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Smart Grid Technology and Street Lights in Paris | The Energy Collective

Smart Grid Technology and Street Lights in Paris | The Energy Collective | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Silver Spring Networks, the smart grid networking company that wants to expand its reach to streetlights, traffic signals and other “smart city” devices, will get a chance to try it out in a city famous for its lights, Paris.
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Elsewhere, Silver Spring is also focusing on LED street lights for its push into city networking, he said. Last month it announced a partnership with LED Roadway Lighting, a Canadian company that makes LED replacement modules meant to fit into existing streetlight fixtures, for example. (LEDs are a natural fit for streetlights, since they last longer and run cheaper than their high-pressure sodium and metal halide predecessors, and offer a range of digital controls that lend themselves well to being networked.)

Beyond energy and operational savings, “there’s a whole spectrum of applications” for a network that uses ubiquitous traffic lights and light poles as its nodes, Hughes said. Silver Spring is working on projects with San Antonio, Texas municipal utility CPS Energy, as well as with partners in Singaporeand Malaysia, that are aimed at expanding its wireless networks to more end-points in a city, though details are as yet scarce.

In Paris, Silver Spring hasn’t yet picked any other specific features it will be working on with Evesa, Hughes said. Neither have the parties defined just what communications technologies they’ll use to get there, he said, though Silver Spring offers multiple networking technologies, including its RF mesh system now used to network millions of smart meters around the world and its newer cellular-compatible technology.

Silver Spring is far from the only company looking to streetlights as the logical node for citywide wireless networks, of course. San Jose, Calif.-based smart grid networking company Echelon has been connecting streetlights via the company’s powerline carrier (PLC) technology, now in use by lighting companies like Philips and Osram, and  smart meter players like Sensus and ABB’s Tropos Networkshave been adding streetlights to the list of devices they’re connecting in citywide wireless networks, to name a few competing examples.

At the same time, the market for smart streetlights is still tiny, with about half a million communications nodes shipped globally last year. However, Navigant’s Pike Research predicts the number of communications nodes to climb to 4.8 million by 2020, driven by rising energy prices and proof-of-concept deployments going on today proving out their worth.

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Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities

Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
What teaching colleges and research universities have to gain from collaboration.
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Research universities that have invested in collaborative digital projects can become centers of networks of regional institutions—a hub-and-spokes relationship in which the university is a highly visible partner, facilitator, and crossroads for scholarly and pedagogical exchanges at the service of a much larger community than previously was possible.

Speaking at Lafayette College's 2012 national conference on the liberal arts, Eugene Tobin, a program officer with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and former president of Hamilton College, summarized this vision of collaboration: "Liberal-arts colleges and research universities should have a mutual interest in resisting specialization, in sustaining their commitments to general education, in demonstrating that teaching and research are integrally linked, and of course in controlling costs. Research universities have the resources and the infrastructure that would enable liberal-arts colleges to expand their curricular offerings and provide their faculties with extraordinarily interesting scholarly opportunities. And liberal-arts colleges have much to share with their university colleagues about getting undergraduates involved in research.

 

"But more fundamentally, if research universities really do wish to embrace undergraduate education as a time for reflection, discovering intellectual passions, and balancing private interests and the public good, then liberal-arts colleges have much to share about the experience of integrating big ideas, community engagement, and social value."

The strong mission of liberal-arts colleges—to create engaged, self-sustaining citizens in a free society, critical thinkers, and the creative class needed for economic growth—is not well served by an escalating cycle of costly competition, siloed scholarship, diminished equality of access, and unsatisfactory job placements.

 

Countering those tendencies through greater collaboration is something the digital liberal arts can support. In an era of diminished resources and growing need for education, institutions of higher learning need to stop competing against one another. We need to celebrate one another's missions, differentiating when necessary, but also working together to achieve larger projects in which we have a common interest.

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Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study

Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

'We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle against climate change will be decided in cities, particularly cities in the Asia-Pacific.

These urban centres are triple ‘hot spots’: they face rising temperatures, increasing populations and escalating consumption.

To tackle these challenges, we need practical and successful ideas that can easily be replicated.

 

At the 4th Sustainable Cities Conference last week in Singapore, I discussed ways for Singapore and Hong Kong, already recognised as innovative cities in tackling these problems, to become even greener and establish themselves as leaders in creating sustainable city models for the Asia-Pacific.'


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Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 14, 2013 9:23 AM
E isso temos que incentivar.
Norm Miller's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:49 AM

Singapore transformed it's economy faster than any other nation in the world.  It is not surprising to see them leading on other dimensions as well.

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Smarter Objects, interface pour programmer tout appareil électronique

Smarter Objects, interface pour programmer tout appareil électronique | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Au MIT, des chercheurs ont conçu une application de réalité augmentée qui peut superposer une interface utilisateur virtuelle sur n’importe quel objet physique.
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Un « réseau social d’objets »

 

L’application Smarter Objects a été créée à partir du framework Vuforia de Qualcomm, qui transforme une image pour y intégrer des marqueurs et superposer une interface en 3D. Elle se connecte à un serveur distant via la liaison Wi-Fi du smartphone ou de la tablette sur lequel elle est installée. Le serveur fait le lien entre l’interface virtuelle et l’appareil, lui-même équipé d’un émetteur-récepteur Wi-Fi. La transmission des données au serveur repose sur le protocole Open Sound Control. À chaque fois qu’une modification est effectuée, la commande est synchronisée en temps réel avec l’appareil.

Le concept Smarter Objects pourrait se révéler pertinent pour programmer de petits appareils électroniques ou des vêtements intelligents qui ne peuvent pas recevoir un écran de contrôle ni une multitude de boutons. L’application de réalité augmentée peut permettre d’offrir un large éventail de réglages et de fonctions tout en gardant la simplicité d’usage de l’objet.

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The Philosophy of SimCity: An Interview With the Game's Lead Designer

The Philosophy of SimCity: An Interview With the Game's Lead Designer | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Stone Librande talks about parking lots, governing styles, and how Google Earth shaped the Sim's new world.

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In the nearly quarter-century since designer Will Wright launched the iconic urban planning computer game, SimCity, not only has the world's population become majoritatively urban for the first time in human history, but interest in cities and their design has gone mainstream.

Once a byword for boring, city planning is now a hot topic, claimed by technology companies, economists, so-called "Supermayors," and cultural institutions alike as the key to humanity's future. Indeed, if we are to believe the hype, the city has become our species' greatest triumph.

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The Missing V's in #BigData: Viability and Value | Innovation Insights

The Missing V's in #BigData: Viability and Value | Innovation Insights | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Image: ifindkarma/Flickr The era of Big Data is not ?coming soon.? It?s here today and it has brought both painful changes and unprecedented opportunit
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Data scientists are looking at the classic V’s:

• Volume – The costs of compute, storage, and connectivity resources are plunging, and new technologies like scanners, smartphones, ubiquitous video, and other data-collectors mean we are awash in volumes of data that dwarf what was available even five to 10 years ago. We capture every mouse click, phone call, text message, Web search, transaction, and more. As the volume of data grows, we can learn more – but only if we uncover the meaningful relationships and patterns.

• Variety – From the endless streams of text data in social networking and geolocation data, to structured wallet share and demographics, companies are capturing a more diverse set of data than ever. Bringing it together is no small task.

• Velocity – It’s a truism that the pace of business is inexorably accelerating. The volume and variety of Big Data alone would be daunting enough. But now, that data is coming faster than ever. For some applications, the data shelf life is short. Speed kills competitors if you tame these waves of data – or it can kill your organization if it overwhelms you.

IBM has coined a worthy V – “veracity” – that addresses the inherent trustworthiness of data. The uncertainty about the consistency or completeness of data and other ambiguities can become major obstacles. As a result, basic principles as data quality, data cleansing, master data management, and data governance remain critical disciplines when working with Big Data.

It wasn’t very long ago when a terabyte was considered large. But now, that seems like a rounding error. Today, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. In fact, we’re creating so much data so quickly that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Clearly, traditional ways of managing data must change.

In response, IT organizations have rethought their infrastructures and made tremendous progress in designing sophisticated computing architectures to tackle these extraordinary computing challenges. Data scientists have harnessed such technologies as grid computing, cloud computing, and in-database processing to bring a level of pragmatic feasibility to what were inconceivable computing challenges.

The Fourth V: Viability

But we need more than shiny plumbing to analyze massive data sets in real time. That’s merely a great start. But what can we do with that infrastructure? Where do we start? The first place to look is in the metadata. We want to carefully select the attributes and factors that are most likely to predict outcomes that matter most to businesses. With Big Data, we’re not simply collecting a large number of records. We’re collecting multidimensional data that spans a broadening array of variables. The secret is uncovering the latent, hidden relationships among these variables.

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SAP: 'Internet of Things' is Future of Information Management, Smart Cities [Infographic]

SAP: 'Internet of Things' is Future of Information Management, Smart Cities [Infographic] | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

If you've ever wondered where information management and related IT fields are going, or where all the different strands will come together, new research by SAP may have the answer -- Machine to Machine (M2M) technologies across a vastly expanded...


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BIG selected to design EuropaCity in France : plusMOOD

BIG selected to design EuropaCity in France : plusMOOD | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
BIG with additional team members Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec and Michel Forgue is chosen to design an 80 Hectare cultural and commercial destination,
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Serbian cities unite to advance sustainable energy priorities | Paneuro.net

Serbian cities unite to advance sustainable energy priorities | Paneuro.net | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

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TOKYO CITY SYMPHONY

Symphonize with the world to the ever-evolving city of Tokyo. 進化するTOKYOを、世界中の人たちと奏でよう。 http://tokyocitysymphony.com The 10 year celebration theme for Roppong...

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Smart Cities Conference

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The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders (companies, cities, individuals, ...) in Europe to establish Europe's Smart City Roadmap, inspire the future Calls in EU Horizon 2020 and Key Innovations that will make our cities smarter....

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SoomeenHahm: Architecture Research Design

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SoomeenHahm.com™ is a London based design studio found in 2011. The practice runs based on a design research which search for coherent local behaviors generating highly affected global outcome exploring the relationship between design process and the final product. The practice is interested in conducting parametric and algorithmic design research within architectural design and seeks for architecture actively engage and change in different time and environment which is highly controlled within intelligence of design, within systemic research through computation, robotic, structural engineering, sustainable engineering and parametric control systems.

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Anonymization, urban sprawl without a soul - we make money not art

Anonymization, urban sprawl without a soul - we make money not art | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

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I'm just back from a few days in Madrid where i visited the jaw-dropping vast new headquarters of Medialab Prado. More about that soon. I did however find some time to visit a couple of exhibitions in town. Including Anonymization at La Casa Encendida.


Robert Harding Pittman, Lake Las Vegas Resort | Las Vegas, USA

In this photo series, Robert Harding Pittman acutely documents the exportation of the Los Angeles-style model of urban development to other countries such as Spain, France, Germany, Greece, United Arab Emirates and South Korea. 


From the construction boom up until the current building crisis.

Anonymization presents under an implacable light a landscape of anonymity made of shopping malls, vast parking lots, arrays of unfinished houses that look exactly the same, green golf courses in the middle of desert areas, etc.

 

The photos highlight that urban sprawl has no soul, character nor regard for the cultural, social, ecological or even meteorological context. The absence of any human figure in the photos render the alienation even more striking.

In all of places that I photographed, developers almost always feel that they need to build a golf course in their development in order to attract homebuyers, the photographer told Fototazo. Even though many residents do not play golf, it provides them with a feeling of luxury, leisure and well-being, just as does the palm tree. Not only is the green golf course crucial, but so is the green lawn around one's house, even if one lives in a desert.


Obviously water problems are thus also universal in sprawl built in sunny, arid climates, where much of the building has occurred in the recent future.

The other common element to sprawl all over the world is the dependency on the car and the pollution, the lack of social interaction and the alienation that this creates. Also it results in that those who cannot drive, the youth and many elderly, become immobile.

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Sky City, China: World's tallest prefab building breaks ground in June #smartcities

Sky City, China: World's tallest prefab building breaks ground in June #smartcities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Sky City in Changsha, China, will be 2750 feet tall, 220 stories, housing 30,000 people in 4450 apartments, with excavation and construction slated to begin in June, 2013.

 

Aiming to accommodate a growing population, the skyscraper is considered a "pragmatic" building, designed for efficiency, affordability, replicability.

The Sky City concept significantly reduces the per capita use of land, and the associated CO2 emissions generated, thus providing a means of large-scale development with a significantly lower impact on the environment.

 

As a result, a resident of Sky City will be using 1/100th the average land per person- learn more about this innovative building concept and its sustainable features at Treehugger.

 


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Sofi Lapizco's curator insight, May 19, 2013 12:05 AM

En esto se muestra el diseño de un edificio el cual fue pensado en algunos de los gustos de las demas personas, pensado para que sea atractivo para todos y llamativo.


Sky City en Changsha, China, será 2.750 metros de altura, 220 pisos, viviendas 30.000 personas en 4.450 viviendas, con la excavación y la construcción debieran comenzar en junio de 2013.


Con el objetivo de dar cabida a una población cada vez mayor, el rascacielos se considera un edificio "pragmático", diseñado para la eficiencia, la asequibilidad, la replicabilidad.

El concepto Sky City reduce significativamente el uso per cápita de la tierra, y las emisiones de CO2 asociadas generadas, lo que proporciona un medio para el desarrollo a gran escala con un impacto mucho menor sobre el medio ambiente.


Como resultado, un residente de la ciudad del cielo va a utilizar 1/100o la tierra media por persona de aprender más acerca de este concepto innovador edificio y sus características sostenibles en Treehugger.

Robert T. Preston's curator insight, June 2, 2013 1:24 PM

Article about the new megalithic "Sky City" building breaking ground, this month.  A half mile tall, it will be huge, and will cut the human footprint down considerably, from people with standard homes.

Robert T. Preston's comment, June 6, 2013 9:33 PM
My wife works with the Chinese on many projects. They are quite ambitious, but occasionally, their ambition gets ahead of safety, and quality control. Let's hope that with this beast, they get it all right.
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The Incredible Machine Is Back, Spiritually | Wired.com

The Incredible Machine Is Back, Spiritually | Wired.com | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
The team behind the original Incredible Machine franchise is back with Contraption Maker, an all-new spiritual successor to the classic Rube Goldberg machine puzzler.
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“Working on Contraption Maker with modern processors and GPUs, huge memory, connectivity, and high definition monitors is like being in a dream world,” Tunnell said on the game’s dev blog. “We can’t wait to show you all of the ideas we have for this product.”

 

Features planned include multiple contraption layers, community integration, cooperative play, and sharing via YouTube in addition to everything players loved about the original Incredible Machinegames, all updated with a new physics engine, high-definition art, and more than 100 parts old and new to build even crazier contraptions than ever before.

Dynamix, then part of PC game mega-publisher Sierra, published The Incredible Machine in 1992. It was acclaimed by critics and followed by several sequels. Disney published a version for iOS in 2011, but quietly pulled the game from the iOS store within a year of its release.

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The Cities We Want: Resilient, Sustainable, and Livable

The Cities We Want: Resilient, Sustainable, and Livable | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Resilience is the word of the decade, as sustainability was in previous decades. No doubt, our view of the kind and quality of cities we as societies want to build will continue to evolve and inspire a new descriptive goal. Surely we have not lost our desire for sustainable cities, with footprints we can globally and locally afford, even though our focus has rightly been on resilience, after what seems like a relentless drum beat of natural disasters around the world.

It speaks to the question: what is the city we want to create in the future? What is the city in which we want to live? Certainly that city is sustainable, since we want our cities to balance consumption and inputs to make a footprint that can last into the future. Certainly it is resilient, so our cities are still in existence after the next 100-year storm, now apparently due every few years.

 

And yet: as we build this vision we know that cities must also be livable. Indeed, we must view livability as the third indispensible—and arguably most important—leg supporting the cities of our dreams: resilient + sustainable + livable.


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:31 PM

We thank you, Lauren Moss, for the interesting post. The post speaks to the three buzz words for our cities now and in the future...livable, resilient, sustainable....

 

New Yorkers exhibited a lot of personal and psychological resilience after Hurricane Sandy—they picked themselves up and started again, often rebuilding their lives in the same spot. This is true all over: people are resilient in the face of hard times..learn more

ParadigmGallery's comment, May 13, 2013 2:32 PM
interesting post....TY
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#eScience Projet : #Inria lance iCommunity, nouveau pont entre recherche publique et PME innovantes

#eScience Projet : #Inria lance iCommunity, nouveau pont entre recherche publique et PME innovantes | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
La revue en ligne des pratiques collaboratives : Entreprise 2.0, travail collaboratif, communautés de pratique, social marketing, social CRM, innovation participative... Retours d'expérience, tendances, actualité.

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Un espace de discussion orienté projet entre entreprises et acteurs de la recherche publique

Côté espace communautaire, l'ambition est de favoriser la naissance de projets grâce aux échanges sur cinq grandes thématiques, en s'appuyant notamment sur des événements qui leur sont liés. Ainsi, en prévision de la rencontre Inria-Industrie du 11 juin prochain, sur le thème Modélisation, simulation et calcul intensif, des discussions ont été lancées sur le calcul haute performance (HPC), qui fait par ailleurs l'objet d'un programme à destination des PME au regard des perspectives de développement offertes par son utilisation.

 

« Grâce à cet espace Communautés, nous allons pouvoir faire vivre les événements avant qu'ils se déroulent, en invitant les entreprises, les chercheurs, les experts du transfert, les pôles de compétitivité, mais aussi des homologues d'autres laboratoires à venir y discuter ensemble en direct », explique Marie Gallas-Amblard.

 

A l'inverse, une fois les événements passés, l'espace communautaire permettra de relancer les débats, par exemple à partir de vidéos des démonstrations réalisées par les chercheurs, comme celles qui sont en train d'être publiées suite à un événement récent sur le thème simulation et santé.

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THE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: U.S. Laser Weapons

THE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: U.S. Laser Weapons | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
The Collective Intelligence, resource for News, Facts, Oddities, Science and Technology.
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Connected Smart Cities Network | Sharing knowledge and best practice on open data, internet of things and smart cities

Connected Smart Cities Network | Sharing knowledge and best practice on open data, internet of things and smart cities | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

The Connected Smart Cities Portfolio Network has been established to provide an open and collaborative framework for smart cities to cooperate, network and share their experiences. This is a result of the FIREBALL project, which brought together three key communities, the Living Labs, the Future Internet research community and cities. This is supported by the European Network of Living Labs and EUROCITIES so please get involved by producing content, participating in events and active networking.


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:25 AM

The Open Data Initiative represents a cost for the organizations, it’s true. But the benefits are not just for the companies. The benefits are for all the innovation projects that will born based on this new environment. These organizations are included too. 

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Urban Data Challenge: l’innovation au service de l’urbanisme et des transports publics

Urban Data Challenge: l’innovation au service de l’urbanisme et des transports publics | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Lancé début février à Genève, lors de la conférence Lift, l’Urban Data Challenges’est attaqué aux divers problématiques et défis auquels sont confrontés les transports publics de nos villes.


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All Energy 2013 – The UK’s Largest Renewable Energy Event 22 & 23 May | Paneuro.net

All Energy 2013 – The UK’s Largest Renewable Energy Event 22 & 23 May | Paneuro.net | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
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Explore Hong Kong's 'Vertical Horizon' in these reverse-vertigo inducing photos

Explore Hong Kong's 'Vertical Horizon' in these reverse-vertigo inducing photos | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

We've seen some pretty crazy, vertigo-inducing rooftopping and skyscraper photography in the past, but French photographer and graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze‘s 'Vertical Horizon' photo series takes the opposite approach to yield a similar awe-inspiring effect.


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Gardens By The Bay: Singapore's Most Brilliant Architectural Innovation

Gardens By The Bay: Singapore's Most Brilliant Architectural Innovation | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

Gardens by the Bay is the newest addition to Singapore's green space innovations, making this architecturally brilliant metropolis truly a “City in a Garden.”

Still a work in progress, Gardens by the Bay was named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012. The use of innovative energy saving technologies is a noteworthy element of this unique project.

More than 217,000 plants belonging to approximately 800 species and varieties are represented in the Gardens “with the hope that it will help to promote awareness of the wonders of nature and the value of plants to Man and the environment.” In this way, visitors are instilled with new or renewed awareness of plants, while experiencing different ecosystems without disturbing original forests. Gardens by the Bay also supports the sustainability of culture through a wide array of “edutainment” available onsite — from school programs to concerts  – to further enhance an understanding of this experience...


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The Supertrees are vertical gardens that vary from 20-50 meters in height, which line the OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre long walkway that provide glorious views of the Gardens and Marina Bay area. These structures are created by wrapping a steel frame around a concrete core to support planting panels. The vertical “grove” allows the Gardens to showcase different plant species found in the different strata of forests, including epiphytes and orchids. In fact, there are approximately 162,900 plants representing more than 200 species on these manmade trees. Of the 18 total Supertrees, 11 are also embedded with environmentally sustainable functions such as photovoltaic cells that harvest energy that is later used in the nightly light up show. Some are also connected to the biomes and serve as air exhaust receptacles.

 

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Chia Yi Xuan's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:40 AM

From this article, I can see that Singapore's architectural design of the Gardens by the Bay has been known and that people find it very innovative and fascinating. It was named the World Building of the Year in the year 2012. I think that the Gardens by the Bay is a very good idea as it can attract tourists and draw international attention.It also make Singapore known to more countries.I wonder if the people in the other countries will find it fascinating and a joy to see this architectural innovation.

Tan Teck Ling's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:24 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder routine,

I can see from this article that Singapore has gained some recognition for its attempt to built a creative and interesting architecture while ensuring it to be Eco-friendly.
I think that this type of architectures are beneficial to everybody as it provides shelter for people while ensuring that the building is a great attraction through the usage of a large variety of plants that is Eco-friendly.
I wonder what would Singapore come up with that would allow it to gain such recognition once again by others 

RuiHan Chia's curator insight, June 30, 2013 9:59 AM

I see that Singapore 's new addition, Gardens by the Bay, has already drawn international attention and was named the World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012. I think that Gardens by the Bay is good because it promotes energy saving and is a great tourist attraction and showcases many different plants and habitats. It also has great potential since it is not complete yet. I wonder how it will change as it is being completed.

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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | The urban.NET | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.

 

“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 11:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.
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Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City | The urban.NET | Scoop.it
Courtesy of South China Morning Post It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning (RT @ArchDaily: Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City
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The Kowloon walled city was like a glitch in the urban fabric of Hong Kong; a solid 2.7 hectare block of unrestrained city. Depending on who you ask, it was a Bladerunner-esque slum or a poor, but tight-knit community. Either way, for the best part of the last century, it was the most densely populated place on earth, with 3,250,000 people per square mile, compared to Hong Kong’s mere 17,000. 


The site of the walled city dates back hundreds of years. Spending most of its life as a Chinese military outpost, the Chinese hung on to the KWC when Hong Kong was leased to the British in 1898, as its location, right in the middle of the territory, made it easy for them to keep an eye on the new tenants – an idea which didn’t sit too well with the British.

What transpired next was decades of confusion and diplomatic sensitivity, as both countries sought to claim sovereignty over the area. It came to a head at the end of WWII when the Japanese, who had captured the city, surrendered. China announced it’s intention to fully reclaim the site, causing floods of refugees to flee there and creating unease with Britain who intended to continue as it had before.

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