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thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development
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A Dialog between Ancient & Contemporary: Musée de la Romanité by Elizabeth de Portzamparc

A Dialog between Ancient & Contemporary: Musée de la Romanité by Elizabeth de Portzamparc | green streets | Scoop.it

This winning proposal for Musée de la Romanité in Nimes, France, by Elizabeth de Portzamparc had to deal with a fragile situation which required respectful and exceptional urban dialogue.

Located on the gate of the old city of Nimes, and emerging from the archaeological remains, it had to establish a complex relationship with the two thousand years old antique Arenas of Nimes.


The museum building was only a part of wider project, including urban regeneration of the "Grill“ plot, the museography, the archaeological garden landscaping and a feasibility study of a congress center and a hotel.

Two geometries coexist successfully – in contrast with the magnificence of the static, great stone volume, the Museum’s offers light and luminous presence of one fluid architecture. Acting as a gate of an urban promenade, museum reveals the Arenas through its transparent ground floor, which attracts and invites visitors inside.

The building of the museum was designed to generate coherence in the city, the inventive museography within it and the archaeological garden that extends it...

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Exploring the Sustainable City of Stone

Exploring the Sustainable City of Stone | green streets | Scoop.it

In the provinces of southeastern Italy, the landscape is changing, as a new world of alternative energy infrastructure blends insular hill towns, turbines and solar panels across traditional farmland. Yet, on the same horizons other, age-old reflections of local sustainable practices echo time-honored human traditions, as lessons for urban reinvention in a networked world.

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Rediscovering the Road to the Sustainable City

Rediscovering the Road to the Sustainable City | green streets | Scoop.it
Those of us who write about cities should be students of history and experience, and with some humility listen to scholars and the legacy of urban development from from around the world.
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10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs

10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs | green streets | Scoop.it
Rising sustainability concerns over the last decade have brought about a fascinating new tendency in landscape concepts for development and renewal of urban and even industrial areas. Nature is coming back to cities and that’s a wonderful opportunity for us to get back to it too. Experience the mesmerizing beauty of these nature bites inserted into urban context and let’s hope this is the future of landscape architecture!
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Café vs Castle: How Contemporary Buildings can Impact Historic Urban Areas

Café vs Castle: How Contemporary Buildings can Impact Historic Urban Areas | green streets | Scoop.it
You only have to look at the queue for the latest iPhone to see that ‘new’ means a positive and desirable change for many people. But 'new' doesn't always bring positive change when modern buildings are developed in historic urban settings.

 

Case Study: Modern developments tend to either add to the socio-economic importance of the urban fabric, or reduce its historical characteristics. In the case of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, it is widely agreed that this new structure adds to the overall quality of the city, however, extravagant structures and materials can contradict the historical characteristics of an urban setting...

 

A modern development in an historic urban area can be enormously beneficial, without reducing the significance of its surroundings. But due to the importance of historical preservation, it is crucial to carefully design contemporary pieces.

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Where is the Center of a City?

Where is the Center of a City? | green streets | Scoop.it

Artist Aram Bartholl built and installed towering wooden sculptures in various cities, placing them exactly in the spots that Google Maps had determined to be the city center of each respective city.

By blowing Google’s red markers up to “life-size” and physically planting them in actual places, Bartholl brings attention to the blurring between real and virtual space. His sculptures ask the question: where is the center of a city?

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BMW Guggenheim Lab: A Bold Six-Year Program to Dissect Urban Culture

BMW Guggenheim Lab: A Bold Six-Year Program to Dissect Urban Culture | green streets | Scoop.it

Consistent with BMW's longstanding cultural initiatives, this week launched the New York leg of BMW Guggenheim Lab, an exploration of issues regarding contemporary urban life. The six-year worldwide tour will reach nine cities to encourage international engagement from the public through free programs focused on contemporary urban challenges, all taking place within location-specific semi-permanent structures.

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