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Rural Urban Framework: Designing Projects that Help Communities Come Together

Rural Urban Framework: Designing Projects that Help Communities Come Together | green streets | Scoop.it

Often lost among the headlines about China's astonishing development has been a growing interest in the corresponding transformation of the Chinese countryside. At the forefront of architectural research and experimentation in this area is Rural Urban Framework (RUF), a studio headed by University of Hong Kong professors Joshua Bolchover and John Lin.


Since 2006, Bolchover and Lin, who originally hail from England and Taiwan, respectively, have been working with nonprofit organizations, private donors, and local governments on projects in villages throughout China. In Qinmo, in southern Guangdong province, they converted a disused school building into a community center, complete with a demonstration farm. In northern Shaanxi province, their Lingzidi bridge spans a small river to better connect local residents with agricultural fields, while accommodating washing, fishing, and small-truck access.

“Nowadays, 50 percent of the world lives in cities,” says Lin. “But we're interested in the other 50 percent—especially in China, one of the most intensively urban and intensively rural places in the world.”

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Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org

Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org | green streets | Scoop.it
BikePortland.orgGuest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economiesBikePortland.orgBicycle touring duo Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are well into their Bromptom bike adventure.
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America's Urban-Rural Work Divide

America's Urban-Rural Work Divide | green streets | Scoop.it

Where we live dictates an awful lot about the type of work available to us.

Farm vs. factory, bucolic green fields vs. densely packed streets: from Green Acres to The Simple Life, America's urban-rural divide has been an enduring axis of the nation's culture. Today, with less than one percent of people employed on farms, what is the underlying source of that divide?

A new Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report by my Martin Prosperity Institute colleague Kevin Stolarick, Fed economist Jaison Abel, and Todd Gabe of the University of Maine, sheds new light on the underlying economic differences between urban and rural areas. It provides a detailed examination of the geographic distribution of jobs, skills, and earnings across the United States, from densely populated city centers to isolated and sparsely populated rural areas.

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How smart growth in cities saves wilderness [VIDEO]

How smart growth in cities saves wilderness [VIDEO] | green streets | Scoop.it
The relationship between urban development and rural conservation is a mutually beneficial one.
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