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Free Paper Models of Buildings and Structures. Buildings and Structures Free Paper Models Free paper models of buildings from around the world.

Free Paper Models of Buildings and Structures

Castles, Palaces, Churches, Museums, Historical, Houses, Lighthouses, RPG Layouts... Build your own Paper Model Medieval Castle Blarney Castle Paper Model Build a Castle - Simple. Pyramid, ziggurat and more, under the heading: The Built Environment. Craftown - Toys - Paper Craft - Canon Creative Park. Build a box city. What you need Boxes of various sizes Toilet rolls Butcher’s paper, tissue paper or just a roll of white paper (we used one from Ikea) Sticky tape Scissors Coloured paper Assorted buttons Crayons Thin masking tape or washi tape A few little cars and “villagers” Activity 1.

Build a box city

Tape up the open boxes so they’re a bit more solid. 2. 3. Creative Storytelling App. CoSpaces: Making space for imagination. The Happy City experiment. World Happiness Report. How happy are you with your city? EU report data – in pictures. 101 small ways you can improve your city - Curbed. On Your Street | In Your Neighborhood | At Your Parks | Along Your Route | With Your Neighbors | In Your Community We've scoured cities all around the world for small ideas with huge potential, and asked some of our favorite urban thinkers for tiny ways to make outsized transformations.

101 small ways you can improve your city - Curbed

And we divided them all up into six sections to help focus your efforts. We hope this serves as a resource for urban inspiration—and that you'll contribute your own thoughts in the comments. 1. Redesign a crosswalk. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. The Best Thing My City Did This Year. "In Detroit, we're awash in stand-out headlines with obvious silver linings or preludes to the unknown: a bankruptcy with a potential 'fresh start,' a woman at the top of one of the region's largest and oldest employers, the election of a mayor that further blurred longtime racial borders, an international concern over the city’s art collection.

The Best Thing My City Did This Year

One story to watch, however, is the re-energized City Council, which bled out some controversial members and welcomes a new crop meeting under a by-districts model unseen in the city since 1918. Residents will now have closer, more in-tune liaisons representing their neighborhoods; a Latina councilmember sits at the table at the first time; and two less-than-popular councilmembers -- one that compared a state takeover of a city park to 'rape,' another who abruptly left town following allegations of soliciting nude videos from a 17-year-old mentee - are sitting out this term.

" - Aaron Foley, Jalopnik writer Houston Expanded Its Parks. How Cities Make Us Sick. Urban Symbiosis - Photographs and text by Tomer Eliash. How to Build a Model City (with Pictures) Future - Science & Environment - Cities: How crowded life is changing us. Cities cover just 3% of the planet's land surface, but are already home to more than half of its people.

Future - Science & Environment - Cities: How crowded life is changing us

That means cities are bringing people into ever greater contact, where collectively they act as a giant physical, biological and cultural force. Transport links and communication between cities, from superhighways to express trains and planes, allow businesses to operate planet-wide, shrinking the human world and making the global local. The great homogenisation of the Anthropocene includes human culture and lifestyle as much as any effect on the natural ecosystem. We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life by Matt Soniak. This article was originally written for Next City.

We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life by Matt Soniak

As cities expand, it’s not just humans who are becoming increasingly urbanized. Concrete jungles and actual jungles are no longer realms apart, and as natural and human-created environments bleed into each other and intertwine, animals that walk on four legs, six or eight legs, fly or slither are calling cities home more and more. In Feral Cities: Adventures With Animals in the Urban Jungle, released this month by Chicago Review Press, author Tristan Donovan finds that just like shifting from rural to urban living changed humans, city living is changing animals in sometimes surprising ways. At the same time, urban wildlife is changing the way some cities operate and use their resources. What Matters to the Success of Cities. A Journey Inside a Mumbai Slum.

I’m going to ask you to challenge your perceptions.

A Journey Inside a Mumbai Slum

What do you immediately think of when you hear the word ‘slum’? Really think about it for a minute. Do you think of poverty? Of filth and squalour and poor sanitation? Of people living in desperation and misery? Define and conquer A good place to start is to actually define the word ‘slum’. The Dharavi slum is home to over 1 million people, which makes it the largest slum in Asia. Touring responsibly I took a tour around Dharavi with Reality Tours & Travel, who are one of a handful of official companies guiding tours through slum areas, and employing local people as guides.

How would you design a city from scratch? Future City Build the Model Video. Tutorials/Building a metropolis. So you have a stack of diamonds, 15 full stacks of wood, and a huge storage room only for cobblestone, you may have even defeated the mighty Ender Dragon.

Tutorials/Building a metropolis

How to build a city from scratch: the handy step-by-step DIY guide. Building a real city from scratch isn’t like playing Minecraft, Civilization or SimCity.

How to build a city from scratch: the handy step-by-step DIY guide

Well, it is a little. But problems arise in reality that don’t come up in cyberspace, including vainglorious dictators, pompous architects, bureaucratic impedimenta and the fact that much of the best land is already inhabited by those intractable objects: pesky humans. How to Make an Attractive City. Minecraft - How To Plan a City. How to Start Building a City in Minecraft. How to Start Building A City Part 2 in Minecraft- Parking Lots. I Change My City. It is because participation from citizens in governance related matters makes our local elected representatives accountable.

I Change My City

We elect those who govern us, and therefore our participation is the only way to get them to deliver to our satisfaction. Also, participation allows us to be part of the decision making table at the local level, at the footprint that matters to us most -- our neighbourhoods. This means decisions on our local water supply, our roads, our sewage, our traffic, approvals for land use and zoning and so on. While urban areas continue to struggle to have basic infrastructure and services meant to ensure liveability, making it happen is not the responsibility of the government alone.

7 Ways Our Cities Will Change According to TED's Urban Experts. World Cities. World Cities The global pattern: millionaire cities, mega cities and world cities. Urbanisation represents the demographic transition or change from rural areas to urban areas. Urbanisation is defined as “the increasing proportion of people that live in towns and cities” and can be viewed at regional, national, continental and International scales. In 2010 a key date was passed, the World’s urban population passed 50% for the first time in history (source).

The World Health Organisation of the UN estimate that “By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people.” Millionaire cities are those that have over a million residents. This is different from Megacities which are far larger, they have at least 10 million people. The distinction between the 2 is simply based upon size, whereas World or global cities are different. Patterns of world cities, millionaire cities and megacities 1. 2. Why sprawling, car dependent cities are making us miserable ? Charles Montgomery. Specials archive : Nature. These maps help to visualize the world’s urban growth. Want to see what the world will look like in 40 years? These maps will help you comprehend the urban growth that is transforming countries worldwide. 15 exemplos de como a arte de rua transforma paisagens urbanas sem atratividade - Stuffhood.