Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape. From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In [...]
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT’s Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving [...]
A leading researcher on globalization, global cities and new technologies Saskia Sassen discusses the current hype around smart cities. She reminds us that “It is the need to design a system that puts all that technology truly at the service of the inhabitants—and not the other way around.”
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for [...]
Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an [...]
This short film is an adaptation of the classic urban design tome – “The Image of the City” – by Associate Professor Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Image of the City from Evan Mather on Vimeo.
Not only plants have a copy made of plastic in the new China I En la nueva China no sólo las plantas tienen una copia de plástico. Beijing, fake flowers, hutongs, Qianmen, artificial plants, China, gentrification, fake architecture. The Only Flower from César Pérez Herranz on Vimeo.
Secondo Sànchez Chillón, il Cityzentrism può essere notevolmente potenziato, aumentando la partecipazione civica, specialmente dei più giovani, attraverso l’uso di meccanismi e situazioni da gioco, un concetto che lui riassume con il termine Gamification. Si approfitta “dell’umana predisposizione psicologica ad impegnarsi nel gioco, promuovendo sfide collettive nei contesti urbani e trasformando così i compiti di [...]
Culture is not your friend, it’s an impediment to understanding what’s going on. That’s why to my mind the word cult and the word culture have a direct relationship to each other. Culture is a cult and if you feel revulsion at the thought of somebody offering to the great carrot, just notice that your [...]
Iain Boal is one of the world’s foremost bicycle historians. At a lecture hosted by the Copenhagen Museum he speaks about the history of the bicycle and the acute need for a revised ‘grown up’ history of the bicycle. Debunking myths along the way, his riveting and fascinating lecture spells out the fantastic history of [...]
You may have wondered, while watching a Streetfilm or reading a post on Streetsblog, where we got the term “livable streets.” The answer can be found in the work of Donald Appleyard, a scholar who studied the neighborhood environment and the ways planning and design can make life better for city residents. In 1981, Appleyard [...]
In the UK, the non-profit Sustrans is pioneering a community-based method to reclaim streets from high-speed traffic and make neighborhoods safer and more sociable places. Called “DIY Streets,” the program brings neighbors together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. So far, individual streets have benefited [...]
Alex Steffen Talk on sustainable cities at DAC, Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen 30 OCT 2008. Alex Steffen Talk at Danish Architecture Centre from Sustainable Cities™ on Vimeo.
Thomas Sevcik, Managing Director, do-tank arthesia, Zurich/Los Angeles Art Salon | Urbanism | Why Art and the Creative Class will Never Save Cities from Art Basel on Vimeo.
John Geraci is a tech innovator who thinks like an architect. Through projects like DIYcity he has been working to improve the urban experience through technology. He was also a co-founder of the local news site Outside.in and writes regularly about cities, technology, localism, and life as an entrepreneur on johngeraci.com. He spoke with us [...]
Ever find yourself waiting for the next bus, not knowing when it will arrive? Think it would be great if you could check a subway countdown clock from the sidewalk? Or get arrival times on your phone? Giving transit riders better information can make riding the bus or the train more convenient and appealing. And [...]
Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives [...]
Alice Lester, programme manager at the Planning Advisory Service, addresses the “Neighbourhood planning makes better places” audience. cabe.org.uk/planning Collaboration is much more than consultation from CABE on Vimeo.
Kathy MacEwen, head of planning advice at CABE, on proposed reforms to the planning system and the key levers for good design. cabe.org.uk/planning
Marilyn Taylor, CABE LDF workshop chair, on the challenges, opportunities and potential successes of true collaborative planning. cabe.org.uk/planning Working with communities on collaborative planning from CABE on Vimeo.
Vincent Goodstadt, CABE LDF workshop chair, on the new planning system and the continuing need for strategic spatial planning. cabe.org.uk/planning The challenge for localism from CABE on Vimeo.