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MVRDV To Bring Human Scale Back to Montparnasse

MVRDV To Bring Human Scale Back to Montparnasse | green streets | Scoop.it

The City of Paris is ready to see a block in Montparnasse area restructured—this time not vertically, but horizontally. The aging structure, located in the 14th arrondissement, or district, has lost "urban connectivity", and Mayor Hidalgo's urban planner, Jean-Louis Missika, labeled it an eyesore. MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has plans to bring it back. It is as though the rest of the city's pulse has stopped reaching the quartier, which lacks the typical pedestrian bustle and overall neighborhood identity quintessential to the metropolis...

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Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development

Brooklyn Cultural Experiment: A Contextual Mixed Use Development | green streets | Scoop.it

A new mixed-use development, called “EyeBAM,” is the latest addition to Brooklyn’s burgeoning Downtown Cultural District.

Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, and SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, have been selected by the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to design a 12-story building with109 apartments (40 percent affordable and 60 percent market rate), a restaurant and two arts-and-science-focused organizations, Eyebeam and Science Gallery.

Designed to engage with neighboring cultural institutions, the restaurant will flow into the new Arts Plaza, which will include outdoor seating to activate the space.

To further accentuate the cultural space, the architects plan to implement a glazed exterior on the lower levels. The material palette, composed of terracotta and brick, is a nod to Brooklyn’s architectural history.

“We wanted to create a scale and texture to the building that was both contextual to the neighborhood but also gave the building its own identity."


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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:33 PM

This is an example of what smart cities will be encouraging.

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Sky-high horticulture: Shenzhen's 'farmscraper' plan

Sky-high horticulture:  Shenzhen's 'farmscraper' plan | green streets | Scoop.it

Conceived in response to a densely populated Chinese city's unchecked growth, Asian Cairns is an ambitious take on vertical farming.


A Belgian architect recently unveiled the 79-acre masterplan for Asian Cairns, a dizzying new vision of urban vertical farming in China. 
Consisting of a sextet of “sustainable monoliths for rural urbanity” — stacked, pebble-esque, steel-ringed transparent pods that are powered by both vertical wind turbines and photovoltaics — Vincent Callebaut Architects’ Asian Cairns is planned for the rapidly swelling, skyscraper-heavy port city of Shenzhen in the southern province of Guangdong north of Hong Kong.
Beyond agricultural concerns, Asian Cairns is envisioned as a mixed-use development that also incorporates residential, retail, and recreational areas. Imagined as being completely emissions-free and producing more energy than they consume, the Cairns were conceived in direct response to Shenzhen’s unchecked urban development and the population growth and increased pollution levels that have accompanied it...
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Duane Craig's curator insight, March 15, 2013 12:00 PM

Really cool, but I bet it will be a real challenge and expense to build it. Look at all the curved glass.

ParadigmGallery's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:08 PM

TY Lauren Moss...

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Is China's lakeside city the future of urban planning?

Is China's lakeside city the future of urban planning? | green streets | Scoop.it

China's next new city will be designed by US firm KPF, next to Hunan's regional capital, around a 40-hectare lake.


Adjacent to Changsha, the ancient capital city of Hunan, the design implements the sort of urban innovation that creates a sustainable and truly habitable environment.

"We can introduce integrated urban innovation," von Klemperer says, "we can combine water transport with localised energy production, cluster neighbourhood centres, advanced flood prevention and water management, and urban agriculture. Meixi is an experiment in future city planning and building. It will serve Changsha as a new CBD, but it will also serve as a paradigm for other Chinese city planners. It's a kind of live test case."


The firm seeks to achieve these goals through its dense, mixed-use urban, plan, with integration with surrounding mountains, lakes, parks and canals. Meixi Lake will eventually be home to 180,000 inhabitants, living in "villages" of 10,000 people, clustered around the canals...


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The Gateway: a mixed-use urban district

The Gateway: a mixed-use urban district | green streets | Scoop.it

In 1998, the Union Pacific railyard sat vacant in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Four years later, the 30-acre site was transformed into a mixed-use urban district with specialty stores, restaurants, offices and apartments. A children’s museum and planetarium offered cultural and learning opportunities. And the project’s open-air plaza served as a place for international celebration during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The Gateway, a $375 million project, is the first phase of a 650-acre brownfield redevelopment plan. It employs nearly 6,000 people and serves as a downtown center for public gatherings, exhibitions and performances. Apartments and condominiums make The Gateway a 24-hour district.

Read the complete article for project details, as well as photos and more information on this unique mixed-use design...

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Take a Tour Around the Civic Center's Huge New Grand Park

Take a Tour Around the Civic Center's Huge New Grand Park | green streets | Scoop.it

The first two sections of LA's new Grand Park opened yesterday (with a very grand ribbon cutting) and already seem to be getting plenty of use from county workers and other green-starved locals. The park will be 12 acres when it's all done, and is the first and only component of the big Grand Avenue Project to be completed so far by megaproject's developer, Related Cos. (Incidentally, Related says it will break ground on the first residential part of the project sometime this year.) The Grand Park was designed by local architects Rios Clementi Hale, who put together a daring magenta and green color palette, native plantings, flowering trees, 24 gardens (based on the world's six Floristic Kingdoms: Boreal, Neotropical, Paleotropical, South African, Australian, Antarctic), and of course some good old-fashioned expanses of turf.

According to press materials, "Graphic inspiration came from a flattened map of the globe from the 1920s by J.P. Goode, an American cartographer."

The two blocks now open stretch between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and feature a newly-renovated Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, a new entry plaza stepping down from Grand to the fountain; a splash pad (open to the public for splashing!), a performance lawn and stage near Hill Street, a dog run, a courtyard lined in olive trees, Barbie pink moveable tables and chairs, and a low-slung building for offices, public restrooms, and a Starbucks. The next block down is set to open in August; the last block, by City Hall, should open in October...

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LES Gets More: mixed-use urban renewal in Manhattan

LES Gets More: mixed-use urban renewal  in Manhattan | green streets | Scoop.it

Plans to redevelop a seven-acre swath of surface-parking leftover from a Robert Moses clearance job on Manhattan’s Lower East Side were detailed at a March 8 meeting of the Land Use Committee as the project prepares to enter its public approval process.

City plans show up to 1.65 million square feet on the nine parcels of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), housed in groups of mid-to-high-rise towers designed to knit the historic neighborhood fabric with adjacent Moses-era towers in the park. The program also calls for a mix of 900 housing units, up to 650,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, and 500 underground parking spaces.

A 10,000-square-foot park is planned on pedestrian-scaled Broome Street, running through the center of the site. “We see Broome Street as an opportunity to create an active corridor and we would encourage a retail corridor,” senior vice president of New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) David Quart said at the meeting. Officials also indicated their preference to relocate and expand the Essex Street Market for higher visibility to the corner of Essex and Delancey streets...

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Minneapolis breaks ground on massive downtown east development

Minneapolis breaks ground on massive downtown east development | green streets | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, workers broke ground on the largest Twin Cities real estate development project in two decades. Budding off a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, designed by HKS, locally based Ryan Companies saw an opportunity to redefine the Minneapolis neighborhood of Downtown East.

Their five-block mixed-use development will include two 18-story office towers for Wells Fargo, six levels of parking with more than 1,600 spaces, about 24,000 square feet of retail space, 193 apartments and a four-acre urban park near the new stadium’s northwest corner. Wells Fargo currently has 5,000 employees scattered across more than a dozen offices throughout the area.

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Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Mixed-Use Development in Santa Monica

Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Mixed-Use Development in Santa Monica | green streets | Scoop.it

Rem Koolhaas and his Rotterdam-based firm OMA have defeated two teams made up of local powerhouse architects to win a one million square foot mixed-use development project in Downtown Santa Monica on Arizona between 4th and 5th Streets. OMA’s winning proposal, which is being called the Plaza at Santa Monica, was part of a package submitted in response to an RFP issued by the City of Santa Monica earlier in the year. A selection committee made up of officials from several city departments chose the scheme.

This will be OMA’s first ever project at this scale in Los Angeles. They have tried to break into Los Angeles on three other occasions with proposals for LACMA, downtown’s Broad Museum, and Universal Studios in the San Fernando Valley. This time, the City of Santa Monica granted them their wish...

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High-speed Rail Hubs Attracting Development to Urban Centers

High-speed Rail Hubs Attracting Development to Urban Centers | green streets | Scoop.it

High-speed rail (HSR) has long been touted as a tool of economic development in addition to its primary function of improving connectivity and ease of travel. Now, high-speed rail also has the potential to contribute to the nation’s urban revitalization trends.


Because HSR and other rail hubs are often located in urban centers, they are attracting an influx of tourism and activity to these cities. The mixed-use and transit-oriented nature of development around HSR hubs further supports the growth of city centers and downtowns.

Hotel development is particularly advantageous around these hubs because of their accessibility to those arriving by rail. These hotels also benefit from the mixed-use environment of urban centers, which provide visitors with walkable access to retail, restaurants, and attractions. In exchange, hotels and their guests energize the surrounding area with human activity...

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François Lanthier's curator insight, January 8, 2013 2:32 PM

Des statistiques qui pourraient intéresser la ville de Québec entre autres!

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Sustainable Urbanism: a high-density, car-free vertical city in Chengdu, China

Sustainable Urbanism: a high-density, car-free vertical city in Chengdu, China | green streets | Scoop.it
Work is about to start on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people close to Chengdu in China.


Designed by Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the 1.3 square km 'Great City' will feature a high-rise core surrounded by a buffer landscape of open space (60% of the total area). Residents will be able to walk from the city center to its edge in just 10 minutes.

“The design is attempting to address some of the most pressing urban issues of our time,” said architect Gordon Gill. “We’ve designed this project as a dense vertical city that acknowledges and in fact embraces the surrounding landscape.”

“The sustainability framework for Great City, custom-designed based on the principles of LEED-ND and BREEAM, follows an integrated approach toward meeting the overall objectives of environmental, economic and social sustainability,” notes Peter J. Kindel, AIA, ASLA, AS+GG’s Director of Urban Design. “Great City will incorporate innovative technologies and infrastructure systems to achieve 48% energy savings of a conventional urban development.”


The architects also note that the city will use 48% less energy and 58% less water than conventional developments of this size, producing 89% less landfill waste and generating 60% less carbon dioxide...

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Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Arboleda Urban Village in Monterrey, Mexico Integrates Smart Growth & Green Design

Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Arboleda Urban Village in Monterrey, Mexico Integrates Smart Growth & Green Design | green streets | Scoop.it
Arboleda, an urban mixed-use community now under development in Monterrey, Mexico, is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects of New Haven, Conn., in collaboration with landscape design firm Office of James Burnett.

The project incorporates principles of sustainable design and green building and will be compliant with the LEED for Neighborhood Development standard. The development is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with landscape design firm Office of James Burnett on behalf of Mexican developer One Development Group (ODG).

According to Pelli Clarke Pelli, the 26-acre Arboleda site will include residential and commercial development centered around a large central park and incorporating generous green space and native plantings, and all buildings will be LEED certified...

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Green Infrastructure: Here's To Your Health!

Green Infrastructure: Here's To Your Health! | green streets | Scoop.it
Design teams are capitalizing on evidence that links the built environment and wellness to make better places for living, healing, and working.

Green infrastructure serving walkable, mixed-use communiities; benign construction materials; durable, day-lit buildings; renewable energy. These are ingrediencts in a familiar prescription for a more sustainable built environment. What the design community now realizes is that it's also a prescription for better public health...

 

As synergies between green building and public health become more widely understood, the pace of change may quicken. Back in New York, Chris Garvin, a sustainable design consultant with Terrapin Bright Green, serves on numerous advisory boards, including the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. In Garvin's experience, "the health issue drives implementation faster than the energy issue." Hayes concurs: "Public health may be the largest motivator there is."

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