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Best Cities to live in the World | Best In The World | 5BestThings.com

Best Cities to live in the World | Best In The World | 5BestThings.com | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Find out Best Cities to live in the World, 2013 best Cities to live in the world, the ranking depends on safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture,
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Anatomy of a Smart City- Postscapes

Anatomy of a Smart City- Postscapes | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A full sized infographic of what is helping to create today's 'Smart Cities'.
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As margens do Sena em Paris

As margens do Sena em Paris | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Gosto das intervenções que tornam a vida na cidade mais divertida
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Ao reutilizar trilhos de bonde, Viena dá lição de mobilidade e economia

Ao reutilizar trilhos de bonde, Viena dá lição de mobilidade e economia | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Capital da Áustria adota ônibus elétrico que reutiliza linhas antes destinadas aos bondes antigos.
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Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Urban Life | Scoop.it
My neighborhood has a “commons.” So does yours. The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in which the community as a whole has an interest. At a minimum, these include the community’s streets,...
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Project for Public Spaces | 26 Ways to Make Great Places

Project for Public Spaces | 26 Ways to Make Great Places | Urban Life | Scoop.it
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Can Waste Be Used to Regenerate Our Cities?

Can Waste Be Used to Regenerate Our Cities? | Urban Life | Scoop.it
With the rise of urban dwellers comes the rise of urban waste. And, although the hidden life of garbage is still ignored by many, there is no way of escaping one of modern societies most pressing issues: unsustainable waste management.

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three simple methods to inspire urban change

three simple methods to inspire urban change | Urban Life | Scoop.it
One of my favorite motivational scenes, that inspires city reinvention, is the one above. The photo shows the first part of the Nice, France tramway---a city-center transit line which has helped ch...
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AT&T Launches Solar Mobile Charging Stations In NYC

AT&T Launches Solar Mobile Charging Stations In NYC | Urban Life | Scoop.it
As part of an ongoing effort to keep New Yorkers connected, telecom provider AT&T launches free solar mobile charging stations in public spaces across the five boroughs of the Big Apple.
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amazing guitar and drum playing on the streets of Buenos Ai

unbelieveable guitar playing by 20 year old Damian Salazar from Buenos Aires. He and his friend Sebastian, who is the world champion in bucket drumming, are ...

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Florida y Lavalle. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Damián Salazar y Sebastián Zoppi, dos genios de 20 años

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Conheça obras de VLT que podem melhorar a mobilidade das cidades brasileiras

Conheça obras de VLT que podem melhorar a mobilidade das cidades brasileiras | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Você está contente com o trânsito em sua cidade? A menos que more em algum município do interior ou mesmo em uma ilha, dificilmente sua resposta será um sim, não é mesmo?
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Agência transforma bueiros em moedas de R$ 0,20 - Adnews - Movido pela Notícia

Agência transforma bueiros em moedas de R$ 0,20 - Adnews - Movido pela Notícia | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Manifestação pacífica usa arte para apoiar movimentos de mudança que acontecem no país
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Why Bicycle Helmets Should Not Be Compulsory

Why Bicycle Helmets Should Not Be Compulsory | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Decades of car dominance have made our streets congested, polluted and ugly. While some cities are now quickly embracing the bike, others have been slow. Helmet campaigns and legislation have been major obstructions to change.
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Urban Tree Benefits

Urban Tree Benefits | Urban Life | Scoop.it
- lower stress - increase walking - moderate temperature extremes - provide shade - scrub pollutants out of the air - decrease incidents of flash flooding - provide habitats for wild life - provide...
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Street Art com Adria e Lisa | Mistura Chique

Street Art com Adria e Lisa | Mistura Chique | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Street Art com Adria e Lisa. Postado em 12 julho, 2013 por Mistura Chique em Arte. O projeto “I Wish I Said Hello, NYC” foi feito pelas jovens projetistas de Nova Iorque, Adria Navarro e Lisa Parque para retomar ligações perdidas de ...
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Urban Routines — Everyday Life In The Big City

Urban Routines — Everyday Life In The Big City | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Urban designers and architects almost always focus on future scenarios for cities. We tend to forget that, at the same time, many, many city dwellers are just living their daily lives.
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Projeto da Microsoft visa criação de ambientes urbanos sustentáveis

Projeto da Microsoft visa criação de ambientes urbanos sustentáveis | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Batizada de CityNext, a iniciativa pretende aumentar a eficiência dos serviços, a redução de custos e a criação de um ambiente mais sustentável, que permita cultivar comunidades capazes de potencializar o pleno desenvolvimento humano.
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Start Young on BRTS Social Media Promotion | Sustainable Cities Collective

Start Young on BRTS Social Media Promotion | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
The power of social media is immense, and it can create a healthy two-way communications between public transport authorities and public transit users. However, this approach requires a committed effort.
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It's a Bus, It's a Tram, It's Vienna's New Public Transport | Sustainable Cities Collective

It's a Bus, It's a Tram, It's Vienna's New Public Transport | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Vienna is home to one of the largest tram systems in the world. But as the city has grown, trams have been supplemented by metro trains, gas-powered buses, and other forms of transport.
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10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs

10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Rising sustainability concerns over the last decade have brought about a fascinating new tendency in landscape concepts for development and renewal of urban and even industrial areas. Nature is coming back to cities and that’s a wonderful opportunity for us to get back to it too. Experience the mesmerizing beauty of these nature bites inserted into urban context and let’s hope this is the future of landscape architecture!


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Street Closures and Urban Placemaking | Sustainable Cities Collective

Street Closures and Urban Placemaking | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Pedestrian-oriented shopping streets can be key to making communities more livable, particularly when they are well designed, managed and strategically connected to networks of public transit, pedestrian paths and bike routes.
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Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic)

Inside Arcology, the City of the Future (Infographic) | Urban Life | Scoop.it

For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future.

 In the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned “arcology” - a word that combines “architecture” and “ecology," with a goal of building structures to house large populations in self-contained environments with a self-sustaining economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri)
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luiy's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:42 AM
For over a century, writers and architects have imagined the cities of the future as giant structures that contain entire metropolises. To some, these buildings present the best means for cities to exist in harmony with nature, while others forsee grotesque monstrosities destructive to the human spirit. In the mid-20th century, engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller imagined city-enclosing plastic domes and enormous housing projects resembling nuclear cooling towers. These ideas are impractical but they explore the limits of conventional architectural thinking.  Science fiction writers and artists often imagine future architecture that oppresses the human spirit. Megastructures such as the pyramid-like Tyrell Buildings of “Blade Runner” dominate a decrepit skyline. The decaying old city is simply covered with layers of newer, larger buildings in a process of “retrofitting.” Beginning in the late 1960s, architect Paolo Soleri envisioned a more humane approach. The word “arcology” is a combination of “architecture” and “ecology.” The goal is to build megastructures that would house a population of a million or more people, but in a self-contained environment with its own economy and agriculture. “In the three-dimensional city, man defines a human ecology. In it he is a country dweller and metropolitan man in one. By it the inner and the outer are at ‘skin’ distance. He has made the city in his own image. Arcology: the city in the image of man.” (Paolo Soleri) In 1996, a group of 75 Japanese corporations commissioned Soleri to design the one-kilometer-tall Hyper Bulding, a vertical city for 100,000 people. Existing in harmony with nature, the Hyper Building was designed to recycle waste, produce food in greenhouses, and use the sun’s light and heat for power and climate control.  The structure was designed for passive heating and cooling without the need for machinery. An economic recession put the brakes on the project and it was never built. Soleri’s arcology concept is being put to the test in the Arcosanti experimental community being built in Arizona. Construction began in 1970. When complete the town will house 5,000 people. Buildings are composed of locally produced concrete and are designed to capture sunlight and heat. To be built in the desert near Abu Dhabi, Masdar is a 2.3-square-mile (6 sq km) planned city of 40,000 residents. Buildings are designed to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, and the city will run entirely on solar power and renewable energy. Begun in 2006, the project is planned for completion around 2020-2025.
Fàtima Galan's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:44 AM

Amazing and beautiful analysis!! Believe it or not, the science fiction also has something to teach us about the city of tomorrow.

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CARTOGRAFIA DE ESPAÇOS HÍBRIDOS: AS MANIFESTAÇÕES DE JUNHO DE 2013 | #InterAgentes

CARTOGRAFIA DE ESPAÇOS HÍBRIDOS: AS MANIFESTAÇÕES DE JUNHO DE 2013 | #InterAgentes | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Junho de 2013 foi marcado por um sem número de manifestações e mobilizações sociais em todo o Brasil.
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Cidades brasileiras buscam ações de sustentabilidade

Cidades brasileiras buscam ações de sustentabilidade | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Carbon Disclosure Project afirma que municípios do país estão começando a “acordar” para nova realidade de um clima em constante mudança, e buscam soluções apesar da falta de iniciativas do governo federal.
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Subúrbios x Old Urbanism: A briga pelo American Way of Life

Subúrbios x Old Urbanism: A briga pelo American Way of Life | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Pra quem não sabe o que é Old Urbanism, nos EUA é chamado de New Urbanism (Ironia!) pois há muito tempo se predominou nos EUA o modelo baseado em subúrbios e divisão das cidades entre o Centro comercial e os ...
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