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BIG with West 8, Fentress, JPA propose Miami Beach Square « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

BIG with West 8, Fentress, JPA propose Miami Beach Square « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
BIG with West 8, Fentress, JPA propose Miami Beach Square

 

Miami Beach is a unique city in so many ways. It is one of the youngest cities in America – and perhaps right now one of the most vibrant and dynamic. Its streetscape is characterized by a lively walkable urban fabric with a friendly human scaled environment under the cool shade of tropical trees and art deco canopies – except at the convention center. It is a dead black hole of asphalt in the heart of one the most beautiful and lively cities in America. Our mission is to bring Miami Beach back to the Convention Center – and to imagine an architecture and an urban space unique to the climate and culture of Miami Beach.

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More BIG ideas - with West8 innovation is assured 

Design / Planning Team: BIG (master plan and architecture), West 8 (public realm), John Portman & Associates (hotel), Fentress (convention center), Revuelta Architects (local)

 
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ASLA 2012 Professional Awards | Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden

ASLA 2012 Professional Awards | Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Renovated from abandoned quarry yard, Quarry Garden has become one new landmark and name card of Shanghai. Its capabilities are fully displayed based on ecological restoration and culture reconstruction strategies. One dangerous inaccessible abandoned land has been built into one attractive tourist resort for visitors approaching natural landscape and experiencing the culture of quarrying industry. And the challenge of constructing dramatic aesthetical space on highly-difficult construction techniques also becomes one highlight of this project.

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By Lucy Wang from Land8

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Fabio Novembre tour of Cascina Cuccagna, a converted farm in Milan

Fabio Novembre tour of Cascina Cuccagna, a converted farm in Milan | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre takes us to Cascina Cuccagna, a cultural centre in a converted farm in Milan.
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Bottom up use of vacant buildings - citizens takiing their own actions - aided and helped by local govenment 

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Pavement to Parks: Plazas & Public Space

Pavement to Parks: Plazas & Public Space | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

The San Francisco Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities.

Applicants and designers in San Francisco are strongly encouraged to read the Parklet Manual in its entirety when they are first thinking about proposing a parklet, and to refer to it often throughout the process. Understanding what the program is trying to achieve and the process and regulations for a successful parklet may reduce the time it takes to receive a permit, and will likely result in a superior parklet design.

Download: Download the full Parklet Manual

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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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Great Graphics

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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

Donovan Gillman's insight:

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

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JDS architects: premier campus office in kagithane, istanbul

JDS architects: premier campus office in kagithane, istanbul | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
the sinuous form mirrors the naturally undulating terrain and river of istanbul, creating an atmosphere fostering the growth of business and culture.
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Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study

Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle...
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Is Singapore  with its autocratic government and its rampant comercailism a suitable model for 21st Century sustainable cities?

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The Contradiction of Consumerism

The Contradiction of Consumerism | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers pictured at the scene after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 25, 2013. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty) With the r...
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Does "art" render the "real world" or the imagination and in what way does Photoshop decrease our reliance on visual imagery if it no longer reflects the Enlightenment view of a world that has only one version not an infinite number i.e. can you trust any image? What does this do to our work as visionaries?

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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).

Donovan Gillman's insight:

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

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Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:52 AM

This article talks about the history of downtown San Jose. It talks about San Jose's fight to revitalize its downtown urban centers. 

 

This article relates to Unit 6: Industrialization and Economic Development because it deals with trying to get San Jose to become the main urban center. It talks about the process that it went through to get back. 

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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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