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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. 6 Awesome Bike Sharing Schemes From Around the World
Trend 1: Crowd-Funded Urbanism | the internet of things, open data and the city "Today, TED announced the winner of the 2012 TED Prize: the City 2.0. Breaking from their tradition of recognizing an individual global innovator, TED is embracing the concept of crowd-sourcing urbanism (an idea we obviously support at Open Source Cities). The organizers published this call-to-arms in seeking ideas on the City 2.0: “The City 2.0 is the city of the future … a future in which more than 10 billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably, together. The City 2.0 is not a sterile utopian dream, but a real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom. Trend 1: Crowd-Funded Urbanism | the internet of things, open data and the city
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. 20 Cities Want Your Innovative Ideas 20 Cities Want Your Innovative Ideas
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. A VILLAGE BY THE SEZ: THE DAFEN SAMPLE OF CHINA’S URBANIZATION A VILLAGE BY THE SEZ: THE DAFEN SAMPLE OF CHINA’S URBANIZATION
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." Seattle woman “marries” building to protest its demolition | The Sideshow Seattle woman “marries” building to protest its demolition | The Sideshow
TED Prize 2012: Crowdsourcing "City 2.0" | Open Source Cities Today, TED announced the winner of the 2012 TED Prize: the City 2.0. Breaking from their tradition of recognizing an individual global innovator, TED is embracing the concept of crowd-sourcing urbanism (an idea we obviously support at Open Source Cities). The organizers published this call-to-arms in seeking ideas on the City 2.0: TED Prize 2012: Crowdsourcing "City 2.0" | Open Source Cities
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Working together to make our cities great | EngagingCities | the internet of things, open data and the city "Today, TED announced the winner of the 2012 TED Prize: the City 2.0. Breaking from their tradition of recognizing an individual global innovator, TED is embracing the concept of crowd-sourcing urbanism (an idea we obviously support at Open Source Cities). The organizers published this call-to-arms in seeking ideas on the City 2.0: “The City 2.0 is the city of the future … a future in which more than 10 billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably, together. The City 2.0 is not a sterile utopian dream, but a real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom. The City 2.0 promotes innovation, education, culture and economic opportunity. Working together to make our cities great | EngagingCities | 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 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.
Stephen Wolfram is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the publication of A New Kind of Science, a milestone in the development of complexity science that is more significant than any other for me, as it was reading through that book in 2007 that gave me the motivation and the sense of purpose to begin writing about urbanism and complexity science. Although I had taken a personal interest in urbanism as an undergraduate student of economics and computer science, mostly out of a sense of outrage at its condition as a practice whether technical, artistic or political, I was hard pressed to explain to my entourage my decision to go to graduate school for an urban planning degree. It seemed utterly disconnected from anything I had been involved in previously, and offered dire career prospects as well (in my defense, this time period is described by famous technologists as the ”nuclear winter” of the industry, so my planned career had already been derailed).

Emergent Urbanism | Rediscovering urban complexity

Emergent Urbanism | Rediscovering urban complexity
myurbanist: urbanism evolving, with law in mind myurbanist: urbanism evolving, with law in mind It’s 11th hour politics in my hometown of Seattle. This year, incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn—who some call the most progressive mayor in America—has faced an election challenge focused more on provocative, pluralist style than the issues themselves. In general, our mayor’s race has been local in focus, without ample attention to how McGinn reflects, if not leads, the trend lines of changing cities everywhere. A case-in-point comes from this morning’s Seattle Times editorial, a regional piece about the role of policing and mental health reform in perceptions of street safety downtown. In the quixotic headline: “Street disorder makes downtown Seattle feel like a mansion with dry rot”. The editorial proceeds in support of the challenger, state Senator Ed Murray, and without full regard to the world-stage idea of what Seattle is.
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Le jardin Planétaire,... [...]The Planetary Garden is a concept which views as a solidly entwined knot-the diversity of human beings on the planet-the role of man in managing this diversity The concept of the Planetary Garden emerges from a triple observation:-ecological finality-planetary stirring-human engagement The notion of ecological finality dates to the middle of the twentieth century, concurrent with the ecological knowledge about our planet. Systemic Architecture