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Are These Cities Foreshadowing the End of Sprawl?

Are These Cities Foreshadowing the End of Sprawl? | green infographics | Scoop.it
Are Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami set to put car-dependent development in park and pull forward as the new leaders of walkable urban development?

When it comes to discussing sprawl, Atlanta and Detroit have served as poster children for expansive geographic footprints that create driving-dependent lifestyles. However, new research predicts that these two metropolises may now be representative of the cities transitioning from sprawl-based development to walkable urbanism, signaling a major shift in development and lifestyle patterns. The report, "Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros" predicts that if current development trends continue, cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami will bound from the bottom third of the list, where they currently reside, to the top 10 metropolises for walkable urban places...

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How Supply Chain Data Can Affect Bike Lanes as Much as the Cost of Bread

How Supply Chain Data Can Affect Bike Lanes as Much as the Cost of Bread | green infographics | Scoop.it
MIT researchers are working on a potentially massive public-access database of metrics like retail density and delivery frequency.

Picture this chain of events: people in small homes aren't able to store as much food as people in larger homes, so they purchase groceries more. That behavior leads them to prefer buying from neighborhood stores, which might be smaller and unable to stock as much as huge supermarkets. And that, in turn, means delivery trucks will need to come more often.

This scenario is a classic example of the complex urban systems that the MIT Megacities Logistics Lab is trying to study. The question of supply chains has historically focused on highly industrialized cities like New York, London, or Tokyo, even though the fastest-paced urbanization happening today is in emerging markets like China or Brazil.

That’s why the Lab is developing Km2, a public-access database that maps logistics systems (including retail space, parking areas, deliveries, and traffic disruptions) in rapidly developing cities around the world.

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Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.


Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week.  Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.

Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...

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Marcus Taylor's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:40 AM

Urban Agriculture faces a myriad of challenges to enter the mainstream of urban development in the pursuit of "SmartCities" Worth a browse.

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ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050

ARUP's Urban Skyscraper: A Design Proposal for the Year 2050 | green infographics | Scoop.it

In the article entitled “It’s Alive,” the design team at engineering firm ARUP envision a city building in the year 2050 that includes flexible modular pods, urban agriculture, climate-conscious facades and intelligent building systems. ARUP hopes the proposal will ultimately answer the question, "As city living takes center stage, what will we come to expect from the design and function of urban structures and buildings?".


ARUP’s futuristic skyscraper will be a “smart” building that will plug into a smart urban infrastructure, and cater to an expanding and technological society. By 2050, the global population will reach nine billion, 75% of which will live in cities. Significantly, this date will also mark a generation of adults that have lived their entire lives engaging with smart devices and materials. The design theory is that the population of 2050 is likely to be in constant flux, and therefore buildings and materials that surround this urban lifestyle must also be capable of evolution and change.

ARUP has imagined a building of the future that produces more than it consumes. Alongside the sustainable construction, the design will feature photovoltaic capability to capture and transmit energy using on-site fuel cells. In addition, energy will be harnessed from elevators or similar internal systems, along with wind turbines and algae-producing bio-fuel pods...

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Duane Craig's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:54 AM

Whike true sustainabiity in buildings is probably not possible, this moves closer to it.

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Glowing animation highlights bicycle hotspots throughout London

Glowing animation highlights bicycle hotspots throughout London | green infographics | Scoop.it
This mesmerizing video may look like an art display, but it's actually a data representation of the five million routes taken by London cyclists since 2010. It's the perfect marriage of graphic visualization and useful information.

Barclays Cycle Hire was launched in 2010 to provide an alternative means of transportation for London commuters. Visualization specialist Jo Wood and collaborator Andrew Huddart, both from City University London, took the first five million journeys and created the animated map to help transport planners and associated organizations make better decisions on how to support the bicycle project in the future...

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Four Infographics About Resilient Urban Systems

Four Infographics About Resilient Urban Systems | green infographics | Scoop.it

Cities across the globe are witnessing an increasing frequency of extreme weather events. This combined with population growth and urbanization means it is more crucial than ever that the systems that keep our cities functioning are resilient to the complex, uncertain and constantly changing risks that face them.

These four infographics are taken from the new report Toolkit for Resilient Cities, produced by Siemens, Arup and Regional Plan Association (RPA), and feature urban resilience from the perspective of the electricity grid, water systems, buildings and transport.

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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth

Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | green infographics | Scoop.it

Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth.

That changed when NASA created the Landsat program, a series of satellites that would perpetually orbit our planet, looking not out but down. Landsat was built for public monitoring of how the human species was altering the surface of the planet. The space agency, along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has accumulated a stunning catalog of images that, when riffled through and stitched together, create a high-definition slide show of our rapidly changing Earth, which for the first time date all the way back to 1984.


These Timelapse pictures tell the pretty and not-so-pretty story of a finite planet and how its residents are treating it — razing even as we build, destroying even as we preserve.

Visit the article link to see an exclusive timelapse of climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfolding as Earth evolves over 30 years...


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The impact of global urbanization, deforestation, and resource depletion are expressed in dramatic satellite imagery and timelapse video of a changing earth.

These depictions show the massive scale of the environmental impact of climate change, rising sea levels and urban growth, and underscore the need to develop a viable plan for addressing these issues.

Many thanks to Seth Dixon for sharing this resource.

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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:15 PM

I suggest you watch to see the spatial patterns emerge!

 

Tracy Young's curator insight, May 12, 2013 6:12 PM

Very useful visual tool for exploring patterns of change

oyndrila's curator insight, May 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Exciting!!

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The Happiest Cities in the World [Infographic]

The Happiest Cities in the World [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.


What makes urban dwellers happy? According to a 10,000 respondent, 20 country research effort from GfK Custom Research, it is a location-based perception: does your city offer you places to go that make you happy? Apparently, the perception-reality gap is what is really interesting the city governments. Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.

The winning locations end up being quite obvious candidates; entertainment and cultural heavyweights, beautiful urban areas and laid-back lifestyles lead the march...

See more statistics and data at the infographic and article link.

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bancoideas's curator insight, March 4, 2013 9:51 AM

Ciudades felices y ciudades inteligentes son #ideas que siempre deben ir de la mano #smartcities, no te pierdas esta #inforgrafía

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America's "greenest street" provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development

America's "greenest street" provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development | green infographics | Scoop.it

A streetscape that includes natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative “smog-eating” concrete has earned Cermak road in Chicago the title of “greenest Street in America” according to the Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT).


Opened in October 2012, the first phase two mile stretch is part of the Blue Island/Cermak Sustainable Streetscape project which was introduced in 2009 with the aim of reducing overall energy usage by 42 percent.

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how does your street rate? compare it to the 'greenest street in America?

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Infographic of the Day: Where Should We Build High-Speed Rail? | Co. Design

Infographic of the Day: Where Should We Build High-Speed Rail? | Co. Design | green infographics | Scoop.it

A map highlights which parts of America will attract the most riders, but the results aren't so cut and dry.

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