The Harvard Graduate School of Design released its Ecological Urbanism app last month. The interactive app adapts content from the GSD book of the same name, which explores how designers can unite urbanism with environmentalism.
Combining data from around the world, the app “reveals and locates current practices, emerging trends, and opportunities for new initiatives” in regard to the future of cities.
A collaboration between the school and Second Story Interactive Studios,the app stems from the GSD’s Ecological Urbanism conference and dovetails with the duo’s ongoing efforts to explore sustainability in our cities of the future.
More than 100 participating architects and designers have provided content for the project, including such heavyweights as OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Kara Oehler, and Stefano Boeri. And the ever-evolving app allows designers and academics to add research and project updates as they happen...
We have some good news for those urban farmer types that don’t like dirty hands. Springwise reports about Farmhopping, a Bulgarian online platform that enables wannabe farmers to indulge their farming ambitions remotely, right from their lazy chair.
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.
The exhibition’s title – Grand Reductions – suggests a simple illustration’s power to encapsulate complex ideas. And for that reason the medium has always been suited to the city, an intricate organism that has been re-imagined (with satellite towns! in rural grids! in megaregions!) by generations of architects, planners and idealists.
In the urban context, diagrams can be powerful precisely because they make weighty questions of land use and design digestible in a single sweep of the eye. But as well-known plans, such as Le Corbusier’s, illustrates, they can also seductively oversimplify the problems of cities. These 10 diagrams have been tremendously influential – not always for the good...
View all the diagrams as well as their descriptions at the article link...
Over 50% of the world's population now lives in cities, so the conditions are ripe for improving, adjusting and rethinking the urban landscape and city life. The web flourishes with digital platforms for community discussion, since now it’s city dwellers - rather than governing executives - that actively take part in city-related decision-making... Check out the following seven websites that harness the power, wisdom and knowledge of the crowds to cultivate smarter future cities.
With the reelection of President Obama, you are probably wondering what the prospects are for fundraising as we look ahead. Here are some important factors to keep in mind as we move into the crucial year-end giving season and into the coming new year.
LabCityCar, es una nueva iniciativa inspirada en los buenos resultados logrados con el proyecto Ecomilla desarrollado en la Milla del Conocimiento de Gijón. Esto proyecto fue aprobado en la convocatoria de Plataformas de Desarrollo Empresarial 2012, gestionada por el Centro Municipal de Empresas de Gijón y cuenta con el apoyo del Plan de Acción E4+ (Estrategia de Ahorro y Eficiencia Energética en España) e IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía).
Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja, Jossey-Bass, RRP£18.99/$27.95, 288 pages Anand Mahindra is one of India’s more thoughtful tycoons.
Welcome to our annual guide to the businesses that matter most, the ones whose innovations are having an impact across their industries and our culture. Click a company name to view the entry, or determine your own ranking of the top four companies using a series of quizzes, games, and brainteasers.
Creative thinking deserves a much higher priority in education curricula, according to college-educated professionals surveyed in new research released today by Adobe. The U.S. study, Creativity and Education: Why it Matters, sheds new light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned skill. Based on the study, 85% percent of respondents agree creative thinking is critical for problem solving in their career, and 68% of respondents believe creativity is a skill that can be learned. Nearly three-quarters (71%) say creative thinking should be “taught as a class – like math or science.”
Top executives often fall flat on their faces as speakers. How come intelligent, business-savvy people end up boring their audiences? They fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with practice and honest feedback.
Modular thinking is brilliant and infectious, expanding and spreading from industrial-revolution technologies to three-dimensional printing... even to cities!
The Swedish architecture firm Jagnefalt Milton explores this issue in their daring and award-winning design of A Rolling Master Plan, conceived of as a way to utilize existing rail routes to shift entire towns – or even cities – worth of people and places.
Consider seasonal migrations, for instance: festivals, markets, concerts and other events that move throughout the year. What if they could take their architecture with them as they traveled? Then there are hotels, restaurants and other commercial functions that see demand change over time as well as by season. What if they could deploy rooms or eateries around a country at will? Sure, it is conceptual, but the real-life applications are astonishing once you start thinking about ways buildings could adapt if only they could move more freely...