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Can Architects Solve Our Cities’ Pollution Problems?

Can Architects Solve Our Cities’ Pollution Problems? | green streets | Scoop.it

As populations continue to move to urban areas, architects must address how their designs will impact the cities they are trying to improve— and those inhabitants whose access to clean air is determined by their proposals. How can architects best use design to repair the health of our cities?


Visit the article link for project links and an overview of some of the innovative ways architecture addresses climate change, air quality, emissions and is rethinking our cities through design, technology and new approaches to sustainable urbanism...

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10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat

10 High-Tech, Green City Solutions for Beating the Heat | green streets | Scoop.it

From a solar mansion in China to a floating farm in New York, green buildings are sprouting up in cities around the world. Among their many benefits are curbing fossil-fuel use and reducing the urban heat island effect.


The Science Barge is a floating environmental education classroom and greenhouse on the Hudson River in New York. Fueled by solar power, wind, and biofuels, the barge, which was built in 2007, has zero carbon emissions.

Vegetables are grown hydroponically in an effort to preserve natural resources and adapt to urban environments, where healthy soil, or soil at all, is hard to come by. Rainwater and treated river water are used for irrigation.

The owner of the barge—New York Sun Works—designed it as a prototype for closed-loop and self-sufficient rooftop gardens in urban areas.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:39 AM

If the waters rise we could move those in places like New Orleans to floating cities?  or maybe we should move some of the policitians there and cut them loose?

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2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA | green streets | Scoop.it
A food store in Vermont, rezoning in Portsmouth, and five other neat efforts.

'The Environmental Protection Agency announced seven winners of its 2012 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement recently. As I have noted in the past, the smart growth awards are given for creative, outstanding initiatives that protect the health and the environment of our communities while also strengthening local economies...'

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Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise

Three Sustainable Cities on the Rise | green streets | Scoop.it
The green living lifestyle skyrocketed in the last decade and became a social injection of epic proportions. In no time shoes were being made from bamboo, college towns were turned into tiny Vespa cities, and the canvas bag market boomed like it was being shot from a cannon. Suddenly, shrinking America’s Shaq-sized carbon footprint seemed possible, and everything from water bottles to t-shirts changed their ingredients.

There are plenty of ways to go green and promote sustainable living in your home and community. Beyond simply rolling out the recycle bin to the curb and making eco-chic clutches out of Capri Sun pouches, you can get innovative with your recycling through local waste services like Republic Services in the US and other international equivalents who, by changing the way they take care of trash and recyclables, are making money from your waste. Earth consciousness is perpetually rising, and waste management is following suit. Here’s a quick trip around the globe, looking at three sustainable cities on the rise and what they’re doing to be friendly to the earth...

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Temporary Is the New Permanent

Temporary Is the New Permanent | green streets | Scoop.it
Despite their co-option by marketing teams, the pop-up remains a sharp tool in the urban revitalization kit...

Vacant lots, abandoned buildings, parking spaces, and even slivers of pavement, have been transformed by prudent partnerships between governments, artists, architects, and designers, and volunteers motivated to improve their own communities.

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5 Cities, 5 Congestion Solutions

5 Cities, 5 Congestion Solutions | green streets | Scoop.it
Congestion problems are different in every city, as are the solutions.

Here are five cities with five different congestion innovations, each of which has been featured on This Big City in the last two years...

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Feature> Home on the Rails

Feature> Home on the Rails | green streets | Scoop.it

From Metro to BART, California agencies are actively collaborating with developers. Sam Lubell investigates transit-oriented design.

Yes, we admit it: the car is still king in California. But from LA to San Francisco an impressive list of new transit projects are beginning to change this. LA, known as the archetypal freeway city, has built or is planning more than ten new rail lines and extensions—largely spurred by 2008 ballot measure R, a sales tax hike providing billions to transit projects.

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10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure | green streets | Scoop.it

What does truly good cycling infrastructure look like?


As you might expect, many examples come from the Northern European countries where cycling commands the greatest modal share. But we wouldn’t want to have an all-Nordic list. So we’ve included some laudable bicycling accommodations from other parts of the globe as well (even a couple from the U.S.), listed in no particular order...

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10 Most Impressive Smart Cities On Earth

10 Most Impressive Smart Cities On Earth | green streets | Scoop.it

It wasn’t too long ago that the term ‘Smart City’ was not on very many people’s radar screens, but recently, it has been more familiar, and people are understanding the concepts behind smart cities.


A smart city uses information combined with technology to improve quality of life, reduce environmental impact, and decrease energy demand. This list of the smartest cities on the planet takes those factors into consideration, as well as the ‘smart’ plans the city might have for the future...

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ComplexInsight's curator insight, February 12, 2013 9:26 AM

Great find from Peter Jasperse's blog and an inspirational read for those interested in building a smarter cities and environments since these cities have already started along the journey.

Jed Fisher's comment, February 16, 2013 1:54 AM
fantastic!
Jed Fisher's comment, February 16, 2013 1:54 AM
fantastic!
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3 Projects That Transform Highways Into Urban Oases

3 Projects That Transform Highways Into Urban Oases | green streets | Scoop.it
The phrase “the other side of the tracks,” connoting declining neighborhoods across from railroad lines, could easily translate to the community havoc wreaked by urban interstates.

Noise, pollution, and walls of concrete can be more than a little off-putting. But new projects in cities around the world prove that freeways don’t necessarily have to be urban dead zones.

In places like San Francisco and Oakland, where earthquakes led to the replacement of several freeway stretches, interstates have been redesigned and upgraded into walkable, pleasant spaces.

Other innovative approaches are showing how to transform the right-of-way land, overpasses, and adjacent spaces to be visually attractive assets--and even raise property values as businesses and residents move closer and begin to look at their infrastructure more favorably. In Seattle, Freeway Park includes space on both sides of I-5 and a green-covered pedestrian overpass connecting them, giving a convention center easy access to a large parking structure across the freeway.

Shanghai’s dramatic light-sculpture installation on its freeway placed the road in a new visual context for residents, and dozens of examples have followed. Melbourne used art panels and artful sound barriers to enable development to move closer to the freeway. Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park, located underneath an interstate, attracts thousands of annual visitors to festivals and events and is facilitating adjacent property-enhancement by private owners.

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The Delirious City: A Survey

The Delirious City: A Survey | green streets | Scoop.it
Thirty-three years after Rem Koolhaas exulted in the imaginative intensity of Manhattan’s skyline, cities around the world are upping his ante.

Here, a dozen design experts from three continents, joined by New York architecture critic Justin Davidson and design editor Wendy Goodman, nominate their favorite recent (and imminent) urban inventions.

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Case Studies on Urban Revitalization

Case Studies on Urban Revitalization | green streets | Scoop.it

Economist Edward Glaeser explains why some U.S. metropolises have bounced back from adversity--and why others will not...

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Mapping Higher Education

Mapping Higher Education | green streets | Scoop.it

Mapping higher education as a potent force of development across the city, now and in the future. Essay by Mitchell Moss.

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