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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 10, 9:24 PM

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

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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.

More information at the article.


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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.

 

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


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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 10, 9:24 PM

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

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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.


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Very cool but probably too large to ever become reality

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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!

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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.”

 

 



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

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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.
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Car sharing expanded. Cool

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Safer Streets Pay Off for Businesses

Safer Streets Pay Off for Businesses | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Case studies from New York City.
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Interesting that safer streets for bikes and pedestrians, even with reduced parking, result in more retail sales.  

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Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City

Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
With technological change marching forward at a rapid clip, city environments are being reshaped and the urban experience is being reimagined.
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This story crosses many boundaries, innovation and work places and the sharing economy.

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The Most Walkable Cities and How Some Are Making Strides

The Most Walkable Cities and How Some Are Making Strides | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Densely populated neighborhoods, commercial district city squares and multiple public transit lines all span the city of Cambridge, Mass., creating an environment ideal for walking.

The most recent Census counts estimate nearly a quarter of the city’s residents walk to work, far more than any other larger U.S. city.

Many localities across the country are continuing to push policies and planning initiatives aimed at making communities more walkable. Recent census figures depict a wide variation in commuting habits among the nation’s urban centers, showing some have done much more than others.

Nationally, only a small fraction of people primarily walk to work – the measure the Census Bureau estimates in its annual American Communities Survey. In a select group of cities, though, recent data illustrates the extent to which walking has emerged as an everyday means of commuting.


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It helps if you live in Southern California but then if you live in LA you never walk anywhere.

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Raymond Versteegh's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:47 AM

Walking is fun. And smart.

ParadigmGallery's comment, December 21, 2013 6:27 PM
XO Cambridge, I walked to work for three years...interesting article
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GowinSiuta Studio Wins 2013 “Changing the Face” Competition in Warsaw

GowinSiuta Studio Wins 2013 “Changing the Face” Competition in Warsaw | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Poland-based GowinSiuta Studio has won
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Every city needs a center or iconic landmark.

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Project for Public Spaces | Taking the Next Step: Paris Leads With Innovation in the Streets

Project for Public Spaces | Taking the Next Step: Paris Leads With Innovation in the Streets | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
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Paris is pretty but I wish they would not cut those locks off the bridges so often.  Lovers think they stay on forever and it's just not true.  

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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, 11:18 AM

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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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.
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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.  

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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.


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Quiet, less pollution and efficient choice

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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...


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

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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. 


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

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

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

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Luminothérapie at Place des Festivals, Montréal

Luminothérapie at Place des Festivals, Montréal | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Every day until February 2, starting at nightfall, the luminous installation Entre les rangs turns Place des Festivals into a wonderland, while Trouve Bob, a monumental series of seven animations, transforms the Quartier’s building façades into a city-sized animated game.

Fluttering atop 28,500 flexible stems that bend in the winter wind, white reflectors scatter light from the projectors in Place des Festivals. Right in the heart of the city, these stylised stalks of wheat dance and shimmer to a musical score by Patrick Watson, inviting passers-by to enjoy a dreamy stroll among them.

  

 


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Luminous Moon-Gate Taichung City Cultural Center | The Design Inspiration

Luminous Moon-Gate Taichung City Cultural Center | The Design Inspiration | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it
Currently browsing Luminous Moon-Gate Taichung City Cultural Center for your design inspiration
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Great stuff if you enjoy contemporary design.  Every city needs some iconic core.

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Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris: the Tour Signal La Defense

Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris: the Tour Signal La Defense | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

Every building tells a unique story reflecting both the programmatic content and the singularity of the site, and the Tour Signal La Defense proposal for Paris by In Studio Daniel Libeskind radiates a new spirit with a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use development.

The powerful, unique icon is expressed in a dynamic volume- a reflection of the aim to create a building before its time. Two intertwined ribbons spiral together formally and programmatically, creating a tower, and open space between, with south-facing vertical gardens to act as biotopes for workers, visitors and residents.

Find more images and project details at the article link...


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Libesiind does it again. 

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Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development

Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development | Great Urban Place Making | Scoop.it

A new mixed-use development, called “EyeBAM,” is the latest addition to Brooklyn’s burgeoning Downtown Cultural District.

Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, and SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, have been selected by the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to design a 12-story building with109 apartments (40 percent affordable and 60 percent market rate), a restaurant and two arts-and-science-focused organizations, Eyebeam and Science Gallery.

Designed to engage with neighboring cultural institutions, the restaurant will flow into the new Arts Plaza, which will include outdoor seating to activate the space.

To further accentuate the cultural space, the architects plan to implement a glazed exterior on the lower levels. The material palette, composed of terracotta and brick, is a nod to Brooklyn’s architectural history.

“We wanted to create a scale and texture to the building that was both contextual to the neighborhood but also gave the building its own identity."

 


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This is an example of what smart cities will be encouraging.

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