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St. Louis Exhibition Explores Street Design in Grand Center Arts District

St. Louis Exhibition Explores Street Design in Grand Center Arts District | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

St. Louis’ Grand Center neighborhood has gone through a lot of changes, and the midtown neighborhood aims “to become the premiere cultural and entertainment tourist destination in the Midwest.

Part of that plan involves sprucing up the urban fabric with a Great Streets Projects grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The plan envisions corridors of development and pinpoints several intersections and cross-block connectors that could be activated by public programming to function as “outdoor rooms.”

Trees and green infrastructure are meant to alleviate some of St. Louis’ flooding issues by retaining and filtering stormwater and describes a new catchment area. Branding, wayfinding, lighting, and transportation analyses are also a focus of the plan.

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Mill River Park and Greenway by OLIN

Mill River Park and Greenway by OLIN | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
OLIN led a team of ecologists and civil engineers, collaborating with experts to create a comprehensive and ambitious framework for a park and greenway.
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The APARTHEID has been deeply written into the South African landscape: What Will Be Mandela’s Spatial Legacy?

The APARTHEID has been deeply written into the South African landscape: What Will Be Mandela’s Spatial Legacy? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

From the window of an airplane it’s all too plain that apartheid has been deeply written into the South African landscape. Even the smallest town appears as two distinct towns. One features a spacious grid of tree-lined streets and comfortable houses surrounded by lawns. The other, its shriveled twin, some distance away but connected by a well-traveled road, consists of a much tighter grid of dirt roads lined with shacks. Trees are a rarity, lawns non-existent. This doubling pattern appears no matter the size of the population: here, the white town; over there, the black township. — Lisa Findley, “Red & Gold: A Tale of Two Apartheid Museums.”


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Anyone who drives from Cape Town's "leafy subrurbs' to the airport sees the legacy of apartheid in the shacks that line the road, attempts to house everyone in one or two room, poorly designed and badly built shack,s over the 20 years of ANC rule have made no in-road on this spacial legacy   - the mating call of the party to its suporters is that it's the fault of the past regime - any attempt by  the opposition to call attention to the problems of poor sapcial planning, which is the visibel legacy of Modernism as adopted by the Nationalist govemnemts policy of racial segragation. The economic underpinning of this system are still firmly entrenched inthe city and despite endless planning reports there is still no visible change and the poor are rightly  frustrated - why do they still tolerate their leaders who spend millions on their own houses inthe name of security but are unable to provide  the poor with a viable and urbane civic realm?

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Earth Screening: the Winning proposal for Holland 'sustainable farming' pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Earth Screening: the Winning proposal for Holland 'sustainable farming' pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

New Holland Agriculture have chosen the winner of the international competition for their 1,500 square meters pavilion at the World Expo 2015 in Milan. The proposal, by Carlo Ratti Associati, is called Earth Screening, and features an agricultural field on its roof, similar to a giant 3D printer thanks to the constant activity of two robotized, self-driving tractors.

Emanuela Recchi, chairman of Recchi Engineering, describes Earth Screening as “a pavilion capable of expressing the principles of sustainability, efficiency, and energy production of a modern ‘Sustainable Farm’.” The design concept proposes an innovative and efficient pavilion, allowing visitors to interact with the latest research, products and innovations developed by New Holland.

The aim is that the energy for the pavilion – including that for the selfdriving tractors on the roof – will be generated on site. After the Expo, the New Holland pavilion will be dismantled and reconstructed in a second location as an innovative didactic farm, embodying the very idea of recycling and sustainability.

  



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Is this the future or is it just another "futurescape" daydream?

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Bustler: Top landscape architecture projects honored with ASLA 2013 Awards

Bustler: Top landscape architecture projects honored with ASLA 2013 Awards | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Bustler is all about architecture and architecture-related competitions.
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Institute of Landscape Architects South Africa announces 2013 Awards of Excellence « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Institute of Landscape Architects South Africa announces 2013 Awards of Excellence « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Institute of Landscape Architects South Africa announces 2013 Awards of Excellence
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Congratulations Johan and all the other winners.

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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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TCL with Troppo Architects win Henley Square design competition « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

TCL with Troppo Architects win Henley Square design competition « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
TCL with Troppo Architects win Henley Square design competition
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I wonder if this is not "highbrow" (see jury's coments)  - it all depends if the people who come here look like photoshop models  - and if so did they model themselves on advertisers photoshop models or what?

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(Still) Searching for the sustainable city formula | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

(Still) Searching for the sustainable city formula | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
   I’m obsessed with trying to find just the right set of goals to define urban sustainability.  Professionally, the world of smart growth has been my home base for two decades – since before we even called it smart growth...
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It is great to see the evolution of this thinking moving from a set of rigid principles  that are promoted "top-down", as it were, by the "experts, " to a more open engagement with different  points of view. In my view,  one of the most difficult challenges  for sustainable/resilient  urban planning and development  is for the experts in any field, as well as the politicians,  to appreciate the intelligence and "savvy" of locally embedded  knowledge.  This then means that all of these lists and formulae are only a starting point and that while the process can (possibly) be defined e.g. co-creation, co-design, integral design, transdiciplinary design, whose proponents all have their own sets of design methodologies and use different methods and tools, it  seems it is always necessary to engage all the actor-networks that include the living and the dead - the dead are after all not really dead - they live on in the urban fabric, both as the built morphologies we inherit ,as well as the laws, regulations, fences, old freeways and the conditioned preconceptions and desires of the people we so dutifully want to engage and get to participate. 

It is thus not only futile to think one has the answers, but in fact is a certain recipe for disaster - how many times have the plans been carefully crafted and sent backwards and forwards for public /political consultation etc. etc. and the when the dozers arrive or the hoardings are set up on site, only then  is the  resistance of  hidden threads  of diverse actor-networks revealed, be it in corrupt politicians and developers (not all are), invisible publics that were busy elsewhere and never attended the meetings, or conflicts in international relations /economics that come up unseen as it were. 

By this skepticism of planning's efficacy, I do not mean to say that we should not have guidelines and processes, but we should realize that everyone (planners included) have self-interest's, as in the words of former president Nelson Mandela: "(Ubuntu) does not mean people should not address themselves, the question is are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you?" 

Without a change in how WE do business - it will just become business as usual -so I think that the concepts of "conserver cities" would be more likely to become reality if the truth of the matter were visible to all that and to borrow a little ancient Indian wisdom we understand "Karma" and why we shouldn't be fouling our own back door - it will be coming back to bite us - after all we all breathe this same air.

 

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The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport: Places: Design Observer

The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport: Places: Design Observer | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

We live in an era of unprecedented speed and mobility. Urban geographer and anthropologist Manuel Castells has famously characterized our time as being shaped by the "space of flows," in which multiple communication systems enable powerful and often instantaneous connectivity. [1] Nowhere is the space of flows more manifest than in the extensive and overlapping networks of global air transportation. In the past half century, in the United States and around the world, air travel has progressed from an elite prerogative to a popular option.

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How to "green" up the airline industry - is it even vaiabel to think about? A provocative an dtimely essay

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Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey USA | ATLAS lab « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey USA | ATLAS lab « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Wild yards and gardens are popping up everywhere, but they still draw the ire of some neighbours who prefer their domestic landscapes more domesticated
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Public and client perceptions are slow to change - the wilder way is however slowly making ground. While less intensive in its upkeep and water usage, natural or wild gardens require an appreciation of natural cycles and they  have their  own maintenance regimen - it is still an artifice which will need input over time or it will become as some fear a "mess" - nature gardens mimic nature - it takes much longer and more effort to actually achieve a sustainable state of change that satisfies our need for interest and color on a year round basis - many wilderness areas are not that interesting or colorful for a large part of the year and our media induced need for "eye-candy" relentlessly drives much of the sale of  fashionable plants and garden design - still it is encouraging that more and more people are willing to try.

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Bhopkins's curator insight, July 11, 2013 10:23 PM

Mine's not so manicured - in fact, very little grass. I'll take some pictures over the weekend to share.

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Minneapolis breaks ground on massive downtown east development

Minneapolis breaks ground on massive downtown east development | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, workers broke ground on the largest Twin Cities real estate development project in two decades. Budding off a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, designed by HKS, locally based Ryan Companies saw an opportunity to redefine the Minneapolis neighborhood of Downtown East.

Their five-block mixed-use development will include two 18-story office towers for Wells Fargo, six levels of parking with more than 1,600 spaces, about 24,000 square feet of retail space, 193 apartments and a four-acre urban park near the new stadium’s northwest corner. Wells Fargo currently has 5,000 employees scattered across more than a dozen offices throughout the area.


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A Garden is an Act Against Nature

A Garden is an Act Against Nature | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Here's the thing -- designing a garden, by its very definition, is an act against nature. A garden manipulates and contorts nature through the filter of our cultural and imaginative biases.
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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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Big Brothers watching me???

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Green Urbanism is the Future! Well, Maybe.

Green Urbanism is the Future! Well, Maybe. | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the winners of its annual awards program, honoring the best of the best (at least in th…
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Yeah maybe .. but this is mostly high cost stuff - here in Africa we might just need more people-centric public space - to quote Fred Kent of PPS - lighter cheaper, faster - greener comes simply by being low-tech and local.

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hyperreal cartography & the unrealized city

hyperreal cartography & the unrealized city | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
real maps of places that exist but don't.

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OR Tambo Environmental and Narrative Centre | Ekhuruleni South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

OR Tambo Environmental and Narrative Centre | Ekhuruleni South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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Cape Town and Urban Livability | Sustainable Cities Collective

Cape Town and Urban Livability | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Every year Monocle magazine publishes its list of 25 most liveable cities. This year’s list was topped by Copenhagen, followed by Melbourne and Helsinki.
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Maybe we are better off not being on their list - after all there is only so much space here - do we really want a lot more over-hyped elitists here pushing up prices and giving us bad name for our lack of hospitality?

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Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design

Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Crown Sky Garden is a sanctuary for patients, families, doctors and administrators within this 23 story Children’s Hospital. The commitment to this sky garden was built upon a growing body of scientific research which links access to natural light and contemplative spaces to reduced patient recovery time. This regenerative project offers a new paradigm for healthcare design that integrates healing gardens as part of the health care regiment within these institutional environments

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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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Tesla CEO unveils Hyperloop: the solar-powered high-speed train of the future

Tesla CEO unveils Hyperloop: the solar-powered high-speed train of the future | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk on Tuesday unveiled plans for the world's fifth mode of transport - the long-awaited Hyperloop, a super fast and sustainable mode of...
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Maybe still just an idea - but the kind of ideas that real technology savvy investors should be investing in - where are the fearless investors and legislators now - busy licking ploiticians asses to not shut down their gas guzzling and resource hungry projects no doubt.

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Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens

Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens  From Designboom  living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens all images © guy boily mosaicultures internationales montréal 2...
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Amazing - Not your average park landscape1

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Urban parks reinvented

Urban parks reinvented | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The city park ain’t what it used to be. While most parks in Montreal still have playgrounds, grass and sports fields, green spaces all over Montreal are being overhauled to offer residents a host of new types of recreational activities in...
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First world parks - still seperated from the life of the City - Nature and Society in opposition - how do you se it?

 

 

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