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The High Line Effect: Top 10 Urban Transformation Projects

The High Line Effect: Top 10 Urban Transformation Projects | green streets | Scoop.it

Given the environmental straits we find ourselves in at present, architects and policy makers have to rethink our strategy of how to shape the city, buildings, and urban space alike.


This entails that we refrain from the tabula rasa strategies of the past and make do with the standing infrastructure that we already have. Preserving and rehabilitating the aging steel relics of our global cities has proven an ingenious way of saving energy, while enabling newer methods of architectural planning. Projects such as the High Line have kickstarted a new age of urban regeneration—for good or ill—with initiatives from Tel Aviv to Philadelphia attempting to replicate its success on their own turf.


When it comes to urban transformation, size does not matter, per se. The subtleties of thoughtful urban projects shine through at every level, and sometime outperform their more ostentatious contemporaries. The best projects spur new occupation and lively places...

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Examples of urban transformation across the globe, from public parks to rehabilitation projects, with links provided for further research and investigation...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 31, 2012 12:04 AM

Examples of creative answers for urban design at this site.

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, December 31, 2012 4:35 AM

Transformation Projects and City Design : this is possible the most amazing job to do for the next decade. Who would not change everything to get into a

project that changes peoples lives?

 

I love this. Be aware of the gainijng power of this as a upcoming trend for the next years.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

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Top 7 Websites for creating Future Cities

Top 7 Websites for creating Future Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Over 50% of the world's population now lives in cities, so the conditions are ripe for improving, adjusting and rethinking the urban landscape and city life. The web flourishes with digital platforms for community discussion, since now it’s city dwellers - rather than governing executives - that actively take part in city-related decision-making...
Check out the following seven websites that harness the power, wisdom and knowledge of the crowds to cultivate smarter future cities.

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Case Studies on Urban Revitalization

Case Studies on Urban Revitalization | green streets | Scoop.it

Economist Edward Glaeser explains why some U.S. metropolises have bounced back from adversity--and why others will not...

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New Urbanists’ manual on walkable communities

New Urbanists’ manual on walkable communities | green streets | Scoop.it
24 August 2011 – How do you design walkable neighbourhoods? What are the principles in play?

How do you design walkable neighbourhoods? What are the principles in play? The US’s Congress for the New Urbanism program director Heather Smith has co-author of a manual to deliver these, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach available as a free download.

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Reading the City: What Makes a City Smart?

Reading the City: What Makes a City Smart? | green streets | Scoop.it

In Barcelona last month for a conference on smart cities (specifically, on how technology can make cities smarter). There were intriguing presentations and cool-looking “smart” trucks & electric bikes. I could have spent a lot more time “interfacing” with all the technology housed in the Fira de Barcelona convention center.

But I didn’t.


There are two common-sense truths to smart cities.

First, technology is awesome, yes, but we should be viewing it not as a silver bullet but one admittedly phenomenal tool of many in any city’s arsenal. (And, as many asked when the power went out during a panel discussion: How do you have a smart city with no electricity?)


Second, the most successful technologies are well-hidden — invisible, even. So after absorbing about all I could about open data, demand-based pricing and fiber optic networks, I reached a decision: I’m in Barcelona. I can learn a lot more about how a city works by actually experiencing it...


Via Jandira Feijó, Territori
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5 of the Best Urban Design Blog Posts of 2011

5 of the Best Urban Design Blog Posts of 2011 | green streets | Scoop.it
How can we enhance the urban form of our cities to make them more sustainable?

We’ve featured hundreds of articles on this topic over 2011, and here are five of the best...

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Green Streets, Neighborhoods + Communities

Green Streets, Neighborhoods + Communities | green streets | Scoop.it

With green initiatives being implemented by municipalities and cities at an exponential rate, understanding where to begin and how to participate can be a challenge, as this new paradigm of development requires fundamental changes in not only how we address urban design, but how we consider infrastructure, transit, policymaking, and collective social behavior as factors in shaping the built environment.

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