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“Great City” Plan Puts Pedestrians First

“Great City” Plan Puts Pedestrians First | green streets | Scoop.it

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, dedicated to sustainable architecture, has imagined and designed city so compact that nothing is more than a 15-minute walk away.


Dubbed “Great City,” the prototype suggests a Chinese city that might be built in 2021 on the outskirts of Chengdu, a city in the southwest of Asia.

Taking up just 1.3 square miles and 320 acres, Great City could be home to 80,000 people. The project proposes that 15 per cent of the total acreage would be devoted to urban parks and green areas, 60 per cent to buildings and 25 per cent to roads and walkways.

To design the world’s first pedestrian-only city, the architects considered a massive transit centre where public transport would be concentrated...

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Nowa Huta: City of the Future Proposal

Nowa Huta: City of the Future Proposal | green streets | Scoop.it

The design for the Nowa Huta of the Future focused on the exploitation of the close relation to the nature and the nearby river landscape, fresh food supply from the local agriculture production fields, and a variety of recreational activities to add to the distinctive quality to the plan. Designed by Basic City A+U in collaboration with Felixx landscape architects, the thought was that Nowa Huta should become a city where the entrepreneurial spirit and optimism are combined with an active and healthy lifestyle in close relation to the nature.

Reinvention of the non-operating industrial land of the Arcelor Mittal steel industry complex into a seedbed of the new age industries is the base of the proposal. Revitalization of the existing historic villages by both preserving the historic ambient and densifying via introduction of a variety of residential typologies complete the collection of the cornerstones for the Nowa Huta’s future spatial development...

The vitality of every city in such a situation depends on its ability to find its latent qualities and reinforce its existing unique identities. It must reinvent itself using the assets at hand, propose realistic goals avoiding falling into a labyrinth of local ambitions, rather finding its place in a wider context, regional and European. It must optimally use its material resources and challenge its human potential to perform therefore securing a long-term success of its development.

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Editorial> Getting It Right in the Queen City

Editorial> Getting It Right in the Queen City | green streets | Scoop.it
Alan G. Brake praises progressive urbanism in Cincinnati.

America has a deep-seated anti-urban streak, which happens to dovetail, in the eyes of many, with a mistrust of government at every level. The Republican presidential primary has flared with anti-urban rhetoric, which is particularly shortsighted given the still-weak state of the economy, one in which urban areas are bouncing back faster than their rural and exurban counterparts. That cities are the country’s economic engine seems obvious almost to the point of being self-evident, so why is it still seen as politically advantageous to denigrate urban areas? And why are urbanists so bad at making the case for cities with the public?

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What Would It Take? The Carbon Neutral City

What Would It Take? The Carbon Neutral City | green streets | Scoop.it
What would it take to shape a planet on which people, other living things, and the systems that support us can sustainably coexist? For a special issue, Momentum magazine invited experts from around the world to share their thoughts on how we might craft solutions to some of earth’s toughest challenges. Jeremy Faludi spoke with optimist Alex Steffen about what it would take to make a city carbon neutral.

 

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The Atlanta BeltLine: The country's most ambitious smart growth project

The Atlanta BeltLine: The country's most ambitious smart growth project | green streets | Scoop.it
Enormous, multifaceted, ambitious, and potentially transformative, the Atlanta BeltLine shows some progress and much remaining potential.
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Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity

Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity | green streets | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.

Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.

The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state com- mitted $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.

The design team for the expansion is composed of Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates.


Visit the link to learn more about this large-scale revitalization effort and development of green public space in Chicago.

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A Green Park in Philly's Master Plan

A Green Park in Philly's Master Plan | green streets | Scoop.it

Philadelphia’s colonial master plan featured five squares: two to the east, two to the west, and one at the center. Inspired by Parisian boulevards, city planners cut through the plan to make way for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the turn of the last century. The central and northwest squares became circles swirling round the Louvre-inspired City Hall and fountains designed by Alexander Stirling Calder at Logan Circle to the northwest. For nearly a century civic dreams of museums and cafes lining the entire parkway remained just dreams, until now. In the last year alone, four major landscape designs were completed or broke ground on the parkway, with Sister Cities Park on Logan Circle being the latest to open last month...

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The origins of smart city technology | SmartPlanet

The origins of smart city technology | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
Which former U.S. president can take credit for kick-starting smart city technology?

Smart cities technology is a hot topic for IT companies. But where did the idea come from?

Information Age has an interesting article exploring the early stages and progression of the business of smart city technology. Interestingly enough, President Bill Clinton can take some credit for kick-starting this technology...

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Los Angeles, CA - Year 2106

Los Angeles, CA - Year 2106 | green streets | Scoop.it
The primary organizational components that define contemporary Los Angeles are enormous works of civil engineering - the railway tracks and bridges; the power grids; the"v" shaped, concrete L.A. River; and the ubiquitous steel and concrete freeways...
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