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The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport: Places: Design Observer

The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport: Places: Design Observer | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

We live in an era of unprecedented speed and mobility. Urban geographer and anthropologist Manuel Castells has famously characterized our time as being shaped by the "space of flows," in which multiple communication systems enable powerful and often instantaneous connectivity. [1] Nowhere is the space of flows more manifest than in the extensive and overlapping networks of global air transportation. In the past half century, in the United States and around the world, air travel has progressed from an elite prerogative to a popular option.

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How to "green" up the airline industry - is it even vaiabel to think about? A provocative an dtimely essay

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Hummelo - The Monacelli Press

Hummelo - The Monacelli Press | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Hummelo—near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands—is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available.

A follow-up to Oudolf’s successful Landscapes in Landscapes—Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf, Anja, and their two young sons moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove-heated farmhouse, in 1982. Text by noted garden author and longtime personal friend Noel Kingsbury places Hummelo in context within gardening history, from The Netherlands’ counterculture and nascent green movement of the 1960s, to prairie restoration in the American Midwest, and shows how its development has mirrored that of Oudolf’s own outstanding career and unique naturalistic aesthetic.

Oudolf has long been at the forefront of the Dutch Wave and New Perennial Style movements in garden design, which have ecological considerations at their base. His work stresses a deep knowledge of plants, eschewing short-lived annuals in favor of perennials that can be appreciated for both structure and blooms in every season. He is credited for leading the way to today’s focus on sustainability in garden design.

The book will appeal to readers who favor beautiful, biodiverse, and ever-changing plantings: seed heads, grasses, sedges, and winter silhouettes. They will be drawn into its pages by lush photography, often demonstrating how Oudolf views his own work, and providing rare glimpses into his daily life. Short essays highlight important techniques, including scatter plants and matrix planting, and introduce other famed landscape designers—Karl Foerster, Henk Gerritsen, Rob Leopold, Ernst Pagels, and Mien Ruys—to create a full panorama of the movement Oudolf now leads.
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Insights into a great plantsman's home turf
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Two amazing artists have painted a huge bird on this building in Germany

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Le photovoltaïque organique fait un bon de géant grâce à une découverte

Le photovoltaïque organique fait un bon de géant grâce à une découverte | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs viennent de réaliser une percée majeure en matière de cellules photovoltaïques de type organiques en augmentant leur efficacité de près de 50% d'une traite. Une avancée important...

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A Settlement for EQUALS: The Town of Biskupin in Poland – – SOCKS

A Settlement for EQUALS: The Town of Biskupin in Poland – – SOCKS | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Urbanists In 1933, a team from Poznan University led by Polish archaeologist professor Józef Kostrzewski, started a series of excavations close to Lake Biskupin in Poland. The campaign uncovered a large Iron Age settlement, dating between 750 and 500 BC, built of timber preserved in marshland at the edge of the lake. The settlement took the form of an artificial island of over 2 hectares surrounded by 450m of timber ramparts which enclosed about 100 identical houses organized along a strict grid pattern and separated by timber streets to cover the damp, boggy ground. The whole structure was very dense and extremely regular with the houses built from standardised components. After being abandoned, the island gradually sank into the lake. Yet, as the lake progressively turned into a mashland, it had the incredible effect of preserving the wooden components of the city: streets, buildings and the defensive walls.


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Urbanists ( "New" etc) will love ethics proof of the age of the grid although this one might please the others too  Architects ("Land-" etc) with its organic waviness  not quite square is it?

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The city as a common good

The city as a common good | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Sheila Foster: “The city is also a collective or common good, in that urban residents share a number of its resources — from the parks and opens spaces to streets and buildings, and even a city’s culture. Much like the natural environment, the urban environment too is subject to the disproportionate consumption by …

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The disproportionate consumption of the cities common ground  by those with wealth and power and how this impacts the rest of us is a cause for concern , requires constant renegotiation and is a part of what it means to have a just and equitable city .

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Social Performance: Prototyping User Behavior

Social Performance: Prototyping User Behavior | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
In order to form the basis of lasting urban interventions, projects must be not only environmentally sustainable, but socially and economically sustainable as well.
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My attempts to re-engage  and  in getting to grips with the research I have done on the Green Point Urban Park in Cape Town leads me to review the literature and ideas on performance in landscape architecture 

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Future of Materials #1

Future of Materials #1 | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

peril science - the future of stuffPlastic is a big design failure, and we can only solve the problem by
inventing new materials. My goal is to use algae, fungus and bacteria to
develop new innovative design standards.


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``Bio materials science  & technology - the future of stuff?

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Bruno Vitasse \\ Zone-AH!'s curator insight, October 19, 2015 12:20 AM

#ZéBU phase #1.2 - cc by sa. Zone-AH! avec Termatière et pourquoi pas Elise ?


Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, very much like the roots of a plant. This rapidly developing organism readily grows on a wide variety of substrates, forming strong self-adhering and assembling bonds through the creation of thousands of filament strands known as hyphae. This substrate can come from many kind of agricultural waste like straw or husk. Then the substrate need to be mixed with mycelial spore and water in a warm and humid environment for about 1 month. In this stage of incubation, the quality of the mycelia depends on the humidity (should be 70%) and on the temperature (25°C).


After the incubation the colonized package will produce mushrooms. It can produce about 3 crops of mushrooms every 10 days, but the quality of the two next crops will decrease as most nutritions are in the first crop. After the mushrooms have been harvested the crop will dehydrated and solidify. Farmers usually use it as a fertilizer. But here it gets interesting, because this material can also be used for architectural use, as insulator or bricks.

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Emergence: Nonlinear Ecologies of Future Airports | Sarah Fayad - World Landscape Architecture

Emergence: Nonlinear Ecologies of Future Airports | Sarah Fayad - World Landscape Architecture | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
This project is in response to the pressures facing Badgerys Creek waterways as the second Sydney airport emerges, specifically, focusing on the increasing threat of invasive algae growth and the rising issues with airport pollution. A foreseen rise in pollution, CO2 level and nutrient supply to creeks will result in detrimental algal blooms in surrounding [...] → READ MORE
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What if every unused post industrial/urban/rural wasteland landscape became an energy farm - the idea of the ditrubuted urban energy potential or urban tissue extended to the limits of energy/food/ renewable resources fields

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The TERRIBLE Plan for Mexico City's High Line-Style Park

The TERRIBLE Plan for Mexico City's High Line-Style Park | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

f the projects that the Smart city enthusiasts want to see go ahead, and the populace and enviroenmtalists oppose?Critics say the Corredor Cultural Chapultepec is not the kind of public space the city desperately needs.


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Is this  example of the previous two posts on C40 cities and resistance change that is not always favourable the long run?

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Why Cities Resist Change Part 1: C40 Mayors David Miller And Eduardo Paes On Smarter Cities | Mesh Cities

Why Cities Resist Change Part 1: C40 Mayors David Miller And Eduardo Paes On Smarter Cities | Mesh Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Why Cities Resist Change Part 2: The C40 Turns Cities Into Changemakers
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The resistance to change that frustrates t all of us that seek to improve the worlds cities and urban environments is a natural safety mechanism that has protected species throughout evolution, after all most changes that come about by evolutionary mean have a not been successful in a similar way, if we review critically all the grandiose plans of the last century with hindsight, we can see that most of the large scale changes resulted in worse conditions than before, wherever a powerful politician or group maneuvered their way around this resistance or overcame it by brute force against the popular will, we have resulted in civic and economic distress e.g. most of modernisms focus on car driven cities, deserted CBD districts, monumental event based white elephants scubas the Cape Town Stadium left over from Soccer World Cup 2010  etc. Show do we judge what a good transformation or result would be, and how do we find ways to agree oaths change?

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How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Long-term planning as well as rapid and inexpensive transformation strategies can be powerful tools to encourage public participation and improve quality of life.

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Brigitte Benedetto's curator insight, July 9, 2015 6:47 AM

 "returning the streets to whom they rightfully belong: people."

Brigitte Benedetto's curator insight, July 9, 2015 6:50 AM

 returning the streets to whom they rightfully belong: people.

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Why do all hipsters look the SAME? | News | Archinect

Why do all hipsters look the SAME? | News | Archinect | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can't be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. 
This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream. — daily mail

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Why everyone thinks they are unique but actually all conform to the same "uniform "  

Now, try to imagine "architects" instead of "hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,

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Arup | Thoughts | Streets: the best use of public space?

Arup | Thoughts | Streets: the best use of public space? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

As our rapidly urbanising cities face gridlock, I think we’re going to see some of this space reallocated to more people-centred and sustainable uses.

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How do we take back the streets for people rather than only vehicles - and what do we do with them that improves urban  life?

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Book Review: The Cultivated Wild - Raymond Jungles

Book Review: The Cultivated Wild - Raymond Jungles | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
When I was a student, I had the wonderful opportunity to take a school field trip to south Florida and tour some of it’s most iconic landscapes. We embarked wi…
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A favorite landscape architects and plantsman shows a wider range of his work
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These DIY Machines Enable Anyone To Turn Discarded Plastic Into Useful Things

Everyone should have one of these - or at least one entrepreneur in each neighbourhood could make living from such a setup.

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In Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of Skyscrapers

In Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of Skyscrapers | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
In a recent article on Vice (in Dutch) and on his research platform website Failed Architecture, architecture writer Mark Minkjan comments on the...
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Stefano Boeri's La Tour des Cedres will be covered with plants

Stefano Boeri's La Tour des Cedres will be covered with plants | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Boeri has revealed plans for a plant-covered 36-storey tower that continues the vertical forest concept he first implemented at a pair of towers in Milan
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Why do architects think trees belong on buildings - most are too large for this positioning terns roots, growth habit and potentially for wind resistance - trees roots also are adept at destroying structures - jus think of the temples of Ankor Wat.

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IAAC Researcher’s Pylos 3D-Prints with Soil

IAAC Researcher’s Pylos 3D-Prints with Soil | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Sofoklis Giannakopoulos, a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), has designed Pylos, a 3D printer that utilizes...
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Really about time for this  - high tech means - low materials.

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Granny Flats and a Sponge House: Rethinking Necessities for the Future of Communities Along the Los Angeles River | The Nature of Cities

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Densification through granny flati-fication -something the residents of out South African townships know well  - high income forma small shack in the backyard  - or several

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Bioclimatic Dwelling in Tenerife / Ruiz Larrea y Asociados

Bioclimatic Dwelling in Tenerife / Ruiz Larrea y Asociados | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Completed in 2003 in The most important sustainability data has to do with the design of passive elements. Optimal orientation, use of materials from the...
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Optimal orientation, use of materials from the surroundings and zero energy cost in origin: Tosca volcanic stone, riga recycled wood, glass, concrete and basalt stones in gardening, insulation, waterproofing, etc.

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BIG designs 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm

BIG designs 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled plans for a foliage-covered terraced block of apartments, which is under construction in Stockholm's Gärdet district
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Why Cities Resist Change Part 2: The C40 Turns Cities Into Changemakers | Mesh Cities

Why Cities Resist Change Part 2: The C40 Turns Cities Into Changemakers | Mesh Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
“Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers.”
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More on Cities as change makers - are Smart Cities really smart - maybe as the previous article mentioned, not all changes are beneficial in the long run, unforeseen consequences often swamp these projects before or after they are started. We have to hope that improved communication rather than more information is the way forward, this frustrates the leaders whose political terms and horizons are still focused on the next election, while the results of their planning and politically driven projects will be shouldered by the next incumbent with his/her own agendas and changed priorities.

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Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California? | The Nature of Cities

Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California? | The Nature of Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

California has long been a center of gardening culture. With a mild climate and a history of agricultural expansion followed by rapid urbanization, California’s ornamental gardens are populated by plant species and cultivars imported from all over the world. Many of these exotic species have become iconic, such as the palm trees, figs, and citrus of southern California. However, the current drought has brought wide recognition of the fact that most of these ornamental plants, from the palm trees of Rodeo Drive to Santa Barbara’s landmark Moreton Bay Fig, are supported by irrigation that is rapidly becoming a scarce commodity. So, is there a place for ornamental gardens in the new California? We’ve been studying this question for a number of years in Los Angeles and its surrounding municipalities, and fortunately, the answers are not as alarming as most people seem to assume.

Water conservation in irrigated gardens generally has three components: watering less; employing more efficient irrigation technologies; and changing the composition of garden plants (by removing lawns and non-waterwise species, for example). Many Californians have concerns about the costs of these measures and their implications for the aesthetic and recreational quality of urban parks and gardens. Just as “xeriscaping” became associated with mental images of sparsely planted cacti and succulents that were unappealing to most people, the new language of water conservation is “mandatory watering restrictions,” which brings to mind brown lawns and withered flowers. Is that the future of California’s cities?

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California  largely has a Mediterranean climate with winter rain and summer drought much like the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular and like South Africa is short of potable water, especially for its lush gardens and leafy suburbs. This article is relevant given the emphasis on indigenous (native) planting and of South Africa's version of Xeriscaping- Water-wise gardening and how dependant these lush gardens are  on exotic trees and large expanses of lawns.

Seems there can be both sustainable use of water and a balanced use of water for shade and greenery.

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the ninebot one e+, a self balancing electric scooter for personal city travel

the ninebot one e+, a self balancing electric scooter for personal city travel | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
the ninebot one e+ is capable of traveling on different terrains, and is centered on a 16 inch ultra thin brushless motor with a built in lithium battery.
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Google plan for Mountain View campus shuns walls, roofs, reality

Or that its wildly ambitious proposal for 60 acres in Mountain View, where four new building clusters would let Google add roughly 10,000 employees to the 19,000 already there, is a blend of the visionary and the vacuous, at once innovative and self-absorbed. Google wants to receive all the 2.5 million square feet of new commercial space allowed in the North Bayshore area during the next 15 years, yet five other developers, including LinkedIn, also are vying for parts of the allotment. [...] i
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Really - Reality - Reality distortion filed maybe?

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