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6 Most Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Designs for the Future of Urban Housing

Regarding the continuation of our built environment, lately climate change has been an important and concrete issue that needs to be addressed in every aspects of our daily life. Irresponsible natural resources exploitation has lead us to the excessive production of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity, inducing anthropogenic climate change (Global Greenhouse Warming). As the real consequences, we now frequently face global warming,… Read more →

Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by you: by Marc Kushner

“Architecture is not about math or zoning — it’s about visceral emotions,” says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.

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The Elevated High Line Park, New York

High Line Park, or The High Line,  is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of dilapidated New York Central Railroad called the West Side Line (Green & Letsch, 2014). In 1934, as part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line opened to trains, to transport meat and dairy products… Read more →

Genre de Vie: The Moment You Would Start Pedaling

The concept of ‘genre de vie’ (way of life) was introduced by geographer Paul Vidal de la Blanche in the beginning of the 20th century. The philosophy is about the belief that the lifestyle of a particular region reflects the economic, social, ideological and psychological identities imprinted on the landscape.

 

“In the past few years a growing number of cities worldwide have been (re)discovering the use of the bicycle. Sustainability plays a large role in the motivation behind the revival of the bicycle and takes on different challenges, placing itself in a new and relevant social position. The question then remains whether or not the revitalization and new positioning of the bicycle could contribute to the livability of society.

The documentary Genre De Vie researches the present effects of this form of transport and the lifestyle that is attached to it though research into already existing initiatives that play a crucial role in the revitalization of the bicycle. By taking a global perspective the documentary makers form a clear view on the transformation of cities and urban living. Concentrating also on the effects of the bicycle from a socio-cultural standing point within the individual is central.” – Vimeo

 

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Drones: The Future Planning & Design Tools

Drone advocates let out a collective sigh of relief as the new commercial drone or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) regulations, which was released by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), are more industry-friendly than expected. – Clay Dillow (Fortune, 2015).     Drone for Commercial Operation Regulation and Practicality The Fortune said that it’s a promising sign for companies that want to integrate drones… Read more →

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Jenfelder Au: A Climate Resilience Project in Hamburg, Germany

Water has been critical to where cities originate their development, and to the standard of living of their inhabitants (L. Mumford, 1961). However, too much or too little water can have devastating consequences (Iain White, 2013). According to Iain White in his article about regional ecology and resilience, maximized use of hard surfaces that generate run-off and by the development of… Read more →

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Where Do The Ultra Affluent Individuals Live?

People who are considered as ultra affluent individuals, called as Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI), are people with investable assets at least US$30 million, after accounting for their shares in public and private companies, residential and passion-based investments such as art, planes and real estate (Wealth-X, UBS, Grzeskiewiecz & Kozlinski). Billionaires, as a more common terminology, are actually a special category of UHNW individuals,… Read more →

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Emerging Mutualistic Relationship Between Parklets and Neighborhood Businesses

Urbanist William H. Whyte says, “There is an elemental point about good spaces: supply creates demand. A good new public space builds a new constituency. It gets people into new habits – such as alfresco lunches – and induces them to use new paths…” A Concept of Pedestrian Overspills Parklets are essentially small plots of pedestrian overspill, could be in a… Read more →