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OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities

OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities | Urban Choreography | 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.

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

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Australian Institute of Landscape Architects announces winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards -

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects announces winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards - | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards for 2017, a celebration of the leading projects shaping green, open and public spaces across Australia. The annual awards program acknowledges the growing impact of landscape architecture on the spaces we inhabit and | Read More
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The Al Gore Rhythm

The Al Gore Rhythm | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

FOR­MER VICE PRE­SIDENT AL GORE (© OLI­VIER DOU­LIE­RY, ABA­CAU­SA.COM)
 

Climate change hangs like Damocles’ sword over metropolises around the globe. With torrential rains and floodings occurring almost on a daily basis, the menace has become omnipresent. Al Gore, former Vice President of the USA, has been fighting for many years to raise awareness of the dangers of global warming. As the front man of his own climate initiative he is viewed as one of the most influential non-political figures in the environmental arena. Despite scathing criticism, Gore never considered letting go of his mission. What keeps the man who was once ridiculed as the climate clown going? An encounter.


 

Predictions become reality
Miami Beach has choked. On the waters of the Atlantic. The ocean has inundated the city knee-high on this bluer-than-blue summer day. Streets have become rivers, squares are now lakes. The sun is scorching and the air threatens to burst with humidity as streams of perspiration are running down mayor Philip Levine’s face. Together with Al Gore and a few others he is watching the pumps that were supposed to keep Miami Beach dry. They turned out to be completely useless. “With these new high tides that came in … you can’t do anything for it”, says Levine. It is the melting glaciers in Greenland and at the polar ice caps that cause these floods. Parts of the city will be moved to a higher, safer level. “What level of sea level rise is this designed to protect against?”, Al Gore wants to know. His rubber boots are overflowing with brackish water. “We are building in one foot of sea level rise”, one of the experts in the group says. “Kinda hard to pump the ocean,” Gore replies.

Al Gore presents An Inconvenient Sequel
In Berlin, former US Vice President turned full-time climate protector Al Gore has no need for rubber boots. Not a single cloud mars the sky spanning across the teeming crowds at the Brandenburg Gate. It is an uneventful day in Germany’s capital – quite different from only a few weeks ago when torrential rains flooded the streets and pulled the legs from under a number of pedestrians. Gore is in Berlin to present his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power. The scene in Miami is taken from it. He will talk to journalists and politicians about the threats that come with climate change until far into the night.

Meeting the Nobel Laureate in Berlin
Al Gore has a pleasantly firm handshake and attentively looks into my face. His hair has thinned and taken a further turn towards white, his face has become more rotund than it was a few years back. He speaks articulately, with a deep, crispy voice which instantly draws one’s full attention. “I wish I had more time”, he says apologetically right away, pointing to his tight schedule. He is wearing cowboy boots – together with a suit. “They are 30 something years old. If I go on a long trip, they are the most comfortable footwear I have”, he says looking down to his creaking boots that give a strange kind of angular appearance to his strides. Gore’s jacket lapel sports a bright green ring, the size of a thumbnail – he wears it like a medal. It is the symbol of The Climate Reality Project that Gore founded shortly after the release of his first film, An Inconvenient Truth, in 2006. The organisation – with Gore as the front man – trains people across the world to become climate activists who after completing their training will teach others.

From slide show to Oscar
Before An Inconvenient Truth came out, Gore had been travelling across the US for years to warn against the fallout of the climate crisis as he calls it. With the film, he began reaching out to a mass audience. The documentary was based on a “slide show”, as it was mocked by some, that he had been using – and still uses – as he travelled from one lecture to the next (rumour has it that it now comprises a collection of more than 30,000 slides). The response to the documentary was huge even partially vicious: critics accused Gore of propaganda, claiming he was over-exaggerating. He was ridiculed as the climate clown – despite the fact that many scientists seemed to support Gore’s narrative. Gore himself, incidentally, was not at all convinced of his undertaking, as he later admitted in a Norwegian TV show. “When I was first approached with the idea of making the slide show into a movie, I thought it was a terrible idea. But there are some talented people in Hollywood who know what they are doing.”

You find the whole article “The Al Gore Rhythm” by Tanja Braemer in the 100th copy of Topos Magazine.

TAGS CLIMATE CHANGE, TOPOS 100 TIME, AL GORE, GLOBAL WARMING, AN UNCONVENIENT TRUTH
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Brazilian Architects Explore The Intersection Between Curitiba and Its Canalized Rivers

Brazilian Architects Explore The Intersection Between Curitiba and Its Canalized Rivers | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
In many cities, rivers play an integral part in the formation of a local landscape and urban identity, contributing to economics, transport
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Finalists reveal design concepts for Pier 8 Promenade Park Design Competition -

Finalists reveal design concepts for Pier 8 Promenade Park Design Competition - | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The design concepts created by the shortlisted design teams for the Pier 8 Promenade Park design competition have been revealed | Read More
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Buitenschot Park | Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands | H+N+S Landscape Architects -

Buitenschot Park | Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands | H+N+S Landscape Architects - | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
On behalf of Schiphol Group, a multidisciplinary project team designed a recreational park that simultaneously reduces ground noise from the | Read More
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As France’s Towns Wither, Fears of a DECLINE in ‘Frenchness’

As France’s Towns Wither, Fears of a DECLINE in ‘Frenchness’ | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
ALBI, France — The paint is fading, but the word is still clear: Alimentation, “Groceries.” It seems like a stage prop, grafted above the window of the empty old storefront. Opposite stands a tattoo parlor. Nobody enters or leaves. The street is deserted.

Keep walking, and you’ll find more vacant storefronts, scattered around the old center of this town dominated by its imposing 13th-century brick cathedral, one of France’s undisputed treasures. Tourist shops and chain clothing stores are open, but missing are the groceries, cafes and butcher shops that once bustled with life and for centuries defined small-town France.

Measuring change, and decay, is not easy in France, where beauty is just around the corner and life can seem unchanged over decades. But the decline evident in Albi is replicated in hundreds of other places. France is losing the core of its historic provincial towns — dense hubs of urbanity deep in the countryside where judges judged, Balzac set his novels, prefects issued edicts and citizens shopped for 50 cheeses.

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This is very sad is it now: The decline of Europe? Last year inm id-July we took an epic European trip, from Cape Town we flew via Dubai and we visited relatives in the suburbs of Lyon, shopped for Spanish shoes one day in the main centre and visited their weekend farmhouse in the French countryside, went with them to walk in thee Cinque Terre, visited Venice for the Architectural Bienniale, then off to Athens and by bus down to the Ionian islands to spend two weeks on a yacht with a friend and visit the small costal towns. In all of these places the sad decline of the once vibrant countryside and towns was mirrored by the tourist dominated local commerce, big shopping at Carrefour and every big name brand in the giant tourist mall that is Venice now.
This article from the New Yorker,sadly echoes our experience in the outlying rural and small towns of Europe, very little is left baring old people and the endless stream of tourists:
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Hummelo - The Monacelli Press

Hummelo - The Monacelli Press | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer renowned for his plantings at the High Line in New York City, and Lurie Garden at Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Hummelo—near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the eastern Netherlands—is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available.

A follow-up to Oudolf’s successful Landscapes in Landscapes—Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf, Anja, and their two young sons moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove-heated farmhouse, in 1982. Text by noted garden author and longtime personal friend Noel Kingsbury places Hummelo in context within gardening history, from The Netherlands’ counterculture and nascent green movement of the 1960s, to prairie restoration in the American Midwest, and shows how its development has mirrored that of Oudolf’s own outstanding career and unique naturalistic aesthetic.

Oudolf has long been at the forefront of the Dutch Wave and New Perennial Style movements in garden design, which have ecological considerations at their base. His work stresses a deep knowledge of plants, eschewing short-lived annuals in favor of perennials that can be appreciated for both structure and blooms in every season. He is credited for leading the way to today’s focus on sustainability in garden design.

The book will appeal to readers who favor beautiful, biodiverse, and ever-changing plantings: seed heads, grasses, sedges, and winter silhouettes. They will be drawn into its pages by lush photography, often demonstrating how Oudolf views his own work, and providing rare glimpses into his daily life. Short essays highlight important techniques, including scatter plants and matrix planting, and introduce other famed landscape designers—Karl Foerster, Henk Gerritsen, Rob Leopold, Ernst Pagels, and Mien Ruys—to create a full panorama of the movement Oudolf now leads.
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Two amazing artists have painted a huge bird on this building in Germany

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Le photovoltaïque organique fait un bon de géant grâce à une découverte

Le photovoltaïque organique fait un bon de géant grâce à une découverte | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs viennent de réaliser une percée majeure en matière de cellules photovoltaïques de type organiques en augmentant leur efficacité de près de 50% d'une traite. Une avancée important...

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A Settlement for EQUALS: The Town of Biskupin in Poland – – SOCKS

A Settlement for EQUALS: The Town of Biskupin in Poland – – SOCKS | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Urbanists In 1933, a team from Poznan University led by Polish archaeologist professor Józef Kostrzewski, started a series of excavations close to Lake Biskupin in Poland. The campaign uncovered a large Iron Age settlement, dating between 750 and 500 BC, built of timber preserved in marshland at the edge of the lake. The settlement took the form of an artificial island of over 2 hectares surrounded by 450m of timber ramparts which enclosed about 100 identical houses organized along a strict grid pattern and separated by timber streets to cover the damp, boggy ground. The whole structure was very dense and extremely regular with the houses built from standardised components. After being abandoned, the island gradually sank into the lake. Yet, as the lake progressively turned into a mashland, it had the incredible effect of preserving the wooden components of the city: streets, buildings and the defensive walls.


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Urbanists ( "New" etc) will love ethics proof of the age of the grid although this one might please the others too  Architects ("Land-" etc) with its organic waviness  not quite square is it?

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The city as a common good

The city as a common good | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Sheila Foster: “The city is also a collective or common good, in that urban residents share a number of its resources — from the parks and opens spaces to streets and buildings, and even a city’s culture. Much like the natural environment, the urban environment too is subject to the disproportionate consumption by …

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The disproportionate consumption of the cities common ground  by those with wealth and power and how this impacts the rest of us is a cause for concern , requires constant renegotiation and is a part of what it means to have a just and equitable city .

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Social Performance: Prototyping User Behavior

Social Performance: Prototyping User Behavior | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
In order to form the basis of lasting urban interventions, projects must be not only environmentally sustainable, but socially and economically sustainable as well.
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My attempts to re-engage  and  in getting to grips with the research I have done on the Green Point Urban Park in Cape Town leads me to review the literature and ideas on performance in landscape architecture 

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Future of Materials #1

Future of Materials #1 | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

peril science - the future of stuffPlastic is a big design failure, and we can only solve the problem by
inventing new materials. My goal is to use algae, fungus and bacteria to
develop new innovative design standards.


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``Bio materials science  & technology - the future of stuff?

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#ZéBU phase #1.2 - cc by sa. Zone-AH! avec Termatière et pourquoi pas Elise ?


Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, very much like the roots of a plant. This rapidly developing organism readily grows on a wide variety of substrates, forming strong self-adhering and assembling bonds through the creation of thousands of filament strands known as hyphae. This substrate can come from many kind of agricultural waste like straw or husk. Then the substrate need to be mixed with mycelial spore and water in a warm and humid environment for about 1 month. In this stage of incubation, the quality of the mycelia depends on the humidity (should be 70%) and on the temperature (25°C).


After the incubation the colonized package will produce mushrooms. It can produce about 3 crops of mushrooms every 10 days, but the quality of the two next crops will decrease as most nutritions are in the first crop. After the mushrooms have been harvested the crop will dehydrated and solidify. Farmers usually use it as a fertilizer. But here it gets interesting, because this material can also be used for architectural use, as insulator or bricks.

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Stella Vie 'family sedan' wins long-distance solar car race

Stella Vie 'family sedan' wins long-distance solar car race | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, the 30th World Solar Challenge kicked off in Darwin, Australia, with 42 competitors vying for victory. At the end of the 3,022-kilometer (1,880-mile) race from Darwin to Adelaide, one team emerged victorious in the highly contested Cruiser class. Solar Team Eindhoven, from the Netherlands, placed first with its Stella Vie "famil
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Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
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Small scale manufacturing is potentially a huge part of the viability of urban renewal and revitalization projects, many small businesses are not able to afford separate retail facilities, but combined with workshops and the growth of co-making spaces are an attraction for visitors and locals alike.  Such workshop/retail spaces are typical of many traditional souks such as in Marrakesh or Khartoum,  and were an integral part of  small town and villages all over the world before globalization  and supermarket culture stripped them of their livelihood. The return of the crafts(wo)man, artisans, maker-culture and similar workshop /studios to the urban streetscape would be a welcome relief from big business, chain stores,  fast food outlets and provide enlivening interest to public space.
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2017 “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities” Trainings Kick Off in Wyoming - Project for Public Spaces

2017 “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities” Trainings Kick Off in Wyoming - Project for Public Spaces | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the National Main Street Center, Inc. (NMSC) kick off the 2017 “Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities” program in Douglas, Wyoming.
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Guilin Wanda Cultural Tourism Exhibition Center 桂林万达文旅展示中心 | Guilin, China | TengYuan Design Institute + WAT Studio -

Guilin Wanda Cultural Tourism Exhibition Center 桂林万达文旅展示中心 | Guilin, China | TengYuan Design Institute + WAT Studio - | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Concept The connotative relationship between architecture and nature as well as architecture and culture always attracts the attention of the | Read More
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13 Ways to Make Your Workspace More Creative

13 Ways to Make Your Workspace More Creative | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
How to supercharge your space for creativity
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Parks Don't Necessarily Make People Happier

Parks Don't Necessarily Make People Happier | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
What does it mean for public health officials?
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So just when you thought you knew the value of green space and how important parks are, it seems its not so simple.....
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Book Review: The Cultivated Wild - Raymond Jungles

Book Review: The Cultivated Wild - Raymond Jungles | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
When I was a student, I had the wonderful opportunity to take a school field trip to south Florida and tour some of it’s most iconic landscapes. We embarked wi…
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These DIY Machines Enable Anyone To Turn Discarded Plastic Into Useful Things

Everyone should have one of these - or at least one entrepreneur in each neighbourhood could make living from such a setup.

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In Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of Skyscrapers

In Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of Skyscrapers | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
In a recent article on Vice (in Dutch) and on his research platform website Failed Architecture, architecture writer Mark Minkjan comments on the...
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Stefano Boeri's La Tour des Cedres will be covered with plants

Stefano Boeri's La Tour des Cedres will be covered with plants | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Boeri has revealed plans for a plant-covered 36-storey tower that continues the vertical forest concept he first implemented at a pair of towers in Milan
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Why do architects think trees belong on buildings - most are too large for this positioning terns roots, growth habit and potentially for wind resistance - trees roots also are adept at destroying structures - jus think of the temples of Ankor Wat.

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IAAC Researcher’s Pylos 3D-Prints with Soil

IAAC Researcher’s Pylos 3D-Prints with Soil | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Sofoklis Giannakopoulos, a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), has designed Pylos, a 3D printer that utilizes...
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Really about time for this  - high tech means - low materials.

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Granny Flats and a Sponge House: Rethinking Necessities for the Future of Communities Along the Los Angeles River | The Nature of Cities

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Densification through granny flati-fication -something the residents of out South African townships know well  - high income forma small shack in the backyard  - or several

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