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Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City

Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City | green streets | Scoop.it
With technological change marching forward at a rapid clip, city environments are being reshaped and the urban experience is being reimagined.

Nearly ubiquitous mobile access has provided visitors and residents with the ability to unlock the “secrets” of the city, opening the door to new experiences and improving livability and user-friendliness. However, in order to make the best of these changes, policy must welcome and support innovation and the urban transformation that accompanies it—and there’s no one-size-fits-all formula...

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Common Spaces: Urbanism, Sustainability and the Art of Placemaking

Common Spaces: Urbanism, Sustainability and the Art of Placemaking | green streets | Scoop.it
As people become more engaged in the movement towards sustainable living, it stands to reason that they will first turn to the immediate environment. Outside the home, the debate is centered on the design and layout of community spaces; this is where placemaking offers valuable insights.

Placemaking, put simply, is the design of public spaces with the needs, desires, interests, and inspirations of the local community at heart. Frequently, this collaborative process can be found in what we might regard as a traditional, outdoor community area; a park or waterfront. However, as localism and sustainability take root within the priorities of decision-makers, we are also beginning to see community-minded design in more unconventional places. Ideal candidates for this new process include, for example, the layout and signage design for public service buildings such as police stations, hospitals and museums.

There are already some fantastic placemaking success stories. Indeed, the implementation of community-minded ideas is so widespread, it is difficult to pick out examples worthy of mention. The cutting edge of urban design is no longer where we design spaces with the public’s desires in mind; it is where we incorporate green thinking and technology into those spaces...
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Shareable: Almere Oosterwold, a Vision of Collaborative DIY Urban Design

Shareable: Almere Oosterwold, a Vision of Collaborative DIY Urban Design | green streets | Scoop.it

If the term "DIY" hasn't been applied to every conceivable human endeavor yet, give it a few months. But can a process so diffuse and complicated as urban planning go DIY?

Dutch architecture company MVRDV is betting that it can with its proposal for Almere Oosterwold, a development built on the principle of "do-it-yourself urbanism."

MVRDV aims to serve the needs of the individual and the community equally with the plan, which calls for bottom-up collaboration among residents, who will literally draw the map towards a shared future. Like many urban development projects, Oosterwold has no clear completion date. The difference is that in this case, that's by design. The open-ended plan establishes only a handful of guiding principles, such as the proportions of total land use — 59% urban agriculture, 18% construction, 13% public green space, 8% roads, 2% water. Beyond that, residents will collaborate in person and on the web to plan development and reach consensus, with government serving as a facilitator rather than an entity making decisions from the top-down...

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Public services by design: using design principles to improve local areas

Public services by design: using design principles to improve local areas | green streets | Scoop.it

Joined up, place-based public services have the potential to deliver local government's holy grail: cheaper public services in tune with the needs of local residents. But community budget pilots are not the only show in town. The Design Council's Public Services by Design scheme has already helped councils adapt to the localism agenda and deliver services that involve residents in their design.

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Policies for a Shareable City #7: Shareable Neighborhoods

Policies for a Shareable City #7: Shareable Neighborhoods | green streets | Scoop.it

What policies can a city adopt to help residents share and support each other? Shareable & the Sustainable Economies Law Center are engaging readers in a 20-part series. Each post will focus on a different topic and offer policy proposals for ways cities can support sharing and mutual aid.

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Place Pulse: ‘Hot Or Not’ For Cities

Place Pulse: ‘Hot Or Not’ For Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Which elements affect people’s perception of urban space? This is what MIT Media Lab and Macro Connections try to find out with the online project Place Pulse. The website, which actually functions like a ‘Hot or Not’ for cities, aims to gain a greater understanding of the collective processes that potentially create the perceptions we have of cities.

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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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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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Building a Sustainable U.S. Infrastructure: A Whole Systems Approach

Building a Sustainable U.S. Infrastructure: A Whole Systems Approach | green streets | Scoop.it

We need to take a whole systems approach to repairing and advancing our U.S. infrastructure.


An important, yet not yet widely adopted solution is the application of a whole systems approach—one that considers the interconnections between infrastructure projects and their surroundings, and that spans the entire lifecycle of infrastructure projects, from design and construction to operation and maintenance.  

Although this approach may involve upfront costs, this model can bolster efficiency, garner public support, and improve resiliency to natural disasters, resulting in significant short- and long-term payback. A whole systems approach should simultaneously address the needs of all stakeholders, and provide community, environmental, and economic benefits for all types of infrastructure projects, from pipelines to bridges to ports to airports...

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Architecture, landscape & urban infrastructure that transforms public spaces with civic art

Architecture, landscape & urban infrastructure that transforms public spaces with civic art | green streets | Scoop.it
There are rare artists whose work crosses so many disciplines that categories fall short. And Cliff Garten’s “civic sculptures” stretch into the worlds of architecture, landscape architecture, urban infrastructure, and masterplanning.

His large pieces consist of LED-illuminated sculptures, street furniture, landscapes, and even bridges that, while visually dazzling, are also capable of transforming neighborhoods. They are most successful when Garten partners with civic engineers who know the value of rendering the public domain on a human scale. Pieces such as Sea Spires and Avenue of Light have even been economically uplifting, helping businesses flourish within an active pedestrian environment.

An advocate of civic collaboration, Garten is well aware of the challenges for an artist. “In the context of how American infrastructure projects are organized, art tends to become the window dressing of the project rather than an essential element of the infrastructure,” he noted. “If we want infrastructure that we can take pride in owning and using, some of the fundamental aspects of how our culture regards our infrastructure and how the design professions in consort with government build our infrastructure will have to change,” he said...

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The citizen as expert: grassroots planning Down East

The citizen as expert: grassroots planning Down East | green streets | Scoop.it
  The video at the end of this post is a rare and engaging inside peek at two planning workshops in the small, historic city of Belfast (population 6658) and the town of Lincolnville (population 2042), both in Maine.  The most...

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What is Placemaking?

What is Placemaking? | green streets | Scoop.it

“’Placemaking’ is both an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city or region. It has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century.” -Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago

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Working Together to Construct Better Cities

Working Together to Construct Better Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
The notion of working together for a better outcome will be familiar to anyone that has worked in the construction industry over the last 15 years. But the challenge of producing green, low carbon buildings requires even closer collaboration.
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Urban Sports’ Square: BEMOWO

Urban Sports’ Square: BEMOWO | green streets | Scoop.it

A simple response to existing situation – total lack of urban sports friendly places in Warsaw, combined with a skyrocketing demand for such space in the city – became a statement project of Polish young generation’s fine architects and many other parties. We are strongly convinced, that the space shall serve the citizens for sportsmanship, cultural and integration purposes and be planned within a framework of open discussion and collaborative development process.

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The manifesto of the Emergent Urbanism Network | Emergent Urbanism

The manifesto of the Emergent Urbanism Network | Emergent Urbanism | green streets | Scoop.it

As social media networks have developed over the last few years (and it has taken very few years for them to stake their place alongside traditional mass media) we have rapidly accustomed ourselves to reading about only those things we find most relevant to our own perspective on the world, yet the information that is most relevant is spread out over myriad blogs, social feeds, and search engines. Those portals that do set out to provide news in urbanism rely on antiquated centralized editorial review processes to tell us what we should be interested in, in the same way Le Corbusier edited his magazine.

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