KunstlerCast – Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker

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 KunstlerCast #83: Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker – The Death and Life of Great American Cities at KunstlerCast or you can also subscribe via iTunes.

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*

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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

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