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thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development
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Accommodating biodiversity in urban environments

Accommodating biodiversity in urban environments | green streets | Scoop.it

One of the many issues affecting the world's biodiversity today, habitat destruction, is often cited as the main contributing factor. Cities and urban populations are expanding at a rapid rate, with ecologically sensitive areas increasingly at risk of becoming lost within their fabric and fragmented to a level where they cease to function. A recent paper in the journal Tree (Trends in Ecology & Evolution) also points out that urban areas are now expanding in nonlinear ways; a marked contrast to previous developments, which were slowly added to the periphery of urban centres. This is likely to mean that new developments, which are often considerable in size and in some cases towns in their own right, will severely reduce habitat availability and disrupt what remains of the urban landscape...

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Cities in the Digital Age

Cities in the Digital Age | green streets | Scoop.it

Interaction designers can shape “smart” urban environments...

For many people, the draw of cities is their pulse and flow, the veer and crush of humans, our shared machines, the vertical, the symmetrical, the seemingly impossible.

We connect, go forward, are thrust. We revel in the contrasts of urban materials—steel, stone, leaf, blade, glass, branch, Plexiglas, vinyl, flesh. The sheer matrix of it, the complexity of relationships and their potential outcomes, is almost a will unto itself, compelling us to be shaped, inviting us to form and move with it.

This type of interconnected environment has evolved into an interface to computation that is nowhere near as conversational as it might be, as philosopher-scientist Paul Dourish has noted. I’d argue that this makes interaction design evermore crucial in the world, as we work to support people and the technologies upon which they’ve come to rely within the built environment...

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