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A Walking City for the 21st Century

A Walking City for the 21st Century | modern cities | Scoop.it

In a world where people live more mobile lifestyles than they have for centuries, cities are facing a problem they rarely planned for: their citizens move away. When jobs and resources start to decline, modern cities, such as Detroit, suffer difficult and often wasteful processes of urban contraction. In contrast to this, Manuel Dominguez’s “Very Large Structure,” the result of his thesis project at ETSA Madrid, proposes a nomadic city that can move on caterpillar tracks to locations where work and resources are abundant.

Read on to see more on this provocative project – including a full set of presentation boards in the image gallery.


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Stunning Photos of Seoul

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Stunning Photos of Seoul. South Korean photographer Gyun Woo captures the beauty of modern Asian cities from a snapshot of the Seogang Bridge in Seoul, to the Songdo Central Park in Incheon.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, John Jay College of Law

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, John Jay College of Law | modern cities | Scoop.it

The new building symbolizes John Jay’s evolu­tion, doubling the school’s interdisciplinary sciences, transforms the College into a 21st century research institution, and establishes a new identity and civic presence.

 

The jury said “ . . . great example of excellent university building in difficult dense urban context . . . solves multiple problems and creates new exciting college space in the city. . . . dynamic space . . . challenging site, made a huge impact . . .”

 

The 625,000-square-foot building integrates all functions of a traditional college campus into a single city block. A 500-foot-long stepped social cascade, initiating at the fifth floor cafeteria and descending four stories to the main student entrance, provides leisure space for social and academic interaction between students, faculty, and administrators.


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:46 PM

This project is at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, an example of a vertical campus theme. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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MARS Architects Cleverly Fold Climbing Walls into Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center

MARS Architects Cleverly Fold Climbing Walls into Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center | modern cities | Scoop.it
MARS Architects snagged first place in an international competition for the design Walltopia's Collider Activity Center, Sofia's first sustainable mixed use center.

Located in Sofia, the Collider Activity Center will mark the city's first green mixed use center to combine both leisure and exercise space. To tie together the site’s diverse programs, the architects inserted a series of dramatic climbing atriums into the folds of the building, creating a continuous climbing experience.


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Jon Carter's curator insight, January 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Super cool, gotta go to Sofia for this one. Deep Water solo outdoor pool, with boulder's galore in the park outside, not too mention a few K square ft of climbing inside. Outside walls are transparent showing climbers moves.. So nice.

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Gensler Tops Out World's Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai

Gensler Tops Out World's Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai | modern cities | Scoop.it

Gensler announced that the world’s second tallest skyscraper has been topped out in Shanghai. The twisting, mixed-use Shanghai Tower soars up to 632 meters – a height only eclipsed by the the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower’s cleverly designed facade reduces wind load by 24 percent during typhoons, and sky gardens at the apex mimic traditional open courtyards.

The twisting form reduces the load by 24% during typhoons and also slashed construction costs by a whopping $58 million. The building is organized in nine vertical zones that distribute heating, cooling and water more efficiently, reducing these loads, as well as the costs of maintaining interior comfort. Sky gardens crown the mammoth building alongside observation decks and cultural facilities, while retail facilities are located at the base, with offices spread out between. The tower will open in 2014.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 4, 2013 12:57 PM

My friend, Jim Young, recently returned from a personal visit to the top of this enormous building. The view was astounding.  Certainly anything this tall is very much an ego driven edifice.  Still there are lessons to be learned like how to better reduce sway and deal with wind or capture wind energy or capture elevator energy and so forth.  Tall buildings will need to be made more efficient in the future as we densify our world.   

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Solar suburbia to power modern cities | Climate News Network

Solar suburbia to power modern cities | Climate News Network | modern cities | Scoop.it

Modern planners are building compact cities, believing tightly controlled zones are better for the environment. New research suggests the opposite: urban sprawl might be a better option, with solar power fitted to suburban houses and the adoption of electric cars transforming the energy needs of a city.

 

Research in Auckland, New Zealand – the largest urban area in the country and a city built for the age of the motor car – shows that solar panels fitted to the average suburban home can produce enough power for that household, extra to charge an electric vehicle, and still generate enough watts to export a surplus to the grid.

 

Adopting a citywide approach to fitting solar panels and providing charging points for cars would enable suburban homes to provide most of the power for the city centre as well as keeping the transport running, according to Professor Hugh Byrd, from the School of Architecture at the University of Lincoln in England.

 

In collaboration with the New Zealand Energy Centre and the University of Auckland, Byrd and his colleagues found that detached suburban houses typical of a motor car age city are capable of producing ten times more solar power than is possible from skyscrapers or other commercial buildings. The calculations are based on a detailed cross section of Auckland, which has skyscrapers in its business centre but has most of its homes spread out over the surrounding countryside in an urban sprawl.

 

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eosfuturedesign's curator insight, August 10, 2013 4:42 PM

Can you believe this? Really!  Could it possibly be true? First question, did they model the Victorian compact suburb of terraced houses? I suspect it would beat both low density suburbia and the high rise city.  

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Dubai Airport bust: Gang with gold in underwear

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Dubai Airport security officials thwart bid to smuggle out 1.5kg gold jewellery and expensive watches

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A home in the clouds: Why Dubai dominates the sky

A home in the clouds: Why Dubai dominates the sky | modern cities | Scoop.it
Four of the world's tallest residential towers are in Dubai Marina

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Skyline Photography At It’s Best - Noupe Design Blog

Skyline Photography At It’s Best - Noupe Design Blog | modern cities | Scoop.it

Architecture tends to be an abundant source of inspiration, with so many classic and modern styles blending throughout cities all over the world. One such iconic source that many turn their photographic eye to, is city skylines. The looming structures carving out a recognizable silhouette as they climb high against the colors of the day or night sky.
Today we have collected an inspirational showcase focusing on these skylines and some of the breathtaking photos they have lent their architectural compositions to. We hope that you will find some inspiration in the photos below that you can carry with you into whatever project you have at hand. Enjoy!


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The Future Of Cities - (What can schools learn from this?)

This report examines 28 key trends that are driving the sustainable development and efficient operation of modern cities as they respond to the unique challenges posed by rapid urbanization. ustainable and growing future businesses.


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Peter E. Pflaum's curator insight, November 14, 2013 7:42 AM

The Problem: Western countries are at a competitive disadvantage to China, Korea and SE Asia. The high wage low skill jobs supported by cartels, protectionism and unions are gone or going. Technology replaces telephone operators, bank clerks, many manual workers, journalist by the internet and many others.

The Analysis: the Seneca as a model of what happens. Some die from drink, (drugs) violence, some go mad, there is a outbreak of social pathology, doomsday and ghost cults flourish, and the culture sickens and dies.

The solutions (or policy that helps and does no harm) are in human resources. An intelligent educated population is key to everything. The national interest require that the educational budget greater than the defense budget. National collapse is a much greater threat than armed enemies, terrorists, immigration, the important national debt is in human resources and infrastructure.

 

Death and Rebirth of Seneca The story of Paradigm, gestalt death and rebirth
Anthony Wallace
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 1, 2010 -
Then Handsome Lake had his vision. A revival began.

Vicki Steer's curator insight, January 18, 2014 2:30 AM

Challenging and fascinating ideas about the future of cities - food for thought about the organization and location of schools. 

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De Rotterdam: OMA Completes Mixed-Use 'Vertical City'

De Rotterdam: OMA Completes Mixed-Use 'Vertical City' | modern cities | Scoop.it

OMA today marks the completion of De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000m2 slab-tower conceived as a ‘vertical city’ on the river Maas. The three stacked and interconnecting towers rise 44 floors to a height of 150 meters and span a width of over 100 meters. Nevertheless, the building is exceptionally compact, with a mix of programs organized into distinct but overlapping blocks of commercial office space, residential apartments, hotel and conference facilities, restaurants and cafes. 

 

“Efficiency has been a central design parameter from day one. The extreme market forces at play throughout the course of the project, far from being a design constraint, have in fact reinforced our original concept. The result is a dense, vibrant building for the city.”


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Cat Perrin's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:09 AM

Sustainable architecture, and sustainable constructions, and sustainable trading. Everything should be thought on a sustainable point of vue.

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Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm

Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm | modern cities | Scoop.it

Tony’s Farm is the biggest organic food farm in Shanghai, which produces certified vegetables and fruits. But it's more than just a place for vegetable production. The vision is to integrate the consumer and therefore promote a natural lifestyle.


To link the activities of the working people with the visitors of the farm, playze developed a building complex, which combines the main reception, a lobby, (working also for the future hotel rooms) and a vip area, with the new offices and an existing warehouse, where the fruits and vegetables are being packed. The building provides transparency within the manufacturing process. Thus it supports the vision of integrating the visitor and helps to reinforce the consumer confidence in the products of the farm. At the same time the building design is driven by the concept of sustainability, combined with it's iconic qualities, it communicates and promotes the core concept of the Farm...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:41 PM

An interesting project that incorporates relevant social issues and educational opportunities within the context of a working farm...

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Skyline Photography At It’s Best - Noupe Design Blog

Skyline Photography At It’s Best - Noupe Design Blog | modern cities | Scoop.it

Architecture tends to be an abundant source of inspiration, with so many classic and modern styles blending throughout cities all over the world. One such iconic source that many turn their photographic eye to, is city skylines. The looming structures carving out a recognizable silhouette as they climb high against the colors of the day or night sky.
Today we have collected an inspirational showcase focusing on these skylines and some of the breathtaking photos they have lent their architectural compositions to. We hope that you will find some inspiration in the photos below that you can carry with you into whatever project you have at hand. Enjoy!


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Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai and Berlin have marked the start of 2013 with large fireworks displays.

Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai and Berlin have marked the start of 2013 with large fireworks displays.
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Revealed: Which nationalities bought most property in Dubai

Revealed: Which nationalities bought most property in Dubai | modern cities | Scoop.it
Dubai Economic Outlook, Q2 report for 2013 confirms strong real estate growth

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