TED Talk – Carolyn Steel – How food shapes our cities

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 land to urban table and thence to sewer. Cities, like people, are what they eat.

The video was recently posted and Carolyn gives a great presentation and some great insights.

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Urban farms springing up on rooftops

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.

The Washington Post has an article about the Urban Farms in Manhattan and how as the city has boomed with Community Gardens being sold for development gardens have moved up onto rooftops.

Read and See more at the Planting Roofs takes off in New York – Washingtonpost

Can a rail line reinvigorate a city?

Fair Park Station - SOURCE: DART.org

Fair Park Station - SOURCE: DART.org

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 the city’s black residents and businesses – into a point of pride.

Read the more about the green line at DART.org and the Dallas News

St.Petersburg could lose its UNESCO status *UPDATE*

gazProm_RMJM

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: Bloomberg

*UPDATE*

1. Opponents of the Okhta Center, also known as the Gazprom Tower, filed a lawsuit late last week asking the court to cancel an upcoming public hearing as “illegal.” SOURCE: St.Petersburg Times

2. St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday (01.09.09) clashed with police and OAO Gazprom security guards during a public hearing over the plan to erect the tallest skyscraper in Europe. Around 12 people who attended Tuesday’s meeting were removed, as calls of ‘shame on Gazprom’ rung in the air. SOURCE: Architect’s Journal

Cross programming Urban Park in Singapore

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

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 Living Maze for children, an interactive fountain park and an education wall about recycling.

The proposal of developing this open space into an urban park will drastically change the appearance and usage of this open space. The development of the urban park and the mall will complement one another. The urban park will be like a green carpet lay out in front of the mall to welcome its visitors.

The urban park when it is completed, will serve as a green lung for the neighborhood. Conceived as a series of spaces connected by footpaths, these spaces are meant to encourage learning about ecology and the natural environment in an urban oasis that is both fun and didactic for young and old. As they play and walk through the landscape, they learn.

Ong & Ong’s project increases its environment friendly status by introducing the application of a myriad of ecologically-friendly elements including Vertical Green Walls, an Eco-Roof to showcase green technologies and  materials such as  “Eco-tiles” – a composite recyclable product that is manufacture with sustainable resource, and recycled timber. The designers have also retained 2 large existing trees and proposed to plant native species in the design.

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong  & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Image Credit: Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Approximate budget in SGD: $ 400,000,000.00
Project design start year: 2005
Project status currently: Under Construction
Expected project construction completion: 30 November 2009
Landscape Architects – Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

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