Lisbon Architecture: Neglect, Conservation, Demolition, Renewal or Urban Art – what are the alternatives?

John Chamberlain at the Guardian writes that “Officially sanctioned graffiti artists are not the answer to revitalising a beautiful city” when responding to recent Guardian travel article by Rachel Dixon –  Urban splash: street art in Lisbon in which she tours Lisbon and looks at the recent move by Crono Project to transform derelict buildings into large urban art pieces with graffiti and stencilling.

So what to do with derelict buildings awaiting demolition or a new lease on life?

More Landscape Urbanism

Jason King of landscape+urbanism has posted Urbanism Wars: AD vs CW – his take on the current debate and also given a great summary of recent landscape urbanism and LU vs NU posts and articles.

Jonathan Clarke at Landscape PING just wrote his take on The Landscape Urbanism Reader. Interesting read and precursor to our upcoming posts from READING THE LANDSCAPE.

Planners: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic

At the symposium for the 2035 Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) perspective plan, an agenda was set for a more holistic development plan, decision makers and planning professionals from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata urged KMDA to look at the planning process afresh and take a bold approach even if it didn’t fit into the eco-political context of the day. At the end of the daylong deliberation, KMDA chief executive Vivek Bharadwaj was convinced that economy, ecology and governance needed to be embraced for Kolkata to emerge as a metropolis with global aspirations.

Read more: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic: Planners – The Times of India

‘Urban’ doesn’t have to mean more dense: Beyond DC

I just read J. Daniel Malouff  post about  how people can still live in higher density but aren’t getting the benefits of urban living at his blog Beyond DC .  I know this type of community is not just limited to Washington DC or the USA it’s happening all across the world where communities are living in higher density but are lacking the transport and services needed to make urban living actually livable. As Malouff states

….suburban apartments are simply preposterous. If you’re going to be building at that density anyway, then for goodness sake use an urban layout.

Read more at Beyond DC – ‘Urban’ doesn’t have to mean more dense

BMW Activate the Future: New City

BMW has created a 4-part documentary Activate the Future to get users actively involved in the ever-evolving conversation on the future of mobility. The first video is ‘New City‘ which includes Buzz Aldrin, Peder Norby(Mini E Pioneer), Robin Chase (Co-Founder & Former Ceo Of Zipcar & Goloco), Lawrence Burns (Co-Author Of “Reinventing The Automobile”), Professor Wai Cheng (Director Mit Sloan Automotive Laboratory), Graham Hill (Founder Of Treehugger.Com), Marissa Mayer (Vp, Consumer Products At Google), Syd Mead (Visual Futurist), Mike Musto (Editor-In-Chief Of Ridelust.Com) and Richard Mattila (Director Of Environmental Affairs for Genzyme Corporation). A short video (5:57) with short statements about the future of mobility and cities. The video is also interactive allowing viewers to select to hear more from each of the commentators.

The  Activate the Future: THE FUTURE JUST ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE will be released on February 8. With the final parts released on February 15 and 22.

WSJ joins the LU vs NU debate with The Rise of the “Landscape Urbanists”

Christopher Shea recently posted The Rise of the “Landscape Urbanists” on his Wall Street Journal blog

And that’s the rub—the bit about cars and “spacious suburbs.” Architects who believe that a fresh commitment to urban living offers the best path to a sustainable future are deeply disconcerted by this quasi-green rhetoric, and by the way it’s catching on at trendy architecture schools. They call it a “a misguided surrender to suburban sprawl.”

Read more at WSJ

Four finalists present their visions for Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

The four finalist teams recently unveiled their visions for Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition (MR|DC), the largest landscape and urban design competition in Minneapolis history, each crafting a multidimensional landscape and urban design proposal addressing 220 acres of parkland and surrounding neighborhoods along 11 miles of riverfront from the historic Stone Arch Bridge north to the city limits.

Ken Smith Workshop – City of the River
Ken Smith
The river is a catalyst for renewal through new and enhanced park, infrastructure and ecological systems and a series of bold, iconic design scenarios that reflect the area’s history and spirit of place.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism – Streamlines
Stoss LU-Streamlines
A longer term transformation that reclaims the river as civic space, introduces new landscapes, infrastructure and urban fabrics, and weaves the multiple new and existing systems and experiences back into the city.

TLS/KVA – RiverFirst
A set of inter related design initiatives – focused on health, mobility and green economy – that function at multiple scales and are enhanced by community outreach strategies to raise public awareness about consumer choice impacts on the river system.

Turenscape – The Resilient River
Turenscape-The Resilient River
A fifty year framework for investment that focuses on: ecological renewal, social equity, new economies and a new identity for the city of the river, and includes a strategic approach to ecological infrastructure, re-orienting urbanism and phasing over time.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

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