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Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix

Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Charles Arthur: Trying to analyse the amount of activity on Google+ in comparison to Facebook or Twitter yields little useful information - because it doesn't have the same purpose as them
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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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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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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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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!