Emergent Urbanism, or ‘bottom-up planning’ I was asked to write an article around ‘bottom-up planning’ by Architectural Review Australia a while ago. It was published in the last issue, and I’m re-posting here. ‘Bottom-up’ is hardly the most elegant phrase, but I suspect you know what I mean. Either way, I re-cast it in the article as ‘emergent urbanism’ which captured a little more of the non-planning approaches I was interested in (note also the blog of same name, which I didn’t know about beforehand). It partly concerns increased transparency over the urban planning process but also, and perhaps more interestingly, how citizens might be able to proactively engage in the creation of their cities. While it applies to Australian cities most closely, I hope the ideas here might be more generally interesting.
AESOP 2012 The Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) will hold its 26th Annual Congress in Ankara, Turkey, from 11 to 15 July 2012. As 2012 will also mark the 25th Anniversary of AESOP our aim is to celebrate the occasion with the participation of many distinguished guests and keynote speakers, along with a number of special sessions and activities. The Congress will also provide the setting for stimulating workshops, round-table discussions, and exciting excursions, during which issues of spatial planning and development specific to Ankara may also be explored. We believe that the congress motto "Planning to Achieve/Planning to Avoid" is an umbrella for a wide spectrum of planning concerns, and explicitly expresses the variety of functions planning has to accommodate in the face of the material conditions of the modern world. We welcome our colleagues to a vibrant environment of sociable discussion. Local Organizing Committee
Ethical urban planning – is there such a thing? - Sustainability The book is a textbook in planning and urban development and can also be read by professional planners. The authors are Marcus Johansson, PhD, political scientists and researcher at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Örebro University, and Abdul Khakee, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Urban Planning and Environment, KTH in Stockholm and at Department of Political Sciences, Umeå University. Johansson and Khakee do not only incline towards Aristotle and Chomsky.
Write a Resumé that Travels Across Countries and Cultures - Tom O'Neil by Tom O'Neil | 5:09 PM May 3, 2012 If you’re applying for jobs outside your native country, you need to re-examine much of what you know about putting together a resume. How many pages should it be? What format is best? Masdar: The World’s First Zero-Carbon City In 2007, the Abu Dhabi government announced that it would create the world’s first zero-carbon city, which would be known as Masdar (Masdar means source in Arabic). The announcement stated that Masdar would rely solely on renewable energy (primarily solar), while yielding no waste. Masdar would become home to a university with the purpose of studying sustainability and attracting the top clean tech companies. All of the transportation in the city would be via Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) car, instead of traditional cars. The PRT vehicles would run on electric motors, making it clean and free of carbon. The car is autonomous, driven by a computer that navigates direction with the aid of small magnets that are embedded in the road.
Crowdsourcing road congestion data This post is the latest in an ongoing series about how we harness the data we collect to improve our products and services for our users. - Ed. What if you could do a little something to improve the world during your daily drive to work? Here are a few ideas: tell everybody in the city when you're stuck in slow-moving traffic; warn the drivers on the freeway behind you that they should consider an alternate route; tell the people still at home that they should spend another ten minutes reading the morning news before they leave for work; tell your city government that they might want to change the timing of that traffic light at the highway on-ramp. Of course, you can't just get on the phone and call everybody, and your one traffic report from your one spot on the road might not help much anyway. If you use Google Maps for mobile with GPS enabled on your phone, that's exactly what you can do.
Masdar HQ This design for the Masdar Headquarters by the architecture firm AS+GG has been awarded this year's Arabian Property Award for Architecture - Mideast Region by International Property Awards, as well as three other awards in 2008. The centerpiece of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, it will be the world's first mixed-use, positive energy building. The building's form calls upon the ancient science and aesthetics of Arabic wind towers, screens, and other vernacular architecture. It uses a collection of eleven wind cones which provide natural ventilation and cooling as well as form oasis-like interior courtyards. High-thermal-mass exterior glass cladding blocks solar heat while remaining transparent for external views. The roof canopy not only provides shade, but also includes photovoltaic and solar-panel arrays which are designed to harvest more than 100% of the building's annual power needs.
Doorstep pick-up, fair fare to redefine autorickshaws - Home Updated: Mon, Nov 07 2011. 11 53 AM IST Chennai: When Hemant Jain quit his logistics job in 2009 to start a dial-an-autorickshaw service, he wasn’t expecting Rickshawale’s October launch to coincide with a showdown between the Maharashtra government and Mumbai’s auto drivers over accusations of tampering with meters to inflate fares. While autorickshaws are ubiquitous on Indian roads, they are regarded as a necessary evil because every trip is fraught with the expectation of a haggle over the fare at the end of the journey. Image makeover: Radio Tuk Tuk’s Sulabh Mehra with his fleet in Gurgaon. The company hopes to lower costs by shrinking fuel wastage from driving around looking for customers.
Ten Qualities of Successful Public Markets By David O’Neil Despite all the news about economic globalization covering the planet with big box stores, public markets are undergoing a sweeping renaissance as people around the world strive to rebuild local economies and keep human connections flourishing. People love markets for so many reasons, yet in all our surveys asking people why they use markets, the one that always shows up on top is the experience: seeing other people, opportunities for impromptu conversations, the unexpected sensory delights. This is what draws people back, again and again, to their favorite markets.