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Tough, Cheap, and Real, Detroit Is Cool Again | National Geographic. With the nation’s biggest urban bankruptcy in the rearview mirror, the Motor City is attracting investors, innovators, and young adventurers. Story by Susan AgerPhotographs by Wayne Lawrence In the heart of Detroit, America’s poorest big city, Anthony Hatinger is planting seeds in a reclaimed liquor store, a squat building repainted in Disney colors: supersize white fish swimming through happy green reeds in deep blue water. Wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt and a gray knit cap, bathed in the glow of greenhouse lights, he holds a pen cap, maneuvering its pointy end to scoop three tiny basil seeds from his palm. He drops them onto moist, cakey plugs of soil—“brownie bites,” he calls them—as he works to give them the potential to sprout.

The sweet Italian basil will grow alongside a variety of lettuces. Downstairs, where liquor was once stored, thousands of baby tilapia swim in vats. Hatinger, who’s 25 and has a black mother and a white father, is a quiet part of that change. But he did. Christiaanse | GSA 2015: Registration now open! Acces to Urbanity: Designing the City as a Resource This exciting new student urban design competition begins on the 1st of August 2014 with entries due on the 31st of January 2015. The Schindler Group, in collaboration with the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Kees Christiaanse at ETH Zurich invite Bachelor’s students in their final year and Master’s students, and their international equivalents, in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, to participate in this single stage competition. With 150,000 USD in prizes, the GSA enables students from around the world to share their ideas for creating open and inclusive urban environments, using the key competition theme of mobility.

The international jury of renowned experts from a diverse range of fields includes Mr. The GSA will conclude with an award ceremony in Hong Kong, in April 2015. Come join the GSA competition and put your skills to the test! For more information: GSA Brief GSA Rules. Invisible Playground. Urbane Künste Ruhr and Kulturmetropole Ruhr. Urban Lectures. SEASON 1: See all lectures below, find a PDF with a summary of all lectures from season one here. SEASON 2: See all lectures below, download a PDF with all synopses, biographies and links here. SEASON 3: At the end of the 2nd season, the Global Urban Lectures had over 50,000 views, was used in university courses across the world, had been mentioned independently as one of the best MOOCs on cities and was in the process of being translated to Arabic.

It is one of UN-Habitat’s most successful outreach initiatives and is being shared across the globe, with a viewer gender balance of 46% women and 54% men, ages spanning 18-65+ the largest group 25-34 year olds, and top ten viewer countries spreading from the US to India, Colombia and France. A new lecture is released every 2 weeks – find the upcoming releases below. Next City – Inspiring Better Cities. How to Transform a Waterfront. As more cities envision their waterfronts as lively public destinations that keep people coming back, PPS outlines the following principles to make that happen. They are not all hard and fast laws, but rules of thumb drawn from 32 years of experience working to improve urban waterfronts around the world.

These ideas can serve as the framework for any waterfront project seeking to create vibrant public spaces, and, by extension, a vibrant city. 1. Make public goals the primary objective The public market at Vancouver’s Granville Island. The best solutions for waterfronts put public goals first, not short-term financial expediency. 2.

Residents use PPS’s Place Game to envision improvements to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Unlike a master plan, a vision process does not lock a project into a prescribed solution. 3. The wealth of uses around the London Eye has created a destination where there was none before. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. A lakefront greenway in Cleveland, Ohio 9. 10. 11.

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Nigeria. Human Data. Cities — The New Climate Economy Report 2014. An overwhelming body of evidence suggests that cities need greater access to financing for smarter urban infrastructure and new technology. A lack of financing can be the most significant hurdle of all. As a first principle, national, regional and city-levelfunding needs to be redirected away from business-as-usual urban infrastructure development, such as road-building. This would significantly reduce the investment gap and release funds for mass transit infrastructure, and is particularly important for countries with more limited budgets. China, for example, invested nearly US$200 billion in highway construction nationwide in 2012, with over US$1 trillion to accelerate the construction of urban public facilities during its 12th Five-Year Plan from 2011 to 2015.

India’s main urban development fund – the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) – is skewed towards the construction of bridges and flyovers to support conventional motorisation. Ciudades no están preparadas para periodos intensos de lluvia | Urban Gateway. Index.php. The Urban Governance Survey by UN Habitat, UCLG and LSE Cities | Events. LSE Cities, working in partnership with UN Habitat and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), is inviting local government administrations to contribute to a study on ‘Governing Urban Futures’ by taking part in a short [20 min] online survey that will cover the following thematic areas: Political power, budget & financing, multi-level governance, participation & accountability, continuity & strategic planning. The survey and its underlying research has three main objectives: 1. Address the urban governance ‘data challenge’, i.e. deal with the problem that regardless of constantly increasing information on urban governance in individual cities, we continue to have very limited knowledge on the wide spectrum of different urban governance arrangements.2.

Establish a platform for individual cities to identify international urban governance cases that are of particular relevance to their own specific situations. How to respond We are collecting our responses online, using Survey Monkey. DoTank. Iluminacción. BOVISA-MASTERPLAN. Bovisa, originally located on the outskirts of Milan, initially benefited from a strong network of railway lines connecting it to the city and beyond. Paradoxically, the conditions that once allowed it to flourish now isolate it from the rest of the city and hamper its development. Separated from the surrounding neighborhoods, the site suffers from a surfeit of infrastructure.

Further impeding the site's development, the ground is heavily contaminated – a lasting burden of the site's industrial history. In order to become suitable for development, the site requires intensive remediation. In recent years, numerous masterplans and attempts to redevelop the site have been proposed with no results. A site of conflicting potential – an open expanse of underutilized land, advantageously situated within Milan's expanding urban boundaries yet constrained by infrastructure and industrial pollution.

Scaling up Systems to Make Cities More Sustainable. At the Innovative Metropolis conference organized by the Brookings Institution and Washington University in St. Louis, cutting-edge designers and policymakers explained how some cities can use a systems-based approach to become more sustainable. Gordon Gill, principal, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Johanna Kirkinen, SITRA – Finnish Innovation Fund; Fabio Mariz Gonclaves, Professor of Landscape and Urban Design, University of Sao Paulo; and Erik Olssen, Transsolar, covered how this can work in Chicago, USA; Helsinki, Finland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Masdar, United Arab Emirates. Gordon Gill, an architect, is pretty famous now in urban design circles for his ambitious decarbonization plan for Chicago.

The plan was inspired by Ed Mazria’s Architecture 2030 effort, which calls for buildings to be carbon neutral by that date. He assembled a group of 25 designers who surveyed the energy use and performance of all the 450 big buildings in the loop. Like this: Like Loading... Havnen: tilbage til københavnerne / The harbour returns to the people of Copenhagen. Slum Rehabilitation Promise to Mumbai’s 20 Million. Slums, shanty-towns, favelas - they are all products of an exploding migration from rural to urban areas.

Over the last half century, people living in or near metropolises has risen in proportion to the global population. Migrations from rural areas to urban areas have grown exponentially as cities have developed into hubs of economic activity and job growth promising new opportunities for social mobility and education. Yet, with all these perceptions holding fast, many people who choose to migrate find themselves in the difficult circumstances of integrating into an environment without the proper resources to accommodate the growing population. Cities, for example, like Mumbai, India’s largest city and 11th on the list as of 2012 with a population of an estimated 20.5 million. According to a New York Times article from 2011, about 60% of that number live in the makeshift dwellings that now occupy lucrative land for Mumbai’s developers.

More to come after the break. ARTÍCULO: MAYOR SEGURIDAD REQUIERE MEJOR ESPACIO PÚBLICO. Martín Marcos. Argentina | propuestas in_consultas. ¿Es posible sumar desde otra mirada disciplinar a un problema tan complejo y urgente? ¿Un buen espacio público puede inducir comportamientos sociales y hacer más segura una ciudad? Algunos sostienen que reparar rápido las “ventanas rotas” y volver a pensar la calle son la mejor política preventiva.

En 1969 Philip Zimbardo, profesor de la Universidad de Stanford, realizó un experimento en el marco de sus investigaciones sobre psicología social. Estacionó un automóvil sin patente con el capot levantado en una calle del descuidado Bronx de Nueva York; y otro similar en una calle del rico barrio de Palo Alto, California. El automóvil del Bronx fue atacado en menos de diez minutos. Su aparente estado de abandono habilitó el saqueo. A raíz de ello, Kelling fue contratado –mucho antes de Rudolph Giuliani y sus controvertidas políticas de “tolerancia cero”– como asesor del subte de Nueva York, donde reinaban la inseguridad y el delito. Martin Marcos, es arquitecto y Profesor Titular FADU UBA. Who’s Afraid of the Informal?: slum as an analytical category «

Photo montage by Dionsio Gonzales Continuing the dialogical debate between FAVELissues writers about the conflation of informality and slums at the glocal scale. Following Lubiana’s post about urban informality as a form of protesting economic inequality and my own post praising the social relations engendered by informal spaces both in Occupied space and favelas, Sylvia Soonets, from Proyectos Arqui 5 in Caracas, passionately cautioned against romanticizing informal housing settlements based on political sympathizes or allegiances to various local–global Occupy protest movements.

She is right to critique discourses that seem to characterize slums as sanitized bastions of the creative and resourceful human spirit. A romantic portrayal of poverty manifested as slum was not my intention. Instead I voiced enthusiasm for resistance to the hegemonic ordering of the city in forms that benefits the few at the expense of the many. The encampments of Occupiers (turned squatters?) D Simon. 2011. The rise of megacities – interactive | Global development.