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Connect, Create, Collaborate: Sparking the Maker Movement at your Library | Yalsa Blog

Connect, Create, Collaborate: Sparking the Maker Movement at your Library | Yalsa Blog | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

A makerspace (sometimes also referred to as a hackerspace, hackspace or hacklab) is a location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, electronics, engineering, and/or digital or electronic art, can connect, create and collaborate. Makerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops, and/or studios where hackers and makers come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.

Many libraries have embraced the maker movement and have incorporated makerspaces into the services they provide as they both encourage community building, skill sharing, participatory learning and the concepts of scientific and technological savvy as 21st century literacies.

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lauryn burkhalter's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:24 PM

Love this, need more of these that are designed to encourage younger makers to get involved and learn from mentors. #socialentrepreneurship  idea right there

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+POOL: The World's First Floating Water-Filtering Aquatic Facility, NYC

+POOL:  The World's First Floating Water-Filtering Aquatic Facility, NYC | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

Born of the desire to swim in new york city's rivers, '+pool', the world's first floating water-filtering aquatic facility, will be the largest publicly funded civic project ever.

Three new yorkers have worked with international engineering and design firms such as ARUP to create '+pool', the world's first recreational floating aquatic filtering facility. The layered structure is designed to purify river water, over a half million gallons daily.

Composed of four sections forming the '+', the program is designed to accommodate everyone -- children and adults, athletes and bathers alike. the project is finished 'tile by tile', where each block is inscribed with a name or personal message of a sponsor or group of sponsors who donate over 25 USD.


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Unlimited Cities is a digital collaborative...

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Unlimited Cities is a digital collaborative platform to consult citizen’s imagination for urban planning. It’s under process in France, Finland, Deutschland, Nederlands, Brazil, and created by UFO. “A...

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Menomonee Valley's curator insight, January 24, 2013 11:58 AM

fun stuff, this is an example of a potential tool for urban planning, but it needs to move past ideas and into a systematic project where urban residents are participants, planners, enablers, funders, etc.

lauryn burkhalter's curator insight, January 24, 2013 12:03 PM

fun stuff, this is an example of a potential tool for urban planning, but it needs to move past ideas and into a systematic project where urban residents are participants, planners, enablers, funders, etc.

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Onboard Informatics introduces School Attendance Zones

Onboard Informatics introduces School Attendance Zones | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

Today, Onboard Informatics provides advanced details, ratings, and reviews for 125,000+ public, private, parochial, charter and online schools. Our clients can choose to display over 100 types of School Information on their sites. But what if buyers want to determine which school their children will go to when they move?


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6 Promising New Apps for Design Professionals | Planetizen: The ...

6 Promising New Apps for Design Professionals | Planetizen: The ... | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
International Economic Development Council. Request for Qualifications - Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan Update. 6 days ago. City of Manhattan, Kansas. Join us in San Francisco for facades+ PERFORMANCE ...
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Madinah has best Islamic urban planning - Arab News

Madinah has best Islamic urban planning - Arab News | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
Madinah has best Islamic urban planning Arab News Millions of Muslims visit the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah every year, but very few know that Madinah Munawwarah, the City of Light, is not only the first settlement in Islam, but also a shining...
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When Urban Security Cameras Actually Save Lives - The Atlantic Cities

When Urban Security Cameras Actually Save Lives - The Atlantic Cities | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities When Urban Security Cameras Actually Save Lives The Atlantic Cities Indeed, city governance played a huge role here: while a handful of homicides occurred in "camera" cities after installation, none happened in cities with...
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Alain Bertaud | The study of urban spatial structures

Alain Bertaud | The study of urban spatial structures | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
Updated website for senior scholar Alain Bertaud, thought leader at intersection of urban planning & urban econ: http://t.co/fRKg5IaD7U
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City needs plan to manage inevitable neighbourhood updates - Vancouver Sun

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Two years ago, city council voted to direct planning department staff to begin a new community plan program for the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood.
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Urban Innovation and Governance -- emerging priorities of 21st Century Cities | EngagingCities

Urban Innovation and Governance -- emerging priorities of 21st Century Cities | EngagingCities | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
Manual para Alcaldes @EngagingCities: Urban Innovation and Governance -- emerging priorities of 21st Century Cities http://t.co/eHN5uYVE8n
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A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth

A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
A new interactive project from Google, NASA and the US Geological Survey.
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The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation

The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

Throughout human history, people have long found unique value in living and working in cities, even if for reasons they couldn’t quite articulate. Put people together, and opportunities and ideas and wealth seem to grow at a more powerful rate than a simple sum of all our numbers. This has been intuitively true for centuries of city-dwellers.

 

"What people didn’t know," says MIT researcher Wei Pan, "is why."

In a new paper published in Nature Communications, Pan and several colleagues argue that the underlying force that drives super-linear productivity in cities is the density with which we're able to form social ties. The larger your city, in other words, the more people (using this same super-linear scale) you’re likely to come into contact with.

"If you think about productivity, it’s all about ideas, information flows, how easily you can access ideas and opportunities," Pan says. "We believe that the interaction mechanism is what drives the productivity of the city."


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Norm Miller's curator insight, June 14, 2013 5:35 AM

Similar to Ed Glaeser's views in the Triumph of be City

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Have your say on urban plan - inmycommunity

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EAST Wanneroo residents will again have the opportunity to comment on how the urbanisation of the area will progress.
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Town Square Initiative: New York - Urban Planning and Design Concepts

Town Square Initiative: New York - Urban Planning and Design Concepts | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

The Town Square Initiative is a yearlong volunteer effort in which Gensler designers set out to unearth and re-imagine unexpected open space in cities around the globe. All 43 Gensler offices were invited to participate in the conceptual project, in which we challenged our designers to identify open space in the city and reimagine it as a town square.


Visit the link for more images, diagrams and information on Gensler New York’s design of their future city.


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A Proposal To Transform London’s BT Tower Into A Pollution Harvester

A Proposal To Transform London’s BT Tower Into A Pollution Harvester | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

Royal College of Art graduate Chang-Yeob Lee’s ‘Synth[e]tech[e]cology’ project aims to repurpose the BT Tower into pollution harvesting skyscraper that extracts carbon from petrol fumes to produce sustainable bio-fuels. 

Lee chose to base his design around the 620-ft telecommunications tower because of its predicted redundancy and its location in one of the most polluted areas in London. The redesigned tower would serve as a way to gather economically valuable resources from pollutants in the atmosphere while reducing the level of respiratory illness in the city. 

“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting”, said Lee. “We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. Pollution could be another economy.”
The tower will also include “a vertical oil field laboratory and a laboratory for future resources present in the atmosphere”.


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Urban Agriculture Grows Up: Rooftop Greenhouses and Vertical Farms

Urban Agriculture Grows Up: Rooftop Greenhouses and Vertical Farms | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

A wave of rooftop greenhouses and vertical farms captures the imagination of architects while offering an alternative to conventional cultivation methods.


Community-gardening advocates have sold urban farming as a sustainable local alternative to industrial-scale farming and as an educational platform for healthier living. And municipalities are buying in, adopting urban ag to transform vacant lots into productive civic assets.

In the last two or three years, however, entrepreneurial urban farmers have opened a new frontier with a different look and operating model than most community gardens. Their terrain is above the ground, not in it. Working with help from engineers, architects, and city halls, they have sown rooftops and the interiors of buildings worldwide. “There’s a lot of activity right now, and there is huge potential to do more of it,” says Gregory Kiss, principal at Brooklyn-based architecture firm Kiss + Cathcart.


Visit the article link for more on recent innovations in urban agriculture and vertical farming...


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jean-guy Jais's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:30 PM

very interesting

Zé Estrada Ar's comment, July 8, 2013 1:51 AM
Fortunately I live in a country filled with big farms, but it's a good iniciative.
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NYC's Innovative New Map System Won't Leave You Lost

NYC's Innovative New Map System Won't Leave You Lost | urban municipalities | Scoop.it

Even for the most direction-savvy New Yorker, emerging from the dark pit of the subway can be a disorienting experience. New York City streets are bright, they’re loud, oftentimes they’re smelly, and worst of all, maps are virtually non-existent. Or at least that used to be the case.

 

Just this week, the Department of Transportation unveiled its WalkNYC initiative, a program that will bring comprehensive pedestrian maps to all five boroughs. In a city where an estimated 30 percent of all trips are made by foot and one out of every three locals can’t tell north from south, they’re probably going to come in handy.


Though NYC’s public transportation is top-notch and we are technically on a grid, it’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed when traveling by foot. That’s why the DOT enlisted the help of PentaCityGroup, a consortium of urban planners, engineers, designers, cartographers and geographical information specialists, to solve the problem.

Their goal? To create an information-packed map that would orient pedestrians and help them find the gems each NYC neighborhood has to offer. The first of these new information kiosks was installed earlier this week in Chinatown (they’re already located at every Citi Bike station), and it’s expected that others will be popping up in midtown Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn this summer


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luiy's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:49 AM

If the style of these maps looks familiar, that’s because it is. The design team wanted to marry the current design to the graphic language that was was established for the subway system in the late 1960s. The typeface is still Helvetica (albeit with a slight twist–the type’s square dots are now round) and it uses the same organizational conventions (white type on a dark background). “All of this was deliberately echoing the way the subways look,” Bierut explains. “We wanted people to be able to ride the subway, come out and orient themselves.” Bierut says the design of the maps is meant to be accurate, trustworthy and friendly. But not too friendly—this is New York City, after all. “We wanted these things to be beautiful in a way, but also characteristic of the best of New York.”

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How to refinance your mortgage - MSN Real Estate

How to refinance your mortgage - MSN Real Estate | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
Here are six tips to consider if you're looking for refinancing options outside of HARP.
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8 tips for first-time homebuyers and investors

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They may be real estate investors and brokers now, but couple Jay and Cherry Castillo, founders of foreclosurephilippines.com, also had their share of common mistakes first-time homebuyers and investors make (Planning to buy a home or invest on...
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City and language - urban planning Illustrated Dictionary(Chinese Edition) book download

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City and language - urban planning Illustrated Dictionary(Chinese Edition) book download<br/><br/>?? A ??? Dhiru A Thadani<br/><br/><br/>Download here http://beseduw.info/1/books/City-and-language---urban-planning-Ill... | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
City and language - urban planning Illustrated Dictionary(Chinese Edition) book download

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Tadamun: an initiative for urban solidarity

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Tadamun is an initiative spearheaded by architect Kareem Ibrahim of Takween Integrated Community Development and Diane Singerman, Associate Professor in the Department of Government, School of Public...
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Watch What Happens When You Track 493 People's Grocery Buying Habits

Watch What Happens When You Track 493 People's Grocery Buying Habits | urban municipalities | Scoop.it
Researchers are using GPS devices to better understand where and how we get our food.
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Eight Guidelines To Keep Creativity At The Heart of Cities

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Silvie Jacobi from This Big City lays out how to keep cultural production and creative industries thriving in our cities.

 

While creativity is associated with notions of change and innovation, there is no common ground in defining what “applied” creativity is. In cultural strategy, creativity is often used as a proxy for how much cultural consumption infrastructure a city offers. Planning creativity in favour of consumption is a risky undertaking that often gentrifies original clusters of cultural production.

 

Cities have been extremely important for the emergence of contemporary cultural production as they are places with extreme spatial and social density, access to infrastructure and with labour specialisation and cultural emancipation.


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Is Crowdfunding The Future of Urban Economic Development? - techPresident

Is Crowdfunding The Future of Urban Economic Development?
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