When it is done well - with inclusion, affordability, environmental and cultural sensitivity, and attention to great placemaking - few things are as good for our communities as reinvestment in aging neighborhoods.
It’s the ultimate win-win-win: improving environmental quality and people habitat while absorbing new development without sprawl. I am pleased to report that I have found another fantastic-looking example to add to my list of favorites.
I suppose I should no longer be surprised when great, environmentally sensitive community-building comes out of the Pacific Northwest, but I can still be impressed. If you’re looking for exemplary revitalization with new, first-class green infrastructure, community facilities and mixed-income housing, take a look at what’s happening in the Sunset district of Renton, Washington, a city of about 90,000 people south of Seattle...
Rem Koolhaas is a leading urban theorist and a Pritzker Prize–winning architect engaged in building projects around the world. He co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), which is receiving international attention for its recent completion of an enigmatic new headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing.
Here, Koolhaas discusses how the economic and cultural changes of the 21st century are transforming world cities as well as the practice of architecture.
"Young designers from all over the world unveil their visions for ‘ Making City ’, the theme of the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). The more intelligently the city is structured, the more effectively inhabitants can organise their lives there."
This architectural design- Cha Eunjin ‘Neo Noah’s Arkshelter’ concept-if implemented, will make Cha Eunjin a hero among heroes for his building is what a modern day version of Noah’s Ark would look like.
It is an entirely sustainable structure that can keep a full city alive and well while the outer world is in ruins. Aside from alleged 2012 disasters, structures such as these will always be in demand for the threats of natural disasters can be unpredictable and damaging...
"To contribute to the city's sustainability goals, 50% of the area will be used as urban agriculture, producing products for the city on a local scale and maintaining the current agricultural character. This development strategy based on individual initiatives will transform the large-scale polders into a more differentiated landscape, integrating green and urban programs."
"Reusing buildings rather than constructing new ones is clearly beneficial to society in terms of reduced resource consumption and waste, assuming that the new and renovated buildings operate with similar efficiencies. But how much is the benefit?..."
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...
Women in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of this city 40 km north of Rio de Janeiro no longer have to spend money on vegetables, because they have learned to grow their own, as organic urban gardening takes off in Brazil.
James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such ...
"With this new toolbox from Nikos we have the tools needed to truly reunite man with nature both through innate biophilic patterns and geometry.To respect and care for nature we have to create nature through infusing all we create with the geometry found in nature, and to obey the laws of nature. A reason why so many don’t care about nature today is that our cities and towns are anti-nature."
On Feb. 9, the Architectural Association in London held a symposium on urban informality titled “Design as Political Engagement.” Hosted by the Informal City Research Cluster, the event drew speakers who gained prominence through their extensive architectural work in Latin America and critical reflection on their practice through academic channels.
The event did not divert the spotlight of design operations toward urban informality so much as intensify its nascent focus, amplifying a tide of attention that has recently included exhibits at MoMA and the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Architects Josè Castillo, Felipe Hernández, Jorge Jauregui, Franklin Lee and Alfredo Brillembourg presented their work and perspectives and discussed the inherently political nature of design.
Architects have engaged with informality for at least the past 40 years, since John Turner’s research in Lima, Peru, highlighted the capacities of the urban poor to house themselves. But the topic has taken on a new urgency and magnetism in recent years, in part due to the urbanization of the planet.
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