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Urban dreams.

Well this is quite the proposal— Samantha Maldonado (@sssmaldo) January 14, 2022 Berlin is planning a car-free area larger than Manhattan. The citizen-driven plan would create the largest car-free area in a city anywhere in the world.Leadership can come from many places when it comes to transforming cities. Via @FastCompany— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) January 15, 2022 ADDED: Click on th...
Tags: New York, Law, NYC, Germany, Berlin, New York City, Global Warming, Manhattan, Urban Planning, Driving, Ann Althouse, Samantha Maldonado

Spectacular images of Italian town unintentionally shaped like a person

Centuripe is an Italian town in the hills near Enna, Sicily. It appears to be quite stunning on the ground but truly extraordinary from the air thanks to its topology and layout combined with a wondrous dose of pareidolia. Photographer and drone pilot Pio Andrea Peri captured the following incredible images from the sky: View this post on Instagram A post shared by ᴄᴏɴᴛᴇɴᴛ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴏʀ | ɪᴛᴀ...
Tags: Photography, Video, News, Drones, Italy, Urban Planning, Photographs, Pareidolia, Enna Sicily, Pio Andrea Peri

How to build more sloth-friendly cities

Why did the sloth leisurely cross the road? To get to the other side. But this, as it turns out, is not without its complications, as detailed in Bloomberg's CityLab. As human developments and urban sprawl expand further and further into their once-pristine habitats, those adorable arboreal mammals are, erm, a little slow to adapt. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Animals, Bloomberg, Urban Planning, Animal Rights, Sloth, Animal Rescue, Animal Crossing, Animal Friends, Sloths

Freeing everyone from The Matrix would be a logistical disaster

While most everyone agrees that we should free all humans from being used as fleshy batteries held in virtual reality against their wills in order to feed the machine empire known as the Matrix, few people have bothered to consider the true scope of impact of such a massive humanitarian aid mission. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Urban Planning, The Matrix, Humanitarian Aid, Humanitarian Crisis, Humanitarian Disasters, Shitty urban planning, Glitch In The Matrix

How to sell your strata on sustainability: ‘Think of all the things people might object to’

Making Australia’s freestanding homes greener is mainly a matter of time and money, but for apartment dwellers the process is more complex With the federal government dragging its feet on legislating to reduce carbon emissions, many Australians are decreasing their individual carbon footprints, changing their lifestyles and even their homes to become more sustainable.Installing solar panels, solar hot water systems and rain tanks is relatively straightforward on detached houses, but the increasi...
Tags: Australia, Housing, Australia news, Cities, Urban Planning, Urbanisation

Thermal mix: a modest Canberra renovation holds and traps the sun

Using 80% less energy than average, an unassuming suburban home is winning architecture prizes for its imaginative revampA house many would consider a knockdown, rebuild has been given a new life as a snug, energy-efficient home by an ACT firm that say their science-based architecture model can be applied to existing housing stock across Australia.Prior to the renovation, owners Kathryn and Rachel – who have requested their surnames be kept private – say the house was “always cold in winter and ...
Tags: Energy, Design, Australia, Housing, Australia news, Energy Efficiency, Urban Planning, Recycling, Melbourne, Canberra, Rachel, Kathryn, Australian Capital Territory (ACT

‘Ultimately uninhabitable’: western Sydney’s legacy of planning failure

Houses built to the fence line with dark roofs and tiny backyards leave their owners at the mercy of the climate crisis, experts sayDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingOn 4 January 2020, the western Sydney suburb of Penrith was one of the hottest places on Earth at 48.9C.The heat that day, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, gave a brief window into what the future will be like in the city’s outer rings, soon to be home to more than 1.5 million people. Continue reading.....
Tags: Design, Housing, Environment, Australia news, New South Wales, Sydney, Urban Planning, Urbanisation, Blue Mountains, Penrith, Climate Crisis

$400bn utopian city to be imagined being built somewhere in America

Welcome to Telosa, a $400bn utopian city that might be built in Arizona, or Colorado, or maybe somewhere in the Appalachian mountains. Who cares, so long as someone's paying? [↬ Papasan] Telosa's public realm is vibrant and active with open space woven throughout the dense city fabric. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Colorado, America, Arizona, Urban Planning, Utopia, Future Cities, Liminal Spaces, Telosa

"Most older Americans want to age in place, and many can’t, or won’t, move to big cities with dense transportation networks and nearby grocery stores."

"Of course we should be working, in general, to put everything closer together so nobody has to get behind the wheel at the age of 95 — or 55, for that matter. But there’s going to end up being some in-between territory as well, and giving everyone (not just seniors) access to something like a golf cart, at minimal cost, as well as safe enough streets to operate them, could go a long way." From "There’s One Thing We Can Learn From the Villages’ Success" (NY Magazine). The Villages is a planned...
Tags: Florida, Real Estate, Law, Aging, Disney, Cars, Urban Planning, Donald Trump, Trump, NY Magazine, Disney Imagineers, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Planetizen, James Brasuell

Traumhaus Funari transforms an old military site into affordable housing

Traumhaus Funari is an urban development on the site of a former U.S. military barracks in Germany. The neighborhood design takes a unique approach with a focus on green spaces and pedestrian access, while also creating affordable, diverse and individualized housing. Architectural firm MVRDV aims to redesign the idea of a suburban neighborhood by partnering with Traumhaus, a prefabricated home builder. Putting their strengths together has resulted in a district of homes that owners can help des...
Tags: Design, Germany, Urban Design, Homes, Urban Planning, Affordable Housing, Residential Architecture, MVRDV, Universal design, Traum, Residential Development, Winy Maas MVRDV, Funari, Pedestrian-friendly, Traumhaus Funari, Traumhaus

Upper Los Angeles River Plan wins award for inclusive, sustainable design

The influential Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan (ULART) has earned the prestigious global 2021 AZ Award from Azure Magazine for its plan to “recalibrate natural urban waterways by deploying nature-based solutions to create new community space and help rectify decades of neglect.” In an international competition commissioned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), the ULART plan by Studio-MLA stood out for i...
Tags: Landscape, Design, Toronto, Los Angeles, Drought, LA River, River, Urban Planning, Environmental Justice, Landscape Architecture, Los Angeles County, Rodriguez, Los Angeles River, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, MRCA, Marc Ryan

Nelson Mandela Park adds a breath of fresh air to an industrial part of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is known for skyscrapers and modern architecture. Now, a new masterplan promises to transform an underused harbor site into an urban green space for a neighborhood that could really use more parks. The Nelson Mandela Park is a welcome addition to Rotterdam’s South Maashaven district, a historic grain port. SWA/Balsley is the creative force behind the new park. The design company completed its masterplan for the Nelson Mandela Park this spring. The park cleverly blends in with Rotterda...
Tags: Europe, Design, Park, Urban Planning, Green space, Public Spaces, Rotterdam, GCA, Rotterdam Rotterdam, SWA Balsley, Nelson Mandela Park, South Maashaven, Rotterdam Granary Company Now, SWA Balsley Images

New Oakville North additions put pedestrians first

Most master-planned communities take into account things like location to central services and inclusion of a gym, but North Oak at Oakvillage, a multiphase condominium development in Oakville, Canada, builds housing units while incorporating sustainable building practices, too.  Oakvillage is a pedestrian-first community with a focus on connecting to the nearby natural elements of the area. A scenic, 1.5 kilometer multipurpose trail is woven throughout the community. Moreover, onsite trails lea...
Tags: Design, Earth, Canada, Homes, Urban Planning, Geothermal Energy, Condominiums, Pedestrian Friendly, Oakville Canada, New Oakville North, Oakvillage, Sixteen Mile Creek Bronte Creek Natural Park, Lions Valley Park, North Oak, Roya Khaleeli, Innovation for Minto Communities GTA

"... Madison may soon act to preserve a limited view of Lake Mendota from the lone Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home Downtown — a home that can barely be seen by the public.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports. The city, which has rarely if ever acted to preserve the view from a private property, may change its Downtown height map and reduce the allowable height of adjacent properties to preserve the view to the lake from the top floor of the three-story home, which Wright designed for his lifelong friend Robert Lamp and which originally captured views of lakes Monona and Mendota and the Capitol. The owner of the Lamp House, which is now surrounded by other homes an...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Urban Planning, City Council, Madison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright, UW, Wisconsin State Journal, Mendota, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Monona, Robert Lamp, Lamp House, Apex Property Management

Abodu raises $20M to build prefabricated backyard homes

The need for more affordable housing has never been more urgent as a shortage in the U.S. housing market persists. Startups attempting to help address the shortage in a variety of ways abound. One such startup, Abodu , has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Previous backer Initialized Capital also participated in the financing, along with Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman, former Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs, GGV investor Hans Tung and Paradox...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Real Estate, California, Washington, Funding, Los Angeles, Startup, Tech, United States, Stockton, Venture Capital, San Diego, Urban Planning, San Jose

"Think of Pearl Street in Boulder, with its winding paths, large trees, public art, live music and abundant outdoor cafes."

"That’s the kind of exciting destination that could help bring back [Madison's] State Street — and go beyond what it has been. Instead of a river of concrete for buses to rumble down, State Street could be a walkable park for people, who would be prioritized over vehicles. The mayor last week brushed off support among Downtown business owners for taking buses off State Street, calling them desperate and willing to try anything. That might be true, given how devastating the pandemic, weak econom...
Tags: Law, Colorado, Urban Planning, Boulder, Buses, Madison, University Of Colorado, State, University Of Wisconsin, Don, State Capitol, State Street, Pearl Street, Wisconsin State Journal, City Life, Ann Althouse

Catacombs of Paris: The city of darkness finds its new raison d'être

People have been digging up limestone and gypsum from below Paris since Roman times.They left behind a vast network of corridors and galleries, since reused for many purposes — most famously, the Catacombs.Soon, the ancient labyrinth may find a new lease of life, providing a sustainable form of air conditioning. Ancient mining areas below Paris for limestone (red) and gypsum (green).Credit: Émile Gérards (1859–1920) / Public domain"If you're brave enough to t...
Tags: Europe, Maps, London, Sustainability, Mining, Paris, Innovation, Urban Planning, Un, Wikimedia, Montmartre, Louvre, Seine, IGC, Montparnasse, CC BY SA

Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg backs Biden's infrastructure bill, says 'we're still coasting on infrastructure choices' from the 1950s

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg at a press conference in February. John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg is helping rally support for Biden's infrastructure plan. Buttigieg said on Sunday the American Jobs Plan represented "a generational investment." The plan aims for upgrades in everything from roads and bridges to public schools and airports. See more stories on Insider's business page. US Transportation secretary ...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Nbc, Labor, Congress, Abc, California, Washington Post, Kentucky, Senate, Environment, US, America, Trends, Roads, Joe Biden

Now approved in LA, Abodu’s backyard homes can now go from contract to completion in as little as 30 days

Abodu, one of a slew of startup companies pitching backyard homes and office spaces to Californians in an effort to help address the state’s housing shortage, has instituted a new “Quickship” program that can take an order from contract to construction and installation in about thirty days. Behind the quick turnaround time is a pre-approval process that was first rolled out in Santa Fe and came to Los Angeles in recent weeks. Abodu began installing homes through a pre-approval process back in 20...
Tags: TC, California, La, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Planning, Ceo, Palo Alto, United States, Urban Planning, San Jose, Louisiana, Oakland, Santa Fe

The pandemic is changing how cities think about bicycles, and it's about damn time

I started cycling in Boston in 2006, initially as a way to get in shape and save some money. Over the years, I've seen a lot of changes in the city's bike infrastructure; the work of the I started cycling in Boston in 2006, initially as a way to get in shape and save some money. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Boston, Bicycles, Bikes, Infrastructure, Bicycling, Bicycle, Urban Planning, Biking, Bike Paths, Bike, Public Transportation, Municipal Infrastructure, Citibikes, I want to ride my bicycle

Why cities are critical to achieving a carbon-neutral world

Countries, governments and companies are aligning on a need for net-zero - and this is an opportunity to rethink decarbonizing our cities.There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution – each city's needs must be at the heart of developing integrated energy solutions.A city can only decarbonize through collaboration between government, the private sector, and local communities.The world is at a critical juncture. Never has there been a moment where businesses, energy consumers and governments – from C...
Tags: Climate Change, China, Singapore, Environment, Sustainability, Cities, Canada, Paris, Innovation, Urban Planning, OECD, Shell, Leonard, Integrated Approach, Organisation for Economic Co, Paris Climate Action Plan

Saudi Arabia announces plans for a zero-carbon city that's 105 miles long

Saudia Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has revealed plans for The Line, a zero-carbon city that stretches 105 miles with a million residents living in ""carbon-positive urban developments powered by 100% clean energy." It will have no streets or cars, with everything you need just a five-minute walk away. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Saudi Arabia, Cities, Urban Planning, Mohammed bin Salman, Saudia Arabia

A stunning visualization of how racist housing policies create urban heat islands

The New York Times has an extraordinary article—building on some earlier research from Yale Environment 360—that illustrates with frightening detail how racism, urban planning, and climate change go hand-in-hand. Using the city of Richmond as a microcosm, authors Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich explore the city's history through the lens of several individual lives who are impacted by these "urban heat islands" on a daily basis. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, Urban Design, New York Times, Urban Planning, Urban Development, Richmond, Climate Justice, Environmental Racism, Climate Crisis, Yale Environment, Urban Heat Islands, Nadja Popovich, Brad Plumer, Climate Change Is Real

"Two centuries ago, a disturbing new two-wheeled contraption appeared on the streets of New York. Pedestrians and drivers of horse-drawn vehicles saw the velocipede as a cluttering, dangerous nuisance..."

"... and it was quickly banned. It took more than 40 years for it to reappear, this time as the bicycle. A century ago, a disturbing new four-wheeled contraption appeared on the streets of New York. Pedestrians and drivers of horse-drawn vehicles saw the automobile as a cluttering, dangerous nuisance, but they found it impossible to resist. Despite the suspicion, the entire city was redesigned to accommodate it: sidewalks were narrowed, traffic signs installed, rules written, roads built, and po...
Tags: New York, Law, NYC, Scooters, Urban Planning, Driving, Biking, Ann Althouse

The road to smart city infrastructure starts with research

Dominik Schiener Contributor Dominik Schiener is co-Founder and Chairman of the IOTA Foundation. He has been in the blockchain space since 2011, with several startups in Switzerland, UK and Germany. His primary focus is how to improve physical infrastructure with digital infrastructure such as DLT and AI. Mathew Yarger Contributor Mathew is Head of Mobility and Automotive at the IOTA Foundation, where he develops strat...
Tags: Travel, TC, Transportation, Mobile, Column, Smart City, Germany, Singapore, Policy, United States, Urban Planning, Smart Cities, Blockchain, Mathew, DLT, Urban Infrastructure

How four European cities are embracing micromobility to drive out cars

The coronavirus pandemic is acting as a catalyst for urban transformation across Europe as city authorities grapple with how to manage urban mobility without risking citizens’ health or inviting gridlock by letting cars flood in. Micromobility and local commerce are being seen as both short and long-term solutions for urban revival in a number of cases. We’ve run down key policy developments in four major cities, Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan, which — at varying speeds — are pushing to reth...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, Milan, London, France, Government, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Bloomberg, Barcelona, Policy, Automotive, Paris, Italy

Google's Concept for Its Massive San Jose Campus Actually Looks Kinda Neat

Google isn’t exactly a name you associate with urban planning, but for its San Jose campus are... pleasantly surprising. Unlike the typical closed-off tech campuses, the Downtown West project looks like an open plan neighborhood that’s actually part of the city itself. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Design, Climate Change, Urban Planning, San Jose, Downtown West, San Jose Campus

A futuristic glass skyscraper shaped like a blooming flower is being built on one of Hong Kong's most expensive plots of land – here's an early look

Render by Arqui9 / Zaha Hadid Architects Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for a 36-story glass tower in Hong Kong inspired by a budding flower. Set to open by 2022 on a city block in Hong Kong Central, according to design magazine Dezeen, the tower will serve as an urban oasis. Here's an early look at the tower, which will come with tree-filled balconies, an above-ground running track, and rooftop banquet hall. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.   Zaha Had...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Hong Kong, Real Estate, Design, Life, International, City, Trends, Features, Architecture, Urban Planning, Miami, Skyscraper, Zaha Hadid

CRA unveils designs for Biotic, a high-tech district in Brazil

After two years of development, international design firm Carlo Ratti Associati and consultancy firm Ernst & Young have unveiled their masterplan designs for Biotic, a high-tech innovation district in Brasilia, Brazil. Inspired by the Brazilian capital’s modernist masterplan engineered by urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer, Biotic was conceived as an extension of the city’s historic layout as well as a reinterpretation of the city’s iconic superblocks to create a more nature-...
Tags: Design, Barcelona, Urban Design, Brazil, Urban Planning, Urban Development, Public Spaces, Unesco World Heritage, Mixed-use, BRASILIA, Ernst Young, CRA, Brasilia Brazil, Sustainable Urban Design, Carlo Ratti Associati, Curtain Wall

'There has to be a third way:' A Stockholm-based urban planning expert says business as usual and total shutdown are not the only options for cities

People walk during rush hour in Stockholm on May 29, 2020. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Nature in urban spaces is instrumental in maintaining peoples' wellbeing throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Karl Samuelsson, a Stockholm-based researcher who focuses on sustainable environments for people, says that cities need more nature and bigger spaces to practice social distancing. In a recent research paper, Samuelsson and his colleagues argue that social distancing to prevent the sprea...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Trends, Strategy, Cities, Queens, Urban Planning, Getty, Stockholm, Business Insider, Stockholm Sweden, Samuelsson, JONATHAN NACKSTRAND, Pandemic, Fredrik, Coronavirus