Kaid Benfield @ the Atlantic: What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like?

Kaid Benfield recently wrote What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like? for the  Atlantic. Benfield uses a narrative to create Sustainaville - a sustainable community. He goes on to ‘journey’ into downtown Sustainaville and along the way gives examples of what creates a sustainable community. Although he brushes lightly on each aspect of a sustainable and admits at the end that there is more than what he has described its an interesting way of educating about ‘What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like?”

Using sheep for traffic calming in Switzerland

Traffic calming is often boring and uninspiring use of speed humps, table tops, islands, circles, rumble strips. Recently Christophe Machet was commissioned by the Municipality of Gland in Switzerland and created a flock of reflective sheep getting lost in the city. By invading the streets, they force the drivers to slow down.

Spotted at Inhabitat

Developers breaking ground on Sustainable Communities in UK

Green dream lives on: A savvy breed of developers are breaking ground on sustainable communities in the Independent newspaper

There are about 10 communities around the country, loosely following principles known in the construction industry as New Urbanism……… No one is yet suggesting this new wave of sustainable communities will pass the test of time as Bath has – but they at least appear to be riding the downturn.

The article lists 8 projects in design planning stage along with the following built projects
Up and running

* Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
* Greenwich Millennium Village (which involves Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey)
* BedZed, Hackbridge, east London

Melbourne: is that all there is? – an Airport as the gateway to the city

Bruce Guthrie wrote an article recently in The Age newspaper about the poor landscape that greets new arrivals to the city.

A FOREST of billboards greets visitors as they leave Melbourne Airport for the drive along Tullamarine Freeway to the city…

Surely we can do better. I’m not even asking for public art; in fact, I would settle for some decent landscaping on the freeway median strip and verges…..

Hong Kong it isn’t. That’s a showpiece, with dramatic vistas almost every metre of the drive to and from the airport. And it’s not Singapore either, manicured to within an inch of its life. But it could be Los Angeles’s LAX, an ugly duckling airport that with some thoughtful landscape architecture is now a popular postcard.

Read the full article at The Age – So, welcome to Melbourne: is that all there is?

Adam Greenfield – On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City.

Adam Greenfield at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

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