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Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería

Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería | green streets | Scoop.it

This project consists of, on the one hand, the construction of a pedestrian bridge to improve access between the park and the city and, on the other hand, the construction of some sheds, in the park’s fruit and vegetable garden area, to serve as storage spaces for the garden concessionaires.

The bridge forms a part of the geometric design of the pedestrian and bicycle paths and the water and river systems. At the same time, it creates an ideal spot for visitors and an observation point from the bridge to view the park from the city...

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How to Build a City on the Moon

How to Build a City on the Moon | green streets | Scoop.it

The very idea of a moon city ignites a constellation of questions about what it would look like and how we would build it. So CityLab called Woerner to find out. With the International Space Station potentially coming offline around 2024, he says, it’s time to envision the next era of human presence beyond Earth. The moon-city project would be a prime driver of technological advancement as well as basic scientific research.

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Team provide winning proposal for new Copenhagen bridge

Team provide winning proposal for new Copenhagen bridge | green streets | Scoop.it

WilkinsonEyre, BuroHappold Engineering and architectural practice Urban Agency have teamed to create the new Copenhagen inner harbour bridge.

The design will link the two misaligned axes of Vester Voldgade and Langebrogade in a graceful curvature. This process will be able to reconnect the city to the walls of Christianshavn, allowing for better use of the space. The bridge will gradually raise leading into the middle, before sloping down again to reach the alternate side, making it easy to use for pedestrians and cyclists. Two opening spans at the centre of the bridge will be able to pivot and open, creating a 35m wide shipping channel...

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Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability

Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability | green streets | Scoop.it

To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life. It means being an active part of the urban environment by learning, understanding and shaping the city on a personal level. Walking is one of the most democratic and equitable ways of getting around, but it’s also one of the ways most linked to factors outside an individual’s control, like social or physical abilities and the presence of infrastructure to walk comfortably and safely.

These are the factors that define walkability, which refers to how safe, convenient, and efficient it is to walk in an urban environment. Walkability has a direct impact on urban residents’ mobility, as the term is often used to communicate how likely the average person is to choose walking over other modes of transport in a given area...

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Zaiter Ramzy's curator insight, April 23, 2015 5:47 AM

Bien vu les vertus de la marche à pied urbaine pour l'appropriation du territoire par ses habitants, quelques exemples de Helsinky à Hambourg

Catherine Bossis's curator insight, April 30, 2015 5:59 AM

Je ne suis pas Bordelaise, ni au fan club du Maire de Bordeaux, je me déplace beaucoup en France. Ce week-end j'ai marché à Bordeaux et deux choses m'ont sauté aux yeux : 1- il y a des bancs (propres et agréables) partout en centre ville. On peut se reposer très facilement, ce qui facilite grandement la marche surtout des personnes à mobilité réduite (comme mes ados un peu paresseux !). 2- j'ai vu des enfants faire du vélo, ce que je ne vois pas à Toulouse par exemple où cela reste très dangereux de circuler en vélo (ce que je pratique chaque jour).  Dans d'autres collectivités Françaises j'observe un retour en arrière sur la piétonisation et la cyclabilité et c'est bien triste.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 26, 2015 11:58 PM

Walkability enhances social connectedness and community identity - therefore perceptions of liveability

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France's New Green Roof Law and the Future of Urban Design

France's New Green Roof Law and the Future of Urban Design | green streets | Scoop.it

Last Thursday, France passed legislation that new commercial buildings are required to have green roofs.

In order to decrease the environmental impact of new construction, new buildings in commercial zones must have either rooftop plants or solar panels. These rooftop gardens not only insulate the building with their thermal mass, but they also filter water and help prevent excess runoff and storm water overflows.

France is not the first government to legislate green roofs. In 2009, The City of Toronto began requiring some new buildings to include rooftop planting in their design, and in Switzerland, all buildings must have a green roof if they have a suitable pitch...

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Véronique Calvet's curator insight, March 27, 2015 6:01 PM

En France, les nouveaux immeubles commerciaux doivent dorénavant avoir des toits "verts" : végétalisés ou avec panneaux solaires.

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Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose “Origami Highline” for Santiago

Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose “Origami Highline” for Santiago | green streets | Scoop.it

Chilean architects Archiplan and international office Architects of Invention have unveiled their concept design for a new public plaza in Santiago. Prepared as a competition entry, the proposal is a tribute to the late Chilean architect Fernando Castillo Velasco, sited in front of his iconic Tajamar Towers.

Entitled “Origami Highline,” the project draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese paper folding craft of origami and takes the form of a sculptural intervention in Balmaceda Park...

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Boston wants to build the most walkable Olympics ever

Boston wants to build the most walkable Olympics ever | green streets | Scoop.it

With the announcement official, Boston 2024, the private nonprofit spearheading the bid, has publicly released the presentation it gave to the Olympic Committee back in December.

Boston public radio station WBUR reported that David Manfredi, of the Boston-based Elkus Manfredi, is co-chairing the bid’s planning committee and reportedly said that Boston 2024’s planning goal is to make the games the most walkable Olympics of all time. To that end, 28 out of 33 venues are within about a six mile radius. There is also the “Olympic Boulevard” which serves as the “pedestrian spine” between many of the facilities. The overall plan has two main clusters of facilities, one near the water and the other around some of Boston’s most famous universities including Boston University, MIT, and Harvard.

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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free | green streets | Scoop.it
Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.

After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn't make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn't just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren't even a convenient way to get around.

Now a growing number of cities are getting rid of cars in certain neighborhoods through fines, better design, new apps, and, in the case of Milan, even paying commuters to leave their car parked at home and take the train instead.

Unsurprisingly, the changes are happening fastest in European capitals that were designed hundreds or thousands of years before cars were ever built. In sprawling U.S. suburbs that were designed for driving, the path to eliminating cars is obviously more challenging.

Read further for more on the leaders moving toward car-free neighborhoods.

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OVT Centraal station: A New Transportation Hub in Rotterdam

OVT Centraal station: A New Transportation Hub in Rotterdam | green streets | Scoop.it

The design of Team CS for Rotterdam Central strives to embed the central station again in the center of Rotterdam. With the development of the High Speed Line (HSL), the design establishes the new station as a major hub in being a part of European transportation network which, in every respect, must be capable to match the efficiency, capacity, comfort, and style of other major stations such as Madrid, Paris, London, and Brussels.

The new building's shape expresses the internal logistics of this transport hub. Marking the onset of Rotterdam's 'cultural axis', the new Grand Central Station points the way to the city's heart...

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Urban Reflector: San Francisco's Massive 5M Project Bridges Neighborhoods

Urban Reflector: San Francisco's Massive 5M Project Bridges Neighborhoods | green streets | Scoop.it

Real estate development company Forest City is moving forward with a plan to build a residential and office complex on four acres around the San Francisco Chronicle building, a 1924 structure on the corner of 5th and Mission streets, where the city’s South of Market, Downtown, and Mid-Market neighborhoods intersect.

The design team for the project includes New York–based architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), SITELAB urban studio, and historic resources consultant Architectural Resources Group.

If approved, the scheme—located near the city’s Powell Street BART and MUNI stations—will contain 1.8 million square feet of development, including about 870,000 square feet of offices, 800,000 square feet of residences, 150,000 square feet of ground floor uses, and 34,000 square feet of open space.

In addition to the built structures, the development includes the 12,000-square-foot “Mary Square,” and a 22,000-square-foot green space on the Chronicle Building Roof. Roughly 25 percent of the project’s residences are set to be affordable units.

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Reprogramming the City: New Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure

Reprogramming the City: New Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure | green streets | 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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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 30, 2014 3:38 PM

Design can make a huge difference in terms of livable cities.

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8 ideas for the future of cities

8 ideas for the future of cities | green streets | Scoop.it

In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves. On the relaunched TEDCity2.org, you’ll find great talks on topics like housing, education and food, and how they relate to life in the bustling metropolis. You’ll find video explorations of 10 award-winning local projects that received funding through this TED Prize wish, and resources for those hoping to spark change in their own cities. The site will also be the home of all future TEDCity2.0 projects. In other words, it’s an online haven for everyone who wants to create the city of the future.

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Stress and the City: innovative housing solutions for urban centers

Stress and the City: innovative housing solutions for urban centers | green streets | Scoop.it

It's a well-known story by now: in the wake of a shift toward city living, and as housing prices continue to rise and wages stagnate, middle-class Americans are being squeezed out of urban centers. The problem is not isolated to high-cost cities. A New York Times analysis found that median rent is more than 30 percent of the median income in 90 U.S. municipalities, surpassing the federal government's benchmark indicating when a household becomes “burdened.” Nationwide, half of renting households spend a third of their gross income on rent, while their median income hovered at $32,500 in 2012 (as compared to $50,500 for all households)—approaching its lowest level in nearly 20 years, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. To combat this trend, staving off an exodus of the workforce and addressing growing income inequality, a number of cities are experimenting with a range of innovative ideas to create affordable housing.

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Aurora Rider's curator insight, March 10, 2015 4:36 PM

This article talks about new ideas about creating houses for the poor and middle class in urban areas. I think it is wonderful that cities are trying to find new solutions. It doesn't really touch or talk about this in the article but I believe that these new housing projects especially for the poor can help prevent the forclosure rate from rising. I also believe that these homes can help relieve the stress of paying rate and this relieved stress may help prevent crime especially in teens and young adults.

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A Pop-Up Public Park That Moves Around the City

A Pop-Up Public Park That Moves Around the City | green streets | Scoop.it

Design students and a nonprofit theater group created a “park-in-a-cart” to serve the fast-growing city of El Alto, Bolivia.   

In this dense city, driven by commerce at all scales, streets, sidewalks, and communal spaces are often transformed into informal markets, where vendors and minibuses compete for real estate. While this competition brings vitality, it requires novel methods of occupying urban space for play.

The pop-up playground aims to do just that.

Over three summers, the International Design Clinic (IDC), a “guerrilla design” collective, has collaborated with Teatro Trono to design and build a pair of mutable, movable playspaces that will help the organization expand its activism into El Alto’s public space. The areas currently designated for children in El Alto are scant and often ill-maintained.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, September 10, 2015 2:49 AM

Estábamos acostumbrados a tiendas " pop up", pero qué opináis de esta propuesta para un parque "pop up"? Estudiantes bolivianos proponen un parque en un coche!

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7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities

7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
As a part of its EMBARQ Sustainable Urban Mobility initiative, the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has created a global reference guide called Cities Safer by Design “to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development."
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6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award

6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award | green streets | Scoop.it

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected six finalists for the 2015 Urban Open Space Award competition, which recognizes public spaces that benefit and revitalize their surrounding communities.

“The submissions from this year are representative of how quality urban open space has become more than just an amenity for cities,” said jury chair Michael Covarrubias. “The international diversity of the projects is reflective of how developers continually work to meet global demand by the public for the inclusion of healthy places in cities.”

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 8, 2015 1:59 PM

I love the bean in Milennium Park. Quality urban spaces are a must in our cities.

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13 Urban Trends to Watch // Urban Land Institute

13 Urban Trends to Watch // Urban Land Institute | green streets | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity, Henry Cisneros making the case for the forces of change that will create a new urban reality.

The contours of an urban renaissance—long in the making—are quickly coming into focus. Massive societal and economic changes are converging to create a new urban reality, a transformation of importance to the millions of Americans in the nation’s metropolitan areas. Demographic changes are creating markets for mixed-use and mixed-income models of urban design. Job growth in advanced industries fits the preferences of knowledge workers attracted to urban neighborhoods. The “smart” institutions of the new economy, such as research universities and medical centers, are becoming the knowledge anchors of cities, spinning off employment, contracts, businesses, residences, and public amenities. Global energy challenges are putting a premium on core city locations and on public transit. New technologies are matched to creative financial architecture to advance concepts of sustainability, walkability, and affordability...

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MVRDV To Bring Human Scale Back to Montparnasse

MVRDV To Bring Human Scale Back to Montparnasse | green streets | Scoop.it

The City of Paris is ready to see a block in Montparnasse area restructured—this time not vertically, but horizontally. The aging structure, located in the 14th arrondissement, or district, has lost "urban connectivity", and Mayor Hidalgo's urban planner, Jean-Louis Missika, labeled it an eyesore. MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has plans to bring it back. It is as though the rest of the city's pulse has stopped reaching the quartier, which lacks the typical pedestrian bustle and overall neighborhood identity quintessential to the metropolis...

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Senator Renzo Piano's G124 Team Is Poised to Transform Italy's Cities, One Shipping Container at a Time

Senator Renzo Piano's G124 Team Is Poised to Transform Italy's Cities, One Shipping Container at a Time | green streets | Scoop.it

“The unhappy city contains a happy city unaware of its own existence,” wrote Italo Calvino in his masterpiece Invisible Cities. Beyond designing the Ecole Normale Supérieure Cachan in Paris and the Columbia University Campus Plan in New York City, architect Renzo Piano has spent last year looking for fragments of happy cities around Italian suburbs with a team of six young architects.

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Véronique Calvet's curator insight, March 27, 2015 6:18 PM

The 77-year-old architect named "Senator for life"  by the President of Italy decided to invest his funds as politician to develop a plan to rescue the suburban areas of major italian cities with a group of young architects.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 27, 2015 5:53 PM

It really is!.Any architectural solution or proposal is a political statement as it means doing something for the community.

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The Upcycled City: Reclaiming the Street

The Upcycled City: Reclaiming the Street | green streets | Scoop.it

Despite an admittedly strong preference for the automobile, Los Angeles and other forward-thinking cities are now re-allocating public (and private) land away from the car so that people can use the space for other purposes. 

The automobile remains the best transportation option in all but a few U.S. cities. However, we can strike a better balance with how we use the precious resource of space in our cities. By dedicating so much land to traveling comfortably and quickly by car, we miss out on using that land to create interesting places to travel to. While some communities may still require copious amounts of parking and travel lanes, others are developing different neighborhood priorities, like green space, local business presence, or better biking and walking infrastructure. We need to plan for flexibility, for the accommodation of what we cannot yet imagine.

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America's Best Performing Cities in 2014

America's Best Performing Cities in 2014 | green streets | 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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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 14, 2015 11:39 AM

Connectivity is critical.

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How Five Cities Improved Their Water Supply at the Source

How Five Cities Improved Their Water Supply at the Source | green streets | Scoop.it
According to a new report released by The Nature Conservancy, investing in the water upstream from your city just might help secure water for urbanites. The project, titled Urban Water Blueprint, maps several city’s watersheds by combining hydrological models and data from the City Water Map, to convey where 534 large cities get their water from. The ultimate implication is that there is a more sustainable approach to engineer the water flow to our amenities and even save millions of dollars, as New York City has since adopting the Safe Drink Water Act in the nineties.
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Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status

Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status | green streets | Scoop.it

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin have been awarded UNESCO City of Design status for their input to the international design industry.


The accolade, awarded by international heritage body UNESCO, recognises the contribution of the five cities to the worldwide design industry – each the first in their respective countries of the UK, Spain, Brazil, Finland and Italy to achieve the designation. The scheme aims to promote the development of local creative industries, and to foster relationships and resource-sharing between fellow Cities of Design.

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Embracing the Future: the Smartest Cities In The World

Embracing the Future: the Smartest Cities In The World | green streets | Scoop.it
These cities that are doing the best at embracing the future are focusing on improving technology, equality, sharing, civic participation, and more.

Over the past several years, the idea of the being "smart" has emerged as a key mechanism for cities to find innovative solutions to the challenges that they are facing. Increased demand for infrastructure, housing, transportation, jobs, energy, food and water are all straining city governments and infrastructure, as people around the world flock to urban centers in hopes of a better life and more opportunity. For many years, the push to create smarter cities was led by technology companies looking for uses (and buyers) for their products. But in recent years, cities have begun to think more holistically about what being a smart city could mean, and have innovated new ways to modernize how a city serves its citizens.

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Irina Miroshnikova's curator insight, December 6, 2014 3:16 AM

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Cities Look to Micro Units as an Option for Affordable Housing

Cities Look to Micro Units as an Option for Affordable Housing | green streets | Scoop.it

Chances are, if you live in a city, you live alone. More than half of all adults living in New York, Austin, Denver, and Seattle live by themselves; in Washington, D.C., 71 percent of adults are single. In the United States as a whole, the number of single-person households has quintupled since 1960 and now represents 27 percent of the total, according to census figures.

This dramatic change in demographics, coupled with the recent economic crisis and growing environmental concerns among the general population, is affecting attitudes about lifestyle. Americans are shifting from having more and consuming more to being content with less—particularly when it comes to house size. A smaller home means less to heat, less to furnish, and less to maintain. And, generally speaking, less out of pocket.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 30, 2014 3:40 PM

What we call a micro unit in California is anything under 650 Sq Ft, but that is close to the average unit size in many countries throughout the world.  Still, if we want to make housing affordable to key to be sure our land use regulations do not prevent smaller sized units.  This is much preferable to housing linkage fees which distort the market and result in higher land prices for affordable housing developments as the subsidies go straight to higher land values.

Katherine Correll's curator insight, January 13, 2015 12:39 AM

A trend of doing more with less paves the way for more units in the same space. 

Looking forward to the February 4th City Builder Housing dialogue.

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