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Emotionally Durable Design And The Art Of Loving Your Stuff

Emotionally Durable Design And The Art Of Loving Your Stuff | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The cultural and social messages we express through the things we own and wear are driving our current unsustainability crisis, which has led to a wasteful, consumer culture.
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What would happen if we kept our stuff instead of buying new sh*t every day, week, month, season, year, lifetime etc....?

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Exploring how we create an enhanced user experience in leisure, retail, urban and landscape environments and collaborate together to build our common future
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Building Community - Summer Masterclass 2014 - GEHL Architects

Building Community - Summer Masterclass 2014 - GEHL Architects | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
This is the second summer that Gehl Architects has hosted the ‘Tools for Change’ masterclass in our Copenhagen office. Having just completed the two day session, we are once again astonished by the breadth of international participants. In 2013 we were joined by professionals from 11 countries, this year that number has increased to 13...
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rod hunt illustrates 10 ikea families + their homes for russian campaign - designboom | architecture & design magazine

rod hunt illustrates 10 ikea families + their homes for russian campaign - designboom | architecture & design magazine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
ondon-based artist rod hunt has drawn a huge illustration of ten different families & their apartments for the latest russian campaign for IKEA.
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This is how Ikea sees rich Russians becoming urbanised western consumers and rolling the loot back to their tax free havens!

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In Images: South Africa’s Stunning Treetop Walkway

In Images: South Africa’s Stunning Treetop Walkway | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
© Adam Harrower The much anticipated Treetop Walkway through the Arboretum in Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is now open to the public.
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Must go do this soon!

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Erdem Architects of Turkey win the international La Spezia Arsenale 2062 competition

Erdem Architects of Turkey win the international La Spezia Arsenale 2062 competition | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
After launching in 2012, the La Spezia Arsenale 2062 competition finally revealed the winning entries. First built in 1857 by Napoleon and after it was destroyed during World War II, La Spezia Arsenale in the city of La Spezia, Italy hosted warships before it gradually became neglected. …
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Drawing and scale merge to create a winning  impresion of this development - a nice change from the photoshop regimen of the large landscape & urban design firms usually seen in competition boards

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Urban Planning and Knowledge Problems | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Planning and Knowledge Problems | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Yesterday a friend of mine sent me this article written by a city planner talking about the death of planning expertise. The article talks specifically about the rise of “community participation” and how it has undermined the modern planning process.
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Is this good or bad - "planning  experts" created places like this in the picture  and  the people flocked in and to buy them - mortgaging their lives for 25 or more years to own them?

Who was wrong - the experts, the people or both ?

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Salvaged Ring / a21 studio

Salvaged Ring / a21 studio | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Courtesy of a21 studio Architects: a21 studio Location: Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam Area: 360 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Courtesy of a21
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From the architect. Salvaged ring is a coffee shop located along side with a highway in the countryside of Nha Trang, Vietnam. After years working, the owner, which is a local carpenter, has a big stock of scrap wood that he wishes to give another life to them rather than leaving it fall into oblivion. Therefore, an idea that a building salvages these pieces of wood has come to life.

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Design Frontiers: Ekasi Water Cap | Design Indaba

Design Frontiers: Ekasi Water Cap | Design Indaba | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Design Indaba | A better world through creativity | Peter Krige has prototyped a pressure-tight closure that can be fitted onto easily available parts to create a shower for unplumbed homes.
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Great article - thanks for the credit.Look forward to being able to take part in another co-design workshop - it was most instructive - I would like to have a project in urban design or landscape where I could apply this process.
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Understanding the UN Climate Science Reports | Climate Change Implications for Fisheries & Aquaculture | The Cambridge Sustainability Platform | CISL | Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leader...

Understanding the UN Climate Science Reports | Climate Change Implications for Fisheries & Aquaculture | The Cambridge Sustainability Platform | CISL | Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leader... | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

HiowIPCC: Climate Change Implications for Fisheries & Aquaculture. CISL, together with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the support of the European Climate Foundation is summarising the latest climate science for the business community.

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How we view information is critical to how we act on it - I am not sure that his type of global view increases our understanding - but there it is anyway - definitely more accessible than scientific reports sand media sound bytes

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BIM in Landscape Architecture

BIM in Landscape Architecture | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
As a profession, we have been quietly avoiding BIM. I know that CAD is nice, simple, and comfortable in its familiarity, but hand-drafting used to be that way…
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More reasons to embrace Digital Technology - if there was any doubt about he future , As sci-fi author William Gibson, has said "the future has already arrived, its just not evenly distributed yet" - if as a Landscape Architects you not part of the future yet , you will soon be part of the past ! 

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Community Architect: Strategic Mapping for Suburban Open Space

Community Architect: Strategic Mapping for Suburban Open Space | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

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Bhopkins's curator insight, April 29, 10:22 PM

Proud to share this terrific blog post from our board president, Klaus Philipsen!

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OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities

OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

OMA, BIG and WXY have unveiled proposals to revitalise parts of America devastated by Hurricane Sandy and help protect them against future emergencies.

The Rebuild by Design competition asked ten teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to develop proposals for different sections of America's east coast, which was struck by the hurricane in October 2012.

The competition was initiated last year by US housing and urban development secretary Shaun Donovan. The winning projects will be announced later this year and will be implemented with funding from community grants.

View more concepts at the link.


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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, April 5, 1:02 AM

After the disaster, an opportuniyt to evolve toward a more resilient city

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St. Louis Exhibition Explores Street Design in Grand Center Arts District

St. Louis Exhibition Explores Street Design in Grand Center Arts District | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

St. Louis’ Grand Center neighborhood has gone through a lot of changes, and the midtown neighborhood aims “to become the premiere cultural and entertainment tourist destination in the Midwest.

Part of that plan involves sprucing up the urban fabric with a Great Streets Projects grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The plan envisions corridors of development and pinpoints several intersections and cross-block connectors that could be activated by public programming to function as “outdoor rooms.”

Trees and green infrastructure are meant to alleviate some of St. Louis’ flooding issues by retaining and filtering stormwater and describes a new catchment area. Branding, wayfinding, lighting, and transportation analyses are also a focus of the plan.

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Land8 Daily Update for 05/15/2014

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Top 10 Technical Apps for Architects

Top 10 Technical Apps for Architects | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Arrette Scale: perspective. Image Courtesy of Arrette Scale Building upon our Top 10 Apps for Architects, this collection brings together some of the
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Don't know if any of these are useful for Landscape Architects, maybe someone who has tried them might like to comment?

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Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award for 2016

Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award for 2016 | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, the current holder of the Green Capital title. Ljubljana was commended for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens.

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Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, the current holder of the Green Capital title. Ljubljana was commended for raising environmental awareness amongst its citizens. The jury also recognised its sustainability strategy 'Vision 2025', which brings together plans covering environmental protection, mobility, energy and electric transport.

In addition, Ljubljana has made significant progress in implementing green procurement policies covering 70 % of all city purchases.

Transportation in Ljubljana has changed dramatically over the past decade. From a city which was rapidly becoming dominated by the car, the focus has now shifted to eco-friendly alternatives. In 2013, Ljubljana modified the traffic flow within the city to limit motorised traffic and give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Cycling is also increasing. By 2020 the city intends that public transport, non-motorised traffic and private vehicles should each account for a third of all transport.

Twelve cities applied to become European Green Capital 2016. Each entry was assessed by an international panel of 12 experts and five cities were shortlisted – Essen, Ljubljana, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå. All the finalists provided real-life examples of how respect for the environment, excellent quality of life and economic growth can all be successfully combined.

The European Green Capital Award is given to a European city that has a record of achieving high environmental standards, is committed to ambitious goals for future environmental improvement and sustainable development and can act as a model to inspire other cities.

Copenhagen, Denmark is the current (2104) Green Capital - www.sharingcopenhagen.dk

British city Bristol is the Green Capital 2015 - www.bristolgreencapital.org

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Namibia shows how to support low cost housing

Namibia shows how to support low cost housing | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Around a quarter of Namibians live in informal urban neighbourhoods; they live without secure tenure and without adequate access to services. So how has the country gained its reputation for progressive state action on housing?
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Participation and consultation - what more can we say? 

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Land8 Daily Update for 07/01/2014

Land8 Daily Update for 07/01/2014 | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

More on the non-inclusivve city - along with Improvement Districts and 

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More of the non-inclusive city - along with Improvement Districts the cold face of capitalism and beaurocracy

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Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will’s Wood Expert

Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will’s Wood Expert | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
IZM Building / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann - Germany. Image © Norman A. Müller Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series
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Why Not big wooden buildings? Sustainable wood supply is growing  and wood is beautiful - so what are the limitations?

Outdoors the durability  and indoors the structural and fire hazard limitations -is technology able to overcome these drawbacks?

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What a publishing year for URBAN THEORY! Necessary books 2013-2014. | In Rhizomia

What a publishing year for URBAN THEORY! Necessary books 2013-2014. | In Rhizomia | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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All the academics take on Africa - what is it?

Something different for sure - but what?

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Understanding the UN Climate Science Reports | Climate Change: Implications for Cities | The Cambridge Sustainability Platform | CISL | Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Understanding the UN Climate Science Reports | Climate Change: Implications for Cities | The Cambridge Sustainability Platform | CISL | Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
IPCC: Climate Change: Implications for Cities. CISL, together with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the support of the European Climate Foundation is summarising the latest climate science for the business community.
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Again - info on cities and climate change - are we immune to the data?

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US Highways Could Be Converted into Solar Farms

US Highways Could Be Converted into Solar Farms | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Given the predominant role of the automobile in American transportation for both passenger and freight purposes, as well as the sheer length and breadth of the continental United States, roads and highways cover a huge amount of the country.

Scott and Julie Brusaw, the husband and wife team behind renewable energy start-up Solar Roadways, are looking to exploit the potential embodied by this vast road network by develop a technology to convert their surfaces into solar PV facilities which are capable of both bearing vehicles as well as generating power via exposure to sunlight.

 


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Digitising Landscape Architecture: Revit for Landscape Architects

Digitising Landscape Architecture: Revit for Landscape Architects | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Most landscape architects don't use Revit, and it's not surprising to see why. Right from the outset, even Autodesk’s description of Revit demonstrates the so…
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No matter what platform you choose , digitally enhanced presentation and design is what is demanded in nowadays CG dominated business marker place - you see it on TV in the movies and in everyday advertising - how can we as Landscape Architects not follow, sure use your pencil to sketch out the idea, but as one leading architect recently said to me while I was punting for work from them " ..(most) landscape architects simply don't know how to present their ideas, the clients don't know what they are talking about"

 

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IABR

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ABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE–, the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, opens on 29 May 2014. 
The Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the curator, and the theme is Urban by Nature.

The main exhibition in the Kunsthal and the Museum of Natural History in Rotterdam is open to the public from 29 May until 24 August 2014.
An extensive program of lectures, conferences and debate, events and excursions, starts on 29 May, and other activities will take place elsewhere in Rotterdam. Click here to see the complete agenda.

All films made by IABR for URBAN BY NATURE– are on this website and on the IABR–2014– vimeo channel.

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Biber Architects’ American Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 to Honor Food Trucks and Vertical Farming

Biber Architects’ American Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 to Honor Food Trucks and Vertical Farming | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

The United States will celebrate one of its most prized national treasures at the next World’s Fair: the food truck. In honor of the theme of the 2015  Milano Expo—“Feed the Planet, Energy for Life”—the American Pavilion, called American Food 2.0, includes street-level food trucks that will serve up some favorite American dishes.

The pavilion’s most visually distinctive feature, is its hydroponic facade—or, a football-field-length,vertical farm that is planted with harvestable crops. “It is as though a typical horizontal field was rotated (think Inception with a farm field standing in for Paris) to become the side of a building,” said Biber Architects in a statement. “It’s not our proposal for serious urban or vertical farming, which is usually indoors, but a didactic display talking about the past, present, and future of the American farm, and the American diet.”


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Delphine Plasse's curator insight, May 19, 2:06 AM

Marier architecture et initiatives vertes, de bonnes idées pédagogiques!

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Minneapolis breaks ground on massive downtown east development

Minneapolis breaks ground on massive downtown east development | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, workers broke ground on the largest Twin Cities real estate development project in two decades. Budding off a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, designed by HKS, locally based Ryan Companies saw an opportunity to redefine the Minneapolis neighborhood of Downtown East.

Their five-block mixed-use development will include two 18-story office towers for Wells Fargo, six levels of parking with more than 1,600 spaces, about 24,000 square feet of retail space, 193 apartments and a four-acre urban park near the new stadium’s northwest corner. Wells Fargo currently has 5,000 employees scattered across more than a dozen offices throughout the area.


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