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Artificial Forest Converts Sunlight Into Oxygen

Artificial Forest Converts Sunlight Into Oxygen | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Carbon levels in the atmosphere are at the highest levels in 3 million years and while politicians debate what to do about it, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California are putting forth a potential fuel solution, harnessing a carbon-neutral source of energy: the sun.

Solar energy is not a new concept but the team at the Berkeley Lab have created an artificial forest that captures solar energy, converts it into oxygen and hydrogen, which can then be used to power fuel cells and produce renewable energy. The ‘forest’ is actually nanowire trees which absorbs sunlight and then mimics the natural process of photosynthesis that trees and plants usually perform.

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If this could really happen it could be transformational. 

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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

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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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MIPIM World's curator insight, September 2, 10:06 AM

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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.

 

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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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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.

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great use of technology

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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.

 

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

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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...


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Best rock climbing design Ive seen.

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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
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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.  

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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.


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

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Christina Guenther's curator insight, February 11, 12:24 AM

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

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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, 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, 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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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.


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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.


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Pedestrain freindly places that allow reasonable car access.

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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.


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We love city icons.

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Duane Craig's curator insight, January 31, 2:18 PM

Lighting up bridges seems to be in vogue.

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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.
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Ah the smell of cleaner air!

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