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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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The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning | The Nature of Cities

The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning | The Nature of Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Collectively, researchers over the past 60 years (or more) have collected a good deal of data on urban biodiversity and impacts on urban plants and animals. From urban gradient studies to patch dynamic studies, we have a plethora of empirical data that suggests how various urban designs would impact various species. However, these studies have not affected actual planning decisions in most cities (there are exceptions of course).

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How to address the needs of individual species in urban planning ?New tools and methods are needed, alternative theories and tools are proposed and the need for further research is emphasised.

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BIG proposes cage-free “Zootopia” redesign for iconic Danish zoo

BIG proposes cage-free “Zootopia” redesign for iconic Danish zoo | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
BIG brings out a rather "wild" concept in Zootopia, a commission they received from the iconic Givskud Zoo in Denmark. The proposal includes a spacious cage-free zoo landscape for the animals to roam in, which is divided into three zones titled "Asia", "Africa", and "America". Human visitors…
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"Architects’ greatest and most important task is to design man-made ecosystems - to ensure that our cities and buildings suit the way we want to live. We must make sure that our cities offer a generous framework for different people - from different backgrounds, economy, gender, culture, education and age – so they can live together in harmony while taking into account individual needs as well as the common good. Nowhere is this challenge more acrimonious than in a zoo.

It is our dream - with Givskud - to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors. To create a framework for such diverse users and residents such as gorillas, wolves, bears, lions and elephants is an extremely complex task. We are pleased to embark on an exciting journey of discovery with the Givskud staff and population of animals - and hope that we could both enhance the quality of life for the animals as well as the keepers and guests – but indeed also to discover ideas and opportunities that we will be able to transfer back into the urban jungle. Who knows perhaps a rhino can teach us something about how we live - or could live in the future?"

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Re-imagining Accra’s “public spaces”

Re-imagining Accra’s “public spaces” | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
What if we let go of the limiting idea of our public spaces as “city parks” and began exploring the entire range of social spaces that already exist in the city? This is the first in a series of po...
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What are viable "public spaces" in Africa - why do we continue to mimic Euro-American centric parks and public space?

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Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan | The Nature of Cities

Ecological Landscape Design for Urban Biodiversity, Ecological Education and Nature Restoration in Kyushu, Japan | The Nature of Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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Local people’s participation

Four workshops took place in order to share this design concept and process with local people, So, it was expected that they would become close to this ecology park before completion of the renovation work. The local government and people must manage the park in the future. It should be noted that the local people knew that a core reason for the park was ecological restoration and education, and that these elements must be incorporated into the maintenance. The attendees were the students from our university, the Ashiya-town government, Ashiya-Higashi primary school, and local nature protection members.

Now (July 2014) we are in next stage of the project and challenging ourselves on how to manage the fishway and grassland for urban biodiversity. The detailed design process and ecological monitoring data will be coming soon in a book and paper

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Glamour in streetscapes

Glamour in streetscapes | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
A while ago I attended an Urban Land Institute event on development trends in Fairfax's Mosaic District. A presenter from the retail developer EDENS described their strategy of adding "sidewalk jewelry," a design technique used to entice shoppers to travel down sidewalks between stores. Having never heard the term before, it nonetheless stuck with me as I…
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On Glamorous Streets & Cities

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Project for Public Spaces | WHAT Makes a Successful Place?

Project for Public Spaces | WHAT Makes a Successful Place? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges take place, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field houses, neighborhood schools – where we interact with each other and government. When the spaces work well, they serve as a stage for our public lives.

 

What makes some places succeed while others fail?

 

In evaluating thousands of public spaces around the world, PPS has found that successful ones have four key qualities: they are accessible; people are engaged in activities there; the space is comfortable and has a good image; and finally, it is a sociable place: one where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit. PPS developed The Place Diagram as a tool to help people in judging any place, good or bad...


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3D MODELING Software for Urban Environments - Esri CityEngine

3D MODELING Software for Urban Environments - Esri CityEngine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Esri CityEngine transforms 2D GIS Data into Smart 3D City Models.

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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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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."


Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 


Tags: mapping, perspective.


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CHS AP Human Geography's curator insight, August 14, 2:30 PM

Use as small cards that students can sort in small groups?  Post as gallery walk?  Skill builder to identify areas of distortion (shape, area, distance, etc)?  

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bien intéressant !

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I love maps, but it's easy to forget that reproducing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface involves many trade-offs.  This article highlights those trade-offs.

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10708IIED: Tools for Inclusive Cities: the Roles of Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring in Reducing Poverty - IIED Publications Database

10708IIED: Tools for Inclusive Cities: the Roles of Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring in Reducing Poverty - IIED Publications Database | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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Required reading for those involved in urban design in the global south

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Creating Maps From Drone Imagery

Creating Maps From Drone Imagery | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Here is an end to end walkthrough showing how to process drone imagery into maps and then share it online, all using imagery we collected on a recent flight with...
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The future of site survey is here

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Why Africa needs Maker Faire | ZDNet

Why Africa needs Maker Faire | ZDNet | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The organiser of Maker Faire Africa talks to ZDNet about why he wants to build a network of inventors.
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After a short hiatus, Okafor and a small team of volunteers are planning to bring Maker Faire, the international celebration of hardware hacking, back to Africa this September. It will be the fifth time the event has visited the continent: the first was in 2009 in Accra, Ghana from where it went to Nairobi, Cairo and finally, in 2012, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Teen Playground, KATOxVictoria, Slangerup Denmark, 2013 - Playscapes

Teen Playground, KATOxVictoria, Slangerup Denmark, 2013 - Playscapes | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
In 2013 KATOxVictoria was selected as 1 of 4 young Danish architecture offices tasked with realizing a Danish project that had been proposed by local citizens, and moving from idea to installation in just three months with a limited budget.  They met the challenge in Slangerup, about an hour from Copenhagen, where the local youth - Read the rest...
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Teen playgrounds are rare, this one done with full involvement ( note not "participation")  of the real end  users, is remarkable - have look at the links to get the full documentary and construction photos

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The Bank Street Parklet Project | Adelaide Australia | Taylor Cullity Lethlean

The Bank Street Parklet Project | Adelaide Australia | Taylor Cullity Lethlean | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Parklets move down the grade of the street.
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Tactile and beautiful surfaces

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BOOK REVIEW | Design Ecologies, The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

BOOK REVIEW | Design Ecologies, The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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An in-depth look at the philosophy, work and influence of one of the leading practitioners of an ecological landscape design.

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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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