Street Makeovers Put New Spin on the Block - Miller-McCune How community activists are taking city planning into their own hands and creating pedestrian-friendly blocks via pop-up urbanism. The recession may have robbed city governments of the wherewithal to enhance public places. But some undaunted architects, planners, and community activists are trying urban design experiments that are deliberately cheap, temporary, and unofficial. And sometimes these modest but audacious interventions lead to altered municipal policies and lasting changes in the cityscape. Take an effort called the Better Block, which launched with an unofficial event in Dallas in April 2010. For one weekend, community activists anted up just under $1,000 and used mostly borrowed materials and their own labor to transform a pedestrian-unfriendly city block in their Oak Cliff neighborhood into what urban designers call a “complete street” — one that doesn’t just serve cars. [youtube]hdZpJ5MwbqA[/youtube] [class name="dont_print_this"] The Jan-Feb 2012Miller-McCune
Sustainable Community Living NZ Outdoor Instructors Association - Home Design humanitaire | Ça Blog - Ça m’intéresse Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum A New York, le Cooper-Hewitt Museum, musée national du design, organise jusqu’au 23 septembre une passionnante exposition intitulée “Design pour les 90% restants”. C’est-à-dire une sélection d’objets et produits conçus pour simplifier (voire sauver) la vie des 5,8 millions de Terriens les plus démunis. Voici une sélection de quelques idées aussi astucieuses qu’utiles… Q Drum – un bidon en forme de roue, en polyéthylène, qui contient 75 litres et se tire avec une corde, faisant de la corvée d’eau un jeu d’enfant (qu’on voit en action ci-dessus). Katrina Furniture Project – Des étudiants en art aident les victimes de l’ouragan Katrina, en Louisiane, à réaliser du mobilier en bois (comme ce banc d’église) avec des débris. Big Boda – Un cadre de vélo chinois, modifié au Kenya avec des tubes d’acier et un méga porte-bagages en vannerie : voilà comment transporter des dizaines de kilos de marchandises ou deux passagers ! AquaStar Plus!
Adaptable Suburbs A study of the relationship between networks of human activity and the changing form of urban and suburban centres through time The project closing conference will take place on 28 April 2014. If you wish to attend please go to our Closing Conference page for further information. The UK’s suburbs are overlooked and poorly understood. UCL’s EPSRC-funded Towards Successful Suburban Town Centres project challenged policy assumptions about suburbs, revealing that they have a great deal to teach us. The current project Adaptable Suburbs is underway. In tough economic times, the era of large-scale, all-encompassing regeneration projects is probably over. email: AdaptableSuburbs@ucl.ac.uk - EPSRC reference: EP/I001212/1
Sustainable Design - Buildipedia.com™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. 1. If you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a southern exposure, it can collect a great deal of heat. 2. In winter, a surprising amount of cold air can leak into your house around window and door openings, due largely to the fact that the framed (or rough) opening of a window or door is bigger than actual size of the window or door. 3. Baseboard and crown moldings that run along exterior walls are also sources of cold air infiltration. 4. Vent fans, recessed lights, and electric receptacles and switches on exterior walls can be significant sources of uncomfortable drafts and energy loss. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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