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Congress for the New Urbanism

Congress for the New Urbanism
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Interview on New Urbanism New Town of Alessandria, Italy by Léon Krier The Reconstruction of the City "The global destruction of cities and countryside, of human cultures and of nature itself, can only be reversed by a global philosophical, technical, cultural, moral and economic project: by an ecological project. The city is not the unavoidable result of a society's activities. It can only be built and maintained when it represents the goal of individuals, of a society and its institutions. A city is not an economic accident but a moral project. Léon Krier New Piazza in Alessandria, Italy by Léon Krier and Gabriele Tagliaventi (Photo by Léon Krier) Alessandria, Città Nuova, Italy (1995-2000) Alessandria, Città Nuova, Italy Masterplan Facades on New Piazza in Alessandria, Italy Léon Krier Website

DesignNYC – Exhibition [VIDEOS] « World Landscape Architect designNYC currently has an exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery at 144 West 14th Street New York displaying the their progress and impact of their first 12 pilot projects. The exhibition is on from June 17 to July 31, 2010. The first 12 projects include pro-bono work by well known landscape architects Balmori Associates with Broadway Mall + Joel Sanders,,Domingo Gonzalez on Master plan for 100-block ecological corridor. Also Robin Key Landscape Architecture with Enterprise Community Partners/FBHC work on Intergenerational garden at Serviam Gardens. desigNYC’s mission is to improve live in NYC by connecting nonprofits, community groups and city agencies serving the public good with passionate, professional pro bono designers. They have also posted 7 videos on a Vimeo Channel including desigNYC: Broadway Mall + Sanders, Balmori and Gonzalez from ESI Design on Vimeo. desigNYC: Serviam Gardens from ESI Design on Vimeo. Spotted via Core77 – design magazine & resource

Triumph of the City: Edward Glaeser: 9780330458078: Books Okay, you live in a rural area and are involved with agriculture, or work in the fishery industry, this book will not be of much use or interest to you in general, but if you live in a city, are interested in city planning, or how cities work, then this book will be of much interest. I must admit that I spent most of last night laying awake reading this as I became so absorbed. Edward Glaeser takes us on a trip through what makes a great booming city that brings in much needed capital to a country, and why they work, with examples of badly run cities that either struggle, or are in decline. Also he shows that those in decline can make dramatic comebacks. Some of the stuff in this book you will already know, some of it is just common sense, but some of it could end up blowing your mind. Some things may seem counter-intuitive, but when you look into them more deeply you see that they are correct.

Empire State Building to Get a Green Retrofit The owners of the Empire State Building have unveiled plans to improve it’s energy efficiency by turning it into a green building. Malkin Holdings have invested $13 million this year into the structure with the aim of putting it ‘back on the map’. According to the Guardian, the makeover is expected to cut the building’s energy use by almost 40%, which in turn, will reduce bills by more than $4m.The owners are planning on retrofitting the windows along with repositioning office furniture in a way that minimizes excessive energy use. President of the Company, Anthony Malkin said: “We’re showing what’s possible without even installing a single solar panel, or a wind turbine or a geothermal unit, and you don’t need additional grid capacity or any new power plants.” “This is low-hanging fruit that can be plucked easily and we should be getting on with it as quickly as possible.” Article by Kate R., appearing courtesy Celsias. photo: Francisco Diez

Milwaukee’s Park East Freeway In the 1960s, highway designers planned to surround the Milwaukee central business district with an expressway. Despite public protest, more than half of the highway loop was built, including a 0.8-mile stretch in 1969 that separated the north side from the rest of downtown, known as the Park East Freeway. Enough opposition emerged to stop the Park East from continuing east to the waterfront of Lake Michigan--but damage was already done. The Park East displaced multiple blocks of development, ultimately occupying 16 acres. In 1999, the Park East Freeway carried an estimated 54,000 vehicles on an average weekday. Freeway Removal In the 1990s, a new Riverwalk system stretching along the Milwaukee River through the entire downtown renewed interest in the riverfront and sparked a downtown housing boom. The Boulevard The freeway was replaced with McKinley Boulevard and the previous urban grid was restored. Economic Development Before and after plans for the Park East footprint.

Sensing Cities Jiwa - Development - Planning - Architecture Rethinking Urban Planning Education, by Alexa Mills Urban planning has long excelled at integrating different fields of study because cities, by nature, demand multidisciplinary thinking. Yet addressing the world’s most critical problems, such as urban poverty and energy efficiency, require a dynamism that moves beyond combining academic disciplines, and into a space that recognizes the knowledge generated by local people who live these issues first hand. With this in mind, I've outlined three potential avenues through which communities and universities might engage in more meaningful collaboration. 1. 2. 3. Communities at the margins, those who experience water shortages and transportation failures, develop solutions faster than the distant university is able. Alexa Mills works at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT. Credits: Photo of students participating in CoLab's Cartagena project, by Alexa Mills.

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