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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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4 New Ways Of Thinking That Should Shape The Next Century Of Cities

4 New Ways Of Thinking That Should Shape The Next Century Of Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
In order to thrive over the next century cities will have to change. Here's how.


Last week, the Ditchley Foundation in Oxford, England, hosted over 30 academics, practitioners, government, and non-governmental organization leaders from five continents to contemplate the rapid urbanization of the globe and address challenges and opportunities across multiple geographies, economies, and political landscapes.


Visit the link to find specific insights and processes that could significantly shape how we think about global cities over the next century.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:27 PM

The Internet, big data, and social media should result in more responsive planning, better service delivery, and broader citizen engagement. Technology should redefine transportation to seamlessly marry centrally scheduled buses and trains with more spontaneous options such as car and bike sharing, as well as the informal systems of cabs, motorcycles, and rickshaws that dominate in many developing countries. Ubiquitous, open public, and private data should make human health and well-being as easily and regularly measured as GDP.

luiy's curator insight, March 6, 2014 8:32 AM

MENTAL MODELS AND CHANNELS TO ACCELERATE "CHEMICAL REACTIONS"

 

We still seem to be looking at our 21st-century cities largely through a 20th-century lens. This is limiting the alchemy, not catalyzing it. Urban planning remains largely focused just on the physical environment, not on socio-economic results. Community is moving towards becoming a question of 'geographic cohesion,' not geographic place in a traditional sense. There was great conversation about not trying to retrofit old models of working, but rather adapting the way people and cities work with newly available channels and technologies.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:15 PM

Fascinating, and intuitive.

 

A nation is just a network of cities, connected economically, socially and culturally.  A region of the world is just a network of interlaced economic forces that can either be for the benefit (the EU or ECOWAS) or the detriment (NAFTA) of the people who live in the territories under the given region.  The same could be said about strategic partnerships (NATO or the AU).

 

Combine it all together, and you've got the planet.

 

"The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers."       -Sun Tzu

 

What works on the city level may be applicable to the nation, the region and the world as a whole.

 

Think about it.

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations | green streets | Scoop.it

During the darkest time of the year, a vibrant festival of light and water enlivens Amsterdam.


Comprised of spectacular light sculptures, LED decorations on bridges, fiery boat parades and huge projections on public buildings, the festival brings together people in the often idyllic historic capital. Amsterdam's Light Festival is an initiative of Henk Jan Buchel, Vincent Horbach and Felix Guttmann together with Rogier van der Heiden—chief designer at Philips Lighting – this brilliant street party has a strong focus on innovation, design and sustainable lighting.

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Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates

Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates | green streets | Scoop.it
Spread across 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore's waterfront, a horticultural feast awaits visitors at the World Architecture Festival 2012.

Landscape architects, Grant Associates, designed three distinct garden bays including 18 supertrees, which range from 25 to 50m, at iconic points in the master plan. Two cooled conservatories designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and a stretch of horticultural gardens, which include animals sculpted from shrubbery, are also highlights in this green showcase.
‘At one level, Gardens by the Bay is a dramatic 3D garden experience,' says Keith French, project director. 'At another it is a sophisticated example of integrated environmental design.'
Mixing nature, technology and environmental notes, the orchid-inspired master plan facilitates the growth of endangered species and plants from Mediterranean and tropical regions in the two giant biodomes. Over an entire hectare of different flower species are hosted within the Flower Dome, and the Cloud Forest Dome contains 0.8 hectares of tropical plants.
The design encourages the public to interact with the project through a suspended, spiraling bridge which is attached to the supertrees for support. Visitors are encouraged to view the giant garden from many levels.
At night, the canopies glow with colours and projected media, offering an active landscape for visitors. Sustainable energy and water technologies are integrated into the supertrees and cooling conservatories...

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Urban Agriculture Isn’t New

Urban Agriculture Isn’t New | green streets | Scoop.it

In fact, it’s been around since 3,500 BC when Mesopotamian farmers began setting aside plots in their growing cities.

In a review of urban agriculture throughout modern history at a symposium at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., a diverse set of academics and designers ranging from historians to landscape architects discussed how the practice has evolved over the ages, often been highly ideological, and continues to be loaded with historical, cultural, and social meaning.

 

Organized by professor Dorothee Imbert, ASLA, chair of the master’s of landscape architecture program at Washington University, the conference looked at why urban agriculture is such a hot topic among the public and designers now but also hoped to put the current interest in a broader context.

As Imbert said, “the inter-relationship between food and the city has a long history.”

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Designing an Olympic Village with a green afterlife for Rio 2016

Designing an Olympic Village with a green afterlife for Rio 2016 | green streets | Scoop.it
The winning design of the Olympic Village for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio call for a green neighborhood to replace the village when the games end.

To host the Olympics cities must make a hefty investment in new Olympic-specific infrastructure. These Olympic villages are intended to accommodate a surge of people during the 16-day event, but then the space goes empty.

So when Rio de Janeiro was considering designs for their Olympic village for the 2016 Summer Olympics they were looking for one with an eye towards the city’s post-Olympic future. The winning design, by the British firm AECOM, does just that. The design will transform the area into a green neighborhood by 2029.

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Cities, Scaling and Sustainability

Cities, Scaling and Sustainability | green streets | Scoop.it

The 2010-2011 focus area on Cities, Scaling and Sustainability will attempt to create an interdisciplinary quantitative synthesis of organizational and dynamical aspects of human social organizations, with an emphasis on cities. Different disciplinary perspectives will be integrated in terms of the search for similar dependences of urban indicators on population size - scaling analysis - and other variables that characterize the system as a whole


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Burning Man’s Green Complexion

Burning Man’s Green Complexion | green streets | Scoop.it

The prevailing spirit of the event is self-reliance, civic responsibility, creativity and a purposeful absence of commerce. The very premise of a temporary city that ‘leaves no trace’ is environmentally sustainable. The event has become a laboratory and a platform for sustainability.

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New Urbanists’ manual on walkable communities

New Urbanists’ manual on walkable communities | green streets | Scoop.it
24 August 2011 – How do you design walkable neighbourhoods? What are the principles in play?

How do you design walkable neighbourhoods? What are the principles in play? The US’s Congress for the New Urbanism program director Heather Smith has co-author of a manual to deliver these, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach available as a free download.

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Project for Public Spaces: Fall 2011 Training Sessiona

Project for Public Spaces:  Fall 2011 Training Sessiona | green streets | Scoop.it

Register now for PPS' NYC-based Fall training!

Please read on for more information about the three training courses PPS is offering this October and November. The How to Create a Successful Markets training will be offered during the Summer 2012 session.

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Urban Design Week 2011

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Urban Design Week 2011. The Institute for Urban Design is currently preparing for the first annual Urban Design Week, a public festival created to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm...
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International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014: exploring the relationship between city and nature

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2014: exploring the relationship between city and nature | green streets | Scoop.it

Blurring the boundaries between society and nature, this year’s International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam calls for a new approach to city-making, under the curation of Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons. The theme, Urban by Nature, is explored through 96 projects in the main exhibition site at the Kunsthal, next door at the Natural History Museum, and in city-wide installations and interventions laid on to coincide with the IABR.

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New Urban Ideas: 22 Cities Prepare to Pilot the Future

New Urban Ideas:  22 Cities Prepare to Pilot the Future | green streets | Scoop.it

22 cities have called for innovative solutions to solve urban challenges as part of the Citymart urban ideas competition. The aim is to identify & share solutions to challenges that cities face.


The 2012 competition attracted 1,519 entries from 70 countries. Now Aalborg, Barcelona, Boston, Christchurch, Eindhoven, Fukuoka DC, L’Hospitalet, Lagos, Lavasa, London, Maringa, Mexico City, Oulu, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rosario, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Sheffield, Tacoma, Terrassa and York all hope to evoke a similar response.


The cities have presented challenges across a vast array of areas including mobility, economic development, social inclusion, health and well-being, urban management, lighting, energy, culture, future government and sustainable lifestyles...

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What Makes a Great Public Destination?

What Makes a Great Public Destination? | green streets | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-turned-VC Mark Suster wrote about the necessary ingredients for a city trying o develop a successful start-up community. His advice seemed applicable to any community that’s trying to create a strong local sense of place, so we’ve retrofitted his recommendations to speak broadly to people who are working to transform their public spaces into magnetic destinations that are reflective of the diverse communities that surround them.


Stop by and read the complete article for details on the elements of great public spaces, including:

  • place capital
  • events
  • access to advocates
  • local press + organizational tools
  • placemakers
  • flagship public space
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The Playful City + Urban Renewal: the London Festival of Architecture

The Playful City + Urban Renewal: the London Festival of Architecture | green streets | Scoop.it
This year's edition of the London Festival of Architecture invites architects, planners and the public to reflect on whether cities do actually provide the best environment for people to improve their quality of life.

More of the world's population than ever before live in cities, and the trend looks set to continue. Whether cities do actually provide the best environment for a high quality of life remains uncertain, however. An architecture festival is one way to focus the attention of architects, planners & the public on that crucial question, hence the London Festival of Architecture (LFA).

 

If the festival has a headlining act, it is perhaps the London Pleasure Gardens, which present an unusual vision of urban renewal in the capital's former industrial heartland. Inspired by the English pleasure garden, the 60,000 square metre site, surrounded by dilapidated industrial mills and landmarks, includes oddities such as a golf-ball-like concert hall, monopoly houses and an oyster bar with a grass roof that doubles as seating for the open-air cinema.

Renewal at the micro-scale is also being tested at LFA 2012. Gibbon's Rent, near the Shard at London Bridge, used to be one of those neglected back alleys that people avoided. Architect Andrew Burns and landscape architect Sarah Eberle have turned it into a "theatre of the jungle", or at least the beginnings of one, as the winding garden has been left incomplete to encourage local residents and businesses to take ownership of it and to develop it as they see fit. That bottom-up approach may become a bigger factor in city planning: similarly inspired projects are a feature of this year's festival...

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Don't Reinvent The Wheel, Steal It: An Urban Planning Award for Cities That Copy

Don't Reinvent The Wheel, Steal It: An Urban Planning Award for Cities That Copy | green streets | Scoop.it
The world's 567,000 mayors should be poaching each other's good ideas, not reinventing the wheel.

Cities around the world may all be struggling with the same problems, from building affordable housing to boosting internet access, but a lack of dialogue means that local governments rarely copy each other’s successful ideas. The world’s “567,000 mayors are reinventing the wheel, every single one of them with everything” they do, says Sascha Havemeyer, general director of Living Labs Global, a Copenhagen-based non-profit that encourages collaboration among the world’s cities.

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PARK(ing) Day 2011

PARK(ing) Day 2011 | green streets | Scoop.it

Occurring on the third Friday of September, PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that began with a single parking space in 2005 when Rebar, an interdisciplinary art and design studio, created the first installation in San Francisco.

Since then, the event has grown as a platform for creative 'guerilla landscaping', as well as a venue for illustrating the need for public green space, civic participation, and thoughtful community development.

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Streetscapes, Sidewalks and Skyscrapers, Oh My!

Streetscapes, Sidewalks and Skyscrapers, Oh My! | green streets | Scoop.it

Urban Design Events Now in New York...

Experience New York's historic structures, design wonders and unique public spaces at one of these fall urban design events.

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Spotlight> Urban Design Week 2011

Spotlight> Urban Design Week 2011 | green streets | Scoop.it

What more effective outreach could there be than crowd sourcing? With its fall initiative, Urban Design Week 2011: By the City/For the City, running from September 15 to 20 at various sites around the city, the Institute for Urban Design (IUD) applied directly to the broadest possible audience in order to identify the most pressing design concerns, then matching them to the most creative potential solutions.

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Green agenda: Ecocity Summit, Good Design Expo - The Independent

Green agenda: Ecocity Summit, Good Design Expo - The Independent | green streets | Scoop.it
Green agenda: Ecocity Summit, Good Design ExpoThe IndependentThe Ecocity World Summit addresses environmental issues on a large scale, bringing together experts and policy makers from around the world to discuss the future of sustainable urban...
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Rail~Volution coming to DC this October - Greater Greater Washington

Rail~Volution coming to DC this October - Greater Greater Washington | green streets | Scoop.it
Rail~Volution coming to DC this OctoberGreater Greater WashingtonRail~Volution, the leading national conference for anyone passionate about transit and smart growth, is coming to DC October 16-19.
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