6 Awesome Bike Sharing Schemes From Around the World. We're always reporting on urban bike share programs popping up all over the world, but now its time to pick out a few of our favorites that have done especially well in getting people to trade in their four-wheelers for two.
From over 300 cities all over the planet, hit the jump for 6 sweet bike sharing schemes that are making a splash and reducing carbon emissions! Studies of Barcelona’s acclaimed Bicing bike share program have found that the success of their biking scheme has reduced the region’s annual CO2 emissions by 9,000 metric tonnes. Researchers for the British Medical Journal used participants of the program – almost 182,000 of them – and found that the benefits of the bike sharing included reduced greenhouse gas emissions and contributed to 12 less deaths each year due to increased exercise. The study reported that this outweighed the risks and dangers often associated with cycling. The internet of things, open data and the city. 20 Cities Want Your Innovative Ideas. A gym that lets humans generate energy for a Spanish city; open data about obesity levels in the Netherlands; a smart bus network navigation system in Japan, and a wireless network to control street lights; monitor car parking spaces and more in San Francisco.
These are just some of the solutions being asked for by cities around the world as part of the Living Labs Global Award. Living Labs Global is a non-profit association which promotes new technologies and services in cities. In all, twenty cities have partnered with the organisation to identify innovative solutions to problems around tourism, transport, health and open government. The twenty cities are currently looking for ideas to be submitted, with winning solutions set to be announced in May. From there, pilot projects will test out each winner’s viability. Previous winners of the competition have included a smart real-time peer-to-peer parking system in Stockholm and an open data citizen participation platform in San Francisco.
A VILLAGE BY THE SEZ: THE DAFEN SAMPLE OF CHINA’S URBANIZATION. Dafen Village © Remko Tanis Essay by designer, editor and critic Jiang Jun.
Photography by Yu Haibo. A territorial network can work at different scales and contexts. This is the case of Dafen, a village on the outskirts of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Through the essay by Jiang Jun, the diagrams by Underline Office, and the images of photographer Haibo Yu we understand the territorial strategy and building network of this town known for its replication of masterpieces and popular oil paintings. At World Expo 2010 Shanghai, a village named Dafen was chosen as Shenzhen’s exhibition theme in the Urban Best Cities Practice Area. At Dafen Village, painters taking their afternoon nap in the 12th corridor on the 3rd floor. SEZ, 2nd Frontier, Informal Economy One of the success factors of the Dafen model is its geographical location. Land Reform, Cheap Labor, Labor-Intensive Industry. Seattle woman “marries” building to protest its demolition. Komonews.com A Seattle woman recently exchanged one-sided wedding vows with an abandoned warehouse building that is set to be demolished to make way for a new apartment building.
In December, Babylonia Aivaz and 16 friends occupied the warehouse, located on 10th and Union streets, to protest the planned development of an apartment complex on the site. "Gentrification is happening," Aivaz said. "It's a serious issue that affects poor people and especially people of color and this is just the beginning of the fight. " Calling it a "gay marriage," Aivaz was asked by the attending minister if she would "love and cherish and protect this warehouse.
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Artefacto: Augmented Reality and urban planning - Inria. The internet of things, open data and the city. To walk the path of Jane Jacobs – review of What We See, Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs died in the spring of 2006.
Three years earlier she had published the last book of her illustrious career as a philosopher, Dark Age Ahead, prophesying the fall of North American civilization. Today, this civilization is having a severe stroke due to all the factors that she warned us about. Instead of feeling confident about the outcome, being armed with the knowledge and wisdom of a great philosopher, our societies are plunged into total confusion. We fear what will come next because we have not yet learned our lessons, and not because they have not been written, or not even because we have not read them, but because we won’t acknowledge them. I was invited to review a recently published collection of essays in honor of Jane Jacobs, “What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs”, gathering articles from a diverse crowd of intellectuals, academics, activists, acquaintances of Jane and honorary disciples.
Can North American civilization survive? Rediscovering urban complexity. Twitter Directory and Search, Find Twitter Followers. Myurbanist: urbanism evolving, with law in mind. An urban sustainability, green building, and alternative transportation community. The Atlantic Cities. 4th Advanced Architecture Contest - Results. Systemic Architecture. MIT SENSEable City Lab.