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Berlin's urban gardeners reach for their pitchforks to fight off the developers

Berlin's urban gardeners reach for their pitchforks to fight off the developers | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Capital's kleingarten, which have helped earn its status as one of Europe's greenest cities, under threat from property investors
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Here in Cape Town our mayor Patricia De Lille is wreaking havoc on a the cities food security by allowing development in an area of of agricultural food production within the cities urban boundary - the Philipi Agricultural area, to satisfy political campaign promises to build low-income housing  without having to face up to selling urban brownfield sites that can be converted to high-end residential property, with high rates and taxes. rather than mixed -use low income development closer to the cities core, with low rates and a high social security cost to the city.

Are politicians any different anywhere - but how does one balance a cities books - the truth is seldom as simple as media campaigns make out!

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TCL with Troppo Architects win Henley Square design competition « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

TCL with Troppo Architects win Henley Square design competition « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
TCL with Troppo Architects win Henley Square design competition
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I wonder if this is not "highbrow" (see jury's coments)  - it all depends if the people who come here look like photoshop models  - and if so did they model themselves on advertisers photoshop models or what?

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(Still) Searching for the sustainable city formula | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

(Still) Searching for the sustainable city formula | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
   I’m obsessed with trying to find just the right set of goals to define urban sustainability.  Professionally, the world of smart growth has been my home base for two decades – since before we even called it smart growth...
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It is great to see the evolution of this thinking moving from a set of rigid principles  that are promoted "top-down", as it were, by the "experts, " to a more open engagement with different  points of view. In my view,  one of the most difficult challenges  for sustainable/resilient  urban planning and development  is for the experts in any field, as well as the politicians,  to appreciate the intelligence and "savvy" of locally embedded  knowledge.  This then means that all of these lists and formulae are only a starting point and that while the process can (possibly) be defined e.g. co-creation, co-design, integral design, transdiciplinary design, whose proponents all have their own sets of design methodologies and use different methods and tools, it  seems it is always necessary to engage all the actor-networks that include the living and the dead - the dead are after all not really dead - they live on in the urban fabric, both as the built morphologies we inherit ,as well as the laws, regulations, fences, old freeways and the conditioned preconceptions and desires of the people we so dutifully want to engage and get to participate. 

It is thus not only futile to think one has the answers, but in fact is a certain recipe for disaster - how many times have the plans been carefully crafted and sent backwards and forwards for public /political consultation etc. etc. and the when the dozers arrive or the hoardings are set up on site, only then  is the  resistance of  hidden threads  of diverse actor-networks revealed, be it in corrupt politicians and developers (not all are), invisible publics that were busy elsewhere and never attended the meetings, or conflicts in international relations /economics that come up unseen as it were. 

By this skepticism of planning's efficacy, I do not mean to say that we should not have guidelines and processes, but we should realize that everyone (planners included) have self-interest's, as in the words of former president Nelson Mandela: "(Ubuntu) does not mean people should not address themselves, the question is are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you?" 

Without a change in how WE do business - it will just become business as usual -so I think that the concepts of "conserver cities" would be more likely to become reality if the truth of the matter were visible to all that and to borrow a little ancient Indian wisdom we understand "Karma" and why we shouldn't be fouling our own back door - it will be coming back to bite us - after all we all breathe this same air.

 

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The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport: Places: Design Observer

The Future of Mobility: Greening the Airport: Places: Design Observer | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

We live in an era of unprecedented speed and mobility. Urban geographer and anthropologist Manuel Castells has famously characterized our time as being shaped by the "space of flows," in which multiple communication systems enable powerful and often instantaneous connectivity. [1] Nowhere is the space of flows more manifest than in the extensive and overlapping networks of global air transportation. In the past half century, in the United States and around the world, air travel has progressed from an elite prerogative to a popular option.

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How to "green" up the airline industry - is it even vaiabel to think about? A provocative an dtimely essay

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Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey USA | ATLAS lab « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey USA | ATLAS lab « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey USA | ATLAS lab
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When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Wild yards and gardens are popping up everywhere, but they still draw the ire of some neighbours who prefer their domestic landscapes more domesticated
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Public and client perceptions are slow to change - the wilder way is however slowly making ground. While less intensive in its upkeep and water usage, natural or wild gardens require an appreciation of natural cycles and they  have their  own maintenance regimen - it is still an artifice which will need input over time or it will become as some fear a "mess" - nature gardens mimic nature - it takes much longer and more effort to actually achieve a sustainable state of change that satisfies our need for interest and color on a year round basis - many wilderness areas are not that interesting or colorful for a large part of the year and our media induced need for "eye-candy" relentlessly drives much of the sale of  fashionable plants and garden design - still it is encouraging that more and more people are willing to try.

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Bhopkins's curator insight, July 11, 2013 10:23 PM

Mine's not so manicured - in fact, very little grass. I'll take some pictures over the weekend to share.

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VIDEO | West 8 profile « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

VIDEO | West 8 profile « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
VIDEO | West 8 profile
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One of my all time inpisratonal urbanist landscape architects

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magnus larsson sculpts the saharan desert with bacteria

magnus larsson sculpts the saharan desert with bacteria | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
a 6,000 km-long inhabitable sandstone wall will be the result of a collaboration between magnus larsson and a bacteria that turns sand into rock.
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Biological Architecture - Stome mimesis

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Rebuilding communities

Rebuilding communities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

While the reconstruction in Japan proceeds at a slow pace, a group of architects has created a series of public buildings working directly with local communities, erecting kindergardens, community spaces and play centres near temporary housing zones.


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What famous "starchhitects" can do withtheir fame for the real world - in colaboration with people and with each other. 

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World’s largest hydroelectric plant could finally rise in Africa | SmartPlanet

World’s largest hydroelectric plant could finally rise in Africa | SmartPlanet | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
World Bank proposes funding for a long envisioned station along the mighty Congo River that could one day deliver the equivalent of about 30 nuclear r
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Would this really be a good thing? While I am sceptical of the World Bank and its interventionist strategies and I know that the region needs renewable power but the enviromental costs of large scale hydro-electric schemes is well documented, this together withthe  regions unstable politics is very scary. South Africa has had experience of this problem with Cabora Basa scheme  in Mosambique before and..... 

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MVRDV wins transformation of Caen « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

MVRDV wins transformation of Caen « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

SPLA, the public development agency in charge of the transformation of Presqu’ile de Caen, has chosen MVRDV out of 3 competitors to transform the 600ha area consisting of former industry and ports. The MVRDV plan envisions the future of Caen Presqu’ile as a collection of gardens surrounded by intensified urban area. It envisions Caen as an attractive city with a connection to the sea whilst interventions improve landscape, environment, mobility and connections. The project is planned to last ten years or longer…

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Editorial> Landscape Architecture's Ascendance - The Architect's Newspaper

Editorial> Landscape Architecture's Ascendance - The Architect's Newspaper | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Alan G. Brake on the growing importance of landscape architecture. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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This viewpoint is not without its detractors e.g. see my earlier posting  

Urbanism and the Landscape Architect
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Racianske Myto Park | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers and 2ka landscape architects « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Racianske Myto Park | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers and 2ka landscape architects « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Racianske Myto Park | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers and 2ka landscape architects
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How does the public percieve the idea of modernising public spaces?

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Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design

Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Crown Sky Garden is a sanctuary for patients, families, doctors and administrators within this 23 story Children’s Hospital. The commitment to this sky garden was built upon a growing body of scientific research which links access to natural light and contemplative spaces to reduced patient recovery time. This regenerative project offers a new paradigm for healthcare design that integrates healing gardens as part of the health care regiment within these institutional environments

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Emotionally Durable Design And The Art Of Loving Your Stuff

Emotionally Durable Design And The Art Of Loving Your Stuff | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The cultural and social messages we express through the things we own and wear are driving our current unsustainability crisis, which has led to a wasteful, consumer culture.
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What would happen if we kept our stuff instead of buying new sh*t every day, week, month, season, year, lifetime etc....?

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Tesla CEO unveils Hyperloop: the solar-powered high-speed train of the future

Tesla CEO unveils Hyperloop: the solar-powered high-speed train of the future | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk on Tuesday unveiled plans for the world's fifth mode of transport - the long-awaited Hyperloop, a super fast and sustainable mode of...
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Maybe still just an idea - but the kind of ideas that real technology savvy investors should be investing in - where are the fearless investors and legislators now - busy licking ploiticians asses to not shut down their gas guzzling and resource hungry projects no doubt.

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Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens

Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens  From Designboom  living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens all images © guy boily mosaicultures internationales montréal 2...
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Amazing - Not your average park landscape1

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Urban parks reinvented

Urban parks reinvented | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The city park ain’t what it used to be. While most parks in Montreal still have playgrounds, grass and sports fields, green spaces all over Montreal are being overhauled to offer residents a host of new types of recreational activities in...
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First world parks - still seperated from the life of the City - Nature and Society in opposition - how do you se it?

 

 

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Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Much of the lawns at the Palm Springs International Airport will give way to desert landscaping, saving millions of gallons of water every year, and putting the airport on course with the city's sustainability plan.
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Less lawn should be mandatory - however public and client perceptions of neatness etc are slow to change.

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Arboretum Playground by Taylor Cullity Lethlean » CONTEMPORIST

Arboretum Playground by Taylor Cullity Lethlean » CONTEMPORIST | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Taylor Cullity Lethlean has delivered a new playground at Australia’s National Arboretum, located in Canberra, Australia.

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WOW! I would like to play here!  Hey - is this fun or whatever play is supposed to be - I wonder if childrren were involved in the design - child- sourced design?

 

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Ingenious Architecture: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | Wired Design | Wired.com

Ingenious Architecture: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | Wired Design | Wired.com | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
This new development is an innovative way to approach the increase in precipitation brought on by climate change.
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Do the skaters care if its a raincollectionbasin or what? Ice cold rendering - no tags?

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Africa's 'new cities': Urban future or utopian fantasies?

Africa's 'new cities': Urban future or utopian fantasies? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Gleaming high-tech cities are being planned across Africa. Some say they are unrealistic, others say they are the future.
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Scepticism aside - the reality of these money making dreams is not even worth questioning - where will the people who live there now be dumped by the ambitious and avericious plans of ploiticians and developers? How wil lthe average African benifit from this???

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Proposal for Taichung city cultural centre in Taiwan - DZine Trip

Proposal for Taichung city cultural centre in Taiwan - DZine Trip | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Proposal for Taichung city cultural centre in Taiwan was created with the intention of combining nature and technology
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A gpalnted roof world expands the ground palne over a wooden basket-like  lattice 

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Current Exhibition | Garden Museum

Current Exhibition | Garden Museum | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Current Exhibition - Garden Museum

Dan Pearson is one of the most significant landscape and garden designers working today.  From contemporary reinterpretations of historic Arts & Crafts gardens to complex public realm urban landscapes and inspiring landscape parks, Pearson creates masterful and original outdoor environments.

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Dan Pearson is one of a group of landscape  designers providng a more naturalised version of gsrden and landscape design, one that is at once more elgant and naturalistic. 

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Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’ « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’ « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’
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Public referendums as a means of gaining approval for public works are an example of how public participation can be extended but are not without problems e.g. how inclusive is the process and  to who has the right to vote - are the homeless included?

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