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An iPad Guide To Building The Perfect Sustainable City

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In 2010, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design published Ecological Urbanism, a book of interdisciplinary essays on sustainable city-building. But the project had one inescapable shortcoming: When you’re dealing with a field that’s evolving so rapidly, a finite, physical book is liable to be outdated by the time it leaves the printer.

So upon completing the collection, the school commissioned Portland-based interactive studio Second Story to transform the book into an iPad app, a resource that would draw from the original text but could also be updated with new projects and papers as needed. Now available for free, the app shows how dynamic areas of study can benefit greatly from equally dynamic texts.

Features like interactive graphs are innovative ways to access data, as well as useful tools for understanding it. "While working on the app, we found that the data visualizations revealed patterns that told another meta-story that already existed in the book," he says. "Essentially, the patterns illustrated trends in sustainable design, which is attractive for both scholars and the general reader to see."

 

Visit the link to learn more about how this new format has given research and urban issues a stronger, more engaging and current platform with which users to engage...


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Smart (Re)Growth

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Are suburbanization and urbanism always at odds?

Much has been made lately of a supposedly historic shift in American demographics, in which community survey data from the Census Bureau showed many large American cities (mainly in the Sun Belt) grew at a faster rate than their suburbs since last year. But as any drive through the collar counties will make clear, the suburbs still loom large. In absolute numbers, the growth seen downtown is still a fraction of the growth enjoyed by communities more far-flung. 

We recently looked closely at redevelopment in Ohio’s three largest cities. Movements to revitalize withering urban cores there have progressed to a point where some see a brighter future for Rust Belt cities. A genuine interest in downtown living has coalesced with efforts by private developers and all levels of government to help produce a new template for urban redevelopment...


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Bella Reagan's curator insight, May 26, 2015 11:42 PM

Urban unit

Summary

This article showed how suburbanization and urbanization are becoming more and more similar in their developments. As suburbanization grows, it develops in new modern ways and modernized infrastructures. The city and the suburbs are beginning to look more and more alike. This is seen in the articles three examples of Ohio's three biggest cities. 

Insight

This article revealed to me that suburbs are beginning too develop like cities. They are taking to act like and look like cities. Suburbs have changed their purpose from escaping the city to trying to be urbanized like the city. Suburban places and suburbs still take up more land and broader spaces, but are now growing with urbanization. The suburbs are developing with the new trees set in cities and are growing and urbanizing with the cities.