In preparation for the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is currently undertaking massive construction projects in sports and urban infrastructure.
An urban environmental management project in the historic city of Shaoxing shows that heritage conservation can be integrated into urban renewal. Historic neighborhoods can be upgraded while keeping communities in place and retaining unique characteristics. What has been achieved in Shaoxing can be a model for other historic cities in China and around the world.
"Post-Traumatic Urbanism" poses an important question: Why is this concept especially relevant today? Global urbanization, the increased omnipresence of virtual communication, and a litany of catastrophic events — September 11th, Banda Aceh, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima, among others — have captured public imagination.
Post-traumatic urbanism is not new, of course. What may be new is how, why, and by whom it is articulated and framed to forge new grounds of action. In the face of trauma, academic research and professional practice must come together to rebuild.
Back in 2009, Paul Romer unveiled the idea for a "charter city" -- a new kind of city with rules that favor democracy and trade. This year, at TED2011, he tells the story of how such a city might just happen in Honduras ... with a little help from his TEDTalk.
The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. The author draws on his political and business experience to show that we have all the necessary ...
Erik Swyngedouw has published widely on urban political ecology, globalization, and socio-spatial theory, including "Can Neighbourhoods Save the City?" (2010), "In the Nature of Cities" (2006), "Social Power and the Urbanization of Water" (2004), and "The Globalized City" (2003). The range of theory and evidence assembled in his work is essential reading for anyone who cares about urban development. It has awakened me to new possibilities in the political, and to its critical place in ecology, design, technology, health care, and countless other approaches to improving the quality of life in cities.
Inspired by the Better Block Program in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas that crowdsourced a weekend demonstration of what a downtown street should be like, Memphis hosted their own last November. Located on Broad Street, the event, “A New Face for Old Broad“, attracting 13,000 attendees.
Pat Brown, co-owner of T. Clifton Art Gallery on Broad, sums it up nicely, “It’s easier for any of us to envision what the future can be if you can see it, touch it and taste it as well. Instead of looking at a piece of paper, we want people to experience it.”
The city of Vienna, partner in the URBACT Redis and OPENCities projects, has set an ambitious climate goal: the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per capita of 21% compared to 1990 by the year 2020. This shall be achieved through the implementation of various measures imbedded in the so-called KliP II, the Vienna Climate Protection Program 2010–2020.
c. Colomès + f. Nomdedeu architectes with Michael Rousseau architecte and Adrian Maston have studied the evolution of cities and urban environments and have produced this research as to how one might design and create a sustainable urban development. This concept is based on a living condition that balances the urban environment with an agricultural environment.
Nearly half of the world today — about three billion people — live or work in buildings made of raw earth and wood. This number is rapidly decreasing, which is normally attributed to rapid urbanization. The real reason seems to be that earth and wood are rarely used today as construction materials. In fact, raw earth and wood are excellent materials that can be used in modern architecture, drawing upon ancient yet sophisticated techniques.
Starting out as a student project at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, with Professor Ali Rahim, Tiffany Dahlen, and Virginia Melnyk, the building quickly became a reality. Located the Harajuku area of Tokyo, this restaurant, sake bar and lounge looks like some sort of psychedelic undersea world.
How cities within cities are shaping urban growth in China. A term used to describe integrated developments in urban communities – where people live, work, play and shop in proximity – HOPSCA is emerging as an important piece in...
Bristol and Glasgow have emerged as the "super cities" that will lead the rebalancing of British manufacturing towards hi-tech production and renewable energy respectively, HSBC predicts.
A report entitled The Future of Business 2011 from HSBC Commercial Banking says that Made in Britain is making a comeback. It confidently predicts a renaissance of Britain's manufacturing heyday and a return to the world buying goods that have been manufactured in Britain, but with a 21st century slant.
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