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Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß

Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß | green streets | Scoop.it

Agricultural printing to tackle monoculture by promoting diversity in biomass farming by Benedikt Groß.

The Royal College of Art Design graduate began by investigating how digital technology is transforming farming. "You could say in the last 50 years everything was about mechanisation to increase scale and efficiency, but the next thing in farming is digitalisation and precision farming, where everything is going to be mapped right down to the single plant," Benedikt Groß told Dezeen...

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations | green streets | Scoop.it

During the darkest time of the year, a vibrant festival of light and water enlivens Amsterdam.


Comprised of spectacular light sculptures, LED decorations on bridges, fiery boat parades and huge projections on public buildings, the festival brings together people in the often idyllic historic capital. Amsterdam's Light Festival is an initiative of Henk Jan Buchel, Vincent Horbach and Felix Guttmann together with Rogier van der Heiden—chief designer at Philips Lighting – this brilliant street party has a strong focus on innovation, design and sustainable lighting.

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Connecting the Physical & Digital Worlds: Smarter Systems for Smart Cities

Connecting the Physical & Digital Worlds: Smarter Systems for Smart Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
Technology is being used in ways you would never expect to help solve fundamental problems, from managing a football stadium on game day, to helping manage transportation systems and emergency operations.

As organizations and large facilities like stadiums, museums, schools and government buildings continue to grow and provide more people with faster, better, innovative services, we need to make them more efficient--not by cutting back services, but by getting insight and intelligence on how our physical world functions.
From roads to vehicles to buildings to HVAC systems and lights, thousands of objects not only need to be managed, but how they interact and affect each other must be optimized. By addressing and answering these fundamental questions, we can get real insight to drive better decision making and efficiency.

If we analyze this data, we can find inefficiencies or make connections we never would have imagined. By connecting the physical and digital worlds, these massive organizations that are part of our daily lives can deliver more efficient services to us all...
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Using Smartphones to Improve Walkability

Using Smartphones to Improve Walkability | green streets | Scoop.it

When it comes to walking in the city, our smartphones provide us with pedestrian sat-nav, reviews of the best places to visit and even measure how many calories we’re burning. In fact, recent research suggests that our phones are encouraging us to even explore more places.


Now, a new mobile app provides an essential tool for the walkable lifestyle. It enables people to check the walkability of the street they’re standing in, as well as discover new walkable streets in other areas and add their own reviews.

The free app uses over 600,000 street ratings from Walkonomics.com, covering every street in San Francisco, New York and England. But unlike other walkability apps, which only measure how many destinations are within walking distance, the Walkonomics app provides 5-star ratings for 8 different categories of pedestrian-friendliness:

  • Road safety
  • Easy to cross
  • Pavement/Sidewalk
  • Hilliness
  • Navigation
  • Fear of crime
  • Smart & beautiful
  • Fun & relaxing


The Walkonomics mobile app provides a crowdsourcing tool for events, allowing more people to be involved, add reviews and post suggestions. With more cities to be added, the app has the potential to become the new ‘must-have’ app for not only discovering and enjoying walkable streets, but also transforming and making streets more pedestrian-friendly...


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Where is the Center of a City?

Where is the Center of a City? | green streets | Scoop.it

Artist Aram Bartholl built and installed towering wooden sculptures in various cities, placing them exactly in the spots that Google Maps had determined to be the city center of each respective city.

By blowing Google’s red markers up to “life-size” and physically planting them in actual places, Bartholl brings attention to the blurring between real and virtual space. His sculptures ask the question: where is the center of a city?

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How To Build The Digital Subway Map Of The Future

How To Build The Digital Subway Map Of The Future | green streets | Scoop.it

Slow-moving bureaucracy, diverse users, risky monetization schemes, unpredictable station layouts, spotty networks, underpowered hardware. These are just some of the challenges Control Group faced in bringing the digital map of the future to the New York City subway.

How did they overcome these challenges? They used the web.

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Utile Makes a Splash With Digitally Fabricated Pavilion in Boston

Utile Makes a Splash With Digitally Fabricated Pavilion in Boston | green streets | Scoop.it

Jump on a ferry in Downtown Boston and in twenty minutes, you’ll arrive at the Boston Harbor Islands, an archipelago of 34 islands dotting Boston Harbor managed by the National Park Service. To entice city-dwellers to make the trip, Boston-based Utile Architecture + Planning has designed a composite steel and concrete pavilion with a digitally fabricated roof for the National Park Service and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance to provide travel information and history about the Islands and a shady respite atop the highway-capping Rose Kennedy Greenway.


Two thin overlapping concrete canopy slabs supported by delicate steel beams provide a sculptural shelter. Utile digitally designed the $4.2 million Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion using Rhino to respond to the surrounding cityscape and serve as a playful rainwater-harvesting system to irrigate the Greenway’s landscape...

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Will Smart Technologies Shape Future Highways?

Will Smart Technologies Shape Future Highways? | green streets | Scoop.it

With the proliferation of mobile electronic technologies, interactive displays have begun to appear more frequently in fixed contexts such as smart rooms and media-driven building facades.


The latest focus of smart surface research is on the most connective element of the constructed environment: the road.


At the recent Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Studio Roosegaarde announced a joint effort with Heijmans Infrastructure to create the Smart Highway. This proposal for an electronically-enhanced road system fuses disparate elements of existing road infrastructure. Lighting, signage, and the roadbed are now a singular, integrated system.

The Digital Interactive Roadway designed by BIG for the Audi Urban Future exhibition in 2011 proposes a similar roadbed enhancement. The surface of the DIR incorporates strips of LED lights and a distributed network of sensors that respond directly to changing automotive and pedestrian traffic.


Visit the link to learn more about these forward-thinking projects and the potential for innovative digital technologies to shape roads and infrastructure...

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Digital Placemaking – Authentic Civic Engagement

Digital Placemaking – Authentic Civic Engagement | green streets | Scoop.it

Digital Placemaking- it’s the integration of social media into Placemaking practices, which are community-centered, encouraging public participation, collaboration, and transparency.

Some call this Open Source Placemaking, which connects with the values of the Open Government. What we’re really talking about here is getting out of the current oppositional vicious cycles and creating virtuous cycles … an effective way to reboot the relationship between bottom-up efforts and top-down institutions in place-based work.

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Video: How ‘augmented reality’ will make boring cities beautiful | SmartPlanet

Video: How ‘augmented reality’ will make boring cities beautiful | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
One of the most sophisticated demos of augmented reality to date transforms a drab model cityscape into a colorful, bustling metropolis...
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