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FixList. The Data Scientist Taking on America's Urban Decay. Atlasobscura. In the winter of 1956, the Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys went to visit his friend, the painter Pinot Gallizio, in his hometown of Alba, Italy.

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When he got there, though, he found that Gallizio had some other guests. A community of Roma people, who for years had camped out in the town square when they passed through, had been forced by the local government to move their caravans, and had ended up on Gallizio’s property. Inside a top secret underground Cold War nuclear facility in Chongqing, China. Hidden deep inside lush mountains in the heart of China lies a vast network of tunnels that once once housed a top secret underground nuclear facility – the largest in the world.

Inside a top secret underground Cold War nuclear facility in Chongqing, China

Construction of the cavernous 816 Nuclear Military Engineering installation began in 1967, three years after China successfully tested its first atomic weapon, and as the Communist state was trying to catch up with the nuclear programmes of the US and the Soviet Union. Located in the municipality of Chongqing, it was built over a 17-year span by 60,000 soldiers toiling day and night in dangerous conditions.

Theconversation. Walking Past the White House: You Look So Good and You Talk So Fine. Theconversation. Modern life is proving more complex, tiresome and heavy-going than we imagined.

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We live under constant pressure: our environments and the technology we have developed seem to be evolving faster than we can keep up with, causing us stress, anxiety, depression and a whole range of other modern disorders. The way we consume, the food we eat and the forms of communication we use are all leading us to modern problems such as hoarding, obesity and loneliness. A whole range of recent research shows that we could be happier and healthier if we made an effort to move more and connect with nature, if we could support each other more and if we start caring for our places and our communities.

Design can help make it happen with simple solutions that trigger our human instincts in positive ways. How Seattle Killed Micro-Housing. How Lady Buggs Farm Is Bringing Healthy Food and a New Urban Landscape to the Rust Belt. Photo Credit: Lady Buggs Farm Urban farmer Sophia Buggs doesn’t like the term “food desert.”

How Lady Buggs Farm Is Bringing Healthy Food and a New Urban Landscape to the Rust Belt

After all, her plot of land sits in the middle of a neighborhood that would likely be written off as such a desert: the south side of Youngstown, Ohio—checkered with vacant lots and boarded-up homes in a rust belt city that has lost roughly 60 percent of its population since the 1950s. Buggs is devoting her life to proving that this scene of blight is also fertile ground for food and herbs to grow—and community to be fostered. “There is nothing ‘desert’ about this farm,” she told AlterNet. “Food desert is another code way of saying ‘Black.’ The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A. How Cincinnati Salvaged the Nation’s Most Dangerous Neighborhood.

Just five years ago, David Knox and two colleagues took a risk.

How Cincinnati Salvaged the Nation’s Most Dangerous Neighborhood

They relocated their nascent organization to Over-the-Rhine, a Cincinnati neighborhood that had been the site of days of civil unrest in 2001 and had recently been named the most dangerous in the United States. The first night a bullet came through the office window of their newly renovated three-story brick Italianate building. Their block’s most high-profile business turned out to be a drug ring run by a guy named Dmitri. Pier55 by heatherwick studio in new york given go-ahead. May 03, 2016 heatherwick studio's floating pier55 park in new york given the go-ahead heatherwick studio’s floating pier55 park in new york given the go-aheadall images courtesy of pier 55 inc. / heatherwick studio announced back in 2014, heatherwick studio and landscape architect mathews nielsen unveiled their collaborative ‘pier55’ project; an elevated public park and performance space located on new york’s hudson river. two years on, the construction of the floating island has now been given the full go-ahead to develop its 2.7-acre platform which will be supported with 300 pylons.

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Theconversation. The sex industry, specifically sex work and prostitution, has long been perceived and regulated as a “dirty and disorderly” feature of residential communities.

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The stereotypical, and unfair, view of sex workers is that they are vectors of disease and social contagions; it’s a moral hangover from the Victorians. Regardless of their legal status, wider society still tends to stigmatise those who provide commercial sexual services, with street-based sex workers often most the subject of public, political and police scrutiny. This is reflected in the regulation and marginalisation of sex work by local and national government policies to dark and secluded areas of cities. Conferences, Urban Design, Books, New Urbanism, Urban Development. At trendy urban coffee shops, the kind where Edison bulbs float above the counter and vintage chairs line the concrete floor, the prized artisanal beans are, more likely than not, roasted in some suburban facility before they’re loaded on a truck and driven downtown.

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The iPhones that customers gaze at while sipping their macchiatos were likely assembled in the suburbs of Shenzhen. The avocados mashed on whole-grain toast were probably grown in exurban San Diego or Monterey in California, and were sitting, just a few days before, in a wholesaler’s unit off the interstate. Whether we are aware of it or not, even the most self-consciously curated “urban” lives are staged and supplied by the jumbled realm of suburbia. And yet the bias against suburbia remains strong among designers and critics, whether it manifests as tirades against sprawl or utter indifference. ZED Pod would turn parking lots into sustainable communities. Parking lots take up a lot of space in our towns and cities – could they be put to better use while still remaining functional?

ZED Pod would turn parking lots into sustainable communities

That's the thinking behind a new project by British architecture firm ZED Factory. Its ZED Pod is a small solar-powered home raised on stilts that would be installed in parking lots to create new sustainable communities. AB Mumbai FSI Conundrun Revised June 2013 kk ab1. Holdouts: The Solitary Resisters of Real Estate. Manuel Roig-Franzia recently returned to Coking’s story in the Washington Post.

Holdouts: The Solitary Resisters of Real Estate

Roig-Franzia describes how Coking faced losing her house to eminent domain if she didn’t accept a money offer in 1994 from the city’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Trump, not surprisingly, “took the casino authority’s side in the lawsuit.” The Spite House, an Architectural Phenomenon Built on Rage and Revenge. The Old Spite House in Marblehead, Massachusetts, was constructed in 1715 by Robert Wood for the Graves brothers, who were quarreling fishermen. (1912 postcard) (via Wikimedia) Spite houses are homes built on anger. They are typically designed to block a neighbor’s view or sunlight, often with walls aggressively grazing property lines. Theconversation. Couching its proposal in language reminiscent of urban policy and housing debates of the 1980s and 1990s, the UK government says it will spend £140m to kick start the demolition or refurbishment of nearly 100 estates and rehouse their displaced residents.

The idea that the design and physical environment of modernist housing estates has contributed to social problems and concentrations of criminality is a longstanding one. In his announcement of the initiative the prime minister, David Cameron, said that three out of four rioters in the disturbances that swept through some English cities in 2011 “came from these post-war estates” and not "from within terraced streets or low-rise apartment buildings”. He argued: Within these so-called sink estates, behind front doors, families build warm and welcoming homes.

Cultural shifts. The Case for More Traffic Roundabouts. A roundabout in Shanghai, China; via Tauno Tõhk / 陶诺(Flickr) In the 1980s cult classic, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Clark Griswold drives into London, England with a beaming smile. Tucked into a yellow Austin Maxi hatchback, his wife and two children eagerly take in the sights and sounds of the new city.

Then, without warning, Griswold endures a true American nightmare: he enters a roundabout. Unable to get over into the left lane and exit, he helplessly circumnavigates the concrete orb for hours. Eventually, his repeated cries — “Hey look kids, there’s Big Ben! Unfortunately, this is telling of most Americans’ opinion of roundabouts. Why boring cities make for stressed citizens – Colin Ellard. In 2007, the Whole Foods supermarket chain built one of their largest stores on New York City’s storied Lower East Side, occupying an entire block of East Houston Street from the Bowery to Chrystie Street. Dramatic rise in crime casts a shadow on downtown L.A.'s gentrification. As Lauren Mishkind was walking along 7th Street this summer in downtown Los Angeles, a man pulled a handgun and pointed it at another person standing behind her. In Spain, Entire Villages Are Up For Sale — And They're Going Cheap : Parallels.

The abandoned village of O Penso, in northwest Spain, is for sale for about $230,000. Resurrecting the Original Road Trip on America's Ghost Highway. Architecture student imagines moving population of the Maldives onto oil rigs. Taking the view that rising sea levels caused by climate change could eventually result in the loss of the low-lying island country of the Maldives, architecture student Mayank Thammalla envisions moving the country's entire population onto existing oil rigs. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places.

One rainy January night in Raleigh, North Carolina, Matt Tomasulo went out to commit what some would call vandalism. Subterranean roads proposed for greener London. Fresh from being the subject of an idea to move its pedestrians and cyclists below ground, London might now see the same happen to its motorists. Windwheel concept combines tourist attraction with "silent turbine" Brad Pitt's Make It Right Houses a Drag on New Orleans. Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought. The Los Angeles River in 2013. Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle. Cities on Earth evolve in the same way as galaxies in space. Arcosanti.org. Why I'm Mourning The Death Of A Mall. Building an identity: Immigration and architecture in Southern California. A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972. Ocean Spiral underwater city designed to harness deep sea potential.

Professor: architects are killing the public space. News - Skolkovo Community. Helsinki Has a Plan to Get People to Stop Owning Cars. Ghost town: searching for remnants of Russia in the Chinese city of Harbin. Urban Skyfarm concept would provide inner city farming space.

London has a Subterranean Veggie Farm in an Abandoned WWII Bunker. Florida Firm Planning $10 Billion Floating City For The Rich. Thesis student imagines self-transporting cities based on 20th century tech. Perfecting bike share: Some day we’ll all ride to work. Facebook Building Walled Corporate City For Employees. Apps open new urban dimensions. 'THE JUNGLE': Largest Homeless Camp In US. Ben Marcin: “Last House Standing” is a study of solitary row houses (PHOTOS). WOW! The Crazy Story Of How A Skyscraper Became A 45-Story Slum.

News from the construction site_10 // Vertical Forest, Milan « stefano boeri. Shooting high for an environmental game-changer. The Architectural-Utopia Desert Commune Of Arcosanti. The Big Squeeze: Can Cities Save The Earth? : Krulwich Wonders... Fallacy of the creative class: Why Richard Florida’s ‘urban renaissance’ won’t save U.S. cities. Liquor-license moratoriums: NIMBY idiots are strangling great neighborhoods by blocking new bars and restaurants. Superheated American City Dealing with 110 Degrees for 33 Days. Monsanto - Portugal Village Built Among Rocks. In Alabama, a Community on Shifting Sands - Slide Show. Oakland is for Burning? Beyond a Critique of Gentrification : BayofRage. Embracing the Urban-Nature Ethic. Dream City. New Moscow: Plans afoot to double the size of Russia's capital. Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways : Krulwich Wonders...

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library. Weapons of Mass Urban Destruction - By Peter Calthorpe. Cities Issue. The Life and Death of a Great Russian City - By Anna Nemtsova. Chicago’s housing experiment. Cahokia: The First City In North America. Randy Fox: Stuffed Elk Heads And The Old Bars Of The Rust Belt (PHOTOS)