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[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:39
While the vitality and stimulation of the urban environment can be pleasant, those living in or visiting densely populated areas, such as New York, can have wildly different experiences. The ever-present cacophony of traffic, construction, and commerce; the struggle for mental and physical space; and the anxious need for constant communication in person or via technology are relentless assaults... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:34
In Game Urbanism, Hans Venhuizen deals with the culture of spatial planning. Venhuizen advances a broad understanding of culture that encompasses cultural history, heritage, architecture and art, as well as the culture of the current residents of a region and the idiosyncrasy of a place. In his search for a more specific identity for cities and areas, Venhuizen links the worlds of culture and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:24
As part of London's Open House weekend on September 17-18, 2011, the future home of the Design Museum at the former Commonwealth Institute building will offer public tours before construction begins in earnest. It will be the last chance for the public to see this remarkable 1960s site before it re-opens as the new Design Museum in 2014. The museum's move from its current site at Tower Bridge to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:39
Wacom Inkling is a new digital sketch pen that captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling bridges the gap between paper sketching and digital drawing by giving users at the front end of the creative process a way to rough-out ideas with real ink on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:30
Myanmar is a country subject to multiple disasters on a frequent and increasing basis. Given the varied terrain and geophysical context of Myanmar, cyclones, storms, floods, fires, landslides, tsunamis and earthqake are all common phenomena. In parallel climate change, in addition to impacting the biodiversity, habitat and natural resources of Myanmar, is also being directly linked to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 16:14
India's growing middle class has access to more goods, services and products than ever before. This new consumerism heaped atop rapid urbanisation has left municipalities with an issue much less glamorous than the new malls, grocery stores and mega-shops dotting the cities. Massive solid waste accumulation has become an overwhelming environmental, health and aesthetic hazard for urban areas.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 14:45
The European Green Capital award each year recognises a city which has a consistent record of high environmental standards and continues to strive for further environmental improvement. These cities act as role models for others hoping to achieve similar green credentials. The following video illustrates the qualities that helped this year’s title-holder and EUROCITIES member, Hamburg, to become... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:55
Futile efforts to deal with rampant urbanization could fetter the region's robust economy and squander its potential to become a global economic powerhouse, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). In a 60-page report titled "Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin America growth," MGI argues that the region's largest cities are so "congested, poorly planned and dangerous... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:51
The municipality of Montevideo, Uruguay's largest city with 1.9 million inhabitants, is one of the first cities to establish a GHG emissions inventory in the country. Results of which were presented in June 2010, and revealed that two-thirds of the city's emissions stem from the burning of fossil fuels. Based on these results, the city has prepared a low-carbon and resilient climate roadmap,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:45
Philadelphia is embarking on a $2 billion, 25-year project to improve the way it absorbs and processes stormwater. The current system combines sewage and stormwater, which can cause sewage overflows during heavy rains. "The project will replace as much as one-third of the city’s existing impervious cover – about 4,000 acres – with natural or porous surfaces that can intercept stormwater, store it... Read more