It’s easy to think that London is a pretty green city. But there’s no shortage of urban motorways too, and the air quality is among the worst in Europe.
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Take a little bit of open data, add a lot of mapping, and suddenly you can see where people tend to run in Boston, Chicago, NYC, London, and Los Angeles (note: it’s mobile data, so biased towards tech adopters, but insightful nonetheless).
Along the water seems to be particular popular path.
Folly for a Flyover, a London air theatre space created from the unused space under an overpass bridge.
It’s not good news for tenants in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, with the council running a “hard-hitting campaign” to solve the issue.
This greenery filled Beehive Tower for Heron Quay, London is a vertical farm inspired by the hexagonal forms of the honeycomb. Designed by Rory Newel & Lucy Richardson, the 220m high ‘Hive’ is a place for green thumbs to reside and to cultivate all kinds of plants, especially edible ones. The structure features a number of sustainable systems such as an army of wind turbines that sits atop it and a rainwater collection system to water the crops within it. (via Beehive Tower is a Honeycomb Inspired Vertical Farm for London | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building)
East London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ is the centre of Tech City, but is startup culture really that important for cities?
What London would look like if the Thames Barrier failed.
Let’s all be grateful for the Thames Barrier!
And that’s down 0.4% on 2011 levels.
Kansas City, Montreal, London, Singapore, Cape Town and Paris all feature in our new list of six urban projects embracing nature. Which city projects do you think are doing a great job of bringing citizens closer to nature?