While the cult of the star architect has soared in recent decades, the figure of the town planner has arguably become comic shorthand for a faceless dullard. Yet the role is crucial to our urban future, and needs reinventing
The city of Saint-Die-des-Vosges has the only industrial building the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier conceived. It has always remained active, and the site of the Claude and Duval hosiery houses eighty workers even to this very day.
Yesterday, Reason TV released a video comparing Houston with more heavily regulated East Coast cities, explaining that Houston's relatively lax land use regulations contribute to its housing costs that are much lower than in other large cities. While the video paints an exaggerated picture of Houston as a free market paradise in spite of its…
Strava, a popular fitness-tracking app for runners and cyclists, just announced a new initiative. Because the app collects so much location information about people on the move, the company is now selling its data to local governments, where city planners can put it to use. Good idea!
Yves Cretegny's insight:
Interesting !! how real city usage can influence planning ....
The following projects—all completed during the past five years—include a golf course transformed into a farm; a range of rooftop gardens, from soil-based to hydroponic; and residential developments with gardens, edible landscaping, and orchards.
French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney.
The building's facade features one of the tallest green walls in the world- spanning over 1,000 square-metres, the 21 plant-covered panels are made up of 35 different species.
Coruscant et la Caisse des Dépôts ont annoncé la création de leur troisième partenariat pour la réalisation et l'exploitation de 8 nouvelles centrales solaires en couverture de parkings pour une puissance totale de 19 MWc.
La Caisse des Dépôts prendra une participation de 49 % du capital des sociétés portant les projets de centrales photovoltaïques. Ces dernières seront situées sur les parkings du site logistique automobile de STVA à Bassens en Aquitaine, du CEA à Grenoble et de la gare TGV de Valence en Rhône-Alpes, de l'aéroport de Perpignan en Languedoc-Roussillon et enfin de la gare TGV d'Avignon en Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
Every city should have a giant printer working around the clock, building bridges of knowledge, of ideas and of projects. A 3D printer allows us to open our mind and dream. Even to dream of a perfect city that does not yet exist. Maybe it will even help build it. Literally.
The brilliant minds behind Solar Roadways published a video detailing their world-changing project earlier this month, but its language didn’t really grab anyone’s attention.
This new one from creator Scott Brusaw, however, most definitely does not make this mistake.
“Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!” is filled with passionate excitement and specifically targets young adult minds while explaining the capabilities of this invention, which may seriously be the key to the next stage of human evolution.
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