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'Urban Umbrella' Graces New York With New Scaffolding (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

'Urban Umbrella' Graces New York With New Scaffolding (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post | green streets | Scoop.it
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the first model of "Urban Umbrella," a beautiful new design for the city's scaffolding structures, in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday.

The design was the winner of the urbanSHED competition which sought to revamp the city's current scaffolding designed more than 60 years ago. Project Engineer Sarrah Khan, Architect Andres Cortes, and Designer Young Hwan Choi who all helped bring the structure to life were also present for Wednesday's unveiling.

Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri praised the new structure for both its aesthetic design and safety...

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Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism

Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism | green streets | Scoop.it

Urban Design Week 2011:  Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism is a community-informed design proposal for public space located in the Crow Hill neighborhood of Crown Heights. The purpose of the project is to provide a forum for the community to rethink residual spaces created by transportation infrastructure towards a new public space network, founded on the idea of creating a common ground for residents, local community organizations, business owners, and governmental entities.

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Reinterpreting Green Space in West London

Reinterpreting Green Space in West London | green streets | Scoop.it
With pressure on urban space increasing as populations grow and building becomes more intensive, will gardens be a less common sight in future cities? Those interested in this subject might enjoy the upcoming Serpentine Gallery's Garden Marathon.
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Open Source Cities

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By the City | For the City

As part of Urban Design Week 2011, The Institute for Urban Design invited architects, planners,artists, designers, and students around the world to participate in a collaborative re-imagining of New York City’s public realm.

More than 500 ideas submitted by the general public for improving the city’s public spaces, systems, and social fabric can be viewed interactively on the By the City | For the City website.

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Spotlight> Urban Design Week 2011

Spotlight> Urban Design Week 2011 | green streets | Scoop.it

What more effective outreach could there be than crowd sourcing? With its fall initiative, Urban Design Week 2011: By the City/For the City, running from September 15 to 20 at various sites around the city, the Institute for Urban Design (IUD) applied directly to the broadest possible audience in order to identify the most pressing design concerns, then matching them to the most creative potential solutions.

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People Are Talking About Placemaking…

People Are Talking About Placemaking… | green streets | Scoop.it

Placemaking is in the news these days, and we're thinking that we are at an exciting moment in history. In the last couple of months, we’ve seen the benefits of a place-based approach get a lot of positive coverage in the press, and we wanted to share that with you.

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How do we create an holistic urban environment?

How do we create an holistic urban environment? | green streets | Scoop.it
A forthcoming debate between key players will introduce innovative ideas to transform our cities...

Everywhere, urban planners are creating utilitarian "smart cities" – interconnected, hard-wired, sensor-driven communities, where bus timetables appear on screens in eco-friendly homes and fridges send tweeted messages to replenish the salad drawer, using, of course, electric vehicle delivery. But the question arises: would you want to live there? Or is it better to renew what we have – whether it is a former cotton mill in the north of England or a tenement in the developing world...

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Streetscapes, Sidewalks and Skyscrapers, Oh My!

Streetscapes, Sidewalks and Skyscrapers, Oh My! | green streets | Scoop.it

Urban Design Events Now in New York...

Experience New York's historic structures, design wonders and unique public spaces at one of these fall urban design events.

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The Ultra-Ex Studio: Redesigning 'Urban Green'

The Ultra-Ex Studio: Redesigning 'Urban Green' | green streets | Scoop.it

The Product of the long term collaboration with the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning (GSAPP) and Preservation and the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), this studio accepted the design challenges of the next "Urban Green”wave in the United States, with emphasis on the specificities of neighborhood and building constellations.

The studio explored new categories of micro-scale "infrastructures" combined to form a new design lexicon in accomplishing 50% less waste production; 50% less energy use; 50% less water consumption. Analyses were developed for neighborhoods within Manhattan surrounding the Columbia University Morningside and Medical School complexes.

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