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A ROBOT that automatically categorises waste from construction and demolition projects could enable valuable raw materials to be recycled instead of ending up in landfill. Industrial robots normally excel at precise tasks in controlled environments, such as assembling cars. More chaotic and hazardous tasks have fallen to humans - for example, sorting through piles of waste in search of precious raw materials that could be recycled. Garbage-sorting robot gets its hands dirty - tech - 06 April 2011 Garbage-sorting robot gets its hands dirty - tech - 06 April 2011
Fuck Your Pop-Up Shops | VICE United Kingdom Fuck Your Pop-Up Shops | VICE United Kingdom An artist's impression of Artworks Elephant (image via) “A pop-up mall made from 50 recycled shipping containers is to set up shop in London's Elephant and Castle area after the development was granted planning permission this month.” Sometimes, the deadpan house style of a news article packs more emotional punch than the most florid purple prose. I read the above in a Retail Bulletin news story in January, and something deep in my soul tweaked. It is a sentence of Platonic perfection; a saga in 29 words that inadvertently tells us everything we need to know about the times we are living in. The pop-up mall, called Artworks Elephant, will open on the site of the massive, empty Heygate Estate in south London as it undergoes a £1.5 billion, 15-year regeneration project – making the transition from the Heygate Estate to "Elephant Park".
The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas - Sarah Goodyear The statistic gets trotted out at just about every urbanism conference: for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s people live in cities. By 2050, 70 percent of the population will live in urban areas. Those numbers have been repeated so often they've become cliché, a lazy way of saying that "cities" are "important." But those statistics mask a deeper and more complicated reality, which is this: the distinction between urban and rural, between cities and suburbs and countryside, is disappearing as populations boom and traditional societal structures dissolve. The borders between different ways of living are blurring. And that means “urbanization” represents something different from what it has in the past. The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas - Sarah Goodyear
20 predictions for the future of London © Adam Simpson Shimmering skyscrapers, newfangled ways to get to work, driverless trains, Ikeaville, Boris Island… We’ve got the inside scoop on what lies ahead for our ever-evolving, ever-inventive city. Welcome to tomorrow’s London! 1 Canal+Tube, train, bus, cycling… Swimming? One proposed addition to London’s commuter options is a cleaned and filtered channel in the Regent’s Canal, so you could theoretically swim to work (provided you work at The Guardian and live in Broadway Market). With rising sea levels, we may all be facing a more watery commute, so don’t rule it out. 20 predictions for the future of London
Published: Saturday 18 January 2014 In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. Resize Text + | - | R Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes Utah is Ending Homelessness by Giving People Homes
Citi Bike, New York City's first bike-share service and the largest in the U.S., was launched in May. | Image credit: Citi Bike A Shareable City enables residents to efficiently and safely share all kinds of assets — from spaces to cars, skills and utilities — to create stronger, healthier and more connected communities. From a policy perspective, a Shareable City looks at multiple aspects of urban planning and community well-being through a collaborative economy lens and proactively supports these goals. At Collaborative Lab, we believe that 2014 will be a big year for Shareable Cities. Top 10 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be the Year of #ShareableCities Top 10 Reasons Why 2014 Will Be the Year of #ShareableCities
Vertical farms sprouting all over the world - tech - 16 January 2014 Leader: "Fruit and veg, fresh from the skyscraper" URBAN warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution. But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide. Vertical farms sprouting all over the world - tech - 16 January 2014
Maximising the Potential of Subterranean Cities This post is also available in: Italian A second city lies beneath the streets of Montreal: a bustling complex of shops and restaurants. The bedrock of Helsinki was dug for industrial purposes: storage of petroleum, water treatment, and a data collection center. Maximising the Potential of Subterranean Cities
Osaka's 8-Level Rooftop Park Not Your Average Shopping Mall - Industry Tap By: Nidhi | January 7th, 2014 Namba Parks redefines the look of a typical mall. Photo © gucky / Flickr Namba Parks in Osaka, Japan, is an amazing piece of architecture, a place where you’ll spend half your time shopping and the other half admiring its design. Osaka's 8-Level Rooftop Park Not Your Average Shopping Mall - Industry Tap
Live with 1 Million People in a Futuristic Pyramid City - Industry Tap Live with 1 Million People in a Futuristic Pyramid City - Industry Tap By: Nidhi | December 18th, 2013 The Ziggurat Project is being called the "funkiest" ever envisioned. Image courtesy FlashyDubai.com Dubai is building one of the wonders of the world, inspired by incredible feats of architecture of Mayans and Egyptians. They built the pyramids to weather the test of time, but masterpiece structure ‘Ziggurat’ will be self-sustainable with all natural-energy sources. Here are some interesting facts and features that are going to be incorporated in the Ziggurat Project:
RE.WORK Tech Berlin 19 June 2014, Berlin RE.WORK summits focus on exponentially accelerating technology and its impact on business and society. Emerging technology is providing an unprecedented era of opportunity to progress business and solve global challenges. RE.WORK Cities
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Toby Thanks for that article. This caught my eye "Indeed, traffic control is generally implemented to help drivers, not walkers.". Yep, and that's what has got us to where we are. Traffic that turns cities... Toby @Rick: Thanks for a thoughtful response. Future Cities
Imagine Oakland with a world-wide reputation for being the safest, most sustainably prepared large city in the country. Picture that anytime there’s an emergency or disaster situation anywhere in the country, it’s Oakland that is mentioned as the place to find out how to make it work well for everyone. Yes, everyone. That’s CARD’s goal for the incredible city of Oakland—safe, sustainably prepared, ready to address our challenges and opportunities. It’s why I’m honored and excited to be writing about safety, preparedness, and resilience for Oakland Local. The hyper-local focus here will allow us to share an alternative approach that everyone in Oakland can embrace. Oakland’s Future: Becoming the safest, most sustainably prepared large city in the country (Community Voices)
Imagine a downtown that changes from a commercial center during the day to a vibrant cultural district at night, and is served by transportation hubs that facilitate multiple modes of travel. The surrounding neighborhoods are comprised of mixed-use residential buildings that contain adaptable micro-units to accommodate single residents and entire families with systems that recycle grey water to support rooftop farms. The entire urban landscape becomes an interactive canvas, providing new outlets for entertainment and exchange, and reflecting the sentiment of its populace. Within this context, the actions of individual residents help positively impact the fabric of daily life, as they come together to share information, experiences and even physical goods with one another, raising the collective value of their communities. The UN estimates that by 2050 there will be 10 billion people living on the planet AND 75% of them in cities. What's Driving The Future Of The Modern City? [Future of Cities]
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Future Cities - Home Rapid urbanization is taking place across the globe. Future Cities 2013 will explore the components of a successful city, and will use these discoveries to drive critical planning across all relevant sectors, internationally. Bringing together the world's leading authorities on urban planning, Future Cities 2013 will consider the pillars that create the foundation of a Future City: Security, Water & Waste Management, Tourism & Hospitality, Transport, Energy Management, Disaster Relief and Green Building. Be part of the move to integrate technology and infrastructure to positively affect how future generations live.
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