Great Urban Place...
Follow
Find
820 views | +0 today
 
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
onto Great Urban Place Making
Scoop.it!

Smart Cities + Green Megaprojects of the Future

Smart Cities + Green Megaprojects of the Future | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

For many years, architects and city planners from around the world have been trying to create the green ideal: an entire city built to strict environmental standards- highly functional while still retaining aesthetic value.

 

Here’s a look at some green building and community design that caught our attention in recent months and may (or may not) become reality in the next several years. Their physical footprints may be large, but by using features such as wind power, solar, rainwater recycling and advanced air quality controls, their carbon footprints don't have to be...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

This is going beyond Mazdar in Dubai.  The reality is that we need to transform existing cities since starting from scratch is rare.  We need to retrofit cities more than build new ones, but still it is interesting.

more...
Great Urban Place Making
Successful place making
Curated by Norm Miller
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. Considering its natural form, it’s only appropriate that The Lotus Building is designed with the importance of the environment in mind.

Studio 505 explains:

“The project has been designed to minimise energy usage- with over 2500 geothermal piles driven through the base of the artificial lake, The entire lake water mass and ground beneath is utilised to pre-cool (summer) and pre-warm (winter) the air conditioning systems for both the lotus and the two storey building beneath the lake. The project is also mixed mode and naturally ventilated and utilises evaporative cooling from the lake surface to drive a thermal chimney within the main flower pod.”


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

As China becomes richer as a country we get to see some more innovative icon type designs even if they are imported into China.  I love the energy conservation integrated into the design.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from innovative design
Scoop.it!

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Creates An Interactive Light Show

An Illuminated Musical Swing Set Creates An Interactive Light Show | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours brought their fantastic musical light swing installation to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The interactive swing set titled simply, The Swings, is comprised of illuminated panels that trigger audible tones that harmonize as people swing. As more and more people join in the act of swinging turns into randomly improvised melody and light show...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

So fun for kids

more...
Lori Wilk's curator insight, August 12, 8:12 PM

A Cool way of making #music

Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

Feature> Beyond LEED - The Architect's Newspaper

Feature> Beyond LEED - The Architect's Newspaper | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Chris Bentley explores the latest horizons in sustainable design metrics. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore

Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to “foster togetherness and sociability” so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Cool University Building

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

IAUC Newsletter No 49 now available – Deaths per 1,000 square kilometers per year due to air pollution | International Association for Urban Climate

IAUC Newsletter No 49 now available – Deaths per 1,000 square kilometers per year due to air pollution | International Association for Urban Climate | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Norm Miller's insight:

Instead of worrying about global climate warming we should focus more on current health risks in our cities

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from innovative design
Scoop.it!

Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings

Sky art: illustrations in the sky between buildings | Great Urban Place Making | 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.


Via Luca Baptista, Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Cool

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

Before & After: New York City’s 25 Most Transformative Road Diets

Before & After: New York City’s 25 Most Transformative Road Diets | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

With little more than paint, planters, and a few well-placed boulders, Bloomberg and former Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan‘s street interventions have been some of the most evident changes around the city in recent years. Whether it’s Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza or Snøhetta’s redesigned Times Square, New York City's recent road diets have shaved off excess space previously turned over to cars and returned it to the pedestrian realm in dramatic fashion as these before-and-after views demonstrate.

Take a look at 25 of the most exciting road diets and pedestrian plaza conversions across New York City from the Bloomberg era.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Pedestrain freindly places that allow reasonable car access.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

Europe's Longest Pedestrian Bridge Beautifully Illuminates Sweden's Sölvesborg Bay

Europe's Longest Pedestrian Bridge Beautifully Illuminates Sweden's Sölvesborg Bay | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

In Sweden, a series of undulating arches, brightly lit by fuchsia-tinted LED lights, dance across the Sölvesborg Bay. From a distance, the structure could be mistaken for the Loch Ness Monster's mysterious glowing cousin, but these massive illuminated vaults actually support Europe's longest pedestrian bridge.

Spanning 2,480 feet—that's nearly half a mile!—the Sölvesborg Bridge was designed by Swedish design firm Ljusarkitektur in collaboration with lighting company Lumenpulse to connect the small town of Sölvesborg with a new housing district across the bay.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

We love city icons.

more...
Duane Craig's curator insight, January 31, 11:18 AM

Lighting up bridges seems to be in vogue.

Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

Eco Monday: London Gets Fully Electric Buses for Public Transit | Redesign Revolution

Eco Monday: London Gets Fully Electric Buses for Public Transit | Redesign Revolution | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
The Guardian recently announced that in early 2014, London will introduce the world's first fully electric buses into its public transportation system to reduce the city's carbon footprint.
Norm Miller's insight:

Ah the smell of cleaner air!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

The 15 US Cities That Are Driving The Future

The 15 US Cities That Are Driving The Future | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
New rankings from the Milken Institute show incredible growth in some unexpected places.
Norm Miller's insight:

Goto this link for the report http://www.milkeninstitute.org/pdf/Best-Performing-Cities-Report-2013.pdf

 

Cities that are focused on outcomes and not "regulation" and political interest groups do the best.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

London Gets Fully Electric Buses for Public Transit

London Gets Fully Electric Buses for Public Transit | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
The Guardian recently announced that in early 2014, London will introduce the world's first fully electric buses into its public transportation system to reduce the city's carbon footprint.

 

Hybrid electric and fuel buses have already been operational in London since 2006, and the city is expected to increase its hybrid fleet from the current 600 to 1,700 — one-fifth of all city buses — over the next two years.  To further decrease the city’s carbon footprint, London will introduce fully electric buses into its public transit system in early 2014.

On December 19, The Guardian reported that two solely battery-powered buses hit the streets of London on a trial basis to test the technology. These single-deck buses are the first of their kind, and six more will begin operating within the next several months.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Quiet, less pollution and efficient choice

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from innovative design
Scoop.it!

Reinventing Pedestrian Street Walkways: Artistic Crosswalks in Baltimore

Reinventing Pedestrian Street Walkways: Artistic Crosswalks in Baltimore | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

These artistic crosswalks in Baltimore are two projects implemented as part of a city program aiming at encouraging the increase of artworks in public spaces. Various intersections around the city will soon be looking different, but so far only two have been completed. The first was envisioned by artist Paul Bertholet and depicts a giant zipper, opening towards one end of the crosswalk.

The second installation is an image of a giant hopscotch, developed by artist Graham Coreil-Allen.

Both are unconventional and playful, adding a creative element to urban life in Baltimore...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Integrating Art into a city is what makes places like Chicago great.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

Bass and Flinders Gateway: A Proposed Development Encouraging Community in New South Wales

Bass and Flinders Gateway: A Proposed Development Encouraging Community in New South Wales | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

The Bass and Flinders Gateway development in New South Wales, Australia sits at the threshold of Wollongong and the greater Illawarra region, with the Illawarra Escarpment as the backdrop and inspiration behind the design concept- an aesthetic and metaphoric link to the building’s central location at the heart of the coastal plain between the mountain and sea, resonating the energy and history of the city.


To manage the transition between the city center and its outskirts, the profile of the buildings vary, layered as the topography of the escarpment, fine-tuned to moderate between the scales of the city, the domestic to the civic, the shed to the office tower. 
At the heart of the development is a central green space, permeable to cyclists and pedestrians, importantly connected into the Wollongong city grain and its local precinct. Designed to encourage social interaction and foster a sense of community that works positively with the developing urban plan and commercial strategy of the city rather than in competition it. 


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

City planning matters and yet it is so often weighed down by naive resident concerns, NIMBY types and policitians.  

more...
Raymond Versteegh's curator insight, December 25, 2013 5:44 AM

Love The Design And Intention --- out there in South Wales, Australia

Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Fish-inspired skyscraper by RMJM for Doumen, China

Fish-inspired skyscraper by RMJM for Doumen, China | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Architecture firm RMJM has won a competition to design a landmark tower for Doumen, China, with plans for a 93-metre-high structure covered in scales.

Proposed at the intersection of two rivers in Zhuhai, the Doumen Observation Tower was designed to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city, sometimes known as the Chinese Riviera. The tower's curving form will be clad with 1,400 bent panels, made from perforated aluminium. These will give the structure its scaly appearance, whilst shading the interior from direct sunlight...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Design innovations seem to be increasing each year especially from China.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

$3.5M “Cloud Arch” Steel Structure Coming to Australia

$3.5M “Cloud Arch” Steel Structure Coming to Australia | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
A 160-foot high, $3.5 million ribbon-like steel structure from Japanese artist Junya Ishigami is coming to Australia, according to the City of Sydney Council.
Norm Miller's insight:

Great cities require public art.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Zaha Hadid adds concrete and cantilevers to Issam Fares Institute

Zaha Hadid adds concrete and cantilevers to Issam Fares Institute | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Zaha Hadid has completed a building for the American University of Beirut, which cantilevers out over a public courtyard and a series of elevated pathways.

The IFI's design builds upon the institute's mission as a catalyst and connector between AUB, researchers and the global community. Routes, views and links within the campus converge to define the IFI as a three-dimensional intersection; a space for university's students, fellows and visitors to meet, connect and engage with each other and the wider world.

The building takes full advantage of the region's tradition and expertise of working with in-situ concrete. Passive design measures, high efficiency active systems and recycled water technologies minimize the building's impact on the local and wider environment.

 

More at the link...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Zaha Hadid knows how to work with simple materials like concrete and design interesting, low maintenance space.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Fertile Market by X-TU: An Innovative French Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Fertile Market by X-TU: An Innovative French Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

The French studio “X-TU” Architects perceived the competition-winning French pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo design proposta that responds implicitly to theexpo thème “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life”. They introduce a unique construction established around a vision of the market hall as a “le centre” for agricultural produzione.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Interesting design

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

Chicago's New High Tech Lamp Posts Will Track People & Pollution

Chicago's New High Tech Lamp Posts Will Track People & Pollution | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Starting this summer, the city is installing a network of high tech lamp posts that will keep track of all kinds of information about the environment and people passing by through sensors. The data collected by Web-connected sensors will be used to help urban planners make the city safer and make traffic flow better. All of this while also tracking environmental factors like air quality.

More information at the article.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

great use of technology

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

Creating An Urban Greenway as a Community Space: the winning ideas for AIANY's QueensWay Connection competition

Creating An Urban Greenway as a Community Space: the winning ideas for AIANY's QueensWay Connection competition | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Plans for building a new QueensWay are moving forward. The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The biennial competition brought in ideas from around the globe on how to transform an abandoned railway into an urban greenway as a community space for nearby neighborhoods in Queens, New York.

 

Visit the link to view all the winning proposals...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Connecting people and transport nodes easily is a great urban planning theme

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Rock Climbing Building Blends in Naturally with Environment

Rock Climbing Building Blends in Naturally with Environment | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Sensing the potential for a climbing community in Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture designed this new rock climbing hall that mimics the surrounding, rocky landscape of Mazadaran. Equipped with a dynamic climbing hall, temporary accommodation zone, fitness gym and maintenance areas, the design is meant to invite nature and landscape into the building. The large windows allow natural daylight to shine in and provide a view of the nearby mountains...


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Best rock climbing design Ive seen.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

A/N Blog . San Diego Re-Imagines Balboa Park With Car-Free Transportation, Increased Connectivity

A/N Blog . San Diego Re-Imagines Balboa Park With Car-Free Transportation, Increased Connectivity | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
A/N Blog - Quicks hits and big thoughts from The Architect's Newspaper
Norm Miller's insight:

See the San Diego proposal.  It is nearly impossible to get San Diego to approve anything but 1200 acre Balboa Park is a treasure for the city.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

London's future skyline captured in new visualiations

London's future skyline captured in new visualiations | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

This series of images by architectural rendering studio Hayes Davidson envisages how London's skyline might look in 20 years time.

Over 200 towers with a height of 20 storeys or greater are planned in the UK capital over the next two decades and Hayes Davidson has visualised how these new buildings will appear alongside existing skyscrapers such as Renzo Piano's The Shard and Norman Foster's The Gherkin.

 

The images were created for an exhibition opening later this year at New London Architecture (NLA) entitled London's Growing... Up! which will chart the growth of tall building construction in London since the 1960s and look at the impact skyscrapers will have on the city in the near future.

"As London's population gets bigger and bigger, and new development for London takes place within the constraints of the green belt, we have to increase the density of the city," said Peter Murray, who is chairman of NLA and the exhibition curator.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Future city planners and developers will be using some amazing tools.

more...
Christina Guenther's curator insight, February 10, 9:24 PM

I have never been to London but their future is looking very attractive. 

Rescooped by Norm Miller from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, South Korea

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, South Korea | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

The Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute in Seocheon-gun, South Korea promotes a design concept by SAMOO Architects and Engineers that reflects three key concepts:

"From the Nature," "Be the Nature," & "With the Nature." 

 

The first is expressed by the dynamic, organic lines of the Institute and its grounds.  The second uses cutting-edge technology to recreate ecological environments by aligning greenhouses with the optimal amount of sunlight for each one.  The third includes visitors who immerse themselves in the complex ecological experience.  The Ecorium is poised to become a landmark in green research, education, and exhibitions.


Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

Very cool but probably too large to ever become reality

more...
Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 11, 1:49 AM

"From the Nature," "Be the Nature," & "With the Nature." 


Joseph Vancell's curator insight, January 11, 1:33 PM

Wow! Sustainable architecture in South Korea

Mark Warren's curator insight, January 17, 12:40 AM

Wow!

Rescooped by Norm Miller from green streets
Scoop.it!

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

Norman Foster-Designed Scheme Aims to Transform London into “Cycling Utopia” | Great Urban Place Making | 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.”

 

 



Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Norm Miller
Scoop.it!

China's electric carshare vending machines

China's electric carshare vending machines | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
One solution to China's massive smog problem? Lots of EV vending machines.
Norm Miller's insight:

Car sharing expanded. Cool

more...
No comment yet.