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

Born to be Wild (Sort of) | The Nature of Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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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. 


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YEC Geo's curator insight, August 15, 10:03 AM

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.

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 !!!!

 

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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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