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

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