Kevin Klinkenberg on the journey we’ve taken to create unwalkable cities.
Jane Jacobs has certainly made her mark on the urbanism world. but is her success deserved? Or is she, as one journalist puts it, the Justin Bieber of urbanism?
That’s a lot of grass. Just imagine what could be done with all that space!
Robert Kulick, president of CRESIT Energy, on the challenges of creating a wind power revolution in Detroit.
The city as furniture.
Get growing veg!
Billboard Homes for the Homeless
Project Gregory is a non profit effort that converts existing billboard structures into affordable housing units. Maintenance costs, skills, and resources are covered through funds raised by the advert space and partner reciprocity.The Republic of Slovakian project utilises the electricity used to keep the billboard lit at night to power the home’s interior.
This project is open source and Project Gregory encourages all cities in all countries to construct new, innovative designs and involve as many companies as possible to help make a difference.
Second time we’ve featured this, but it’s such an interesting idea. This apartment looks better than mine!
Via Next City
BICYCLE CENTER: Congested São Paulo to open free cyclist hub
Infamous for its traffic congestion, São Paulo has worked for years to improve rapid transit and to prove bike lanes and bike-share kiosks. Now, it will have something more for cyclists: a massive new headquarters for all their needs.
Nora Lamm reports for Global Site Plans that South America’s largest city begins construction this week on the “Largo Bike” facility. It will feature bike parking, showers, maintenance and repair along with restrooms and changing stations. Rentals will be available through Bike Sampa, the local bike-share service. Use of the facility will be free to registered users.
Underscoring the city’s commitment to promoting cleaner transportation, the cycling hub will be open 24-hours-a-day. São Paulo approved the structure, which opens this month, in response to record levels of congestion on its roads, the article says. The city already has an extensive network of bike lanes covering 260 km (162 miles).
Bikes are a critical part of planning for reducing congestion. Any plan that leaves them out is not a plan.
E.B. White on what makes a great city – spectacular read
And get an estimate of how much each line would cost to run.
Bobsled is not only a winter sport, as Umsichten demonstrated in 2012 with Superbob, reusing discarded materials from the deconstruction of a previous installation by Baltic Raw at the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Matthew McClellan on the innovations Louisville is deploying to create a safer workplace for City employees (and yes, it goes further than just stretching!)
Nature effortlessly adapts to urbanization. So how can cities adapt to nature?
URBAN BY NATURE - the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam - runs until August 24. Rotterdam’s Kunsthal and Natural History Museum host the main exhibition.
Photos by Dimitris Sotiropoulos, Maarten Laupman and Marcello Fantuz.