KunstlerCast – Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker

October 9, 2009,AEDT

Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler in their latest podcast have a conversation about Jane Jacobs, her theories, works and her impact on urban planning. The catalyst for the conversation was Planetizen’s poll about the Top 100 Urban Thinkers on which Jane Jacobs was placed 1st. You can listen to | Read More

TED Talk – Carolyn Steel – How food shapes our cities

October 6, 2009,AEDT

Carolyn Steel recently gave a presentation at TED Global 2009 in Oxford, UK last July. Architect and author Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to “read” cities and understand how they work. In her book Hungry City she traces — and puts into historical context — food’s journey from | Read More

Urban farms springing up on rooftops

September 15, 2009,AEDT

All across Manhattan urban farms are springing up across one of the densely built cities in the world. Urban Farms (community gardens) are nothing new but recently they are moving up onto the rooftops across the world as urbanites want to grow their own food and cool down their buildings. | Read More

Can a rail line reinvigorate a city?

September 11, 2009,AEDT

The people in Dallas are hoping that the new Green Line with 4 stations opening on Monday will reinvigorate areas of the city that have fallen into neglect. According to the Dallas News In South Dallas, there are ambitions for transforming the neighborhood – historically the home of many of | Read More

St.Petersburg could lose its UNESCO status *UPDATE*

September 3, 2009,AEDT

St. Peterburg, Russia could lose its UNESCO status as a World Heritage Centre if the plans of the world’s biggest natural gas company to build a 396 metre (1,299 ft) skyscaper go ahead. The $3 billion building designed by RMJM has still not been approved by the local government. SOURCE: | Read More

Cross programming Urban Park in Singapore

August 28, 2009,AEDT

Ong & Ong have proposed a new Urban Park design for City Square Mall at 17th Kitchener Road, Singapore. The site is  approximately 0.45 ha with few facilities besides the entry to the Mass Rapid Transit Station. Ong & Ong‘s design incorporates several programs including a Butterfly Garden, Sculptures, a | Read More

NASA launches ‘Sustainability Base’

August 26, 2009,AEDT

Yesterday, NASA’s Ames Research Center held a ground breaking ceremony for its new ‘Sustainability Base’ – a high performance Platinum LEED Rated building in Moffett Field California. The building will feature near zero net energy consumption, use 90 percent less potable water than conventionally built buildings of equivalent size and | Read More

Governors Island – Useless Beauty – The New Yorker

August 25, 2009,AEDT

Wondering what’s happening to Governors Island after the International Design competition was won by the design group led by WEST 8. Well, the August 31, 2009 edition of the New Yorker (subscription only) on p. 56 has an article titled ‘Useless Beauty’ by local correspondent Nick Paumgarten, who discusses plans for | Read More

Toyota uses LA & SF Interstates to launch Prius

August 20, 2009,AEDT

“Harmony Floralscape” along the Pasadena Freeway (SR-110) (Credit: Toyota) Toyota has unveiled “Harmony Floralscape” along the Pasadena Freeway (SR-110), this is one of the nine oversized floral designs that will appear alongside California freeways in support of the ongoing launch of the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. Seven of the | Read More

National Parks Report, Urban Woods and Green Energy Centre opens

August 19, 2009,AEDT

Scotland has seen had a lot of green news this week with the National Parks Report being released, which recommends the reducing the numbers of members of the authority and setting up a short term National Parks Strategy Group. The government also earmarked £1m for a makeover of Urban Woods | Read More

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