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Commentary: When Tokyo Was a Slum – The Informal City Dialogues Commentary: When Tokyo Was a Slum – The Informal City Dialogues This essay touches on many of the themes that we will be exploring in the Informal City Dialogues: The way cities develop incrementally and at the hands of ordinary citizens, the role of government in planning and infrastructure, and how neighborhoods integrate with the larger urban system. Through examples like this one, we hope to gain a greater understanding of how to build more inclusive, resilient cities for all. First-time visitors to Tokyo may arrive with one of two fantasies dancing in their heads.
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Le Corbusier’s plan may not have had such power if he hadn’t put it on paper. The French modernist architect wanted to reform the polluted industrial city by building “towers in a park” where workers might live high above the streets, surrounded by green space and far from their factories. His idea was radical for the 1930s, and it was his diagrams of it that really captured the imagination. The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams - Design The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams - Design
Una polémica norma que autoriza la mezcla de usos urbanísticos en toda la ciudad y que, según el secretario de Planeación, Gerardo Ardila, implica que no haya zonas exclusivas residenciales ni de ningún otro tipo fue incluida en el proyecto de reforma del Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial (POT) que presentará esta semana el alcalde Gustavo Petro. Además de invertir las prioridades en el POT, para que se consolide primero la ciudad construida, especialmente el centro, y que la expansión en los bordes de la ciudad se haga "solo si es necesario" -en palabras de Ardila-, la Administración le apostará al "polifuncionalismo", es decir, la mezcla de usos del suelo, que hoy está prohibida en algunos sectores. Una ciudad con monofuncionalismo no funciona. Secretario de Planeación habla sobre barrios en Bogotá - Noticias de Bogotá - Colombia Secretario de Planeación habla sobre barrios en Bogotá - Noticias de Bogotá - Colombia
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High rises put squeeze on cars Don’t worry about what’s going to power the car of the future, there is a bigger problem on the horizon: where to park it. The world’s biggest car makers are growing increasingly concerned about population growth and the emergence of “mega cities” of more than 10 million people. Population experts estimate that by 2050 more than 60 per cent of the developed world will live in high-density areas. And the more high-rise apartments there are, the less room there is to park cars. Advertisement High rises put squeeze on cars
Shared Space The concept of building shared space within the public realm is a radical one here in the United States, where automobiles are not only given priority, but completely dominate most public spaces. With the financial insolvency inherent in our current approach becoming more and more apparent each day, there is a need to study alternatives. The shared space model -- while a dramatic departure from the status quo -- can help us build Strong Towns while making our urban neighborhoods safer in the process. Strong Towns is proud to support a new transportation-focused blog here in Minnesota called Streets.MN. The site is a collaboration among a number of local transportation enthusiasts. Content is updated frequently and can be access on the Streets.MN site as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Shared Space
La velocidad de la ciudad del futuro >> I Love Bicis La velocidad de la ciudad del futuro >> I Love Bicis En el imaginario colectivo, influenciado por las películas de Hollywood, las ciudades del futuro vuelan con tranvías y coches flotantes moviéndose a una velocidad supersónica. Los tubos de Futurama pueden ser válidos en teoría pero ¿es esa velocidad el futuro de las ciudades? El ajetreo se ha usado, durante años, como epítome de la experiencia urbana: el metro resoplando mientras entra en la estación, un gentío apresurado cruzando un paso de cebra en Manhattan o alguien parando un taxi con premura; parece que un minuto en el centro de Nueva York, Londres, Madrid o Tokio no pasa como un minuto en el resto del mundo. A pesar de que nuestras avenidas se obstruyen con el tráfico, cuando alguien piensa en una gran ciudad se la imagina más urbana cuanto más rápido se mueve. Sin embargo, si en el trasiego diario por la jungla de asfalto miras alrededor descubres que muchas propuestas diseñadas para acelerar la ciudad, realmente la ralentizan.
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Ciudades superdotadas · ELPAÍ Ciudades superdotadas · ELPAÍ Dicen que la mejor manera de limpiar una casa es no ensuciarla y que la energía más barata es la que no se gasta. ¿Y si el objetivo es mantener limpia una ciudad o rebajar la factura de la luz en una autopista? Las recetas caseras no pierden sentido. Pero a veces necesitan también otro empujoncito: tecnologías, estrategias y proyectos que pueden hacer que los municipios sean más sostenibles y eficientes. El objetivo es lograr smart cities, ciudades inteligentes que hagan un esfuerzo consciente por usar la tecnología para mejorar la calidad de vida y gastar la menor cantidad de recursos posibles. Y no solo se trata de dinero.
El futuro es la inteligencia · ELPAÍ El futuro es la inteligencia · ELPAÍ Mejorar las infraestructuras de agua, ahorrar energía, reducir drásticamente el tráfico, adelgazar el alumbrado público o vestir de verde los espacios son algunos de los gestos de decenas de Ayuntamientos y municipios de todo el mundo que empiezan a tomar conciencia del reto que representa el éxodo planetario a la ciudad para mejorar la calidad de vida de sus ciudadanos y, de paso, crear una nueva cultura económica que apueste por el más es menos. De no abrazar esta cura de modernización y adelgazamiento, los expertos en gestión urbana auguran el colapso de las ciudades, donde ya se concentra más de la mitad de la población mundial, y donde el 75% de las almas de todo el planeta se aglutinará en los próximos 20 años. Toledo ilumina todos sus grandes monumentos con luces led, lo que supone un ahorro del 80% respecto a las lámparas tradicionales
For Professor Wulf Daseking, the City of Freiburg's Head of Urban Planning, longevity and continuity aren't just buzzwords on a whiteboard but themes to live and plan by. After 26 years at the helm of Germany's Environmental Capital, Daseking embodies the notion of sustainability in a city that has seen only four planning directors since World War II. Daseking and his team have also found creative ways to accommodate population growth within its coveted city limits by using available land to build bustling eco-villages: Rieselfeld, a former brownfield area, and Vauban, once a French military base, are ecologically integrated and socially diverse developments that make car-free and high density living easy, fun, and a matter of civic pride for its residents. Universal Principles for Creating a Sustainable City Universal Principles for Creating a Sustainable City
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For a kid who spent much of his childhood outdoors—alternately splitting time between the wooded park down the street, my friends’ backyards, and a patch of countryside my parent’s tended—I have been spending a lot of time in rather large cities as an adult. Ever since I left college, I’ve lived in cities that count their residents in hundreds of thousands and metro areas that count in the millions. It’s gotten me to wondering, what effect are these throngs of people having on my brain? An answer to that question scrolled across my Twitter feed last week in the form of a paper published in Nature. This is your brain in the city « Per Square Mile
Village Towns Vandana Shiva, an internationally recognized Indian activist and philosopher, explains that planning for the human being rather than the automobile can liberate space and create community within a city. In her opinion, a sustainable city should operate as a self-reliant and self-sufficient cluster of villages. Yes, I see Vandana Shiva speaks about a Village City, but I’m sure what she really means is a city of VillageTowns. This is like a kinder egg; you get the best of three kinds of life in one.
“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) preface The Continued Relevance of Reclaiming the Urban Memory
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Back to the Future | James Howard Kunstler A road map for tomorrow's cities by James Howard Kunstler I LOVE THOSE CITIES-of-the-future illustrations from the old pop-culture bin. In “yesterday’s tomorrow,” they always get things so wonderfully wrong.
which-part-detroit-if-any-really-needs-right-sizing from... At the bottom of this post are two short videos about Detroit, both featuring architect and planner Mark Nickita, principal of the city's Archive Design Studio and a lifelong Detroit resident. In a very refreshing change from the mind-numbing negativity one usually hears about the city, Nickita is upbeat and hopeful. His point of view, emphasizing revitalization, is much closer to my own than much of what I read, which effectively takes the approach that the city has somehow been abandoned beyond redemption, leaving the only question how to manage its more-or-less permanent shrinkage. But it’s not that simple. There has indeed been a decline in part of the region.

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Long commutes cause obesity, neck pain, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia. - By Annie Lowrey

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