work has begun on stage one of The Goods Line Project, a railway-turned-urban park project connecting Sydney’s Central Station to Darling Harbour.

Located in inner Sydney, the project includes a pedestrian and cycle network, creating a new urban hub and connecting more than 80,000 students, residents and visitors to the harbour’s recreational and pedestrian precinct.

The new corridor is being compared to the High Line in New York City, a public park and walkway constructed on a historic freight train line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s lower west side...


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 19, 12:07 AM

Strategies to improve urban places and liveability 

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Awesome Beehive Designs Philps Urban Beehive 2

Awesome Beehive Designs Philps Urban Beehive 2 | Future Design | Scoop.it

in case you haven't noticed, bees are having a rough year. Make that decade. Thanks to rampant pesticide use on commercial crops, bees are dying by the hundreds of thousands, and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Well, certainly not the EPA or USDA (two agencies that should be mortified by recent bee deaths), but there are some doing what they can to help local bee populations survive. A recent resurgence in backyard beekeeping is helping, in a small way, to protect and preserve local hives so that there are still pollinators around to help gardens and flowerbeds look their best. If you've ever been interested in backyard beekeeping, here are six beautiful hive designs for you to consider.


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City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects

City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects | Future Design | Scoop.it

“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in an environment that would seem its antithesis: a single-storey home in a city where space is still most often discussed in terms of “how much?” as opposed to “not enough.” Los Angeles is all about different methods of navigating life – remarkably different methods, according to person and neighborhood. But it is exactly because of these many incongruities that the popularity, and title, of this show make so much sense.

What if the title was posed as a question: “City in a City?” How do we make dense, urban spaces seem intimate, inviting, comfortable and even compact, within otherwise vast, hectic environments? This isn’t a new question, but the answers in this exhibition address a new time with its own demands and aesthetics.

“City in a City” is a noteworthy show, not only for the work that is on display, but also for the decisions that went into displaying them.

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San Diego Re-Imagines Balboa Park With Car-Free Transportation, Increased Connectivity

San Diego Re-Imagines Balboa Park With Car-Free Transportation, Increased Connectivity | Future Design | Scoop.it

It’s been nearly 100 years since the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the world’s fair celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal, was held in San Diego.

In preparation for the centennial, AIA San Diego and the San Diego Museum of Art recently held an ideas competition for improvements to Balboa Park, the site of the fair. The 1,200-acre park is home to a number of museums and other cultural facilities, including the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Art Institute, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Art, plus cultivated gardens and family-friendly amusements


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Aubri Shauger-Haley's curator insight, January 27, 7:35 AM

Green streets really are possible, not just pictures. Even in busy areas!

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Algae to Bio-Crude in Less Than 60 Minutes

Engineers have created a chemical process that produces useful crude oil just minutes after engineers pour in harvested algae -- a verdant green paste with t...

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CCRES's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:23 AM

The research has been licensed by Genifuel Corp. Read the full story here: http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx...

CCRES ALGAE TEAM

eosfuturedesign's curator insight, January 2, 8:04 AM

Long way to go before this makes a difference but all progress is useful.

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Incredible Surreal Murals Transform Old Buildings Into Fantastic Works Of Art

Incredible Surreal Murals Transform Old Buildings Into Fantastic Works Of Art | Future Design | Scoop.it

Polish artists Sainer and Bezt, better known as Etam Cru, are known for their giant, visually arresting street murals painted on building façades. 
The duo were in the US recently and painted a lovely mural titled Moonshine for the Richmond Mural Project that depicts a girl sitting inside a jar of strawberries. They were hard at work in 2013 creating more outstanding art and brightening up more buildings around Europe. 
More of their amazing murals at the link. 


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Chicago’s Opportunity Artist

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Can the social sculptor Theaster Gates turn the inner city into art?

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Flora Moon's curator insight, January 1, 8:19 AM

This is extraordinary work!  Check out the ecology of opportunity.

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Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building | Future Design | Scoop.it
Green design & eco innovation for a better world

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Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia”

Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia” | Future Design | Scoop.it

Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved.

“SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city,” said Norman Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain’s National Byway Trust. ”By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”

 

 

 


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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 3, 10:23 AM

Bikers in London better have some good rain gear. :-)