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Economic & Environmental Benefits of Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning

Economic & Environmental Benefits of Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning | green streets | Scoop.it

Biodiversity Conservation can Improve Human Health in Worlds Growing Cities, according to a new UN assessment...


The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, a new study from the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is the world's first global analysis of how projected patterns of land expansion will impact biodiversity and crucial ecosystems.

The world's total urban area is expected to triple between 2000 and 2030, with urban populations set to double to around 4.9 billion in the same period. This expansion will draw heavily on water and other natural resources and will consume prime agricultural land.
Global urbanization will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with effects for human health and development, based on the new research.
The assessment, which draws on contributions from more than 123 scientists worldwide, states that over 60 percent of the land projected to become urban by 2030 has yet to be built.
This presents a major opportunity to greatly improve global sustainability by promoting low-carbon, resource-efficient urban development that can reduce adverse effects on biodiversity and improve quality of life..

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Read the complete article for more on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as an overview of successful initiatives taken on by cities, local authorities and governments in their efforts to develop a green economy...


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Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning Can Deliver Major Economic Benefits and Reduce Environmental Damage

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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | green streets | Scoop.it

The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...


This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.


Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.

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luiy's curator insight, December 18, 2014 4:31 AM

We have been grateful to the wide array of planners, architects, techies, entrepreneurs and students of the built environment who have joined us on this journey. And the ‘Smart City‘ has featured again and again, whether it be a futurologist’s insights into the bionic, nature-centric adaptable cities of the future, or an economist’s keen ideas on instilling happiness in the built environment.

Eli Levine's curator insight, December 18, 2014 10:45 AM

There is an evolution taking place where politics, policy, technology, the environment, and the economy all intersect. This movement towards technical, empirically driven local policy making could be our saving grace.This could be the future of government.

Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, December 22, 2014 6:51 PM

What do you think makes a smarter city?

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Landscaping Project Highlights Global Water Crisis

Landscaping Project Highlights Global Water Crisis | green streets | Scoop.it
International firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a meadow with sunken pathways for China's International Garden Expo 2015.

As part of China's International Garden Expo, Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design has designed a temporary meadow, named "Where the River Runs," sited for Wuhan, China. The installation, which contains sunken pathways and hidden meeting places, allows visitors to walk along a winding trail through the meadow, mimicking an imaginary river. With this installation, the architects hope to highlight that clean water is not an endless resource. 

The pathways lead towards a central, sheltered plaza below the landscaped surface. As visitors wind towards the plaza, they are invited to sprinkle seeds over the grass to encourage the growth of new plants and flowers...

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New London Architecture: 100 Ideas for Solving London's Housing Crisis

New London Architecture: 100 Ideas for Solving London's Housing Crisis | green streets | Scoop.it

With ideas ranging from floating homes to new mega-cities, New London Architecture has revealed 100 proposals to address the housing crisis in London. The ideas will be on display as part of the New Ideas for Housing exhibition at the NLA Galleries in the Building Centre in London. After an open ideas competition announced June 2015, over 200 entries were received with 10 finalists to be selected for the opportunity to work with the Greater London Authority to implement their ideas.

With so many entries, certain trends in thinking emerged. The retro-fitting of London suburbs, and the idea of giving homeowners greater responsibility was popular: Alastair Parvin and Adam Towle in partnership with the WikiHouse Foundation proposed the “Right to Replace,” which allows homeowners to replace their existing property with their dream home, if they use half their space, incentivizing density. Other ideas include apps that locate future development sites, and a ‘build-to-own’ financing and ownership model by Savills.

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7 Examples Of Innovative Student Housing Around The World

Visit the article link to view examples of innovative housing around the world...

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A Bridge That Celebrates Pedestrians Opens In Copenhagen

Designed by Studio Olafur Eliasson, and built by the non-profit charitable foundation Nordea-fonden, Cirkelbroen bridge is a gift to the city of Copenhagen to promote good living in in Denmark.

'Cirkelbroen celebrates pedestrians. It reflects the daily life and intimacy that you find around the canal in the Christianshavn neighbourhood, its houseboats and sailing boats, the unique life on the ramparts. Copenhagen’s harbour was once a centre of maritime activity, and Cirkelbroen is a testimony to that history.'

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 1, 2015 3:39 PM

a beautiful gift...

"Cirkelbroen bridge is a gift to the city of Copenhagen to promote good living in in Denmark"

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How to Build a City on the Moon

How to Build a City on the Moon | green streets | Scoop.it

The very idea of a moon city ignites a constellation of questions about what it would look like and how we would build it. So CityLab called Woerner to find out. With the International Space Station potentially coming offline around 2024, he says, it’s time to envision the next era of human presence beyond Earth. The moon-city project would be a prime driver of technological advancement as well as basic scientific research.

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A Proposal for an Elevated Stockholm Airport Locates Runways among City Rooftops

A Proposal for an Elevated Stockholm Airport Locates Runways among City Rooftops | green streets | Scoop.it

Airport runways are raised above the streets and waterways of a new Stockholm city district in this conceptual proposal by Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Alex Sutton.

The proposal, named Stockholm City Airport/Airport City, envisages a future where commercial aviation becomes more integrated into the fabric of the city rather than being relegated to the outskirts.

"This project uses Stockholm, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, as a testing ground to establish a fully integrated urban airport as part of a new city district, in a time when aviation technology is such that aircraft and airports could operate from within our cities."


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Snøhetta reveals design for Portland's first market since 1942

Snøhetta reveals design for Portland's first market since 1942 | green streets | Scoop.it

Snøhetta has unveiled plans to build the first official market building in Portland, Oregon, for over 70 years. The architecture and design studio – which has offices in New York and Oslo – will lead the design team for the community-funded James Beard Public Market, a new year-round food market for the American city.

It will be Portland's first permanent market since 1942, when the Portland Public Market closed down. Portland has a celebrated restaurant and street food scene, which is supported by a number of farmers'  markets, local breweries, and farms run by families and collectives in the surrounding area..

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Transportation & Innovation: Here Are the First Route and Station Proposals For the Hyperloop

Transportation & Innovation: Here Are the First Route and Station Proposals For the Hyperloop | green streets | Scoop.it

The Hyperloop is an entirely new form of a transportation proposed by Elon Musk that would hypothetically shoot capsules of people through what are essentially giant pneumatic tubes, getting travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about half an hour.

It's supposed to be "ultra-clean, ultra safe, affordable, intra-urban travel at super-high speed." Everyone, including Musk, knows it is hypothetical. What Suprastudio, a master's architecture and design studio at UCLA, and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, an Arts District startup, presuppose is: maybe it isn't? The two have been working together to come up with a prototype and the Suprastudio students have just released some of their research and proposals, with ideas for routes, station design, capsule design, and more.

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Tom Dixon's Peninsula Garden nods to its heritage while helping to sustain London's future

Tom Dixon's Peninsula Garden nods to its heritage while helping to sustain London's future | green streets | Scoop.it
Originally an area of tidal marshes, the Peninsula was decimated by pollution from Victorian shipyards and factories in the late 1800s.

A slice of lush green garden has emerged from the grey construction site on London's Greenwich Peninsula, where developers Knight Dragon are currently in the daunting process of constructing a new urban village on this formerly industrial stretch of the Thames. The Peninsula Garden, which sits alongside the soon-to-be-built No.2 Riverside apartments by SOM architects and Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio, is part of a much bigger Manhattan-style masterplan comprising five districts of homes, shops, art, entertainment and culture.


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Regenerative Buildings Make Positive Contributions to the Environment

Regenerative Buildings Make Positive Contributions to the Environment | green streets | Scoop.it
A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.

 It’s great that buildings can minimize harm, right down to being carbon-neutral and zero-emission. But what if they could be designed to take it a step further—to give back to nature and make a positive contribution to the environment? This concept is known as regenerative design.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 23, 2015 6:29 PM

Regenerative Design. Buildings that add  to the environment.

Jaclyn Phi's curator insight, August 6, 2015 2:39 PM

"It’s great that buildings can minimize harm, right down to being carbon-neutral and zero-emission. But what if they could be designed to take it a step further—to give back to nature and make a positive contribution to the environment? This concept is known as regenerative design."

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Henderson Waves: A Pedestrian Bridge Envisioned for Singapore

Henderson Waves: A Pedestrian Bridge Envisioned for Singapore | green streets | Scoop.it

Arising from an international bridge design competition, Henderson Waves and other connections form part of a nine kilometer stretch of leisure destination that urban planners have envisioned for in the south of Singapore. This tallest pedestrian bridge and other elevated walkways creatively link up hills, parks and attractions to extend the green and recreational spaces available, bringing people closer to nature. 
Designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd and IJP Corporation (UK), the 274 meter long bridge springs from a scenic location off Mount Faber to Telok Blangah. At 36 meters above Henderson Road, the bridge flows organically in seven wave spans, echoing the ridges’ profiles.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 16, 2015 4:27 PM

La belleza de un puente peatonal de une parque y atracciones en una zona de ocio de Singapur.

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Floating City by AT Design Office

Floating City by AT Design Office | green streets | Scoop.it

Floating cities can seem to be a futuristic dream. However, the London based firm AT Design Office are working together with a large Chinese based construction firm called China Investment Banking Co. to come up with a plan to test this project at a smaller scale next year.

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This "Story Pod" is a free-for-all lending library designed for a public park

On the edge of a recently completed civic square for the Canadian town of Newmarket, Ontario, Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB) have designed the “Story Pod,” a free community-supported lending library that is open to everyone.

The black box with vertical slats has two walls that pivot open like the covers of a book, welcoming people inside. Visitors can take or leave any of the books, or lounge quietly on the built-in seating and read...

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Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería

Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería | green streets | Scoop.it

This project consists of, on the one hand, the construction of a pedestrian bridge to improve access between the park and the city and, on the other hand, the construction of some sheds, in the park’s fruit and vegetable garden area, to serve as storage spaces for the garden concessionaires.

The bridge forms a part of the geometric design of the pedestrian and bicycle paths and the water and river systems. At the same time, it creates an ideal spot for visitors and an observation point from the bridge to view the park from the city...

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A Pop-Up Public Park That Moves Around the City

A Pop-Up Public Park That Moves Around the City | green streets | Scoop.it

Design students and a nonprofit theater group created a “park-in-a-cart” to serve the fast-growing city of El Alto, Bolivia.   

In this dense city, driven by commerce at all scales, streets, sidewalks, and communal spaces are often transformed into informal markets, where vendors and minibuses compete for real estate. While this competition brings vitality, it requires novel methods of occupying urban space for play.

The pop-up playground aims to do just that.

Over three summers, the International Design Clinic (IDC), a “guerrilla design” collective, has collaborated with Teatro Trono to design and build a pair of mutable, movable playspaces that will help the organization expand its activism into El Alto’s public space. The areas currently designated for children in El Alto are scant and often ill-maintained.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, September 10, 2015 2:49 AM

Estábamos acostumbrados a tiendas " pop up", pero qué opináis de esta propuesta para un parque "pop up"? Estudiantes bolivianos proponen un parque en un coche!

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Gehry unveils design for mixed-use development on LA’s Sunset Strip

Gehry unveils design for mixed-use development on LA’s Sunset Strip | green streets | Scoop.it

Architect Frank Gehry has conceived five distinct but interrelated buildings for a prominent site along LA's famous Sunset Strip.

Unveiled Wednesday, the design for 8150 Sunset Boulevard features five buildings that are united by a common plaza at street level. Public space is interwoven into the complex, which will encompass 334,000 square feet (31,000 square metres).

The site anchors the eastern end of the Sunset Strip and faces Hollywood Hills to the north. The development will have low heights along the street in order to relate in scale to nearby buildings. The area features architectural and cultural landmarks such as Chateau Marmot, a storied hotel meant to evoke a French estate, and the Art Deco-style Sunset Tower.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, August 28, 2015 7:15 AM

La intervención de Gehry en el famoso strip de Los Angeles, sale a la luz.

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How do you build a smart city?

How do you build a smart city? | green streets | Scoop.it
Dubai's smart city, Silicon Park, focuses on six pillars: life, society, mobility, economy, governance and environment.(Image via DSOA) As smart devices…

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, August 18, 2015 12:51 PM

Smart cities are about the convergence of the digital and physical world - what some people call ‘ubiquitous computing’. Applications are manifold, all over the world: Singapore is doing interesting things with mobility, Copenhagen with sustainability, Boston with participation.

Jukka Riivari's curator insight, August 19, 2015 4:02 AM

Well defined pillars

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7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities

7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
As a part of its EMBARQ Sustainable Urban Mobility initiative, the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has created a global reference guide called Cities Safer by Design “to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development."
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Team provide winning proposal for new Copenhagen bridge

Team provide winning proposal for new Copenhagen bridge | green streets | Scoop.it

WilkinsonEyre, BuroHappold Engineering and architectural practice Urban Agency have teamed to create the new Copenhagen inner harbour bridge.

The design will link the two misaligned axes of Vester Voldgade and Langebrogade in a graceful curvature. This process will be able to reconnect the city to the walls of Christianshavn, allowing for better use of the space. The bridge will gradually raise leading into the middle, before sloping down again to reach the alternate side, making it easy to use for pedestrians and cyclists. Two opening spans at the centre of the bridge will be able to pivot and open, creating a 35m wide shipping channel...

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An Aluminum-Clad Apartment Complex Built by a Cooperative in Brussels

An Aluminum-Clad Apartment Complex Built by a Cooperative in Brussels | green streets | Scoop.it

This housing in Brussels was funded by its residents – with a design by Stekke + Fraas based on "durability, prosperity, ecology and social diversity.

Named Brutopia, the project is situated in the city's Forest neighbourhood, close to the Wiels contemporary arts centre.

Its inhabitants wanted to enjoy the benefits of living in the city but without paying over the odds, so they clubbed together to form a non-profit organisation to manage the project's budget and construction.

"They wanted an affordable but high-quality dwelling in Brussels that has some architectural qualities and is ecologically progressive."

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6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award

6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award | green streets | Scoop.it

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected six finalists for the 2015 Urban Open Space Award competition, which recognizes public spaces that benefit and revitalize their surrounding communities.

“The submissions from this year are representative of how quality urban open space has become more than just an amenity for cities,” said jury chair Michael Covarrubias. “The international diversity of the projects is reflective of how developers continually work to meet global demand by the public for the inclusion of healthy places in cities.”

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 8, 2015 1:59 PM

I love the bean in Milennium Park. Quality urban spaces are a must in our cities.

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Janet Echelman Knits Together Boston’s Urban Fabric

Janet Echelman Knits Together Boston’s Urban Fabric | green streets | Scoop.it

The Big Dig freed Boston of its much-maligned Central Artery, an elevated expressway that divided the city. While the resulting underground tunnels opened to traffic beginning in 2003, much of the city’s residents still had to navigate under the defunct highway’s imposing steel remnants to reach the city’s North End neighborhood and waterfront.

The city's aerial sculpture, "As If It Were Already Here," by the renowned artist combines handcraft, digital design, structural engineering, and crane acrobatics.

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Paris pushes for car-free River Seine as anti-pollution measures tighten

Paris pushes for car-free River Seine as anti-pollution measures tighten | green streets | Scoop.it

In keeping with Paris’ mounting aversion to automobiles, Mayor Anne Hidalgo recently announced plans to bar motorists from the banks of the River Seine by summer 2016.

This latest blow to motorists occurs in tandem with the all-or-nothing anti-pollution target Hidalgo set last year of banning all non-electric or hybrid vehicles from Paris’ most polluted streets by 2020.

Renderings for the futuristic River Seine project a motor-free parkland consisting of a tree-shaded promenade with space for children’s playgrounds and sports facilities. The length of this promenade is TBD, with some proposals occupying a modest 0.9 miles, while others insist on a 2.05-mile car-free quayside, potentially freeing up 1.4 acres of parkland.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 19, 2015 6:09 PM

Renderings for the futuristic River Seine project a motor-free parkland consisting of a tree-shaded promenade with space for children’s playgrounds and sports facilities. The length of this promenade is TBD, with some proposals occupying a modest 0.9 miles, while others insist on a 2.05-mile car-free quayside, potentially freeing up 1.4 acres of parkland.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, May 24, 2015 2:21 AM


Australian Curriculum

The strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047)


GeoWorld 7 Chapter 12.  Strategies to enhance liveability (12.1. Paris)

Lauren Quincy's curator insight, May 24, 2015 9:42 PM

Unit 7: Industrialization and Economic Development 

 

This article is about Paris' latest step in their anti-pollution goal. Mayor Anne Hidalgo plans to bar motorist from the banks of the River Seine by the summer of 2016. This followed the banning of all non-electric or hybrid vehicles by 2020 set last year. These policies are set in hoped to decrease pollution and open up green spaces for children and sports facilities. 

 

This relates to this unit because it talks about the use of governmental policies in order to reduce pollution in Paris. These steps also help with environmental sustainability and aim at development for a greener city. Paris is redefining the role of transportation in order to create usable and walkable areas. 

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Foster's Crossrail Place roof garden to open at Canary Wharf

Foster's Crossrail Place roof garden to open at Canary Wharf | green streets | Scoop.it

Tropical roof gardens and a leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners to sit above a new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in London will open to the public this week.

The seven-storey structure is the first new building for Crossrail – London's new east-west rail link – to open, although trains will not run from the station for at least three years.

Located in the heart of London's Canary Wharf financial hub on the North Dock, the station will be one of 40 that will serve the capital's new rail network, scheduled to open in 2018...

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Houston, the City with (Almost) No Limits or Formal Zoning

Houston, the City with (Almost) No Limits or Formal Zoning | green streets | Scoop.it
As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

In Houston, the lone major city in the United States that never has enacted zoning, the actual landscape hardly matches a dire hypothetical scenario. “If you drive around Houston after you’ve been to other major cities, you’ll find that, in many ways, we look very similar,” says Patrick Walsh, the city’s planning director. “We have commercial corridors with a lot of activity and a mix of uses; residential neighborhoods that are distinct and fairly uniform.”

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