Our rapidly urbanizing world is faced with a very real challenge — supporting a larger population with fewer resources. The UN reports that by 2050, the global population will swell to 9.1 billion — with 6.3 billion people predicted to live in urban areas. This unprecedented urban growth requires a novel approach to alleviate food scarcity, and a shift in preconceptions about what the urban fabric can offer. The re-imagining of cities as a bastion for urban agriculture has spurred a number of provocative designs. While many of the schemes succeed in bringing food production closer to where it’s consumed, they are still too energy inefficient to serve as viable models. Continue reading Urban Food Jungle | AECOM
The ‘Flevo’ polder with its major city Almere is located in the middle of Netherlands. The ‘Oostvaarderplassen’ in the north of this polder is a protected nature area with different kind of animals like red deers, foxes and wild horses. There is a demand for an ecological corridor between the ‘Oostvaarderplassen’ and the ecological reserve of ‘De Veluwe’ located in southern direction of the Netherlands. As a result, animals will have the opportunity to migrate and exchange area. So the extension of Almere city which needs 10.000 new houses and an ecological corridor are combined in the same area.
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The goal of modern development has created a clear separation between agricultural and industrial activities, between human and nature, between fluid and solid territories, which become a threat to human living. As we move forwards and slowly detach from nature, we neglect the power of it and forget how we once live with it. Ayutthaya is the city which illustrates such on-going situation clearly, from the day when water was city’s breath to the day when water become city’s catastrophe to local economy, society and environment. In planning for the prospect Ayutthaya we shall try to understand the formation of crisis, in order to determine the new balance between water, Ayutthaya living and Chao Phraya river basin.
Continue reading 2050 Ultra Flood Plain | Ayutthaya Thailand | Shma