Triumph of the City: Amazon.co.uk: 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.
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. In Pursuit of True Sustainability in the Built Environment — Version 2.0 Version 2.0 of the Living Building Challenge was released in November 2009. To gain an understanding of the substantive differences made to the Imperatives between version 2.0 and 2.1, download the Red Line Document. Some typos and minor changes to improve the application of the program's Imperatives were incorporated into the 2.0 document dated April 2010, which can be downloaded from the link below. Download the errata sheet for these corrections to the Living Building Challenge 2.0 Standard document dated November 2009.
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The Hackable City The Hackable City is an on-going research project on the role of digital media in the process of citymaking that resulted from a cooperation between One Architecture and The Mobile City Foundation. The project investigates the opportunities of digital media technologies for the empowerment of citizens and other stakeholders in a democratic process of citymaking. It also explores the shift in roles of and relationships between governments, (design) professionals and citizens in this process. In a hackable city, new media technologies are employed to open up urban institutions and infrastructures to systemic change in the public interest. 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.”
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