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.

Source: joss.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk

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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The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning | The Nature of Cities

Collectively, researchers over the past 60 years (or more) have collected a good deal of data on urban biodiversity and impacts on urban plants and animals. From urban gradient studies to patch dynamic studies, we have a plethora of empirical data that suggests how various urban designs would impact various species. However, these studies have not affected actual planning decisions in most cities (there are exceptions of course).

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How to address the needs of individual species in urban planning ?New tools and methods are needed, alternative theories and tools are proposed and the need for further research is emphasised.

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Even with the Threat of More Monster Storms, Shorelines Can Be Public Spaces

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Ecosystem Design “These constructed ecosystems will provide a range of services. They will protect the shoreline and structures, stabilize the banks, help restore the ridges, divert sediment, and enable the creation of new marshes and channels. These new systems will provide stormwater and flood management while creating new wildlife habitat.”

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Shoreline green infrastructure at the new Water Institute Campus in Baton Rouge / Voorsanger Architects

At a lecture on resilient waterfront design at the Center for Architecture in New York, two projects now in the works show how public spaces can still be created on shorelines, even in the era of the monster storm: the Water Institute Headquarters, Research, and Interpretive Center proposal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by SuperMass Studio; and the Rockaways Boardwalk Reconstruction Plan in Queens, New York, from CH2M HILL, with the RBA Group and WXY. Both use green buffers to protect the shoreline and add biodiversity, but are designed to ensure easy public access.

Baton Rouge has had their share of storm events, but new shoreline green infrastructure could help mitigate the impacts of future ones. Taewook Cha, ASLA, founding principal of SuperMass Studio, presented their landscape plan for the Water Institute. Built on…

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