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Berlin's urban gardeners reach for their pitchforks to fight off the developers

Berlin's urban gardeners reach for their pitchforks to fight off the developers | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Capital's kleingarten, which have helped earn its status as one of Europe's greenest cities, under threat from property investors
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Here in Cape Town our mayor Patricia De Lille is wreaking havoc on a the cities food security by allowing development in an area of of agricultural food production within the cities urban boundary - the Philipi Agricultural area, to satisfy political campaign promises to build low-income housing  without having to face up to selling urban brownfield sites that can be converted to high-end residential property, with high rates and taxes. rather than mixed -use low income development closer to the cities core, with low rates and a high social security cost to the city.

Are politicians any different anywhere - but how does one balance a cities books - the truth is seldom as simple as media campaigns make out!

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Now Urbanism: The Future City is HERE

Now Urbanism: The Future City is HERE | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

After more than a century of heroic urban visions, urban dwellers today live in suburban subdivisions, gated communities, edge cities, apartment towers, and slums. The contemporary cities we know are more often the embodiment of unexpected outcomes and unintended consequences rather than visionary planning.


As an alternative approach for rethinking and remaking today’s cities and regions, this book explores the intersections of critical inquiry and immediate, substantive actions. The contributions inside recognize the rich complexities of the present city not as barriers or obstacles but as grounds for uncovering opportunity and unleashing potential. Now Urbanism asserts that the future city is already here. It views city making as grounded in the imperfect, messy, yet rich reality of the existing city and the everyday purposeful agency of its dwellers.


Through a framework of situating, grounding, performing, distributing, instigating, and enduring, these contributions written by a multidisciplinary group of practitioners and scholars illustrate specificity, context, agency, and networks of actors and actions in the re-making of the contemporary city.


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Urban Plunge: Swimming in the City

Urban Plunge: Swimming in the City | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

An exhibition at the Roca London Gallery presents a series of architectural proposals to reclaim natural water sources in London, New York and Copenhagen for recreational use. We spoke to curator Jane Withers about how we can better exploit our rivers and harbours.


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Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status

Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin have been awarded UNESCO City of Design status for their input to the international design industry.

 

The accolade, awarded by international heritage body UNESCO, recognises the contribution of the five cities to the worldwide design industry – each the first in their respective countries of the UK, Spain, Brazil, Finland and Italy to achieve the designation. The scheme aims to promote the development of local creative industries, and to foster relationships and resource-sharing between fellow Cities of Design.


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SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan

SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

“Don’t fight forces, use them.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

SCAPE’s comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been announced as winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially responsible design’s highest award.” Announced by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), the proposal was selected over seven shortlisted humanitarian initiatives and will receive a $100,000 prize for their innovative solution to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems.

“Living Breakwaters is about dissipating and working with natural energy rather than fighting it. It is on the one hand an engineering and infrastructure-related intervention, but it also has a unique biological function as well. The project team understand that you cannot keep back coastal flooding in the context of climate change, but what you can do is ameliorate the force and impact of 100 and 500 year storm surges to diminish the damage through ecological interventions, while simultaneously catalyzing dialog to nurture future stewards of the built environment,” said Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, a 2014 senior advisor and jury member.

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It might seem obvious that the its not just technology that makes for change, but allowing people to interact with it is a necessary step towards changing behaviour, it is encouraging to see this recognised outside of the social sciences.

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Food Pantry Development - John Stanley Retail Consultant

Food Pantry Development - John Stanley Retail Consultant | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Whilst in Oregon I met up with Gary Oppenheimer, A CNN Hero and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. What Do AmpleHarvest.org Do? They enable consumers to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in their own community. AmpleHarvest.org connects, in the USA, 40+ million Americans with excess food in their garden and local food pantries. Garden by garden, home and community gardeners and other growers are Continue Reading
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Could you be part of this where you live? Could it make difference?

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Urbanicide in all good faith

Urbanicide in all good faith | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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A serial killer of cities is wandering about the planet. Its name is UNESCO, and its lethal weapon is the label “World Heritage”, with which it drains the lifeblood from glorious villages and ancient
metropolises, embalming them in a brand-name time warp.

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The Journal of Space Syntax

The Journal of Space Syntax | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Vol 5, No 1 (2014): Models and diagrams in architectural design We are pleased to announce the first Special Issue of Volume 5 on Models and diagrams in architectural design, in a thematic publication of JOSS.
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Ranging from discussions on the philosophical aspects and implications of diagrams in architecture, through the use and applications of models and diagrams in architectural design in both theory and practice, to development of aspects of spatial analysis, the issue covers a wide range but remains a discussion around its central theme. Thereby, it is showing the width of which the questions of the call need to be addressed through the collective result of focused contributions exploring different aspects in-depth. The issue is complemented by one short paper in the un-themed section, and two book reviews.

As always, you can find the issue at http://joss.bartlett.ucl.ac.u

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Rebuilding urban spaces through collaborative design

Rebuilding urban spaces through collaborative design | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Ahead of the International Green Building Conference, Eco-Business speaks to Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Mark Carroll on how to restore old structures and...
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Continuous open collaboration between the team members by means of dialogue, drawings and models is essential to gain the greatest benefit for the architectural design

Mark Carroll, senior partner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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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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Paramount subject in order to create or (re)connect urban ecological corridors

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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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Project statement:

"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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How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future

How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
BART cars are about to get their first real overhaul since the system launched in 1972.

Nearly half a century after the system's launch, BART will get its own long-awaited makeover. The so-called "Fleet of the Future" plan will put between 775 and 1,000 new BART cars on the tracks between 2017 and 2023, at a cost between $2.5 billion and $3.3 billion. But the overhaul is more of a full reimagining than a cosmetic touchup—from the big-picture look of the car itself to the minutiae of floor patterning and handrail grips. BART used the chance to rethink how the trains look on the outside and feel on the inside, how they accommodate the crowds of today and the near future, and how they subtly control rush-hour crowds and all those bicycles...


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What SOUTH AFRICAN RAIL NEEDS DESPERATELY

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OMA and Olin win competition to design garden bridge for Washington DC

OMA and Olin win competition to design garden bridge for Washington DC | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA has teamed up with Olin to create the 11th Street Bridge Park – a raised garden spanning Washington DC's Anacostia River.

Netherlands-based OMA and Olin beat three other design teams to win a government-supported competition to design a bridge that could provide a new "civic space" for the USA's capital city.

The project, currently expected to cost $35 million (£22 million), was proposed to find new uses for a series of piers that previously supported a major road crossing across the Anacostia River, which has been moved to a new location.

The new design is comparable to New York's popular High Line park andThomas Heatherwick's garden bridge proposal for the River Thames in London.


 
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Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world

Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
An expert review of the Inaugural Festival of Landscape Architecture uncovers some of the misconceptions about landscape architects.
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Especially interesting is ht focus on plants, ecology an the value of landscapes in empirical terms  in  Penny Hall's contribution.

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Architect Develops the World’s First Hoverboard

© Hendo via Kickstarter Architects can do far more than design buildings. In fact, some of history’s most acclaimed innovators were not only
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Cool! I want to see someone ride this!

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Born to be Wild (Sort of) | The Nature of Cities

Born to be Wild (Sort of) | The Nature of Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
George Monbiot’s
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“Civilisation; it’s all about knives and forks.” —David Byrne


In Africa NATURE is still dangerous - its no  longer out here with big Teeth and Claws - now its got  Guns and Knives - so be careful what nature you reckon belongs in cities i.e. people are all nature - here in Africa they don't all have TV's and live in Condo's and they are getting peeved (P*SSED -off) with how its going for them!

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Africa and City Growth and Future Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective

Africa and City Growth and Future Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Recently the Daily Maverick has published a number of pieces speaking to some of the consequences of urbanisation that often go overlooked by the public. In particular, two articles have risen key insights about service delivery and access in the face of large-scale urbanisation.
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Professor Sue Parnell of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) points out that there is a critical lack of understanding of African economics. “We don’t understand the informal sector, so we stereotype,” she says. “We don’t understand Africa’s urban labour market very well.” There is also a tendency to inflate increases in wealth, because it is coming off such a low base, and there is a lack of knowledge about where to invest, she says.

One of the major challenges facing African urbanisation today is an anti-urban bias, believes Parnell. “The population may be 50/50, but 90 percent of the funding will go to rural development,” she says. “This speaks of a definite anti-urban bias.” This, too, means that poverty and inequality in cities are real, significant problems. However, she points out, there are also other factors at play, such as a belief that there is more internal expertise on agriculture, for example; or there may be political factors – such as a desire amongst donors not to create more economic competition by developing African urban interests. However, she points out, through the painstaking work of scholars and academics, attitudes and thought patterns are slowly changing.”

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Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities

Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Leading architect behind Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, Andrew Grant, says that cities need to set aside space for forests, wetlands and wildlife to be...
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"However successful we are at sorting out the mechanics of sustainability through innovative technologies and systems, it will be worthless if all it does is create a banal, sterile world which does not offer people a positive experience." Andrew Grant, founder and director, Grant Associates

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"However successful we are at sorting out the mechanics of sustainability through innovative technologies and systems, it will be worthless if all it does is create a banal, sterile world which does not offer people a positive experience." Andrew Grant, founder and director, Grant Associates

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Video: House Housing – “An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate”

Video: House Housing – “An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate” | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
House Housing,
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“In architecture, economic fundamentals are built from the ground up. The laws of real estate—relating to the acquisition of land, the financing of construction, the cost of building maintenance and services, profit from rent or resale, the value of equity, or the price of credit—inexorably shape any building component (like a window) and any build- ing type (like a house). They are visible even in the residential work of such singular figures as Frank Lloyd Wright, not least because the Greek oikos, or household, forms the root of the word “economy” itself. But look closely and you will see that what seems fundamental, basic, or natural is, like any other law, a historical artifact permanently under construction and subject to change.”

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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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Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 9:28 AM

Would you perception of the world change if you saw it upside down?

Mrs. B's curator insight, September 22, 7:02 AM

Unit 1 !!!!

 

samantha benitez's curator insight, November 22, 2:53 PM

helps show the different perspectives of our world and how it has changed. also shows many different forms of mapping our world throughout time.

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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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