Over the past two years, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile urban laboratory centered around the topic of life in cities today, has offered free programs and workshops and implemented urban projects in New York City (August 3–October 16, 2011), Berlin (June 15–July 29, 2012), and Mumbai (December 9–January 20, 2013). Created as a resource, 100 Urban Trends aims to identify the most talked-about trends in urban thinking, as they were discussed in these three venues. Each individual glossary offers 100 contextualized definitions that apply to the way we understand, design, and live in cities.
Via Bentejui Hernández Acosta
“ “No solo se trata de co-creación entre humanos, sino saber co-crear entre organismos y máquinas.” El paradigma establecido de hace años de lo natural trasmuta vertiginosamente hacia una nueva naturaleza modificada desde […]”
Via Jessica HerBrawer
A slender steel awning shades artists from the sun at this arts space that French-Brazilian studio Triptyque created for Red Bull in a São Paulo warehouse. The city of São Paulo is one of the places in the world where urbanity is the most powerful and intense. An area where the beauty of the streets and buildings was forgotten for many years. Through the renovation of a 20 years building, formerly occupied by the electricity company Light , the new architectural project Triptyque, the Cultural Centre of the Red Bull Station, appears as an important player in the rehabilitation center.Based on the Bandeira square , the new cultural centre hangs together auditory and visual arts through the production and dissemination of new forms of artistic expression.
Via Lauren Moss
“ The extent to which cities will build data collection systems into the infrastructure—or how much we’ll voluntarily gather and share information from our smartphones—has yet to be determined. Here is a survey of what some cities have launched so far.”
Via Manu Fernandez
“ Originally published on 1Sun4All. Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, Team Réciprocité, which is formed by the alliance of Appalachian State University and Université d’Angers, began assembling the structure of their unique design, Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, on March 5. The next steps include testing the mechanical systems, disassembly, and then packing their energy-independent solar home into containers for the journey, via cargo ship, to Europe. http://youtu.be/uv3rHnuhYDI Appalachian’s”
A team of researchers working at the university of Notre Dame has discovered a whole new group of quasicrystals. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they accidently created a new kind of quasicrystal as part of a series of experiments designed to learn more about electron distribution in ferrocenecarboxylic acids.Quasicrystals are groups of molecules bonded together in structures that resemble crystals in that they are organized, but unlike crystals, the structures are not nearly as uniform. In fact, they are quite the opposite—though they are locally symmetric, they lack any sort of long distance periodicity. Because of their chaotic nature, quasicrystals tend to feel slippery to the touch, which is why they have been used to coat the surface of non-stick frying pans. The first quasicrystal was made, also by accident, in 1982, by Daniel Shechtman (who later won a Nobel prize for his work). Since then many more of them have been made in various labs, (one was even found to exist in a meteorite) though most of them have had one thing in common, they were all formed from two or three metal alloys.In this latest discovery, the quasicrystals self-formed after the researchers placed a layer of iron containing molecules of ferrocenecarboxylic acid on top of a gold surface. The team was expecting to see a linear group of stable molecules pairing up as dimers, but instead were surprised to find that they had formed into five sided rosettes—it was the rosettes that pushed other molecules into bonding forming crystalline shapes, resulting in the formation of 2D quasicrystals that took the form of several different shapes: stars, boats, pentagons, rhombi, etc., all repeated in haphazard fashion.In studying the quasicrystals using scanning tunnelling microscopy, the researchers found that they were held together by weak hydrogen bonds rather that the strong ionic bonds found in other such molecules. Weak hydrogen bonds are generally more common in organic molecules that exhibit complex structures.In their paper, the researchers suggest their discovery might lead to the creation or discovery of many other similar types of quasicrystals, though it's still not clear to what use they might be put.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
“ If ever there was a champion of efficiency, the military would be it. Energy efficiency is no exception to this generalization. As The Solar Foundation (TSF) and Operation Free tell us in a recent Veterans in Solar report, the U.S. military has scaled up its use of distributed renewable energy techn”
Via Flora Moon
“ (Phys.org) —Breakthrough research on identifying potential climate oases, called microrefugia, could set a new standard for reducing risk in land management, writes UTS research fellow Dr John Gollan.”
Plan Melbourne is the Victorian Government’s vision for the city to 2050. It provides us with a clear vision for our future that responds to the challenges of population growth, driving economic prosperity and liveability, while protecting our environment and heritage. For the first time, the Strategy addresses Melbourne’s infrastructure, housing, employment and environmental challenges with an integrated approach toplanning and development that includes land use, transport, and social and community infrastructure.
Via Bentejui Hernández Acosta