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Why Your 'Green Lifestyle' Choices Don't Really Matter

Why Your 'Green Lifestyle' Choices Don't Really Matter | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
All the upcycling in the world can't alter the fact that fossil fuels are safely embedded at the center of our global energy system.
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Although these are systems issues it is people who change things - in fact only people can alter systems and make choices - so I disagree with Maggie on the grass-roots issue - as the gras-roots will drive bigger changes - even in entrenched actor-networks in place.

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Lessons From Silicon Valley's 'Downtown'

Lessons From Silicon Valley's 'Downtown' | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

How best to revitalize downtown urban centers in the wake of the sweeping suburbanization of the past half century? It's a big issue, one we discuss frequently here at Cities. Areport released Thursday, Shaping Downtown San Jose: The Quest to Establish an Urban Center for Silicon Valley by SPUR, the Bay Area-based urban-planning research and advocacy organization, provides a detailed and intriguing history of the challenges that continue to face downtown San Jose, the Valley's urban center. (SPUR is also advising on San Jose's redevelopment plan).

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How not to let downtowns become wastelands - Is there any option - advertising drives spending on cars and consumption based lifestyles?

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Dutch master: the garden design genius of Piet Oudolf - Telegraph

Dutch master: the garden design genius of Piet Oudolf - Telegraph | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
A new book confirms Piet Oudolf as the most influential garden designer of the past 25 years. Tom Stuart-Smith assesses his work
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Well earned tribute to an influential garden designer.

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MANDELA PARK BY KARRES EN BRANDS | A AS ARCHITECTURE

MANDELA PARK BY KARRES EN BRANDS | A AS ARCHITECTURE | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Mandela Park by Karres en Brands, This area is part of a masterplan by Rem Koolhaas for Almere, Landscape, Architecture, Almere, Holland

The park is situated on the roof of two four-layered underground parking garages. With its 200 meter length, it’s the largest rooftop park in the Netherlands.

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Another Mandela Park - not in South Africa this time.

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TechTown District Plan | Detroit USA | Sasaki Associates « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

TechTown District Plan | Detroit USA | Sasaki Associates « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
TechTown District Plan | Detroit USA | Sasaki Associates

he TechTown District Plan articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. The plan accelerates innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and builds community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting.

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Can quality of life be mapped? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Can quality of life be mapped? | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
  Earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Planning Association, I attended a very interesting session on GIS mapping of combined data sets.  It was billed as a session on “mashups,” which I suppose the presenters thought...
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It should come as no surprise that most people in Egor are not happy - will this "fact"- i.e.  that these areas are mapped, make any difference to the problems these people  experience in their daily lives -or is this just another type of academic past time ?

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Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds

Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Wonder Space II, by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Interplay, at Hakone Open Air Museum. Photo © Masaki Koizumi. In a world of
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Truly amazing hand-made playgrounds

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Conheça o bairro de Miami que é um museu de street art a céu aberto

Conheça o bairro de Miami que é um museu de street art a céu aberto | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Wynwood é um bairro de Miami, até há algum tempo degradado, e agora totalmente revitalizado, com obras de street art dos mais famosos grafiteiros da cena internacional.
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Jim's sketching book is finally out! - Land8.com

Jim's sketching book is finally out! - Land8.com | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Hello all! Many of you have asked when I would come out with a drawing book. I am delighted to announce that after nine months of writing and another six of b…
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Freehand drawing is as neccessasary now as it ever was - digital photos, computers, 3d graphics might have the day in recording annd rendering , but ideas and feelings and images of place are more readily encoded in us when we record them in  in sketches - our observatiosn in allsenses are enriched by them.

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As good and important as it is, LEED can be so embarrassing | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

As good and important as it is, LEED can be so embarrassing | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
  As most readers are likely to know, “LEED” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary set of standards for judging and certifying green buildings.  It was developed by the US Green Building Council, a consortium of industry...
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The problems of Green Building Rating systems, with buildings that are rated on their own, is that the context and location of the site are not taken sufficiently into account - the same problem exists with the South African Green Star rating, where a high star rating can be given to a large building that is located in an urban situation where it ignores the street-level  environment and turns its back on the city and people who must pass by it, and even discourages use of its plazas and pavements to avoid vagrants and undersirables, as it is focused on car driving office occupants whose daily commute form the suburbs further increase congestion and CO2 emissions on the overcrowded roads of the city which still has inadequate and unsafe public transport.  

This is not to say these rating systems are of no value, but rather that they  need further refinement and tailoring - maybe one size doesn't fit all and a more locally based process of sustainability evaluation would benefit  the urban fabric and all its actors - not just the developers and property owners.

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European Spallation Source | Lund Sweden | Henning Larsen Architects with SLA « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

European Spallation Source | Lund Sweden | Henning Larsen Architects with SLA « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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City of Soil: A Walk Down Stratford Avenue with Paul Mankiewicz

City of Soil: A Walk Down Stratford Avenue with Paul Mankiewicz | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Biologist and plant scientist Paul Mankiewicz explains the Gaia Hypothesis, the inherent environmental productivity of organisms, and why the city's waste stream is our greatest untapped ecological and economic asset.
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More urban ecology at work.

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In Situ Estate Garden | Redding USA | AHBL « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

In Situ Estate Garden | Redding USA | AHBL « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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This Cutting-Edge Map Tool Turns Anyone Into a Cartographer

This Cutting-Edge Map Tool Turns Anyone Into a Cartographer | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
OpenStreetMap debuts a new map editor that will close the gap between grassroots mapping and its giant industry rivals.
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Map Making for everyone

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The Cool Hunter - Blaxland Riverside Park - Sydney, Australia

The Cool Hunter - Blaxland Riverside Park - Sydney, Australia | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

JMD Design of Redfern, Sydney has created a cool kids’ outdoor space that makes us all want to run free and wild, with our hair blowing happily in the wind and our bodies full of positive energy.

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Cool Play

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EUROPA CITY BY BIG | A AS ARCHITECTURE

EUROPA CITY BY BIG | A AS ARCHITECTURE | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Europa City by BIG, Europa City is situated along the route from Charles de Gaule Airport to Paris and has a wide range of programs that is part of a larger initiative to attract international tourism into the northern parts of Paris, Urban Design,...
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Another "BIG" project with sweeping roof gardens adn integration into the landscape.

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Public Realm Scheme Underway in Watford « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Public Realm Scheme Underway in Watford « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Public Realm Scheme Underway in Watford

Work has started on site for a public realm scheme to improve the upper section of The Parade in Watford Town Centre. Designed by BDP the project responds to feedback from local residents and businesses who want to see the town centre become more attractive, helping to bring shoppers, families and businesses to the area.

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Effective simple drawings fro public pace regenerationhelp sell the ideas to the users.

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Mobile phone data redraws bus routes

Mobile phone data redraws bus routes | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
A competition which released billions of mobile call records in Africa has been used by IBM to redraw bus routes in Ivory Coast.
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The promise of real cell phone data for planning is being realised  -the potential is enormous if proprietary data can be made available. 

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Water sensitive design: integrating water with urban planning

Water sensitive design: integrating water with urban planning | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Water has become a risk rather than an opportunity in our cities and that must change, writes Sue Illman
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Playground for Phumlani

Playground for Phumlani | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Children living in Phumlani Village, Cape Town, South Africa have no safe place to play. Safe playgrounds help promote community and educational development.
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Maybe thers someone here in Cape Town whos preppared to sponsor this?

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Vauxhall Missing Link Shortlist announced « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Vauxhall Missing Link Shortlist announced « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Vauxhall Missing Link Shortlist announced
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Stoss Leads Design Team Selected for Movement on Main « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Stoss Leads Design Team Selected for Movement on Main « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Stoss Leads Design Team Selected for Movement on Main

 

The winning design proposal takes a broad understanding of health, one in which physical, psychological, social, environmental and public health are all intertwined and can contribute to an enhanced sense of community. Light‐Play! addresses all of this, in a concentrated and fun streetscape that beckons people to interact, to move, to engage

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Chris Reed's Stoss again an inspiratoinal design and different view of what streets can be.

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9 Essential Green Elements For Cities Wanting To Be Sustainable | EarthTechling

9 Essential Green Elements For Cities Wanting To Be Sustainable | EarthTechling | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
What really makes for a green or sustainable city? And how can sometimes highly diverse urban areas attain it?
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The reality of what it means for an urban district or an entrire city to be sustainable goes beyond "Green Buildings" or even green neighborhoods and encompassss many more concepts and relationships to SUSTAIN them over time. Here a take on this problem and what is required. _ I prefer not to use the "G" word as it is as loaded and ambiguous as the "S" word - still we have to use words that we sort of know what we are talkiing about to each other.

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A Wilder Way

A Wilder Way | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Planting pioneer Piet Oudolf’s home in Nantucket features a garden designed as if nature created it.
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Piet Oudolf's landscape design and planting work and influence revued by another plantsman - Noel Kingsbury

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Experimental Landscapes: Alexander Felson on Ecology and Design

Experimental Landscapes: Alexander Felson on Ecology and Design | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Urban ecologist Alexander Felson proposes a new kind of ecological practice, one that moves from analyzing nature to shaping it and embeds scientific experiments into the design process.
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Ecological Urbanism at work - actual experiment are needed to find out what the future possibilites of the urban field are - Design as Research rather than a previsualised result.

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