Category: Urbanization & City Planning

Hardy’s Bamboo Houses in Bali: Building Homes with Sustainable Materials

“Bamboos will do good if you use them right.” says Hardy. Revisiting the utilization of bamboo, the most traditional and indigenous material in Indonesia, Hardy has proved that comfort, luxury, and beauty can be manifested and replicated sustainably.

You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules,” she says.

-Ted Talks 2015

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Photo credit: Arlene Nathania

Elbtreppen: Zaha Hadid’s New Elbe Promenade in Hamburg

  Elbtreppen is a recently accomplished riverbank project by Zaha Hadid Architects that spans along the Niederhafen Port at River Elbe, the river that divides Hamburg into roughly two equal regions, located between Landungsbrücken and Speicherstadt (Baumwall), two of the oldest urban spots and tourist magnets of this port city.     “The Niederhafen was once a significant commercial port in… Read more →

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Co-working and Co-living: 6 Unique and Sustainable Work Environments

Along with the growth of creative industry, co-working concept arises and proliferates in the recent years as a new kind of modern working place. “Co-working is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those co-working are usually not employed by the same organization.” (Carsten, 2011). You… Read more →

Water Sensitive Urban Design: A Reconciliation Between Water and Cities

By creating ‘water sensitive cities’ it is possible to address the major challenges of water shortage, flooding and pollution. This film, commissioned by the Landscape Institute and based on work by CIRIA, Arup and AECOM, explains the concept of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and argues the case for designing ‘with’ water when planning any new development.

WSUD is an integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, which promotes a more rational and frugal use of water alongside the creation of beautiful and resilient places. WSUD is about looking beyond the idea that a pipe in the ground is the best option for dealing with rain water — it is about prioritising all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. WSUD reduces flooding, harnesses the potential of flood water, cuts the demand for potable water and improves water quality — all measures which make the water supply chain more sustainable.

Landscape Institute UK (Find out more about the Landscape Institute’s work on water via this link). 

Pastures Along the Rhine, Düsseldorf

City Grazing: The Embryo of Sustainable Living

There was a joke saying that ambiance in a well-done developed city is actually similar to living in a countryside, but with different affluence. It won’t be too sophisticated and high-tech like Tokyo, too commercialized like New York, as fashionable as Paris, vastly expanding like Shanghai, or having 24/7 hustle bustle economy like Hong Kong and Singapore. It will be far from… Read more →

Amanda Burden: Public spaces have power

When we think of cities, we think of buildings and skyscrapers and stray cats. For Amanda Burden, who spent 12 years as New York City’s director of urban planning, they’re primarily about people. They’re about where people go and where they meet — that’s the core of how cities work. And for the people, even more important than the buildings are the public spaces in between them. Those, to Burden, are what makes the cities come alive.

The central question she asks is, “What makes a public space work? What is it about unsuccessful places that keeps people away?” Burden, it turns out, was trained as an animal behaviorist, but she uses those skills to study how people interact with their spaces.

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As New York’s chief city planner under the Bloomberg administration, Amanda Burden led revitalization of some of the city’s most familiar features — from the High Line to the Brooklyn waterfront (Ted). She exposes several different models of public open spaces in New York City, including the High Line, in order to illustrate which one works and which one does not, how people experience outdoor activities in those spaces, underlining that public spaces indeed have power.

 

“Cities are an immense laboratory of trial and error, failure and success, in city building and city design. This is the laboratory in which city planning should have been learning and forming and testing its theories. Instead the practitioners and teachers of this discipline have ignored the study of success and failure in real life, have been incurious about the reasons for unexpected success, and are guided instead by principles derived from the behavior and appearance of towns, suburbs, tuberculosis sanatoria, fairs and imaginary dream cities – from anything but the cities themselves.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961).