A new report from the Centre for Cities and Washington’s Brookings Institution has found that the USA has a lot to learn from Britain’s urban renaissance. But while British politicians and officials have always been keen to go on the hunt for policy ideas from the States, US politicians don’t always follow suit. US mayors – and the next US administration – should look more closely at British policy ideas, to help American cities compete in the future.
Smarter, Stronger Cities points to the following examples of UK innovations which could be exported Stateside:
Read more @ the SOURCE: Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities.
Lack of transportation choices, long commutes and cheap electricity from coal-fired power plants have contributed to Tennessee’s four major cities being ranked in the Top 25 worst emitters of carbon dioxide.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one-third of U.S. CO2 emissions come from transportation uses. Because most people live far away from their work in a city where adequate transportation alternatives are not entirely in place, auto dependency is naturally contributing to Nashville’s CO2 issue.
What can be done about this? It is a complex issue, but the solution may be surprisingly simple.
The answer lies in better usage of land to create walkable, self-contained, sustainable environments.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Tennessean – Creating a walkable environment is one solution .
The new Elephant House at Copenhagen Zoo opened today following an official ceremony attended by His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark and his grandson, Prince Christian.
This new Elephant House provides these magnificent animals with a stimulating environment, including easily accessible spaces for the public to enjoy them, and restores the visual relationship between the zoo and the park.
The project has been driven by research into the behavioural patterns of elephants. The tendency for bull elephants in the wild to roam away from the main herd prompted a plan organised around two separate enclosures. Covered with lightweight, glazed domes to provide natural light. The spaces maintain a strong visual connection with the sky and changing patterns of daylight and the distinctive ‘fritting’ on the glazing simulates a canopy of trees. The glazed domes have opening windows to allow natural ventilation and there is a heat recovery system – further enhancing the environmental efficiency of the scheme.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
Ottawa residents who want to protect neighbourhoods from over-scaled and ugly development must roll up their sleeves and get involved in the political and planning process, says a longtime Montreal urban activist.
“Do not think that it is the city-employed planners who are going to negotiate with the developers a development project in the public interest,” says Dimitri Roussopoulos, founder and CEO of Urban Ecology, a think-tank on sustainable urban development.
“A lot of what happens in neighbourhoods and cities is driven by very influential and powerful economic interests,” he told a public meeting on intensification at City Hall last week.
SOURCE: canada.com – Ottawa Citizen – Economics often drives city planning, expert warns.
Foster + Partners, Will Alsop and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are among the big name U.K. architects turning their talents to jelly. Specifically, they are participating in the Architectural Jelly Design Competition, which seeks to “raise awareness of the relationship between food and architecture,” as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008, June 20 to July 20.
Read more @ the SOURCE: International Herald Tribune – Raising the Roof – Top architects explore connection between design and jelly?.