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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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Jim Gramata's comment, March 30, 2013 12:09 PM
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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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

Best of Andrew Price | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
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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Photo Gallery: Are These 12 Enormous, Sci-Fi-Style Green Buildings In Our Future? | National Real Estate Investor

Photo Gallery: Are These 12 Enormous, Sci-Fi-Style Green Buildings In Our Future? | National Real Estate Investor | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Tomorrowland is fast approaching. Here, we look at some of the world's most radically imaginative green buildings either under construction or still on the drawing board.
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cool designs

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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.”


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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.

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Asian ProSource's curator insight, October 15, 2014 12:35 PM

The Lotus Building combines design with energy conservation. 

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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...


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So fun for kids

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, August 12, 2014 11:12 PM

A Cool way of making #music

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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.
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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.


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Cool University Building

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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
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Instead of worrying about global climate warming we should focus more on current health risks in our 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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Next Up For Brooklyn, an Urban Gondola

Next Up For Brooklyn, an Urban Gondola | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

The East River Skyway aims to alleviate transit congestion along the Brooklyn waterfront by taking commuters off the grid.

The East River Skyway is a proposal for a multi-phase urban gondola to connect the growing residential and commercial corridors between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The proposal calls for an aerial transit system to be built out in stages, with the first line connecting the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. Subsequent lines might include a connection between Lower Manhattan, Dumbo, and Brooklyn Navy Yard, as well as a line threading between Midtown, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, and Williamsburg...


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These become great for residents and tourists but the lawyers often find the liabilities too much of a concern when the gondolas pass over roads, bridges or people in some way.  Hope this one actually happens.

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50 Strange Buildings of the World | Village Of Joy

50 Strange Buildings of the World | Village Of Joy | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

 Here's a huge list of 50 strange building all over the world.

 

 


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Strange can be good

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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...


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

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$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.
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Great cities require public art.

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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...


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

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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.


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Interesting design

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