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Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley? | green streets |

Planners present a smart vision for any city seeking to accommodate innovation.

A new cluster of tech activity in Brooklyn is taking shape, showing some of the momentum its West coast counterpart had decades ago, already home about 500 tech and creative companies, with demand for space expected to double by 2015.

But how do you make sure a dense urban area can accommodate that growth and transform into a zone where connectivity is a given and tech-fueled civic experimentation is encouraged?

In other words, what does it take to make Brooklyn the city of tomorrow? That’s just what the architects and urban designers at WXY Studio were tasked with figuring out...

Read the complete article to find more on the strategic plan for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, which lays out in detail what it will take to establish a thriving tech hub in the heart of Brooklyn.

Peter Jasperse's curator insight, September 15, 2013 2:58 AM

An interesting article on how carefull urban planning can foster the tech scene in a city: creating safe public spaces where people can meet and hook up to the internet, good management of office space so companies can grow and a high tech industries to support the tech scene. 

Not onle NY is going that way, also London (Silicon Roundabout) is working hard on it's own inner city tech hub.

John Boitnott's curator insight, September 15, 2013 1:15 PM

Can Urban Planning Turn Brooklyn Into the Next Silicon Valley?

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 12, 2013 9:51 PM

I used to live in walking distance of this area. It must have changed dramatically but it is a walk I would not have wanted to take.

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A Collective Approach to Local Entrepreneurship

A Collective Approach to Local Entrepreneurship | green streets |

Locally owned shops were once cornerstones for products, services, employment and social networks in urban neighborhoods. The rise of automobiles, franchises and Internet shopping has forced many out of business or into niches that don't correspond with the needs of their local communities. However, in some cities they're seeing a resurgence due to creative initiatives that link grassroots activism with public- and private-sector resources.

In February, a special kind of shop opened in Amsterdam's Van der Pek neighborhood. It is called the Wisselwinkel, meaning "shift shop," because it hosts a new local entrepreneur every six months. If this trial period goes well, the entrepreneur receives assistance in setting up a more permanent location in the neighborhood.

Designed and constructed by MOS Collectief, the Wisselwinkel interior is flexible so that different startups can use it according to their needs. Along with the storefront, entrepreneurs receive practical guidance in connecting with support organizations, fulfilling legal requirements and attracting customers...

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polis: Startups, Cycles and Cities

polis: Startups, Cycles and Cities | green streets |

Urban imagination in the Americas revolves around two paradigms: the growing city and the declining city. The growing city symbolizes the dream of expansion — full of bustle, construction and recent arrivals eager to succeed. The declining city is the disappointed dream, with vacant buildings, rusting industrial kingdoms and, in Detroit, an endless grid of empty streets.

Statistically, growing and declining cities fall into well-defined patterns. Growing cities have rising populations, rising rents and falling unemployment, while declining cities have the opposite. One other statistic stands out, harder to measure but probably more important: the number of new businesses. The list of cities with exciting entrepreneurship scenes fits neatly into the paradigm of the growing city....

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Study of the Day: Towns With Small Businesses Have Healthier People

Study of the Day: Towns With Small Businesses Have Healthier People | green streets |
The rewards of a vibrant small business sector go beyond economics: Research shows places that rely on large retailers have more problems.


Sociologists are divided on how small businesses affect public health. Some say that mom-and-pop operations symbolize a greater investment in the community so proprietors may value the well-being of their employees, customers, and other local citizens more. Others, however, argue that large companies may be better at providing pension plans and health insurance...

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Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study

Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study | green streets |

'We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle against climate change will be decided in cities, particularly cities in the Asia-Pacific.

These urban centres are triple ‘hot spots’: they face rising temperatures, increasing populations and escalating consumption.

To tackle these challenges, we need practical and successful ideas that can easily be replicated.

At the 4th Sustainable Cities Conference last week in Singapore, I discussed ways for Singapore and Hong Kong, already recognised as innovative cities in tackling these problems, to become even greener and establish themselves as leaders in creating sustainable city models for the Asia-Pacific.'

Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 14, 2013 9:23 AM
E isso temos que incentivar.
Norm Miller's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:49 AM

Singapore transformed it's economy faster than any other nation in the world.  It is not surprising to see them leading on other dimensions as well.

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Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects

Konza Techno City masterplan by SHoP Architects | green streets |

New images and movie of Konza Techno City masterplan in Kenya by Manhattan-based firm SHoP Architects.

Work is already underway on the pavilion that forms part of the first phase of SHoP Architects' masterplan for Konza Techno City, a business and technology hub that's been dubbed Kenya's "silicon savannah" 40 miles from the capital, Nairobi.

The $14.5 billion project will transform an area of grassland into a city of 250,000 residents. The city is expected to generate up to 200,000 jobs by the time its final phase is completed in 2030. The first phase, to be built over five years, will house 30,000 residents and be shaped like a row of "stitches" in the overall masterplan. The east-west axis of the first phase includes a boulevard of green spaces with bridges over the wide motorway leading to Nairobi. The four initial north-south axes will comprise, from west to east, a university, a residential area, a technology and life sciences district and a business district...

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 31, 2013 5:20 PM

City Planing, a trend that will never stop - finding a new sustainable model for existing and new cities


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Shipping Containers and the Downtown Project

Shipping Containers and the Downtown Project | green streets |

When you think about urban revitalization, you may envision a city center filled with derelict, abandoned buildings just waiting to be repurposed. Our vision of downtown is different. Rather than being filled with empty buildings, we have a lot of empty land in Las Vegas. Until new buildings are completed, which can be a long process, we need spaces to house new business.
To do address these needs, flexible urbanism is being employed to temporarily transform underused, high value urban areas by installing repurposed shipping containers to house small businesses such as cafes, boutiques, bars & galleries. These plans will incorporate community space, outdoor seating, and retractable shade structures while activating vacant lots in the heart of downtown...

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The end of Borders and the importance of third places in the city

The end of Borders and the importance of third places in the city | green streets |
The liquidation of Borders bookstores in American cities raises the question of how to preserve the social value of spaces in prime downtown real estate.
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