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New Urbanism Now

New Urbanism Now | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
In terms of ecological and cultural sustainability, only a rarified echelon matches the spectrum of excellence in a recent mixed-use redevelopment project in downtown Berkeley, California.

The project replaced a surface parking lot in a core urban area with two buildings: a 97-unit affordable-apartment building and a LEED Platinum office facility for environmental and social-justice organizations, with retail shops at street level and parking underground — sited together across the street from the University of California, Berkeley campus and within walking distance of numerous transit connections...


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Redefining Progress to meet Human Needs

Redefining Progress to meet Human Needs | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Good contribution by Daniela Kolbe (SPD Member of Parliament in Germany and Chairwoman of the Bundestag Enquete Commission on Growth, Prosperity and Quality of Life) on the Beyond GDP debate.


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Nest | The Learning Thermostat | Meet the Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest | The Learning Thermostat | Meet the Nest Learning Thermostat | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Meet the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest thermostat learns the temps you like, turns itself down when you're away, and has remote control through Wi-Fi.
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Award-Winning German Development Aims To Be 'The World's Most Sustainable Neighborhood'

Award-Winning German Development Aims To Be 'The World's Most Sustainable Neighborhood' | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Energy efficient, pedestrian friendly, conveniently located, and full of green innovations, the eco-city Arkadien Winnenden makes a pretty good case for the title.

Economically depressed and the site of a tragic school shooting in 2009, the small German suburb of Winnenden didn't have much appeal despite its low home prices and proximity to Stuttgart. But an award-winning eco-friendly development is turning the town in a new direction.

The architecture firm Atelier Dreiseitl, which also recently transformed Singapore's Bishan Park, calls its new Arkadien Winnenden development "the world’s most sustainable neighborhood."

Formerly home to an abandoned factory, the site's contaminated soil was remediated and recycled, as was existing concrete. Each house in the neighborhood has a high energy-efficiency rating and priority was given to non-toxic, locally sourced materials during construction. The competitively priced homes are connected by pedestrian-friendly streets and shared public spaces, though they also have private gardens, terraces, and roof gardens...


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Green Carpet by Gaëlle Villedary

Green Carpet by Gaëlle Villedary | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Intervention art as green stimulus. Inspiring...

 

"In order to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of its art and nature trail, the French village of Jaujac commissioned Gaëlle Villedary who created an art..."

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Wendell Berry's Sacred Environmentalism

Wendell Berry's Sacred Environmentalism | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

We need alternative road signs and luminaries if we are going to reconnect human communities with places. Berry's writings -- all 30 books of poetry, novels and prose -- provide some direction: "What I stand for is what I stand on," he writes. He implores us to "practice resurrection."

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green streets

green streets | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development...
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Solar Power Goes to Extremes for 5 Cents per kWh

Solar Power Goes to Extremes for 5 Cents per kWh | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Xtreme Concentrated Solar Power: if a magnifying glass is like lightning to ants, this would be their atomic bomb.
We already know that concentrated solar power (CSP) is shaking things up in the solar industry.
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The Thoroughly Positive Effects of Positivity & Why Environmentalism Could Use More Of It

The Thoroughly Positive Effects of Positivity & Why Environmentalism Could Use More Of It | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

photo: Kelly Schott/Creative Commons There's a really fascinating feature over at Greater Good on the powerful transformative effects that positive emotions have on our wellbeing, our lives, our bodies, those around us.

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ECN: Sustainable ways of living are SPREADing across Europe

ECN: Sustainable ways of living are SPREADing across Europe | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"While the future potential for sustainable lifestyles is huge, so are the challenges. Not in the least do these lie in the widely-held perception of well-being as intimately linked to a high level of material welfare. However, once a certain level of welfare is attained, more ‘stuff’ does not make people proportionally happier."

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Concrete Recirculation in Groningen (NL) | Archiview

Concrete Recirculation in Groningen (NL) | Archiview | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

ARCHIVIEW WORKS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS "The municipality of Groningen, in the context of its policy on sustainability, at the end of 2009 conducted a research into the possibilities for preserving the concrete cycle in the municipality."

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Richard Florida on the Metabolism of Cities

Timergy is the real resource. Less car highways and more walking scale decentralized urbes.

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The end of supply chains and the start of “supply loops”

The end of supply chains and the start of “supply loops” | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
BT's Niall Dunne argues sustainability teams have a key role to play in greening the world's sprawling supply chains...
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the Value of Garbage

Through the condition of the current global financial crisis, alternative concepts of “economy” challenge the obvious values of things today.
At this stage the notion of waste determines from one side what remains exterior to the current value system and on the other hand, identifies/conditions precisely the stability of the current value system’s interior and its adequacy.

 

Everything is defined through a process in which waste, from the one side, shows the limit of the world economy (representing an area outside it), while, from the other -somehow - the waste identifies the internal space of this economy, organizing the financial systematic order by an idiosyncratic negation.

 

What may be an architecture of waste today? What can be a product of waste? This question will determine an architectonic investigation at this year's workshop. We encounter efforts to find a new place for waste in today's economy; waste has already become important and we are already surrounded by rhetorics of waste, recycling strategies, sustainability discourses: waste remains a constant reference gaining more ground and its performativity in contemporary culture is usually ascertained as based on "obvious facts".

 

Any waste seems to be worthy of our attention, and also as defeating the self-evident character of the value of garbage, based too on idealizations. Architecture’s growing systematic approach to waste also seems to depend on idealizations of the concept of nature and unthoughtful political rhetoric.

 

 

17-27 Aug 2011, Chania, Crete. Summer workshop for graduate and postgraduate students of architecture.


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New Study Shows Walkable Neighborhoods Make People Happier

New Study Shows Walkable Neighborhoods Make People Happier | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
At TreeHugger, we regularly extol the virtues of walkable neighborhoods and cities: denser urban areas have higher property values and a better quality of life; they consume less energy per...
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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...

This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.

Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.


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Christian Allié's comment, August 8, 2013 6:20 AM
"« Le 21ème siècle sera spirituel ou ne sera pas »
"The 21st century will be spiritual or will not"
http://lespoir.jimdo.com/2012/08/31/le-21%C3%A8me-si%C3%A8cle-sera-spirituel-ou-ne-sera-pas/
About cities too........may be !
Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, August 8, 2013 11:27 AM

cities of the future....future new human political organizations?

Grd Lyon-millenaire3's comment, August 19, 2013 6:06 AM
It supposes an organization at the world level but which and with whom? Doubtless adds us in a transitional period. The best is yet to come.
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Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein - A Short Film

Great approach! An economy based on gratitude sounds brightly promising. "Directed by Ian MacKenzie http://ianmack.com Produced by Velcrow Ripper, Gregg Hill, Ian MacKenzie READ THE BOOK http://sacred-economics.com"

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Video: Rachel Botsman's talk at Wired 2011 - Watch Rachel Botsman's full talk at Wired 2011 (Wired UK)

Video: Rachel Botsman's talk at Wired 2011 - Watch Rachel Botsman's full talk at Wired 2011 (Wired UK) | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
If the 20th century was defined by hyper consumption, the 21st century will be defined by collaborative consumption, according to Rachel Botsman speaking at Wired 2011...
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Solar Thermal Use "Heats Up" in Colder Climes | Solar Energy News

Solar Thermal Use "Heats Up" in Colder Climes | Solar Energy News | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"Many people assume that SWH is not an option for them because they do not live near a scorching desert or by a sun-drenched beach, however, in a solar thermal system, the energy of the sun is used to heat water in a 'holding tank.' This warmed water is circulated to provide hot water throughout the system. While SWH may not be able to provide for all hot water needs in colder climes, it can provide significant savings."

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naturefactor | a graphic designer's guide to biomimicry

naturefactor | a graphic designer's guide to biomimicry | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"This website shows the results of my research and strives to inspire graphic designers and other interested people to solve problems with the least amount of negative impact on our society, economy, as well as planet through a new approach that is based on Biomimicry."

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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge Movie

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge Movie | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody."

 

--- R. Buckminster Fuller

 

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Urban Identity: Citizens and their Cities | This Big City

Urban Identity: Citizens and their Cities | This Big City | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Are you your city? Not the usual question one might ask, but in a way, we are all part of our cities, for without citizens they would not be what they are. But what role does the citizen play in shaping a city’s identity, and vice versa?
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Environmentalism

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"I believe that environmentalism is not so much defined by what we are against as by what we are for, and neither fear nor guilt are prerequisites." - Larry Bell

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Creator of "The Story of Stuff" Shows What's At Stake with Commons Assets

Creator of "The Story of Stuff" Shows What's At Stake with Commons Assets | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

Wonderful interview from the "On the Commons" blog about the importance of the commons for the transition to a new economy and a new society.

"At the Story of Stuff Project, we’re concerned about the hyper-individualization and consumer-mania that has taken over our society."


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a f a s i a: Interboro Partners

a f a s i a: Interboro Partners | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

"When Lent Space closes, the trees grown on the site will migrate to the streets of the surrounding neighborhood, turning into street trees for the emerging Hudson Square BID. In response to the client’s requirement of enclosing the space with a 7ft fence, we designed a moveable sculptural fence..."

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