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 PARK(ing) Day 2013 is Friday, September 20th

 PARK(ing) Day 2013 is Friday, September 20th
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People and Planet · Environment, Sustainability and Peace in Canada & beyond ICRI Urban IoT The Atlantic Cities Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association-OSGATA Sensing Cities Mayor Bloomberg’s War on NYC Drivers Like all six-lane urban highways scattered with years of pulverized wreckage—nary an inch of shoulder for breakdowns, center lines that weave like spaghetti, out-of-control speeders passing each other on curves designed to be rounded by wooden subway cars, long-haul truck drivers pounding the roadway to pieces and blatantly nonsensical subverbal signage essentially declaring to the uninitiated driver, “No rules; make it up”—the Brooklyn Queens Expressway is a rock lyric waiting to be written, as are most New York freeways. Yet there is no great New York driving song, no “Roadrunner,” no “L.A. Woman,” not even a “Boys of Summer.” The New York driving experience—a hypercompetitive combination of finesse, bluff and obliviousness to an inhuman environment—remains one of the few aspects of city life to escape romanticization. The reason is obvious: New York is lots of things—a city of immigrants, city of money, city of assholes, city of tall buildings, etc. So why do it? “Hop in!” Mr.

Fracking In Our Backyard : One Percent for the Planet Through our current campaign, Our Common Waters, and with exposure to increased oil and gas development near our homes and communities, we have grown concerned about hydraulic fracturing (commonly called “fracking”) and its impact on water, air, soil, wildlife habitat, and human health. Over 90% of oil and gas wells in the U.S. use fracking to aid in extraction, and many fracking fluids and chemicals are known toxins for humans and wildlife. For decades, natural gas (methane) deposits were tapped by single wells drilled vertically over large, free-flowing pockets of gas. Then came fracking, a water- and chemical-intensive method that promised the profitable extraction of natural gas trapped in shale. [Above: A natural gas fracking site in Erie, Colorado across the field from an elemetary school. One fracking well uses an average of 2 million to 8 million gallons of water over the life of the well, one to two percent of that total are various chemicals.

The Hackable City | The Mobile 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. It combines top-down smart-city technologies with bottom-up ‘smart citizen’ initiatives. In such a city, the urban (data) infrastructure functions as a platform that can be appropriated and incrementally improved upon by various stakeholders. Interns: Melvin Sidarta (Research) & Juliette Sung (Visual Communication)

La crise aux Etats-Unis : pourquoi les maisons neuves sont de plus en plus grandes | American Miroir Un nouveau genre de pavillon est apparu sur le marché, qui fait désormais des ravages dans les quartiers en construction, développé sous diverses appellations par les constructeurs. Cette tendance lourde est en train de transformer le secteur de l’habitat aux Etats-Unis. La raison ? Les enfants adultes reviennent vivre chez leurs parents, qui voient aussi rappliquer leurs propres géniteurs. Pour faire face, les pauvres se résignent en s’entassant, mais les plus riches ajoutent des pièces à leur logement. « La maison dans la maison » La plus connue de ce nouveau type de maison, née en 2011, est le modèle NextGen (prochaine génération) de la société Lennar, qui la présente ainsi sur son site web : « Nous avons été les premiers à reconnaître que nos clients avaient besoin de voir plus grand pour pouvoir partager le coût de leurs emprunts et de leurs dépenses quotidiennes. Caapture d’écran de la page d’accueil présentant la NextGen : « La maison dans la maison » (LennarNextgen.com)

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for World Revolution Bristol Is Open - Open Programmable City Vivre en plus petit : la nouvelle frugalité américaine | American Ecolo Maisons, voitures, alimentation : en crise économique et écologique, l’Amérique redécouvre avec entrain les vertus de la sobriété. Des modèles de petites maisons vendus aux Etats-Unis (DR) (De Raleigh, Caroline du Nord) Frugalité, simplicité, vivre mieux avec moins... On se croirait revenus à l’époque des gentils hippies, quand « small » était « beautiful », et surtout fun. Sauf qu’aujourd’hui, la crise force la société américaine à reconsidérer ses valeurs. A en croire la presse ces derniers mois, les habitants de ce pays sont devenus des modèles de sobriété : petites voitures, petites maisons, cartes de crédit à la poubelle, repas à domicile, sans oublier la vogue des potagers et poulaillers personnels. Ces nouveaux comportements sont parfois contraints, parfois volontaires, histoire de prendre les devants sur les changements inéluctables qui s’annoncent, dus -sans ordre précis- aux crises économique et écologique. L’Amérique profonde réagit à sa façon. S’entraîner à vivre pauvre

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Dubai Plan 2021 : Dubai Plan 2021 Dubai Plan 2021 describes the future of Dubai through holistic and complementary perspectives, starting with the people and the society who have always been, and always will be, the bedrock of the city. This aspect describes the characteristics that Dubai’s people need to have to deliver on the city’s aspirations in all areas, and examines the society needed to support and empower these individuals in achieving their goals. The plan addresses the urban environment including both natural and built assets, and looks at the living experience of the people of Dubai and its visitors as a result of their interaction with this environment and the economic and social services provided. Finally, the plan addresses the government as the custodian of the city development in all aspects. “City of Happy, Creative & Empowered People” The people of Dubai are the main focus of Dubai Plan 2021. “An Inclusive & Cohesive Society” “The Preferred Place to Live, Work & Visit” “A Smart & Sustainable City”

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