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7 Brilliantly Simple Technology Ideas To Improve Cities

7 Brilliantly Simple Technology Ideas To Improve Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

You want good civic tech ideas? The people have good civic tech ideas.

Code for America and Mindmixer have been running Ideation Nation--an online brainstorm to find tech fixes for cities--since the beginning of the month. People have posted 300 ideas so far.

"We're going to make the [best] 25 available to Code for America's 3,000 volunteer designers and hackers," says Nick Bowden, Mindmixer's CEO. "They want to build stuff for communities." You can submit your own idea till October 31. The overall winner gets prize money, and support to develop the idea.

Visit the link for some of the favorites so far, including customizable mobile apps to phone-charging street furniture.

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Crowdsourcing utopia: 21st century urbanism

Crowdsourcing utopia: 21st century urbanism | green streets | Scoop.it

New forms of cooperative urbanism are harnessing the internet to achive grand civic goals.

A generation of intrepid software developers is creating powerful tools for ordinary people to work together to achieve civic goals. SeeClickFix.com and FixMyStreet.com are US and UK websites where users can report problems in their area directly to the relevant local authority. Collapsed walls, broken signage and faulty streetlighting can be logged by anyone in the community. Reports are mapped online while statistics about how swiftly issues are dealt with are automatically published, encouraging authorities to act quickly. Rather than individual complainants acting in isolation, the sites allow strangers to cooperate in holding their elected officials to account while improving their public spaces.

Critics argue the sites foster apathy − encouraging the public to rely on local authorities for relatively minor maintenance jobs rather than taking responsibility as a neighbourhood, but nevertheless, the idea of using decentralised web-based input as a generator for development is gathering momentum.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:21 PM

A new form of town hall meetings

 

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The Interventionist's Toolkit, Part 3: Our Cities, Ourselves

The Interventionist's Toolkit, Part 3: Our Cities, Ourselves | green streets | Scoop.it

There's a romantic appeal, maybe even a sense of imminent empowerment, in the prospect of remaking our cities and thus ourselves — a notion that if we change our environments we will change our lives, or vice versa.

But I've been wondering about how we might evaluate the results of those freedoms. How to rate the diverse architectural actions and urban interventions that seek to remake the city?

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Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell win Melbourne station competition

Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell win Melbourne station competition | green streets | Scoop.it

Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell win the competition to overhaul Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street Station.

The winning design includes the construction of a new barrel-vaulted roof structure that envelops the station and brings light and ventilation onto both new and improved station concourses. The architects also plan to add a new public art gallery dedicated to oceanic and contemporary art, a public plaza, a marketplace, an amphitheatre and a permanent home for some of the city's cultural festival organisations.


"Our proposal respects the heritage, improves all aspects of the transport hub, and underscores its central civic nature with new cultural and public functions for all residents and visitors to Melbourne," says the design team on the competition website.


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Gary Hustwit, Director Of "Urbanized," On Solving America's Big-City Problems

Gary Hustwit, Director Of "Urbanized," On Solving America's Big-City Problems | green streets | Scoop.it

Hustwit categorizes U.S. cities as “bad, really bad.” His proposed solution: a mix of good design, apolitical vision, and civic engagement.
Perhaps your thoughts upon leaving the house each day don’t immediately turn to the design of your urban environment and how it affects your life in the smallest and largest possible ways. You may also not be aware of how your daily choices end up, in effect, designing your city...

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How A Museum Can Regenerate An Entire City | Co. Design

How A Museum Can Regenerate An Entire City | Co. Design | green streets | Scoop.it

A new cultural center acts like an overpass, linking two parks. It's the first phase of a plan to overhaul they city of Villahermosa's main thoroughfare.

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