SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan

“Don’t fight forces, use them.” - R. Buckminster Fuller

SCAPE’s comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been announced as winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially responsible design’s highest award.” Announced by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), the proposal was selected over seven shortlisted humanitarian initiatives and will receive a $100,000 prize for their innovative solution to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems.

“Living Breakwaters is about dissipating and working with natural energy rather than fighting it. It is on the one hand an engineering and infrastructure-related intervention, but it also has a unique biological function as well. The project team understand that you cannot keep back coastal flooding in the context of climate change, but what you can do is ameliorate the force and impact of 100 and 500 year storm surges to diminish the damage through ecological interventions, while simultaneously catalyzing dialog to nurture future stewards of the built environment,” said Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, a 2014 senior advisor and jury member.

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It might seem obvious that the its not just technology that makes for change, but allowing people to interact with it is a necessary step towards changing behaviour, it is encouraging to see this recognised outside of the social sciences.

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Architect Develops the World’s First Hoverboard

© Hendo via Kickstarter Architects can do far more than design buildings. In fact, some of history’s most acclaimed innovators were not only

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Cool! I want to see someone ride this!

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Food Pantry Development – John Stanley Retail Consultant

Whilst in Oregon I met up with Gary Oppenheimer, A CNN Hero and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. What Do AmpleHarvest.org Do? They enable consumers to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in their own community. AmpleHarvest.org connects, in the USA, 40+ million Americans with excess food in their garden and local food pantries. Garden by garden, home and community gardeners and other growers are Continue Reading

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Could you be part of this where you live? Could it make difference?

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Born to be Wild (Sort of) | The Nature of Cities

George Monbiot’s

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“Civilisation; it’s all about knives and forks.” —David Byrne

In Africa NATURE is still dangerous – its no  longer out here with big Teeth and Claws – now its got  Guns and Knives – so be careful what nature you reckon belongs in cities i.e. people are all nature - here in Africa they don’t all have TV’s and live in Condo’s and they are getting peeved (P*SSED -off) with how its going for them!

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Urbanicide in all good faith

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A serial killer of cities is wandering about the planet. Its name is UNESCO, and its lethal weapon is the label “World Heritage”, with which it drains the lifeblood from glorious villages and ancient
metropolises, embalming them in a brand-name time warp.

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Africa and City Growth and Future Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective

Recently the Daily Maverick has published a number of pieces speaking to some of the consequences of urbanisation that often go overlooked by the public. In particular, two articles have risen key insights about service delivery and access in the face of large-scale urbanisation.

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Professor Sue Parnell of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) points out that there is a critical lack of understanding of African economics. “We don’t understand the informal sector, so we stereotype,” she says. “We don’t understand Africa’s urban labour market very well.” There is also a tendency to inflate increases in wealth, because it is coming off such a low base, and there is a lack of knowledge about where to invest, she says.

One of the major challenges facing African urbanisation today is an anti-urban bias, believes Parnell. “The population may be 50/50, but 90 percent of the funding will go to rural development,” she says. “This speaks of a definite anti-urban bias.” This, too, means that poverty and inequality in cities are real, significant problems. However, she points out, there are also other factors at play, such as a belief that there is more internal expertise on agriculture, for example; or there may be political factors – such as a desire amongst donors not to create more economic competition by developing African urban interests. However, she points out, through the painstaking work of scholars and academics, attitudes and thought patterns are slowly changing.”

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The Journal of Space Syntax

Vol 5, No 1 (2014): Models and diagrams in architectural design We are pleased to announce the first Special Issue of Volume 5 on Models and diagrams in architectural design, in a thematic publication of JOSS.

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Ranging from discussions on the philosophical aspects and implications of diagrams in architecture, through the use and applications of models and diagrams in architectural design in both theory and practice, to development of aspects of spatial analysis, the issue covers a wide range but remains a discussion around its central theme. Thereby, it is showing the width of which the questions of the call need to be addressed through the collective result of focused contributions exploring different aspects in-depth. The issue is complemented by one short paper in the un-themed section, and two book reviews.

As always, you can find the issue at http://joss.bartlett.ucl.ac.u

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Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities

Leading architect behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Andrew Grant, says that cities need to set aside space for forests, wetlands and wildlife to be…

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"However successful we are at sorting out the mechanics of sustainability through innovative technologies and systems, it will be worthless if all it does is create a banal, sterile world which does not offer people a positive experience." Andrew Grant, founder and director, Grant Associates

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Rebuilding urban spaces through collaborative design

Ahead of the International Green Building Conference, Eco-Business speaks to Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Mark Carroll on how to restore old structures and…

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Continuous open collaboration between the team members by means of dialogue, drawings and models is essential to gain the greatest benefit for the architectural design

Mark Carroll, senior partner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Video: House Housing – “An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate”

House Housing,

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“In architecture, economic fundamentals are built from the ground up. The laws of real estate—relating to the acquisition of land, the financing of construction, the cost of building maintenance and services, profit from rent or resale, the value of equity, or the price of credit—inexorably shape any building component (like a window) and any build- ing type (like a house). They are visible even in the residential work of such singular figures as Frank Lloyd Wright, not least because the Greek oikos, or household, forms the root of the word “economy” itself. But look closely and you will see that what seems fundamental, basic, or natural is, like any other law, a historical artifact permanently under construction and subject to change.”

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