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Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates

Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates | green streets | Scoop.it
Spread across 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore's waterfront, a horticultural feast awaits visitors at the World Architecture Festival 2012.

Landscape architects, Grant Associates, designed three distinct garden bays including 18 supertrees, which range from 25 to 50m, at iconic points in the master plan. Two cooled conservatories designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and a stretch of horticultural gardens, which include animals sculpted from shrubbery, are also highlights in this green showcase.
‘At one level, Gardens by the Bay is a dramatic 3D garden experience,' says Keith French, project director. 'At another it is a sophisticated example of integrated environmental design.'
Mixing nature, technology and environmental notes, the orchid-inspired master plan facilitates the growth of endangered species and plants from Mediterranean and tropical regions in the two giant biodomes. Over an entire hectare of different flower species are hosted within the Flower Dome, and the Cloud Forest Dome contains 0.8 hectares of tropical plants.
The design encourages the public to interact with the project through a suspended, spiraling bridge which is attached to the supertrees for support. Visitors are encouraged to view the giant garden from many levels.
At night, the canopies glow with colours and projected media, offering an active landscape for visitors. Sustainable energy and water technologies are integrated into the supertrees and cooling conservatories...

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5 videos that could change the way you see cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

5 videos that could change the way you see cities | Sustainable Cities Collective | green streets | Scoop.it
I find the emergence of the short, highly accessible video - on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo - to be one of the great developments in communications and social media over the last decade. Even as a dedicated wordsmith, I believe photos and, by extension, videos, can sometimes convey much more information and be much more compelling than mere words.

This is why we created a video channel for sustainable communities at NRDC, now hosting a library of some 136 entries (and growing) - some of them self-produced, most of them curated favorites produced by others - on cities, regions, and neighborhoods. Take a look sometime.

For today, here are five short videos that look at cities in very different ways from most of what we see in the environmental and urbanist blogs I write for. Enjoy.

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Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities | Video on TED.com

TED Talks How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need -- while reducing the time we spend in cars.
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Jane Jacobs on neighborhoods, placemaking, and active living [VIDEO]

Jane Jacobs on neighborhoods, placemaking, and active living [VIDEO] | green streets | Scoop.it
The celebrated urban planner's ideas are still highly relevant to today's thinking about communities and sustainability.
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Visualizing the "edible city" in three minutes

Visualizing the "edible city" in three minutes | green streets | Scoop.it

The American Society of Landscape Architects has produced another great video, this one about growing food in cities. I'm a big fan of ASLA's work, in part because of their terrific skill at public and professional communications.

This particular project contains both a short introduction to the subject of urban gardening and illustrations of a variety of types. Personally, I have come to prefer the word "gardening" over "farming" when it comes to growing food in cities, because... I like the idea of keeping cities compact to conserve land for real farms outside the urban-suburban footprint, while gardening at a lot or neighborhood scale inside the city boundary.

For me, the key test is whether in any particular instance city food-growing supports urban density and other aspects of urban life. If it does, I'm all in; if, instead, it conflicts, it's probably in the wrong place. Of course, everything is situational and subject to context.

The included video is full of great examples of how to produce food in ways highly compatible with cities and city living. Click on the link to enjoy the video...


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The Power of Cities | Video channel on TED.com

The Power of Cities | Video channel on TED.com | green streets | Scoop.it

TED Theme In the last 3,000 years, the history of humankind has been tied to the history of cities. With half of the world's population living in urban settings now, it's urgent that we examine them and update our understanding.


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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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