6 storey high green wall installed in Pittsburgh

October 14, 2009,AEDT

Green walls are becoming more and more common place in cities across the world. However, they are usually implemented as apart of a new architectural design rather than an existing building.  Until recently when a 2,380 square-foot, six storey high green wall was installed by PNC on their existing corporate | Read More

Urban farming: the new city career

October 13, 2009,AEDT

The State reports Tucked away in a three-acre former vacant lot in Rosewood between an empty warehouse and an industrial laundry is an odd sight: an organic farm and fish hatchery. From worm dirt up, architect Robbie McClam is creating a closed-loop system to grow micro-greens, vegetables and, eventually, two-pound | Read More

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

San Francisco tilts toward wind power

October 5, 2009,AEDT

SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle) reports The two famous windmills in Golden Gate Park could soon have a lot of company as a broad array of city officials, business leaders and environmentalists push for streamlined, modern versions to spring up at famous spots all over the city. Wind turbines could soon | Read More

Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities

October 2, 2009,AEDT

The Australian Government is seeking proposals to develop and implement practical projects to help secure urban water supplies in Australian towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people. “Funding under this program will support cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of | Read More

Parking Day – this Friday

September 17, 2009,AEDT

PARK(ing) Day is occurring across the world on the 18th of September. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks. PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and | Read More

New version released of CityEngine 2009

September 17, 2009,AEDT

Procedural Inc. have announced the CityEngine 2009.2, the latest version of its software for the fast creation, visualization and analysis of large 3D cities. The software is used by high-profile companies such as Foster+Partners, Microsoft, Navteq, Boeing, IBM, Thales, Blizzard, Square Enix, etc. and was awarded Killer Technology 2009 by | Read More

Clive looks at nature & recreation centers

September 15, 2009,AEDT

Clive is looking at new facilities suggested by a new plan approved by the City last week. The facilities include a nature center, community gym and a dog park. Genus Landscape Architects has developed a plan for a nature center that could cost between $1.5 to 4 million depending on | 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

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