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Weekend Diversion: Building Down

Weekend Diversion: Building Down | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

As the population of cities continues to grow, real estate runs out fast. But one innovative solution may be the wave of the future: building down!

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"New infrastructure is required but no empty plots are available. Federal and local laws prohibit demolishing historic and height regulations limit new structures to eight stories.
Well, if you can’t build up, build down."

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Detroit: after decades of urban blight, technology boom gives Motor City hope

Detroit: after decades of urban blight, technology boom gives Motor City hope | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
As hi-tech firms spring up in areas better known for destitution and drugs, Detroit has found something new: optimism
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Beyond the industrial crisis: the rejuvenation of Detroit rests in the hands of young entrepreneurs looking for a place to start new ventures without the crushing costs of traditional high-tech hubs:

"Yet the tech boom is a cause for optimism, and not just for the urban pioneers swapping San Francisco, Seattle and New York for the Rust Belt. Rich Feldman, a local activist, lifelong Detroiter and former car-worker believes tech can help the community too. He is helping to set up the Detroit Centre for New Work, aimed at harnessing new technologies, especially 3D printers, to enable people to work in different and more sustainable ways. It will look at helping people to make their own clothes or to create energy for their homes and workplaces. The goal will be a self-sufficient, local and modernised economy. For Feldman, who spent three decades at a car plant, the project has seen him become fluent in a whole new vocabulary. "Technology can be used for community development, especially when it comes to things like digital fabrication," he said."

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The De-Bikification of Beijing

The De-Bikification of Beijing | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Cycling has dropped precipitously in China's capital. Will it ever be popular again?

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I Explored China’s Biggest Ghost City And It’s Even Crazier Than People Think

I Explored China’s Biggest Ghost City And It’s Even Crazier Than People Think | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Built for over a million people in Inner Mongolia.
Artur Alves's insight:

"Some of China's most rapidly developing cities are virtually unheard of in the West; but for every overnight economic success story, there seems to be a hidden swathe of near misses, dead ends and bankruptcies. Out of all these phantoms however, nothing compares to the strangeness of China's 'Ghost City': Ordos.

The city of Ordos is a heavily stylised population centre located close to the Ordos Desert, and it's one of the main cities of Inner Mongolia. This area is famed for its rapidly expanding population and developing urban areas – the region of Inner Mongolia boasting a higher GDP than even Beijing itself.

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However, nobody quite anticipated how quickly this new development would fall flat on its face. Deadlines weren't met, loans went unpaid, and investors pulled out before projects could be completed – leaving entire streets of unfinished buildings. The ridiculous cost of accommodation in this dream city put off many would-be inhabitants, so that even fully completed apartments became difficult to sell."

 

 

 
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Carsharing saves U.S. city governments millions in operating costs - O'Reilly Radar

Carsharing saves U.S. city governments millions in operating costs - O'Reilly Radar | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Whether it's co-working, bike sharing, or cohabiting, there are green shoots throughout the economy that suggest the ways we work, play and learn are changing.

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The Future of the City: Density, Sustainability, and Citizen Happiness | This Big City

The Future of the City: Density, Sustainability, and Citizen Happiness | This Big City | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The most sustainable cities tend to use their money to develop a core where services and amenities are easily accessible.

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