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Links 1 through 10 of 49 by René Walter tagged urban

Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles?

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For the last four years, a town in southern Spain has been conducting a remarkable experiment in civic life. Jun (pronounced “hoon”) has been using Twitter as its principal medium for citizen-government communication.

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2050 wird es insgesamt neun Milliarden Menschen auf der Erde geben, 80 % der Weltbevölkerung werden in Städten leben. Wird das derzeitige Landwirtschaftsmodell auch in Zukunft noch praktikabel sein, um alle diese Menschen zu ernähren?

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‘townization’ is a thesis project by yang dingliang that provides innovative research with a planning and proposal for town-township development in present-day china, which has won the harvard university graduate school of design 2014 urban planning thesis prize. the work consists of three major parts: the analyzation of an alternative urbanization paradigm, the planning strategy of a new urban network that combines town and city, and the formation of xiaoyi to demonstrate how urban design and architecture strategies can be effectively implemented.

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Last night citizens in Chicago shut down Lake Shore Drive in protest over the Staten Island grand jury’s refusal to indict the police officer responsible for the choking death of Eric Garner. Yet in SoCal, protesters have been using the freeways as a vehicle for protest and political awareness for decades. UCSD PhD candidates Troy Araiza Kokinis and Jael Vizcarra explain the goals, meaning and context of these protests and others like them.

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Once-proud visions of suburban utopia are left to rot as online shopping and the resurgence of city centres make malls increasingly irrelevant to young people.

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Die Vitalität von Bienenvölkern sagt viel aus über den Zustand von Natur und Umwelt. Allein Europas Honigbienen-Populationen haben sich in den letzten Jahren um 20 Prozent verringert: durch landwirtschaftliche Monokulturen, Agrarchemie und die aus Südostasien eingeführte Varroa-Milbe. Eine Antwort auf das Bienensterben kommt aus den ökologisch oft intakteren Großstädten. Mit der Urban Gardening-Bewegung halten auch Honigbienen in London, Berlin oder Stuttgart Einzug.

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Honigbienen sind die Indikatoren für den Zustand unserer Umwelt. Monokulturen, Pflanzenschutzmittel und Varroamilbe haben in den letzten Jahren allein in Europa ihre Populationen um 20 Prozent verringert. Die Antwort auf das Bienensterben kommt aus den Städten.

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The project, co-ordinated by Unicef in collaboration with local non-government organisation CEDAPS (Centro de Promocao da Saude) has local teenagers digitally mapping five favelas in order to highlight some of the challenges for those living there. Teenagers take aerial shots of their neighbourhood using digital cameras sitting in old bottles which are launched via kites - a common toy for children living in the favelas.

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