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Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.

 

The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.

The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.

There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...

 

Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.


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First we learned to sequence traffic lights.  Now we can capture energy for better road marking.  Next we will have computer guided car tracks that let us travel more efficiently as a group better utilizing existing highways.  Add in more fuel efficient or electric cars and we have a pretty good outlook for cleaner cities and less dependency on non-renewable resources.

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If there is one area that needs focus and improvement it is highways. Agreed!
Anji Connell's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:59 AM

Great idea No !

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Oasia Hotel Downtown / WOHA

Oasia Hotel Downtown / WOHA | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Completed in 2016 in Singapore, SingaporeA verdant tower of green in the heart of Singapore’s dense Central Business District (CBD), Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prototype of lan
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Only in San Francisco — inside the 232-square-foot micro apartment that sold for nearly $425,000

Heather Stoltz knows how to sell a home in San Francisco's hot real-estate market. When she put this micro apartment up for sale, she instantly had peopl
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I'm sure we can improve on design but this is the only real solution to more affordable housing without government subsidy.
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Obamas Select South Chicago Site for Presidential Library

Obamas Select South Chicago Site for Presidential Library | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected Chicago's historic Jackson Park as the site of the Obama Presidential Library
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Should be a significant attraction for many years
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In Print: The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities Are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning - Urban Land Magazine

In Print: The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities Are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning - Urban Land Magazine | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Amid the ongoing debates over climate change, considerations of “peak auto” have eclipsed those of “peak oil” in recent years. In this cautiously optimistic book, the former notion is updated and aligned within a set of long-term strategies necessary to achieve a low-carbon green economy.
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But this was based more on Wash DC perspectives.  In California we don't have such great public transit yet, at least in most of the state.
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9 new buildings set to define cities in 2016 - CNN.com

9 new buildings set to define cities in 2016 - CNN.com | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
“The 9 new buildings set to define cities in 2016”
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Green Building Case Study: Oregon's Center for Health and Healing

Green Building Case Study: Oregon's Center for Health and Healing | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

The Center for Health and Healing at Oregon Health and Science University, a 400,000- square-foot, 16-story medical office building, was an ambitious project from the start.

Comprising physician practices, outpatient surgery, a wellness center, research labs, and educational space, it incorporates a host of sophisticated energy-efficiency measures, water-conserving technologies, and other green features in an effort to show what’s possible in the often conservative market of medical office buildings. Those ambitious goals made it an especially valuable target for a comprehensive building performance study that took place about two years after occupancy.

The study team deployed an occupant survey, analyzed utility bills, and compared the building’s performance to the goals that had been set for it.


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Hospitals are among the worst buildings for energy efficiency, clean air and efficient waste disposal, not to mention clean visitor and health worker hands.   But these newer examples show they can be dramatically improved saving energy and improving health.

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Lisbon's Junk Gets a Second Life as Gorgeous 3D Animal Street Art

Lisbon's Junk Gets a Second Life as Gorgeous 3D Animal Street Art | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Lisbon, one of Europe’s most underrated cities, has in recent years been the recipient of an influx of artists. The local talent also exists in spades. One of these homegrown creatives is artist Arturo “Bordalo II,” who uses materials like old tires, scrap metal, steering wheels, oil paint, and bumpers to form impressive, larger-than-life 3D murals on walls and back alleys throughout the city. The stars of these murals are almost always animals, and the art itself is a mix of Banksy and a more colorful Tim Burton...


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Really cool

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seriously awesome idea and execution....

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Integrated Workspace Management Systems (IWMS) - A Status Update | Realcomm Webinars

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Looks like another good and free webinar by RealComm

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Reprogramming the City: New Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure

Reprogramming the City: New Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Curated by urban strategist Scott Burham, the latest exhibition at theDAC explores the array of untapped potential in our urban environments. Through installations such as a light therapy bus stop and a billboard that converts humidity into drinking water, the show will consider how infrastructure can encourage human interaction, perform alternative functions or assume an entirely new role.


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Design can make a huge difference in terms of livable cities.

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Best of Andrew Price

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Some of the best from contributor Andrew Price, including our favorite:
Places and non-Places.
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Great article on walkable street analysis - a must read.

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Building a beautiful, durable and sustainable streetscape is a team effort

Building a beautiful, durable and sustainable streetscape is a team effort | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Like good architecture, a good streetscape should aspire to achieve aesthetic as well as practical goals.
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Basic tree review

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'Sci-fi food hall' opens in Netherlands

'Sci-fi food hall' opens in Netherlands | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
It looks like a portal to another dimension crafted from alien technology, but in reality it's a fruit and vegetable market.
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Cool design 

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Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
New businesses in Detroit are helping revitalize the economy. One of those new businesses is the Social Club Grooming Company, a barbershop/salon that promotes sustainability.
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Think of the possibilities, we could have blond landscaping in California, or use white hair to make it look like winter.  Jokes aside I love the idea of using things that were waste as a valuable input. 

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Amazon unveils smart convenience store sans checkouts, cashiers

Amazon unveils smart convenience store sans checkouts, cashiers | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
The 1,800-square-foot store, dubbed “Amazon Go,” is the latest beach in brick-and-mortar retail stormed by the e-commerce giant. It’s clearly a sign Amazon sees a big opportunity in revolutionizing Main Street commerce.
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This is a major disruption in retail and will be interesting to follow.  Soon we may be totally annoyed by lines, more so than you are already.
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Events - School of Business - University of San Diego

See the essay on What Makes Great Cities

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Forest City Brings 4 Artificial Islands to Southeast Asia > ENGINEERING.com

Forest City Brings 4 Artificial Islands to Southeast Asia > ENGINEERING.com | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Massive project in Malaysia will create four islands with housing and jobs for growing populations.
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Wow, reminds you of the scope of Mazdar
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Los Angeles' Moral Failing | California Planning & Development Report

Los Angeles' Moral Failing | California Planning & Development Report | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
California Planning & Development Report is regarded as the authoritative periodical on planning and development issues - required reading for planners, land-use lawyers, developers, environmentalists, citizen activists, and others interested and involved in the process of planning and development in California.
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Financing for downtown Cincinnati micro-apartment project comes together - Cincinnati Business Courier

Financing for downtown Cincinnati micro-apartment project comes together - Cincinnati Business Courier | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
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Micro apartments are a market driven solution to affordable housing.  Glad to see it in Cincinnati.  It would be perfect in many more expensive cities like San Diego.

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Micro apartments are a market driven solution to affordable housing. Glad to see it in Cincinnati.  It would be perfect in many more expensive cities like San Diego.

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Chicago Horizon: A Negative Carbon Kiosk at the Architecture Biennial

Chicago Horizon: A Negative Carbon Kiosk at the Architecture Biennial | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

How much kiosk can you get for $75,000? Chicago Horizon probes this question through a quest to build the largest flat wood roof possible. Using Cross-Laminated Timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, in the largest dimensions commercially available, the kiosk aims to provide an excess of public space for the Architecture Biennial and Chicago beach-goers.

Chicago Horizon is constructed almost entirely out of engineered timber products, including CLT for the roof canopy and glulam columns, making its total carbon impact negative due to the ability of wood to sequester atmospheric carbon. The canopy is to be fully protected by a roof membrane and an exterior grade plywood deck, ensuring its longevity.

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Great parks make great cities.

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14 Designs That Show What Architecture Will Look Like In The Future

14 Designs That Show What Architecture Will Look Like In The Future | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Discover  the 14 architectural trends that might define this year.

 


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Some neat ideas and of course 3D printing

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America's Best Performing Cities in 2014

America's Best Performing Cities in 2014 | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

The knowledge and energy hubs of San Francisco and Texas are among the year’s biggest economic winners.

The top six best performing metros were all tech hubs: The previously mentioned three, plus Provo, Utah; Raleigh-Cary in North Carolina’s Research Triangle; and Salt Lake City. Rounding out the top ten were four Texas cities: Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio. Other tech powerhouses in the top 25 include Seattle at 11 and Boulder at 13.

Energy centers also rank high up the list. This is evident in the strong showing of metros in the Lone Star State, home to seven of the top 25 best performing metros, and five in the top ten. The energy economies of Lafayette (19) and Baton Rouge (21), Louisiana, also place in the top 25 of large metros, the latter of which rose 55 spots in ranking last year alone.


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Connectivity is critical.

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An electric power trip

An electric power trip | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
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Love to see more electric and natural gas buses.  Yeah for cleaner air!   

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If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like?

If women built cities, what would our urban landscape look like? | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
The number of women in UK architecture firms is falling, and many urbanists are worried by the ‘very, very male-dominated’ worlds of planning and construction. So how would cities differ if women designed them?
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Aside from Zaha Hadid who else can you name that is a signature woman architect?   

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Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live - NYTimes.com

Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live - NYTimes.com | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
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Interesting story worth a look.

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Home | CEO & Business Leaders Summit

Home | CEO & Business Leaders Summit | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

This looks 

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This looks like a very interesting conference.  I'm sorry I can't attend. Creating Future Cities

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