Re:Vision Dallas winner announced

Atelier Data & Moov

Urban Re:Vision and the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation announced that “Forwarding Dallas” has been selected as the winning design from Re:Vision Dallas, an international design competition. The challenge, to transform a vacant inner-city block behind City Hall into a carbon-neutral community, drew hundreds of entries from top architecture firms and city planners in 14 countries worldwide.  Forwarding Dallas is the product of a collaboration between Portuguese-based architectural firms Atelier Data and Moov, and will run “off the grid,” acting as a working model of sustainability for cities around the globe. Ground breaking is scheduled for early 2011.

[SOURCE: Urban Re:Vision Dallas]
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Landscape Architecture professor travels North America studying urban agriculture

Professor Karen Landman, a landscape architecture professor from University of Guelph recently travelled across North America to study Urban Agriculture. Travelling some 18,000 kilometres(11,185 km) across western USA and Canada to see how food was grown commercially in cities.

University of Guelph has a full interview with Professor Karen Landman about her travels what she learnt.

[SOURCE: University of Guelph] via City Farmer News

An Urban Agriculture Symposium is being held at the University of Guelph at the Arboretum on Friday 20 November from 8:30am to 5:30pm at which Professor Karen Landman will give a lecture along with other presenters. However, the cut off date for registration was last Friday, 13th November.

Increased Density could mean reduced emissions

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Last week the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL released a report titled DRIVING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: THE EFFECTS OF COMPACT DEVELOPMENT ON MOTORIZED TRAVEL, ENERGY USE, AND CO2 EMISSIONS stating that

Increasing population and employment density in metropolitan areas could reduce vehicle travel, energy use, and CO2 emissions from less than 1 percent up to 11 percent by 2050 compared to a base case for household vehicle usage……

The report continues to give examples of if 75% of all new and replacement housing units were developed at twice the density and people drive 25% less then then CO2 emissions would be reduced by 7-8% by 2030, 8-11% by 2050. However if only 25% of housing was developed at twice the density and drove 12% less then the reduction in CO2 would only be 1% by 2030 and 1.7% by 2050.

The report also outlined the obstacles with trying achieve 75% dwellings at twice the denisty including local growth, local zoning regulations, concerns about congestion and home values.

The report also stated that

Government policies to support more compact, mixed-use development should be encouraged, the report says. The nation is likely to set ambitious goals to address climate change and, given the large contribution of the transportation sector to greenhouse gas emissions, changes in land use may have to be part of the effort.  If so, land use changes should be implemented soon, because current development patterns will take decades to reverse

For more information about the report go to the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL website.

SOURCE: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

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WPA 2.0 registrations close FRIDAY 24th

WPA 2.0 is a design competition organised by UCLA think tank, cityLAB, to see “who rules the sewers rules the city”

Organizers Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman are betting that recent projects like the High Line in New York (an abandoned elevated railway, now a public park) will trigger a creative range of submissions from all over the U.S. “In every city there are planners and architects who are imagining more robust ways to revitalize local infrastructure. We want to give them a forum, to spark the kinds of projects that will serve communities.

With the Recovery Act (aka the Stimulus Package), on the minds of everyone concerned with the future of our cities, cityLAB, a UCLA urban design think tank, is providing a unique opportunity for designers worldwide to contribute infrastructure proposals that re-envision the new American metropolis. Beginning with a competition that encourages designers to “take back the streets,” WPA 2.0 sets the stage for a new generation of Working Public Architecture.

The competition will be followed by a symposium at the National Building Museum in November 2009. In Washington, cityLAB will convene leading researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to expand the enlivened discourse on urban infrastructure and promote implementable options that imagine our physical environment as more livable, more beautiful, and more sustainable.

Remember to register by Friday 24th July to find out more about the competition go to the website

SOURCE: cityLAB

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HCM City to develop into greener, roomier city – VOVNEWS.VN

VOVNEWS.VN reports

Ho Chi Minh City will be turned into a greener, bigger urban zone with the city centre being expanded in all four directions, linking up with urban areas in neighbouring provinces, according to recent re-zoning plans.

Following the master plan for Ho Chi Minh city until 2025, the city will now be expanded to the west and southwest, in addition to the three directions previously agreed upon in the 1998 master plan: east, south, north and northwest.

The master plan, jointly drawn up by Ho Chi Minh City Urban Planning Institute and Japanese consultant Nikken Seikei………..

SOURCE: VOVNEWS.VN – HCM City to develop into greener, roomier city – HCM City to develop into greener, roomier city

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