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Making cities sustainable with urban agriculture

Making cities sustainable with urban agriculture | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
To reduce the pressure on the world's productive land and to help assure long-term food security, writes Herbert Girardet, city people are well advised to revive urban or peri-urban agriculture. While large cities will always have to import some food, local food growing is a key component of sustainable urban living.

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laura c's curator insight, May 13, 2:18 AM

In this case food is being imported and grown within cities in order to support the growing number of people. These characteristics of the article touch on movement and interaction in order to change and adapt to their land, to live. This article also states that farmers have to keep up with technology and adapt to the changes. People in struggling country's use everything they can to help them for example waste isn't waste it's compost. Urban cities are doing their best to survive form having local farms to creating arable land in the hard to farm places. 

MrsJohnnoTeach's curator insight, May 14, 3:39 AM

This article could be used for the Year 7 Geography Curriculum Unit 2: Place and Liveability, "examining whether liveability and environmental sustainability can be enhanced at the same time".  It talks about urban agriculture...

Matt Le Lacheur's curator insight, May 14, 7:29 PM

This article links well with my Authentic Learning post on my blog http://mattgdlt.weebly.com/the-whiteboard.html . A unit of work could easily be designed around the concept of sustainable food in an urban environment. The topic links in to the year 9 content descriptor (ACSSU176) under Science Understanding Biological Science.

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The Rise of Smart Cities: Will It Do More Harm Than Good?

The Rise of Smart Cities: Will It Do More Harm Than Good? | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
The ultimate goal of “smart cities” is to provide real-time status updates of a city to solve issues such as traffic congestion and environmental pollution by combining technology, data analytics…

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Seamless living

Seamless living | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Interoperability. It’s the ability for technologies to communicate efficiently, sharing information back and forth. This is a term used in healthcare, but it also perfectly describes the Internet of…

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Building a smart city is about more than just connectivity

Building a smart city is about more than just connectivity | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Smart governments are crowd-sourcing community solutions. By making data open and accessible, cities like Chicago and Singapore are inviting fresh thinking by firms, data scientists, and start-ups. And the resulting insights are helping make economic development smarter.

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Jo.Melo's curator insight, April 25, 2:21 PM
So true. I like it when he calls attention to the fact: "the keys to the smart city won’t be limited to technocrats"

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5 reasons why there's more to Coworking Spaces than just work

5 reasons why there's more to Coworking Spaces than just work | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Work as we know it is changing. With an emerging gig economy, and the advent of technologies that allow us to work from almost anywhere, many self-employed professionals and entrepreneurs are discovering that sometimes, working from home can be a little lacking: not much social interaction nor professional networking.

So it probably makes sense that communal coworking spaces have boomed in the last few years, catering to these independent professionals who crave the community and perks that are missing from working at home. But there's more to it than just having a nicer space to work in. If you're already working from home or from a café, and are curious, here are a few surprising reasons to try coworking out, and why the burgeoning coworking movement can benefit local communities as well.

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Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities

Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
The days of easy growth in the world’s cities are over, and how they respond to demographic shifts will influence their prosperity.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 14, 3:54 PM

Some cities throughout Africa and Asia have experienced spectacular growth.  Europe, on the other isn't see the same level of growth and is even experiencing urban decline in a few regions. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What patterns do you see in these maps?  What cultural, demographic and economic factors explain some of the regional patterns in these maps?        

 

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What Happens When Smart Cities Fall Short of Meeting the Needs of All Citizens?

What Happens When Smart Cities Fall Short of Meeting the Needs of All Citizens? | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Never before has the quest for a rainbow bagel been so epic or made the need for accessibility in cities so frustratingly clear. (via Cerebral Palsy Foundation and The Official Fan Page of Zach Anner)

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 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From ABOVE

 Zaha Hadid Buildings Seen From ABOVE | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Zaha Hadid, the most successful and influential female architect in the architectural discipline. Born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950, Hadid became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and twelve years later received the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Hadid's untimely death left a fascinating and inspiring legacy. Meanwhile her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, continues to work on nearly a hundred projects worldwide. To remember her legacy, Spanish company Deimos Imaging has shared a series of photographs focusing on Hadid's work in five countries.

The images were captured by the Deimos-2 satellite, which was launched in 2014 and designed for very high-resolution Earth observation applications, providing multispectral images of just 75 centimeters per pixel. Hadid's incredible works take on a new dimension when you contemplate their proportions from the sky—or rather, from a satellite.

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These are the most congested cities in the world

These are the most congested cities in the world | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Navigation company TomTom has published a list of the most congested cities in the world.
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6 REASONS Cities Are Located Where They Are

6 REASONS Cities Are Located Where They Are | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Frank Lloyd Wright once described cities as both ‘our glory and our menace’. With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, architects are becoming increasingly interested in their origins. Many fields of historical, geographical, and spatial research are devoted to exploring the evolution of cities, revealing a set of similarities across the globe. In a recent video, Wendover Productions described a common set of characteristics linking some of our largest cities, six of which we have outlined below. 

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Mumbai Is The Richest City In India With Total Wealth In The Hundreds Of Billions

Mumbai Is The Richest City In India With Total Wealth In The Hundreds Of Billions | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Interestingly, Mumbai's first-place position in this particular financial race isn't even close, with second place city Delhi clocking in with a little over half of Mumbai's total wealth.

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The PARAMETRIC Process Behind the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie's Auditorium

The PARAMETRIC Process Behind the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie's Auditorium | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Of all its bells and whistles, the focal point of Herzog and de Meuron’s latest successful endeavor, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, is arguably the central auditorium, as explored in this new article by WIRED. An incredible example of the possibilities of parametric design, the hall is comprised of 10,000 individual acoustic panels that line the walls, ceilings, railings and balconies. Each of the panels consists of one million “cells” of varying dimensions, created to help define the sound within the space.

In order to accomplish this feat, Herzog and de Meuron collaborated with renowned acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and Benjamin Koren of One to One, who created the algorithm responsible for the 10,000 unique panels. “That’s the power of parametric design,” said Koren. “Once all of that is in place, I hit play and it creates a million cells, all different and all based on these parameters. I have 100 percent control over setting up the algorithm, and then I have no more control.”


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The Incredible growth of megacities

The Incredible growth of megacities | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it

"The world’s cities are booming and their growth is changing the face of the planet. Around 77 million people are moving from rural to urban areas each year. The latest UN World Cities Report has found that the number of “megacities” – those with more than 10 million people – has more than doubled over the past two decades, from 14 in 1995 to 29 in 2016. And whereas the developed world was once the home of the biggest cities, this map shows that it is now the developing world taking the lead."

 

Tags: urban, megacities, regions.


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Carson Dean Williamson's curator insight, May 11, 10:43 AM
This relates to our chapter by showing some facts on mega cities. Mega cities are metropolitan areas that have a high population. These cities are the definition of urban development around the world. There is currently 29 mega cities (since 2016) around the world. This article showed the growth of mega cities and urban development of the city.
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We Aren’t Ready For Smart Cities

We Aren’t Ready For Smart Cities | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
We live in a very exciting age regarding technological innovations. Not only are new solutions finding their way into reality, they actually have a big impact on society in various ways. Cities…

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Smart Cities should be more about how we use the resources of the city for the benefit of humans

Smart Cities should be more about how we use the resources of the city for the benefit of humans | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
tl;dr I’m done with Smart Cities which look at sensors and data before they look at cities as communities of humans. I used to be a member of the Mayor of London’s Smart City Board. I went to a few…

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Where is the world's most SPRAWLING city?

Where is the world's most SPRAWLING city? | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
As a young child in Glasgow I was desperate to visit the United States, to see its incredible landscapes and its legendary urbanism: the Grand Canyon, the Manhattan skyline. But it wasn’t until visiting much later that I experienced what is truly the iconic American landscape: the strip, that stretch of multi-lane road leading off into the distance, surrounded on either side by fast-food restaurants, islands of retail lost in seas of asphalt.

Strip development, and its cousin the shopping mall, are symbols of America’s gift to urbanism: sprawl. Los Angeles may be the world’s most famously sprawling city but is it the worst culprit? What about Montreal, or Brisbane, both low density cities in countries with no shortage of space and a strong love of the car?

Sprawl, even though we know when we see it, proves extremely difficult to pin down into a functional definition. Urban sprawl is usually huge, mainly low-density, mostly unplanned, and primarily residential development that covers increasing areas of land around city cores. It is suburbia on steroids or, as Robert Kirkman’s The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth puts it: “sprawl suggests the city has collapsed, like a drunkard on a sidewalk, and is now spreading inexorably outwards, oblivious to the surrounding countryside”.

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Stockholm suburb to get 'feminist urban planning' redesign

Stockholm suburb to get 'feminist urban planning' redesign | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
A Stockholm suburb is to become the first place in Sweden designed with feminist urban planning in mind, as a housing firm attempts to redress the gender balance in the area's centre through renovation.
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The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps - Geopolitical Futures

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps - Geopolitical Futures | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Originally produced on Jan. 16, 2017 for Mauldin Economics, LLC George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical Futures. “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one another. “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all …

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5 Cities That Are Setting Trends in Smart City Development

5 Cities That Are Setting Trends in Smart City Development | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it

"Trends in Smart City Development" is a new report from the National League of Cities featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India – are using different approaches to implement smart city projects.
The report also provides recommendations to help local governments consider and plan smart city projects.
A "smart city" is one that has developed technological infrastructure that enables it to collect, aggregate, and analyze real-time data to improve the lives of its residents. The report suggests that any smart city effort should include explicit policy recommendations regarding smart infrastructure and data, a functioning administrative component, and some form of community engagement.
You can read the full report here. (PDF)


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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Cities will contribute an enormous amount of data to help improve travel, work and life in general.

prgnewshawaii's curator insight, April 4, 12:49 AM

Our embattled cities can learn some valuable lessons from urban centers that have decided to confront reality and work on real, practical solutions for their residents. The report suggests ways to implement smart cities projects that are cost effective and beneficial to urban residents.  The goal is realizable if we just demand that improvements be made.


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From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it's not (only) about the tech

From Smart Cities 1.0 to 2.0: it's not (only) about the tech | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Australia has lagged behind some other countries in its investment in smart cities, but in retrospect that may not have been such a bad thing.

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4 External Forces Accelerating the Smart City Model - DZone IoT

4 External Forces Accelerating the Smart City Model - DZone IoT | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
As our world changes, so must smart cities. Data and solutions alike are more likely to come from citizens than developers as societies evolve.
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Personal Branding Is Much More Than Self-Marketing

Personal Branding Is Much More Than Self-Marketing | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
I hate the term personal branding. It's one of those catchphrases that by now has been written about ad infinitum. Much of what's out there tends to carry the same message- to the point that there's even a wikipedia article on it. Personal branding is equated with the term "self-packaging" with the goal of marketing…

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Ces grands projets qui placent la France en haut du podium européen

Ces grands projets qui placent la France en haut du podium européen | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Ces chantiers spectaculaires en sont la preuve : après des années de doute, la France renoue enfin avec les grandes ambitions. Et les records vont pleuvoir.

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Thierry Curty's curator insight, March 5, 2:03 PM
Et après on viendra nous parler de la France qui décline. Des cerveaux qui s'en vont, et ragnagna et ragnagna... 

La réalité est que la France est au top dans quasiment tous les secteurs, y compris et c'est regrettable, le french bashing. Si elle n'avait pas à combattre sa population, elle serait peut-être bien autre chose que telle qu'elle est perçue. 

Le français est un peu con, c'est ça son problème, jamais l'allemand ou l'anglais n'aurait l'idée d'agir contre son pays comme le fait le français moyen. 
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Paris's Grand Plans to Make a Tourist HOTspot More Appealing to Locals

Paris's Grand Plans to Make a Tourist HOTspot More Appealing to Locals | Urban and Master Planning | Scoop.it
Given its incredible history, the Île de la Cité really should be more enticing than it is. An island in the heart of Paris that splits the river Seine like an elaborate galleon blown upstream, it has been inhabited for over 2,000 years. It houses two of Europe’s most beautiful churches—Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle—one of the world’s best preserved renaissance bridges, and the former prison of Marie Antoinette. Despite this sheer tonnage of beauty and memory, the island still retains a perplexingly arid atmosphere, with little street life beyond the tourists in transit.

That could now be set to change. As the final gesture of his term, France’s President François Hollande has made a revamp of the Île de la Cité one of his key legacy projects. The plan, by architect Dominique Perrault, is detailed in an exhibition that opened at the Conciergerie last week. Still at the conceptual stage, it would see the island effectively redesigned to make it more vibrant and pedestrian friendly, giving visitors more things to see there, and, above all, providing a host of new facilities that would make the place more attractive to ordinary Parisians.

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