Dan Kildee is the treasurer of Genessee County, Michigan, the county which contains the city of Flint. His recently written a guest post at GOOD.is. He starts his post
The quality of a city is determined by what life is like for the people who live there—not by how many people live there.
So why is my suggestion that my hometown of Flint should shrink—reducing the “built” environment—creating such a stir? Is our American obsession with growth and expansion so pervasive that a community would rather fail at being large than succeed and become a smaller place?
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.
……..This shortage of land in many cities has unfortunately also led to a scarcity of natural vegetation in urban settings. We’ve looked at several vertical-farming concepts – dedicated buildings that provide space to grow crops in city centers – but a new architectural system from Vertical Landscapes (VL) seeks to invite nature back into our cities on a broader scale.
Contrasts in living standards in India make it imperative that urban planning ensures equitable distribution of employment avenues, housing and basic infrastructure. Affordable transport systems facilitating convenient access from homes to workplaces are as critical as educational, commercial, and recreational opportunities.
ISTANBUL – Images in which the concentration of the Asian population is visible through the architecture of Hong Kong are presented in two series, ‘Transparent City’ and ‘Architecture of Density,’ in Istanbul’s Çukurcuma.
Density, transparency of cities through photos Hong Kong architectural aesthetics and the often-overlooked human presence in the heart of international industry are among the subjects of German-American photographer Michael Wolf’s recent work, currently on display at the Elipsis Gallery in Istanbul.