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City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects

City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects | green streets | Scoop.it

“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in an environment that would seem its antithesis: a single-storey home in a city where space is still most often discussed in terms of “how much?” as opposed to “not enough.” Los Angeles is all about different methods of navigating life – remarkably different methods, according to person and neighborhood. But it is exactly because of these many incongruities that the popularity, and title, of this show make so much sense.

What if the title was posed as a question: “City in a City?” How do we make dense, urban spaces seem intimate, inviting, comfortable and even compact, within otherwise vast, hectic environments? This isn’t a new question, but the answers in this exhibition address a new time with its own demands and aesthetics.

“City in a City” is a noteworthy show, not only for the work that is on display, but also for the decisions that went into displaying them.

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How can cities be designed for sustainable living?

How can cities be designed for sustainable living? | green streets | Scoop.it
How can cities be designed for sustainable living?


A new interactive exhibition from the Guardian, 'Our Urban Future', explores the importance of cities in making the world a more sustainable place. The exhibition at The Crystal in London's Docklands seeks to challenge and reinvent the way we think about cities and gives visitors the chance to learn how they can make a contribution to sustainable living.

Scroll through the gallery showcasing snippets from the exhibition, and read responses on how cities can be designed for sustainable living and share what you think urban environments will look like in future...


Visit the link for a slideshow of exhibition highlights, including:

  • The immersive Forces of Change theatre: a global view of the challenges and opportunities that climate change, demographic change and urbanisation raise.
  • The Creating Cities game: exploring issues around city management and urban planning.
  • The Go Electric Zone: the challenges and solutions to balancing energy supply, demand and storage.
  • The Water is Life Zone: harvested rainwater is used to shed light on desalination, purity and resources.
  • The ‘Future Life’ film gallery: how London, New York and Copenhagen look forward to 2050, and envisioning how our cities could develop if sustainable solutions are embraced.
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The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams | green streets | Scoop.it
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

The exhibition’s title – Grand Reductions – suggests a simple illustration’s power to encapsulate complex ideas. And for that reason the medium has always been suited to the city, an intricate organism that has been re-imagined (with satellite towns! in rural grids! in megaregions!) by generations of architects, planners and idealists.

In the urban context, diagrams can be powerful precisely because they make weighty questions of land use and design digestible in a single sweep of the eye. But as well-known plans, such as Le Corbusier’s, illustrates, they can also seductively oversimplify the problems of cities. These 10 diagrams have been tremendously influential – not always for the good...


View all the diagrams as well as their descriptions at the article link...

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Jay C. Estes's curator insight, April 16, 2013 12:41 PM

Fascinating article.  I love planning history.

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Bustler: Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City

Bustler: Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City | green streets | Scoop.it

f you're in the Los Angeles area these days, we highly recommend to visit the excellent exhibition Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City, currently displayed at the Architecture and Design Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. The exhibition runs until September 4.

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