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This "Story Pod" is a free-for-all lending library designed for a public park

On the edge of a recently completed civic square for the Canadian town of Newmarket, Ontario, Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB) have designed the “Story Pod,” a free community-supported lending library that is open to everyone.

The black box with vertical slats has two walls that pivot open like the covers of a book, welcoming people inside. Visitors can take or leave any of the books, or lounge quietly on the built-in seating and read...

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New London Architecture: 100 Ideas for Solving London's Housing Crisis

New London Architecture: 100 Ideas for Solving London's Housing Crisis | green streets | Scoop.it

With ideas ranging from floating homes to new mega-cities, New London Architecture has revealed 100 proposals to address the housing crisis in London. The ideas will be on display as part of the New Ideas for Housing exhibition at the NLA Galleries in the Building Centre in London. After an open ideas competition announced June 2015, over 200 entries were received with 10 finalists to be selected for the opportunity to work with the Greater London Authority to implement their ideas.

With so many entries, certain trends in thinking emerged. The retro-fitting of London suburbs, and the idea of giving homeowners greater responsibility was popular: Alastair Parvin and Adam Towle in partnership with the WikiHouse Foundation proposed the “Right to Replace,” which allows homeowners to replace their existing property with their dream home, if they use half their space, incentivizing density. Other ideas include apps that locate future development sites, and a ‘build-to-own’ financing and ownership model by Savills.

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Gehry unveils design for mixed-use development on LA’s Sunset Strip

Gehry unveils design for mixed-use development on LA’s Sunset Strip | green streets | Scoop.it

Architect Frank Gehry has conceived five distinct but interrelated buildings for a prominent site along LA's famous Sunset Strip.

Unveiled Wednesday, the design for 8150 Sunset Boulevard features five buildings that are united by a common plaza at street level. Public space is interwoven into the complex, which will encompass 334,000 square feet (31,000 square metres).

The site anchors the eastern end of the Sunset Strip and faces Hollywood Hills to the north. The development will have low heights along the street in order to relate in scale to nearby buildings. The area features architectural and cultural landmarks such as Chateau Marmot, a storied hotel meant to evoke a French estate, and the Art Deco-style Sunset Tower.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, August 28, 2015 7:15 AM

La intervención de Gehry en el famoso strip de Los Angeles, sale a la luz.

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A Proposal for an Elevated Stockholm Airport Locates Runways among City Rooftops

A Proposal for an Elevated Stockholm Airport Locates Runways among City Rooftops | green streets | Scoop.it

Airport runways are raised above the streets and waterways of a new Stockholm city district in this conceptual proposal by Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Alex Sutton.

The proposal, named Stockholm City Airport/Airport City, envisages a future where commercial aviation becomes more integrated into the fabric of the city rather than being relegated to the outskirts.

"This project uses Stockholm, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, as a testing ground to establish a fully integrated urban airport as part of a new city district, in a time when aviation technology is such that aircraft and airports could operate from within our cities."


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6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award

6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award | green streets | Scoop.it

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected six finalists for the 2015 Urban Open Space Award competition, which recognizes public spaces that benefit and revitalize their surrounding communities.

“The submissions from this year are representative of how quality urban open space has become more than just an amenity for cities,” said jury chair Michael Covarrubias. “The international diversity of the projects is reflective of how developers continually work to meet global demand by the public for the inclusion of healthy places in cities.”

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 8, 2015 1:59 PM

I love the bean in Milennium Park. Quality urban spaces are a must in our cities.

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Regenerative Buildings Make Positive Contributions to the Environment

Regenerative Buildings Make Positive Contributions to the Environment | green streets | Scoop.it
A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.

 It’s great that buildings can minimize harm, right down to being carbon-neutral and zero-emission. But what if they could be designed to take it a step further—to give back to nature and make a positive contribution to the environment? This concept is known as regenerative design.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 23, 2015 6:29 PM

Regenerative Design. Buildings that add  to the environment.

Jaclyn Phi's curator insight, August 6, 2015 2:39 PM

"It’s great that buildings can minimize harm, right down to being carbon-neutral and zero-emission. But what if they could be designed to take it a step further—to give back to nature and make a positive contribution to the environment? This concept is known as regenerative design."

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Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose “Origami Highline” for Santiago

Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose “Origami Highline” for Santiago | green streets | Scoop.it

Chilean architects Archiplan and international office Architects of Invention have unveiled their concept design for a new public plaza in Santiago. Prepared as a competition entry, the proposal is a tribute to the late Chilean architect Fernando Castillo Velasco, sited in front of his iconic Tajamar Towers.

Entitled “Origami Highline,” the project draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese paper folding craft of origami and takes the form of a sculptural intervention in Balmaceda Park...

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BIG Reveals First Renderings for Public Square at London’s Battersea Power Station

BIG Reveals First Renderings for Public Square at London’s Battersea Power Station | green streets | Scoop.it
The New York- and Copenhagen-based practice will establish their first U.K. project with "Malaysia Square," linking Giles Gilbert Scott’s southern entrance to the Foster + Partners' and Gehry Partners' proposed Electric Boulevard high street.

The total redevelopment, led by Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, is estimated at £8 billion, or approximately $9.9 million, with BIG’s public space linking the southern entrance of Scott’s Grade II with the proposed high street, Electric Boulevard, by Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners.

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5 Cities Revolutionizing the Role of the Urban Train Station

A recent Washington Post feature entitled “Reimagining Union Station,” discusses the proposed expansion and redevelopment of Union Station in Washington, DC, a transit hub with the daily task of servicing nearly 100,000 train, bus, and subway passengers.

Despite its vital and iconic qualities, the Station suffers from a variety of structural and programmatic inefficiencies, and reminds us of the effects transportation-oriented design has on an urban environment, and the importance of maintaining a high degree of density within our cities. In the article, several other stations around the world are highlighted — particularly Grand Central Station in New York City, as good examples of how train stations ought to be designed. Stations such as the SSB Train Station in Basel, Switzerland, the Berlin Central Station in Germany, the Salzburg Central Station in Austria and the redevelopment plans for Los Angeles's Union Station match his description, both honoring the commuter experience while enhancing their larger role within the urban environment...

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Underground Culture: Designing A Museum for Los Angeles' Historic District

Underground Culture: Designing A Museum for Los Angeles' Historic District | green streets | Scoop.it

Downtown Los Angeles’s historic core is about to get its first major museum, if that’s what you want to call it. Local developer Tom Gilmore and architect Tom Wiscombe are teaming up on the complex project, which they are calling the Old Bank District Museum. It will be dedicated to contemporary Los Angeles art and located in the sub-basements, basements, ground floors, mezzanines, and roofs of three interconnected buildings along Main and Fourth streets.

“We’re going beyond the frontier of street level,” said Tom Wiscombe, principal at Tom Wiscombe Architecture and a professor at SCI-Arc. Gilmore, founder of Gilmore Associates, who has been a major player in the resurrection of the Bank District, calls the project “insanely organic.”

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What if we could rebuild New York City?

What if we could rebuild New York City? | green streets | Scoop.it
New York has become one of the world’s most populous, densely packed cities. What if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?


If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?

The new New York City would balance the relationship between the information networks that the metropolis depends on and Earth’s finite resources.

All vital components of life would be monitored and attuned to the needs of every organism, not just humans. Supplies of food and water, our energy and waste and even our air would be sensibly scrutinised. Thanks to masses of miniaturised low-cost electronic components deployed across the city, communication becomes far easier. New York will grow and adapt to millions of new minds entering it everyday.

The city would make sure every need is provided for within its borders. How we provide nutrients, transports, and shelter would be updated. Dilapidated buildings would be replaced with vertical agriculture and new kinds of housing would join cleaner, greener ways to get around the city. What were once streets become snaking arteries of livable spaces, embedded with renewable energy sources, low-tech, green vehicles for mobility and productive nutrient zones. The former street grid could provide the foundation for new flexible networks. By reengineering the obsolete streets, we can create robust and ecologically active pathways.

While all this may sound optimistic, some of this city of tomorrow is already taking shape...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 18, 2014 2:36 PM

What a great academic exercise!  The question is really applicable to all new cities and city undergoing renovation.  More mixed use, greener, better transport systems, more shared everything and more self-sufficient describe the plan.

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A+ Awards Finalists Focus on Transforming Public Transit

A+ Awards Finalists Focus on Transforming Public Transit | green streets | Scoop.it

Thanks to consistently high gas prices, countless hours spent in traffic jams, and the looming threat of climate change, commuters have reversed the decades-long trend of driving personal automobiles by opting for trains, subways, and buses on their daily commute. In fact, according to The New York Times, 2013 saw a record-breaking use of public transit—the highest in any year since 1956. A report released by American Public Transportation Association stated that 10.65 billion trips were taken on public transit last year, surpassing the 10.59 billion trip peak of 2008, when oil prices surged.

As cities continue to experience economic and population growth, money has been invested in infrastructural projects that promote public transit as both a feasible and pleasant commuting option, counteracting the negative view of public transit systems created by the growth of car culture in the mid-20th century.

Projects that espouse a positive attitude towards public transit are part of a larger effort to connect disparate areas of cities and nurture community development; visit the article for links and images.

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Creating An Urban Greenway as a Community Space: the winning ideas for AIANY's QueensWay Connection competition

Creating An Urban Greenway as a Community Space: the winning ideas for AIANY's QueensWay Connection competition | green streets | Scoop.it

Plans for building a new QueensWay are moving forward. The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The biennial competition brought in ideas from around the globe on how to transform an abandoned railway into an urban greenway as a community space for nearby neighborhoods in Queens, New York.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, February 23, 2014 2:28 PM

Connecting people and transport nodes easily is a great urban planning theme

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Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería

Pedestrian Bridge in Aranzadi Park / Peralta Ayesa Arquitectos + Opera ingeniería | green streets | Scoop.it

This project consists of, on the one hand, the construction of a pedestrian bridge to improve access between the park and the city and, on the other hand, the construction of some sheds, in the park’s fruit and vegetable garden area, to serve as storage spaces for the garden concessionaires.

The bridge forms a part of the geometric design of the pedestrian and bicycle paths and the water and river systems. At the same time, it creates an ideal spot for visitors and an observation point from the bridge to view the park from the city...

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7 Examples Of Innovative Student Housing Around The World

Visit the article link to view examples of innovative housing around the world...

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7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities

7 Rules for Designing Safer Cities | green streets | Scoop.it
As a part of its EMBARQ Sustainable Urban Mobility initiative, the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has created a global reference guide called Cities Safer by Design “to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development."
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Team provide winning proposal for new Copenhagen bridge

Team provide winning proposal for new Copenhagen bridge | green streets | Scoop.it

WilkinsonEyre, BuroHappold Engineering and architectural practice Urban Agency have teamed to create the new Copenhagen inner harbour bridge.

The design will link the two misaligned axes of Vester Voldgade and Langebrogade in a graceful curvature. This process will be able to reconnect the city to the walls of Christianshavn, allowing for better use of the space. The bridge will gradually raise leading into the middle, before sloping down again to reach the alternate side, making it easy to use for pedestrians and cyclists. Two opening spans at the centre of the bridge will be able to pivot and open, creating a 35m wide shipping channel...

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Tom Dixon's Peninsula Garden nods to its heritage while helping to sustain London's future

Tom Dixon's Peninsula Garden nods to its heritage while helping to sustain London's future | green streets | Scoop.it
Originally an area of tidal marshes, the Peninsula was decimated by pollution from Victorian shipyards and factories in the late 1800s.

A slice of lush green garden has emerged from the grey construction site on London's Greenwich Peninsula, where developers Knight Dragon are currently in the daunting process of constructing a new urban village on this formerly industrial stretch of the Thames. The Peninsula Garden, which sits alongside the soon-to-be-built No.2 Riverside apartments by SOM architects and Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio, is part of a much bigger Manhattan-style masterplan comprising five districts of homes, shops, art, entertainment and culture.


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Henderson Waves: A Pedestrian Bridge Envisioned for Singapore

Henderson Waves: A Pedestrian Bridge Envisioned for Singapore | green streets | Scoop.it

Arising from an international bridge design competition, Henderson Waves and other connections form part of a nine kilometer stretch of leisure destination that urban planners have envisioned for in the south of Singapore. This tallest pedestrian bridge and other elevated walkways creatively link up hills, parks and attractions to extend the green and recreational spaces available, bringing people closer to nature. 
Designed by RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd and IJP Corporation (UK), the 274 meter long bridge springs from a scenic location off Mount Faber to Telok Blangah. At 36 meters above Henderson Road, the bridge flows organically in seven wave spans, echoing the ridges’ profiles.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 16, 2015 4:27 PM

La belleza de un puente peatonal de une parque y atracciones en una zona de ocio de Singapur.

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After the deluge: Brisbane's new flood resilient ferry terminal

After the deluge: Brisbane's new flood resilient ferry terminal | green streets | Scoop.it

Cox Rayner Architects and Aurecon have designed a new generation of flood-resilient ferry terminals in Brisbane.

The completed terminal at Milton is the first of many to be rolled out along the Brisbane River in 2015. The flood resilient terminal design has been inspired by the way private pontoons simply float over their piers in a flood. Michael Rayner, director of Cox Rayner, called on his own experience in the 2011 floods in designing a terminal that could also deflect debris.

The design features a pier that provides commuters with panoramic views of the Brisbane River, with the pontoon essentially tethered to the pier via the gangway. During a flood, the gangway slides across the pier as the river rises and detaches. It then swings with the current of the flood waters, secured to the side of the pontoon, to avoid the build-up of debris. The gangway incorporates a unique floor which maintains level whatever the tide. The pontoon, which is anchored at the downstream end, features a hull-shaped base that allows flood waters to flow underneath it unhindered.

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Kris Homann's curator insight, March 18, 2015 3:53 AM

Brisbane has been my home for my entire adult life.  I moved here the day I graduated high school and will most likely live here the rest of my life.

 

As a city, Brisbane has had it’s fair share of major incidents, the most notable of late the 2011 floods.  In some ways, we are still feeling the flow on effects from this today, as can be seen in this article, they have had to completely redesign the ferry terminals to cope with future flood events, and as a result of the floodings, insurance companies were forced to change their policies to cover flood events .

 

Another recent OHS issue that is becoming more prominent is traffic in the city.  Roads everywhere are congested because they can’t cope with the traffic volumes, people are more and more starting to ride push bikes on roadways, that are not designed to be shared use, so the incidents of vehicle to bike accidents has skyrocketed.

 

Both the floods and the bicycle usage have caused many OHS issues to come up, some of which are how to make the roads safer, and less congested, how do we flood proof our beautiful city, and how do we do this without having a negative impact on the people who are required to do the work to implement these changes.

 

Widening roads is a dangerous situation for the workers, and one that has caused concern in the past, especially with impatient drivers who refuse to slow down through traffic works effectively putting the lives of the workers at risk.  So how do we do this safely, and how do with do it with minimal obstruction to already overturned roadways? 

 

That is something I would like to find out.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, May 24, 2015 1:37 AM

AC:The causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard (ACHGK042)


Geoworld 7: Chapter 6. Hydrological and atmospheric hazards and responses. 6.6 Queensland's floods. 

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Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status

Five cities awarded UNESCO City of Design status | green streets | Scoop.it

Dundee, Bilbao, Curitiba, Helsinki and Turin have been awarded UNESCO City of Design status for their input to the international design industry.


The accolade, awarded by international heritage body UNESCO, recognises the contribution of the five cities to the worldwide design industry – each the first in their respective countries of the UK, Spain, Brazil, Finland and Italy to achieve the designation. The scheme aims to promote the development of local creative industries, and to foster relationships and resource-sharing between fellow Cities of Design.

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Copenhagen's 'Bicycle Snake': Aiming to Become the Best Cycling City in The World

Copenhagen's 'Bicycle Snake': Aiming to Become the Best Cycling City in The World | green streets | Scoop.it

The Ambitious Cykelslangen by DISSING+WEITLING enables Copenhagen's vision to become the best cycling city in the world by the end of 2015.

The 235-meter-long orange snake meanders 5.5 meters high above sea level from Havneholmen through the mall Fisketorvet, ending at Kalvebod Brygge. This “snake” is actually a ramp and a bridge, called the “Cykelslangen — The Bicycle Snake,” that provides more than 12,000 bicyclists with a safe route through this busy district every day.

The architecture firm DISSING+WEITLING was asked to design a ramp to replace a nearby staircase. Instead of just designing a simple ramp, they went a step further and designed a bridge. The result is a destination and focal point that can be seen for miles from the air and has also completely transformed the area for all who enjoy it.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 17, 2014 8:08 PM

Option : Urban change and management

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Iris structures would generate wave power along the Beirut shoreline

Iris structures would generate wave power along the Beirut shoreline | green streets | Scoop.it
These conceptual three-legged structures by Najjar & Najjar Architects would allow Beirut fisherman to reclaim the coastline and generate electricity.

Najjar & Najjar Architects propose installing the kinetic Iris structures along Beirut's shoreline to provide elevated shelters that also harness the movement of the waves to generate power. Studio founders Karim and Rames Najjar believe the structures would help locals retain public access to the seafront, which has been dominated by private development in recent years.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:16 PM

Interesting.  Wev'e heard for some time about such technologies but few have actually implemented them.  In California it would probably never be approved by the California Coastal commission.   

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OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities

OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities | green streets | Scoop.it

OMA, BIG and WXY have unveiled proposals to revitalise parts of America devastated by Hurricane Sandy and help protect them against future emergencies.

The Rebuild by Design competition asked ten teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to develop proposals for different sections of America's east coast, which was struck by the hurricane in October 2012.

The competition was initiated last year by US housing and urban development secretary Shaun Donovan. The winning projects will be announced later this year and will be implemented with funding from community grants.

View more concepts at the link.

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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:02 AM

After the disaster, an opportuniyt to evolve toward a more resilient city

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Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland

Arctic Harvester Proposes Large-Scale Hydroponic-Farming Near Greenland | green streets | Scoop.it

Arctic Harvester was the first prize winning entry in the “Innovation and Architecture for the Sea” category of the Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition, 2013.  It proposes an itinerant soil-less agricultural infrastructure designed to drift the circulating ocean currents between Greenland and Canada, exploiting the nutrient-rich fresh water released by melting icebergs as the basis for a large-scale hydroponic-farming system. The floating facility is equipped to house a community of 800 people, inspired in its compact urban form by vertically oriented, bayside Greenlandic villages and their social, cultural and economic relationship to the sea.


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