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RUAF - Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

RUAF - Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

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What We’re About – Grown in Totnes Grown in Totnes is about increasing the range of local food available to the Totnes area. Our local farmers mainly produce meat and dairy. We need more variety for a healthy, balanced and climate sensitive diet. Grown in Totnes is particularly interested in those staple crops that can be dried and stored; these principally include grains and pulses, including the many varieties of peas, lentils and beans. The need for locally grown staples was a key insight from an exercise to map Totnes’s local food web, carried out by GinT member Holly Tiffen, in collaboration with the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Several grains and pulses are well suited to the climatic conditions of the South West, but in mapping the local food web we discovered that currently those grown here are destined primarily for animal feed. Grown in Totnes is filling this gap in local food by keeping the growing, processing, packaging and selling of these staples all within 30 miles of Totnes. We: Like this:

Essay: Architecture and interaction design, via adaptation and hackability Can products be made hackable, or are all products hackable? At our panel at DIS2004, Anne Galloway defined designing for hackability as "allowing and encouraging people to make technologies be what they want them to be." Yet, as the architect Cedric Price might have said," technology is the answer, but what is the question"? Because effectively, all products are hackable. If we define a hackable product as 'a product capable of being modified by its user' then we've seen pretty much everything hacked. That definition is fairly broad, but hacking itself has a long history. But if this definition appears too wide to be useful, it's worth noting the range of products that have been hacked, apparently irrespective of size, solidity, complexity. Software is incredibly malleable of course, even that which is explicitly designed not to be hacked (cf. operating systems, digital rights management software etc.). What types of things can be designed into products to make them more hackable?

Transition Town Totnes - Taking positive action together in a changing world Building Houses or Creating Communities? · Sustainable Development Commission In its first thematic review, the SDC scrutinises the Sustainable Communities Plan, launched by the Labour Government in 2003. The report, based on site visits and interviews with local authorities, developers and residents, assesses whether the Government has delivered on its promise to create sustainable communities. Building houses or creating communities? praises the way in which Ministers at the Department for Communities and Local Government have addressed sustainability issues, and identifies some impressive examples of good practice. But overall the SDC finds that few communities built to date have lived up to the promise of being environmentally sensitive, well-connected, thriving and inclusive. Our recommendations to Government include: • Connecting new housing with existing communities, rather than sprawling into undeveloped land. • Raising standards for water and energy efficiency measures, e.g. by installing water meters and high quality insulation in all homes.

Présentation de l'association Agir pour l'Environnement | Association Agir pour l'Environnement Agir pour l'Environnement est une association citoyenne nationale de protection de l'environnement. Le but de l'association est de faire pression sur les responsables politiques et décideurs économiques en menant des campagnes de mobilisation citoyenne réunissant un réseau d'associations et de citoyens le plus large possible. Le bureau de l'association est composé de : Philippe COLOMB (Président)Clémence LERONDEAU (Secrétaire)Jean HASCOËT (Trésorier) L'équipe permanente de l'association est composée de : Stéphen KERCKHOVE (Délégué général)Martin SERIEYE (Chargé de mission : WEB)Benjamin MENANT (Développeur : WEB)Magali RINGOOT (Chargée de mission)Mathias CHAPLAIN (Chargé de mission)Antoine LAGNEAU (Chargé de mission)Céline MISERYMichèle DOUGÉ (En charge de l'administratif)Aliénor LEGENDRESolène BOULLIOU (Service civique)Marie-Laure PARISOT (Service civique) Consulter les statuts de l'association. Le projet de budget 2017

After 2,000 years, courtyard houses are all the rage again Augusta Raurica/via Courtyard houses made a lot of sense. The residents got outdoor space that was secure and usable at all times of day; nobody had to lock a window or door that opened into the central area. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, they are all the rage again, for many of the same reasons that the Romans loved them 2000 years ago. Today, the courtyard has swung back to being a blend of geometry and nature, transforming from a functional protection from weather and foes to a space that's conducive to spending more time outside. The Journal notes that building a courtyard house is more expensive because of the additional exterior wall surface, but this is compensated for by the fact that " the increased outdoor space, converted from indoor space, can lead to lower energy bills as there is less home to heat." A slew of new building technologies—particularly in windows, doors and lighting—has also played a role. Old textbook/Public Domain The problem is the planning.

Paris : une ferme urbaine dans un parking souterrain Après les potagers perchés et les jardins partagés, c’est une nouvelle forme d’agriculture qui fait son apparition dans la capitale. Au niveau -2 d’un parking souterrain du 18ème arrondissement de Paris, les box sont toujours là sauf qu’à la place des voitures, des champignons, endives et micro-pousses prolifèrent paisiblement sur des rangées d’étalages. Ce parking délaissé de 3 600 m2, était devenu au fil des années un lieu squatté par toutes sortes d’activités plus ou moins légales. Le bailleur social, lassé de voir ses parkings déserts a décidé de valoriser une partie de ce lieu autrement en y accueillant « La Caverne ». Passive design for daylight in a home Daylight should be used as much as possible to light a home, both for energy efficiency and for the health and comfort of occupants. On this page: sources of daylightincreasing daylight penetrationimproving interior lighting levels. Ensure that daylight can penetrate fully into the building. Design requirements for daylighting must be balanced with the client’s requirements for views and privacy. Daylighting must also be considered alongside building location, orientation and layout, in order to control solar access for passive heating and cooling. Principles for utilising natural light include: use diffused light rather than direct sunlight, which requires careful placement and sizing of windowsavoid over-glazing which may cause glare and heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter. Sources of daylight Daylight inside a building comes from three sources: Direct sunlight provides both light and solar gain. Increasing daylight penetration Improving interior lighting levels

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Architect - Job opportunities What are the chances of getting a job? Average Chances of getting a job as an architect are average, with demand slowly increasing as the building industry begins to recover. While demand for architects slowed as a result of the 2008-2009 economic recession, and a related drop in construction activity, the number of registered architects is on the rise again. According to the New Zealand Registered Architects Board, the number of people in the role increased by 3% between 2010 and 2012. Christchurch rebuild will drive demand The Christchurch rebuild is expected to further increase demand for architects. Nationally, the number of building consents being issued is also growing – up 26% in September 2013, compared with September 2012. Private firms the biggest employers of architects Most architects work for small to medium-sized private practices, or for themselves. Sources Progression and specialisations In the public sector, architects may work in design, management or policy roles.

Technology - Bruce’s Sterling’s vision of the future city How does it look-and-feel, the big, grand city of the mid-century? If you're seven years old, everything in it feels equally wondrous. The big city is a riot of sight, sound and smells – as vivid, exciting and scary for you as any big town has ever been for anybody. No one can overlook buildings of that colossal size – but why do they exist? A city's showplaces are always built by people anxious about their own status. Cars piloted by human beings were a passing thing in the ageless urban story. There's no urban smog, but the city reeks. Urban cats are everywhere, since people much prefer pets to children. The same goes for the elderly. Modern cities are elderly, too. The poor we always have with us, because somebody is always in the business of keeping the poor that way, and the poor can always be relied upon to rob and oppress each other. With all its timeless continuities, the mid-century metropolis does have novel and startling aspects. There is fear in this mid-century city.

Speed Up SketchUp: Use Fast Styles You might not realize that the display settings you choose to apply to your models can affect SketchUp’s speed and general responsiveness. Turning on fancy edge effects and other doodads will slow you down when your model gets big. When you’re working on a big model, you want to make sure that you’re using a style whose Edge Settings panel looks like the one in the image below. Everything but "Edges" should be turned off. The Face Settings panel is where you can choose not to display Transparency. The Background Settings panel is handy for turning off Sky and Ground, both of which cause your computer to do extra thinking while you’re working. Unless you absolutely need them, you should use the checkbox in the Watermark Settings panel to turn off Watermarks. The only toggles in the Modeling Settings panel you really need to worry about are the ones for Hidden Geometry and Section Planes. Once you’ve configured your own fast style, you should save it. Make a Fast Scene

100 Diagrams That Changed the World Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the Earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even concretize abstract concepts like consciousness and love. 100 Diagrams That Changed the World (public library) by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web. It appears that no great diagram is solely authored by its creator. Most of those described here were the culmination of centuries of accumulated knowledge. Most arose from collaboration (and oftentimes in competition) with others. Christianson offers a definition: