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Central Park, Sydney One Central Park to the left, with Park Lane and The Mark under construction to the right. (September 2013) Central Park is a major mixed-use urban renewal project in Sydney, Australia located on Broadway in the suburb of Chippendale. The development is focused on a new public park located just off Broadway of approximately 6,500 square metres in size.[1] For many decades the southern side of Broadway was dominated by a brewery. The facility closed in the 2000s and the site was put up for sale. PSFK Picks 7 Innovative Spaces To Visit In Boston Check out the organizations that inspire, facilitate, and introduce new concepts, from our Innovation Debrief: Boston The confluence of academia and industry combined with a supportive government have made Boston a hotbed for innovation. PSFK’s recently launched Innovation Debrief: Boston highlights some of the organizations that inspire, facilitate, and produce new concepts. From our research, PSFK is spotlighting seven startup spaces, retail concepts, and education spaces to explore while visiting The Hub. Startups Danger Awesome: Makerspace

Barangaroo, New South Wales Barangaroo is an inner-city suburb of Sydney, Australia. It is located on the north-western edge of the Sydney central business district and the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney, and was part of the territory of the Cadigal people, the traditional owners of the Sydney city region.

The art of the innovation lab As the public and social innovation landscape gets populated with an increasing number of ‘labs’, the need to be clear about why this development is happening and what could be gained from it remains highly relevant. A detour into the arts provides a useful reminder when trying to answer these questions. Experimental art Urban renewal Melbourne Docklands urban renewal project, a transformation of a large disused docks into a new residential and commercial precinct for 25,000 people Urban renewal involves the relocation of businesses, the demolition of structures, the relocation of people, and the use of eminent domain (government purchase of property for public purpose) as a legal instrument to take private property for city-initiated development projects. This process is also carried out in rural areas, referred to as village renewal, though may not be exactly the same in practice.[1] In some cases, renewal may result in urban sprawl and less congestion when areas of cities receive freeways and expressways.[2] Urban renewal has been seen by proponents as an economic engine and a reform mechanism, and by critics as a mechanism for control.

History of Air Pollution Control From Tunnels to Turbines: Old Ideas for Ridding Area of Smog, May 1997 Anecdotes Illustrate 50-Year History of War on Smog Southern California residents take it for granted that air pollution control is a highly sophisticated science backed up by a world-class air quality monitoring network. It wasn't always so. One of the first indications of the ill effects of smog was its damage to plants. Read about early research into plant damage at the University of California, Riverside. The first smog monitoring network wasn't established until the 1950s. Pocket park Pocket parks can be urban, suburban or rural, and can be on public or private land. Although they are too small for physical activities, pocket parks provide greenery, a place to sit outdoors, and sometimes a children's playground. They may be created around a monument, historic marker or art project. In highly urbanized areas, particularly downtowns where land is very expensive, pocket parks are the only option for creating new public spaces without large-scale redevelopment.

Hot desks: Stockholm's school without classrooms - The Long and Short Often described as a "school without walls", instead of comprising conventional classrooms Telefonplan's design allows students to be taught in groups adjusted to their unique needs and achievement levels. Five environmental elements were created: 'the mountain top' is for typically one-way, broadcast communication, such as talks, speeches and lectures; 'the cave' supports concentration and individual learning. 'The campfire' is for dialogue, often in small groups, which can result in high noise levels. Feeling free to be able to talk without disturbing others is an important factor here. Developing smart cities: In the Spanish city of Santander, the walls will have ears Urban noise can be quite a nuisance, but it can also provide a lot of valuable information about the city’s needs. A first of its kind project in the city of Santander will check if this data can actually be used to improve the lives of citizens and develop a better, smarter city. “The EAR-IT project is an EU FP7 co-funded project working over a two-years period (Oct’2012-Sep’2014) on the exiting challenges of using acoustic sensing in smart cities and smart building. With innovation and research in this area, the project will experiment in the city of Santander (Spain) and for intelligent building in Geneva, applications improving security, energy saving, traffic management and more.

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