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Bioclimatic Dwelling in Tenerife / Ruiz Larrea y Asociados

Bioclimatic Dwelling in Tenerife / Ruiz Larrea y Asociados | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Completed in 2003 in The most important sustainability data has to do with the design of passive elements. Optimal orientation, use of materials from the...
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Optimal orientation, use of materials from the surroundings and zero energy cost in origin: Tosca volcanic stone, riga recycled wood, glass, concrete and basalt stones in gardening, insulation, waterproofing, etc.

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BIG designs 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm

BIG designs 79 & Park residential development for Stockholm | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled plans for a foliage-covered terraced block of apartments, which is under construction in Stockholm's Gärdet district
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Why Cities Resist Change Part 2: The C40 Turns Cities Into Changemakers | Mesh Cities

Why Cities Resist Change Part 2: The C40 Turns Cities Into Changemakers | Mesh Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
“Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers.”
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More on Cities as change makers - are Smart Cities really smart - maybe as the previous article mentioned, not all changes are beneficial in the long run, unforeseen consequences often swamp these projects before or after they are started. We have to hope that improved communication rather than more information is the way forward, this frustrates the leaders whose political terms and horizons are still focused on the next election, while the results of their planning and politically driven projects will be shouldered by the next incumbent with his/her own agendas and changed priorities.

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Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California? | The Nature of Cities

Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California? | The Nature of Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

California has long been a center of gardening culture. With a mild climate and a history of agricultural expansion followed by rapid urbanization, California’s ornamental gardens are populated by plant species and cultivars imported from all over the world. Many of these exotic species have become iconic, such as the palm trees, figs, and citrus of southern California. However, the current drought has brought wide recognition of the fact that most of these ornamental plants, from the palm trees of Rodeo Drive to Santa Barbara’s landmark Moreton Bay Fig, are supported by irrigation that is rapidly becoming a scarce commodity. So, is there a place for ornamental gardens in the new California? We’ve been studying this question for a number of years in Los Angeles and its surrounding municipalities, and fortunately, the answers are not as alarming as most people seem to assume.

Water conservation in irrigated gardens generally has three components: watering less; employing more efficient irrigation technologies; and changing the composition of garden plants (by removing lawns and non-waterwise species, for example). Many Californians have concerns about the costs of these measures and their implications for the aesthetic and recreational quality of urban parks and gardens. Just as “xeriscaping” became associated with mental images of sparsely planted cacti and succulents that were unappealing to most people, the new language of water conservation is “mandatory watering restrictions,” which brings to mind brown lawns and withered flowers. Is that the future of California’s cities?

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California  largely has a Mediterranean climate with winter rain and summer drought much like the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular and like South Africa is short of potable water, especially for its lush gardens and leafy suburbs. This article is relevant given the emphasis on indigenous (native) planting and of South Africa's version of Xeriscaping- Water-wise gardening and how dependant these lush gardens are  on exotic trees and large expanses of lawns.

Seems there can be both sustainable use of water and a balanced use of water for shade and greenery.

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the ninebot one e+, a self balancing electric scooter for personal city travel

the ninebot one e+, a self balancing electric scooter for personal city travel | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
the ninebot one e+ is capable of traveling on different terrains, and is centered on a 16 inch ultra thin brushless motor with a built in lithium battery.
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Google plan for Mountain View campus shuns walls, roofs, reality

Or that its wildly ambitious proposal for 60 acres in Mountain View, where four new building clusters would let Google add roughly 10,000 employees to the 19,000 already there, is a blend of the visionary and the vacuous, at once innovative and self-absorbed. Google wants to receive all the 2.5 million square feet of new commercial space allowed in the North Bayshore area during the next 15 years, yet five other developers, including LinkedIn, also are vying for parts of the allotment. [...] i
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Really - Reality - Reality distortion filed maybe?

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Arup | Thoughts | Matching project risk and company size

Arup | Thoughts | Matching project risk and company size | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Passing innovation risk down the supply chain to companies that are structurally incapable of taking on that risk solves nothing – the risk must lie with those who stand to benefit

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Big Projects - Big Companies - Big Risk - how to allocate this development across the typically smaller construction companies is a challenge for the scale of intervention that are now being undertaken world wide, with the growth of large scale infrastructure developments in previously underserved regions of the world the problem of of lack of contractors and an the lack of expertise at the level of government creates a vacuum that delays the projects from getting off the ground or bogs them down in endless delays as the contractors fold or a struggle ensues between contractors, the consultants and the clients.

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#WeWashing

#WeWashing - foossa files - Medium
When “sharing” is renting and “community” becomes a commodity - Call out #WeWashing when you see it!

Via Share The World's Resources, Manu Fernandez
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As Actor Network Theory has demonstrated, all combined labels are "Black Boxes " that are more complicated than the table indicates, just so Community etc - so the use of these terms by authorities and marketers alike is misleading

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To build better cities, let nature work: Surbana

To build better cities, let nature work: Surbana | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Surbana International Consultants's marine-themed urban design in the Chinese city of Rizhao shows that industrial cities can co-exist with nature through careful planning.
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Ecological design in service of..? Can people be accommodated too?

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New York Just Reached A Major Landmark in Electricity System Evolution

New York Just Reached A Major Landmark in Electricity System Evolution | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

 Two weeks ago New York State came one step closer to creating the electricity system of the future when the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted its first major Order as part of the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding. This is a significant milestone on the path to create a cleaner, more affordable, more modern, and more efficient energy system in New York by harnessing distributed energy resources (DERs) such as demand response, rooftop solar, energy efficiency, and microgrids.

Donovan Gillman's insight:

Distributed Energy Networks (DERS are the future of urban co-generationof our energy needs - NYC is in leading with regulation that allows this to happen, Cape Town and the cities could learn form this and give ESCOM with its "load shedding: a run of its money of they have the will to allow visionary regulatory environments to be shaped by such thinking

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Melding Public and Private: The Partnerships Behind Your Neighborhood Plaza

Melding Public and Private: The Partnerships Behind Your Neighborhood Plaza | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
When the New York City Department of Transportation started to turn streets into plazas in 2008, public opinion varied. Hundreds of New Yorkers demonstrated their enthusiasm by immediately populating what had just recently been the realm of the car while others proclaimed that traffic congestion and loss of parking would cripple surrounding businesses. The Department of Transportation’s 71 plazas are now more figuratively and literally cemented into the landscape of the city, and the benefits of these open spaces — increased foot traffic, activating programs, beautification, pedestrian safety — are well recounted.

Each of these plazas requires a local nonprofit partner to fund and carry out their maintenance and programming, an extension of the kinds of public-private partnerships, including conservancies and “friends” groups, that are increasingly relied on for operational and maintenance funding at parks across the city. The Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP), a program of The Horticultural Society of New York, seeks to support low-capacity organizations that have taken on the role of plaza manager by providing them with services and capacity building. And as NPP Managing Director Laura Hansen explains, the Partnership is leveraging the plazas by using their maintenance as a workforce development tool and documenting the needs of their managers to consider the future of the public-private partnership model that currently supports them. Hansen lays out the motivations, realities, and potential behind plaza management while asking the very important question of how much we should, and can, rely on private support for maintaining our public realm

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Can our public spaces benefit by a similar program?

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Why EVs Are AND Aren’t Luxury Cars

Why EVs Are AND Aren’t Luxury Cars | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Maybe no EV—despite critiques of their upfront cost premium—should qualify as a luxury car … at least not on the pure basis of sticker price.
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Lifetime costing , a basic sustainability paradigm is her explode to Electric Vehicles

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Basic Functions of Public Space - Gehl Architects

Basic Functions of Public Space - Gehl Architects | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The basic functions of public space remain sacred: for people to meet and exchange ideas. Integrating security measures into public spaces in Copenhagen.
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Responses to terror threats are insidious -they undermine our urbanity and like the security cameras at shopping centres undermine our common humanity - difficult as they are to argue against we need to fond design and social alternatives to these security paranoia responses by the establishment

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Emergence: Nonlinear Ecologies of Future Airports | Sarah Fayad - World Landscape Architecture

Emergence: Nonlinear Ecologies of Future Airports | Sarah Fayad - World Landscape Architecture | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
This project is in response to the pressures facing Badgerys Creek waterways as the second Sydney airport emerges, specifically, focusing on the increasing threat of invasive algae growth and the rising issues with airport pollution. A foreseen rise in pollution, CO2 level and nutrient supply to creeks will result in detrimental algal blooms in surrounding [...] → READ MORE
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What if every unused post industrial/urban/rural wasteland landscape became an energy farm - the idea of the ditrubuted urban energy potential or urban tissue extended to the limits of energy/food/ renewable resources fields

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The TERRIBLE Plan for Mexico City's High Line-Style Park

The TERRIBLE Plan for Mexico City's High Line-Style Park | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

f the projects that the Smart city enthusiasts want to see go ahead, and the populace and enviroenmtalists oppose?Critics say the Corredor Cultural Chapultepec is not the kind of public space the city desperately needs.


Via association concert urbain
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Is this  example of the previous two posts on C40 cities and resistance change that is not always favourable the long run?

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Why Cities Resist Change Part 1: C40 Mayors David Miller And Eduardo Paes On Smarter Cities | Mesh Cities

Why Cities Resist Change Part 1: C40 Mayors David Miller And Eduardo Paes On Smarter Cities | Mesh Cities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Why Cities Resist Change Part 2: The C40 Turns Cities Into Changemakers
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The resistance to change that frustrates t all of us that seek to improve the worlds cities and urban environments is a natural safety mechanism that has protected species throughout evolution, after all most changes that come about by evolutionary mean have a not been successful in a similar way, if we review critically all the grandiose plans of the last century with hindsight, we can see that most of the large scale changes resulted in worse conditions than before, wherever a powerful politician or group maneuvered their way around this resistance or overcame it by brute force against the popular will, we have resulted in civic and economic distress e.g. most of modernisms focus on car driven cities, deserted CBD districts, monumental event based white elephants scubas the Cape Town Stadium left over from Soccer World Cup 2010  etc. Show do we judge what a good transformation or result would be, and how do we find ways to agree oaths change?

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How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented | Sustainable Cities Collective

How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Long-term planning as well as rapid and inexpensive transformation strategies can be powerful tools to encourage public participation and improve quality of life.

Via Manu Fernandez
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Brigitte Benedetto's curator insight, July 9, 2015 6:47 AM

 "returning the streets to whom they rightfully belong: people."

Brigitte Benedetto's curator insight, July 9, 2015 6:50 AM

 returning the streets to whom they rightfully belong: people.

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Why do all hipsters look the SAME? | News | Archinect

Why do all hipsters look the SAME? | News | Archinect | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can't be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. 
This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream. — daily mail

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Why everyone thinks they are unique but actually all conform to the same "uniform "  

Now, try to imagine "architects" instead of "hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,

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Arup | Thoughts | Streets: the best use of public space?

Arup | Thoughts | Streets: the best use of public space? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

As our rapidly urbanising cities face gridlock, I think we’re going to see some of this space reallocated to more people-centred and sustainable uses.

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How do we take back the streets for people rather than only vehicles - and what do we do with them that improves urban  life?

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Engage people in the design of public spaces

Engage people in the design of public spaces | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Via Manu Fernandez
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Obtaining information on how people will use the city is that is not yet built is problematic , the current methods of public participation and traditional information garnered from  the public space of the past does not give us adequate information on how to design the cites of the future, but a knowledge of these is essential for our guidance at least. Henry Ford is supposed to have said that if he had asked people wha they want for transportation that they would have said "better horses"  his response was the model T Ford - which of them was right in interesting in retrospect.

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An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution | News | Archinect

An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution | News | Archinect | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
^ Translated from Italian. Check the source for more photos.
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DO trees really belong on (conventional) buildings in urban situations? Are the costs of engineering the structure and sealing it against the effects of damp and roots worth the effort - is it not more logical to design structures that accommodate courtyards etc or to design in such a way with landscape contours that buildings are embedded in the landscape on larger sites and so surrounded and enfolded in the trees and planted spaces which can then provide the ecological services that are desired? 

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Apple launches ResearchKit, sees medical research uses for iPhone | ZDNet

Apple launches ResearchKit, sees medical research uses for iPhone | ZDNet | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Apple is open sourcing Research Kit in a bid to turn the iPhone into a medical research tool.
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What else will you do with your smart phone - computer assisted www network today-tomorrow?

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If food security is the answer, is it time to change the question?

If food security is the answer, is it time to change the question? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The growing number of people living in cities – and changes in rural-urban linkages – are re-shaping our relationship with food. Policymakers need to take note
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Poverty and its causes are related to food security, but how can we address these on the ground?

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How does your city compare to others? New ISO standard to measure up (2014-05-14) - ISO

How does your city compare to others? New ISO standard to measure up (2014-05-14) - ISO | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

A landmark ISO standard outlining key measurements for evaluating a city's service delivery and quality of life has just been published. Its use will help city managers, politicians, researchers, business leaders, planners, designers and other professionals to focus on key issues, and put in place policies for more livable, tolerant, sustainable, resilient, economically attractive and prosperous cities

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More and more empirical  indicators - less and less people involved in  them - who's to say whats important to a northern European city administrator has any relevance in Kigali or Chattanooga?

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Such quantities of sand

Such quantities of sand | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
EVEN on a quiet Sunday morning, a steady stream of lorries trundles along the broad, pristine and otherwise deserted streets of Punggol Timur, an island of reclaimed...
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Making land is nothing , blithe scale we ar doing int now its truly anthropocene if not obscene 

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