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Become a Crime-Fighting Superhero in Your Spare Time | Wired Business | Wired.com

Become a Crime-Fighting Superhero in Your Spare Time | Wired Business | Wired.com | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
A new wave of social networks are helping police and residents fight crime more collaboratively.
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Technology and communication

'Nextdoor' app allows residents in a neighbourhood to share information about suspicious activity and contact police if necessary.

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10 Creative Ideas For Thriving Cities Of The Future

10 Creative Ideas For Thriving Cities Of The Future | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
From handing families $50 to start college savings plans to creating open platforms for citizen participation here are the best examples of innovation...
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Politics and governance.

1. Chicago's open data project: 311
2. Kidergarten to college program
3. Loans for ideas program (local govt officials encouraged to come up with innovative solutions)
4. Innovation school for government officials
5. Project Oracle (for evaluating non-profits)
6. Public crowdfunding for community projects
7. Recycling programs - moving towards zero waste
8. Digital badging (allowing students to earn credentials outside of scool)
9. Aging-in-place units (keeping families and communities together)
10. commuter tax benefit (encouraging use of mass transit)

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Project for Public Spaces | Food For Thought: Why Barcelona’s Markets Are “Super” Places

Project for Public Spaces | Food For Thought: Why Barcelona’s Markets Are “Super” Places | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
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Community and culture.

The role of public markets for communities in Barcelona.

"Traditional public markets ... are about so much more than food. They are, like the cities that they support, about people. They are some of our most vital public spaces."

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The Unrecognized Power of Neighborhoods

The Unrecognized Power of Neighborhoods | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
Our local surroundings hold the key to saving the environment, the economy and the American Dream by Jay Walljasper Published in Notre Dame magazine You may get a glimpse of our future strolling th...

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Community and culture.

1. Changing the world start with changing your community. 2. The neighbourhood as a platform 3. the importance of public spaces and utilities in enabling communities to come together 4. examples of communities coming together to improve safety and other conditions from Canada, America and Holland

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, August 9, 2013 6:46 PM

This is a well written piece of optimism and some good horse sense as they say in Iowa.....

Written by Jay Walljasper for the  Notre Dame magazine

 

A small taste ....

"You may get a glimpse of our future strolling the tree-lined streets between Notre Dame and downtown South Bend. These few blocks illuminate our hopes and fears, the problems we face and the solutions we seek. What happens in such neighborhoods over the next few years will decide whether or not we move in the direction of environmental sustainability, social harmony and economic stability." Jay Walljasper

 

 

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Case Study Cities, Sustain Magazine, August 2013

Case Study Cities, Sustain Magazine, August 2013 | Thriving cities | Scoop.it

"We’re seeing the emergence of what are perhaps best described as ‘Case Study Cities’; city-scale laboratories designed to road-test new thinking and new technologies, but do so in a real-world context that not only accommodates disruption, but actively encourages it."


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The future city is an elusive concept, says Melissa Sterry. Cities are humanity’s most complex creation and, until recently, predicting their future was no more than guess work. However, Melissa notes the emergence of what she describes as ‘Case Study Cities’ – city-scale laboratories designed to road-test new thinking and new technologies in a real-world context.

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Who is your city really building trains for?

Who is your city really building trains for? | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
In my last city the train was horrible
In the last city I lived (Brisbane, Australia), I preferred not to use the public train system for intra city transit. I had to walk through a bad couple of...
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Safety and the built environment. Discussed:

1. asthetic influences on feeling safe or otherwise on public transport in australia 2. the possibility that ticketing systems are deepening the class divide, either accidentally or by design 3. the possibility of flat fare ticketing systems could improve average income in disadvantaged areas 4. a comparison and some case studies from Brazil

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Glasgow's 'Big Data' initiative to make city living smarter

Intelligent use of data presents potentially limitless possibilities – yet Big Data is largely under-exploited, says Michael McLaughlan, director of a government funded programme which aims to use technology to make city life smarter, safer...
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Technology and communications. Discussed:

1. The Glasgow Demonstrator 2. part of Glasgow's Future City project 3. trying to get organisations to come to us and release their data for use by the public, academics, businesses and service providers.
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'User-created' no parking signs

'User-created' no parking signs | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
We’ve all seen a ‘no parking’ sign scrawled on a sign across a driveway.
Recently I started to seem them scrawled on the ground in driveways.
Then I saw some people who’d gotten annoyed at people...
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New Public Sites - radical cartography

New Public Sites - radical cartography | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
From Legal Waiting Zone by Ghana ThinkTank to No Longer Empty.
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The built environment. Discussed: New Public Sites project 2. citizens are led on a guided tour of underutilised spaces 3. activates and informs citizens about the civic and social possibilities of underutilised spaces
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Defensible space theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The defensible space theory of architect and city planner Oscar Newman encompasses ideas about crime prevention and neighborhood safety. The theory developed in the early 1970s, and he wrote his first book on the topic, Defensible Space in 1972. The book contains a study from New York that pointed out that higher crime rate existed in high-rise apartment buildings than in lower housing projects. This, he concluded, was because residents felt no control or personal responsibility for an area occupied by so many people. Throughout his study, Newman focused on explaining his ideas on social control, crime prevention, and public health in relation to community design.

As defined in Newman's book Design Guidelines for Creating Defensible Space, defensible space is "a residential environment whose physical characteristics—building layout and site plan—function to allow inhabitants themselves to become key agents in ensuring their security." He goes on to explain that a housing development is only defensible if residents intend to adopt this role, which is defined by good design: "Defensible space therefore is a sociophysical phenomenon," says Newman. Both society and physical elements are parts of a successful defensible space.

The theory argues that an area is safer when people feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for that piece of a community. Newman asserts that "the criminal is isolated because his turf is removed" when each space in an area is owned and cared for by a responsible party. If an intruder can sense a watchful community, he feels less secure committing his crime. The idea is that crime and delinquency can be controlled and mitigated through environmental design.

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The built environment. Discussed:

1. Defensible space theory - The theory argues that an area is safer when people feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for that piece of a community. 2. The theory calls for design of spaces to make residents feel ownership of public spaces, but I think it's more useful to try and think of was that we can encourage all people who use spaces to feel ownership and responsibility. Is this possible?
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Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation

Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
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Nature and natural resources. Discussed:

1. The book 'Asphalt to Ecosystems' - strategies for engaging school communities as stewards of their shared public space 2. lessons that could potentially be adapted to other public spaces?
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25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have

25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
More than 5 billion people will live in cities by 2030. Here's what needs to be in place before then to make cities run smoothly and efficiently.
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Technology and communication

1. open data initiatives
2. parking apps
3. adopt city property program
4. 'pay-as-you-throw' to encourage people to recycle
5. digital parking payment systems
6. city guide app
7. touchscreens around the city
8. wifi in public places
9. sustainable end eneergy efficient buildings
10. traffic, weather and news kiosks
11. app for emergency alert/crisis response
12. police using real-time data
13. more public transport
14. more lights and surveilance
15. public charging stations for phones etc
16. solar power
17. bike share
18. share economy programs
19. smart climate control
20. traffic routing apps
21. water recycling systems
22. crowdsourced urban planning
23. broadband access for all citizens
24. mobile payments for public services
25. car share

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Projects | DesigNYC

Projects | DesigNYC | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
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The website of DesigNYC. Design soultions to social problems in New York City neighbourhoods.

A list of their projects including a healthy food curriculum for schools and a drug abuse centre.

"A group of design leaders in NYC came together in 2009 to explore how we might tap into the design for social change movement to improve the lives of New Yorkers. Rather than work on global issues, we were drawn  to local issues needing local design solutions. We were convinced that through a collaborative design process, we could build community and increase social capital."

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This NYC Skateboarding Nonprofit Transforms the Lives of Low-Income Youth | Health on GOOD

This NYC Skateboarding Nonprofit Transforms the Lives of Low-Income Youth | Health on GOOD | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
How do we provide inner-city youth with valuable experiences that nurture individual creativity and resourcefulness, develop life skills, and enable them to expand their horizons through travel and service?

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Community and culture

A skateboarding scholarship program offers a positive alternative lifestyle for inner-city kids.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, August 19, 2013 6:36 PM

"Skateboarding gives kids an identity, a purpose, and a meaning to their lives. Because in skateboarding, you will fall. A lot. But you will get up and you will land your trick. And you will keep going....."

 

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Creative Detroit: 7 Success Stories for a City on the Rise

Creative Detroit: 7 Success Stories for a City on the Rise | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
Despite what you've heard, Detroit is far from doomed.  While the politicians and banks figure out exactly what to do about the city's finances, Detroit's
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Business and economy.

New manufacturing industries with an emphasis on craftsmanship, quality and good design, are bringing people back to Detroit and helping revive the city's economy.

Empty cities = dangerous. Thriving cities = safe.

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atelier du pont revitalize social housing block with new facade - designboom | architecture & design magazine

atelier du pont revitalize social housing block with new facade - designboom | architecture & design magazine | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
completely remodeling the facade of this social housing block in paris, french firm atelier du pont have added a new skin of balconies over the existing structure.
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Built environment.

A design intervention for a degraded social housing building to improve energy performance, give a sense of identity and create a better environment for residents.

 

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The Galatea Effect - a latitude to act

The Galatea Effect - a latitude to act | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
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The built environment. Examples of citizens taking ownership of public spaces to create a better environment for the community
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Your City Needs These 7 Open Data Apps

Your City Needs These 7 Open Data Apps | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
From legislative information to reporting potholes, bus arrivals to health violations, mobile and web apps are improving city living. Check out these innovative apps.
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Sam Woud's comment, September 16, 2013 9:56 AM
Technology and communications. Apps to report food poisoning, access community art, report streets in need of repairs, engage with local council, and others.
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Exclusion and inclusion - the secrets of city planning

Exclusion and inclusion - the secrets of city planning | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
We asked artists, architects, and designers to recreate the U.S. map to reflect the state of things
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Sam Woud's comment, September 16, 2013 9:51 AM
The built environment. A list of the tools used by urban planners to manipulate people in public spaces.
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Catalyzing Innovation in Street Design

Catalyzing Innovation in Street Design | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
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Sam Woud's comment, September 16, 2013 9:50 AM
The built environment. Discussed:

1. public space, particularly streets, can provide a social, environmental and ideological framework for daily urban life 2. top down (strategy documents) vs bottom up (smll scale temporary solution implementations) approach 3. While small-scale temporary projects may be effective, immediate, and easily identifiable, they cannot provide design guidelines for projects with different funding models in various urban contexts 4. If the goals of our street design documents are to catalyze an evolution of standards by challenging original city planning conventions, this can happen through top-down legislation by a city government as well as an bottom-up design by a local citizen or design office
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Social sustainability: the "how" of human experience

Social sustainability: the "how" of human experience | Thriving cities | Scoop.it
Angelique Edmonds argues that design-led public engagement is key to fostering a sense of community.
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Sam Woud's comment, September 16, 2013 9:34 AM
The built environment. Discussed:

1. the relationship between human connection and wellbeing 2. the way we build our cities can help or hinder social connection 3. this is an opportunity for architects and planners to emphasise the importance of design in creating condition for healthy, connected people and places