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Unless you spend most of your time in an airplane, your everyday perspective is limited to the surface of the earth, and specifically to your line of sight. From down here it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We’ve made a decision that the majority of the images we capture will focus on this unnatural world, shining a light on the areas where our human activity - for better or worse - has shaped the landscape.
"The way researchers assess urban ecology needs to change in order to take into account the way modern cities are developing, a study suggests.
Scientists in Australia said urban areas were expanding rapidly in a complex “non-linear” way that existing models failed to capture effectively.
Assessments needed to be modified if ecologists were to get an accurate picture of the environment, they added.”
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Urban Interaction Design (Urban IxD) is an emerging field putting the user and the citizen at the centre of the process of creating services, products and solutions in networked urban spaces.
The UrbanIxD FP7 project is conducting this short survey in order to inform the future research agenda in a European context. We are interested in opinions from a wide community including industry, research and academia. With your help, we hope to contribute to the wider discussion on the challenges and opportunities for urban interaction design in the future, as well as identifying and promoting current examples of good practice.
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Map of London showing how it might be affected by flood without the Thames barrier
- How does the Thames Barrier stop London flooding? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26133660
Future Cities Catapult seeks ideas on playable, open and configurable cities for £30,000 prize.
More info: Watershed
Pushing the boundaries and encouraging experimentation, this £30,000 international award sits at the intersections of art, technology and culture.
Returning for a second year, Watershed’s Playable City Award challenges artists and creatives from around the world to produce an artwork which engages with the notion of cities as playable, malleable, and idiosyncratic public spaces. We are inviting practitioners from all creative disciplines to propose an original piece of work that will debut in Bristol, UK in 2014 and to go on to tour internationally in 2015.
We are interested in supporting future-facing work, which uses creative technology to explore the theme of the playable city.
‘Playable City’ is a new term imagined as a counterpoint to the ‘Smart City’. All over the world governments & tech companies are investing in smart systems for cities, using networks & sensors to join up services & collect data. In these emerging systems, the emphasis is often a drive for efficiency – focussing on solutions with a potential to render our cities as isolated, professionalised places. How instead might we make them more nuanced, open & permissive?
Cumulus recently teamed up with Futago to submit a proposal for Sydney’s Laneway Art and City Spaces. To follow is an extract from our submission.
Wandering George street, just heading from A to B, a small piece of lush green ground catches the eye. As though some movement of the ground underneath had cleaved two steep-sided buildings apart, Abercrombie Lane is the lush fissure that remains. In the tearing apart, it is almost as though a piece of original ground is revealed - a tiny sliver of riverbank perhaps - heading to a stream that is no more.
This public artwork will reclad the ground of a narrow, sloping lane off George Street with artificial turf. The turf will undulate as it touches the buildings on either side, as if it might represent the movement of water, draining down the river bank. Originally a source of fresh water for Sydney, the Tank Stream is an invisible key to the city’s settlement. Abercrombie Lane leads down to Tank Stream Way, which is part of the line of the watercourse that Sydney was built around. While the stream itself is hidden in tunnels under the pavements and buildings, the slope of Abercrombie Lane is a place where it is still possible to read the original topography of the riverbank.
Michael Ziehl, Sarah Oßwald, Oliver Hasemann, Daniel Schnier
At vacant sites, second hand spaces draw on the atmosphere, the traces, the remains, and the history of their previous uses. Their actors develop an individual aesthetic out of the site that stands out due to its simplicity and improvised quality. New ideas are tested, and elements of surprise are created in the city. Second hand spaces evolve against the background of different demands on urban spaces and provide opportunities for interaction, participation, and start-ups. They open up new courses of action for urban planning and at the same time make a contribution to the sustainable design of urban change.In nine essays, twenty-seven experts highlight the backgrounds, actors, and effects of second hand spaces based on fifteen projects from Europe, resulting in thematic links to current social discourses throughout the book.
Read MoreUnlike efforts to grow the “consumer city” via sports stadia, luxury housing, and high-end retail, innovation districts are intent on growing the firms, networks, and sectors that drive real, broad-based prosperity.
Two transport revolutions in the Netherlands - a quick video showing the two major changes in road infrastructure mentality in the Netherlands from the beginning of the 20th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century - from narrow, cobbled streets dominated by horses and pedestrians, to automobile-ruled asphalt expanses, to slow and pleasant streets dominated by pedestrians and cyclists again.
The United Kingdom should take some tips from this mentality of prioritising streets as places to live and not through-routes - we would benefit massively as a result.