Tel Aviv University creates Lab to study Israel’s urban spaces

The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Tel Aviv University has a weekly meeting to study the urban spaces to develop an overall picture of how spaces and neighborhoods develop. The group gathers information on the ground and interviews residents for a later group discussion. The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design was set up in 2010 with seven members who hotly debate the urban planning of Israel.

If you create the same type of apartment and structure, without variety in the mix of the neighborhood, you in fact produce homogenous social environments. The interaction with ‘the other’ is completely lost.

Read more about The Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Haaretz.com – Deconstructing the city, from inside a lab

Mega Cities not always the biggest polluters

Mega-cities around the world such as New York, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai are often blamed for the high Green House Gas(GHG) emissions but a recent report released found that cities like Sydney(20.6), Calgary(17.7), Stuttgart(16.0), Denver (21.5), Rotterdam (29.8) CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita where far higher than some of the world’s mega-cities including Shanghai (11.7), Tokyo (4.89), Dehli (1.5), Mexico City (4.25), London (9.6) and New York (10.5) CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita. Although it could be seen that the overall city emissions are high however, when measuring  tCO2e per capita it gives a very different picture.

The report focused on the Canadian city of Toronto and the results were surprising across the city as an inner city resident could have an annual emissions as low as 1.3 tCO2e whereas someone in a sprawling outer suburb could have 13.02 tCO2e. The report has a series of aerial images including high-rise(1.31) to outer suburbia(13.02) with the annual emissions for the area which gives a great insight into urban design and consequent emissions.

Lowest emissions in the study where from apartment dwelling city residents using public transit as there main source of transport.

I recommend reading the report ‘Cities and greenhouse gas emissions: moving forward‘ (10 January 2011) – a free copy is available from Environment & Urbanization

NOTE: Values in brackets () are tonne CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita

OMA & AREP finalists for Skolkovo – Russia’s Silicon Valley

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Skolkovo Urban Design Concept by OMA

On January 20, the two finalist companies, AREP (France) and OMA (the Netherlands) made detailed presentations of their proposed urban development concepts and highlighted the key benefits of their respective projects.

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Salford Greengate public realm regeneration gets green light

Salford Greengate
Construction has started on the public realm element of the £450 million overhaul of Salford Greengate.

Landscape architects Grontmij, formerly known as Whitelaw Turkington has been appointed as lead designer, working with building contractor Carillion, to deliver an urban quarter on the 13 hectare brownfield site on behalf of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company.
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WEST 8: Grand Opening Miami Beach SoundScape / Lincoln Park

West 8 - Miami

The WEST 8 designed Lincoln Park is a new meeting place in town. Centrally located in the Art District at the monumental terminus of lively Lincoln Road, the park has multiple functions. During the day the park is shaded by pergolas and palm trees. In the evening it is a cultural hotspot, one of the special attractions of the park being a video and sound installation – projecting concerts and video art on building’s 700m² wall, which serves as an outdoor screen for the park. The park is an urban garden that expresses the euphoria of Miami, and will be actively programmed for public and cultural events.

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