Posts Tagged with Urban area
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Tower of Nests Designed to House Displaced Urban Wildlife
As more people begin moving from rural areas and into swelling urban centers around the world, it usually means that local wildlife gets the boot. But now, thanks to a revolutionary new building called Tower of Nests proposed for construction in Shanghai, city squirrels, birds, and insects that might otherwise be displaced will have a high-rise to call their very own, living in peace with human residents. The designers behind the tower hope that it will usher in a new era of urban architecture — one that promotes sustainability and harmony with nature. The Tower of Nests, brainchild of Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, was recently awarded first prize at the 2011 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in the Future Projects Category. At 50-stories, the tower will feature a facade of natural materials such as mud, straw, stone, and wicker as a way of inviting urban species to make their habitat in... Continue Reading
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Anatomy of a smart city
The dramatic shift of the world’s population into urban areas is encouraging citizens, city planners, businesses and governments to start looking at visions of ‘smart’ cities. Below we look into what is driving the need to establish these networked environments, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality. Quick Facts and Stats: Up until 1975 there were just 3 Megacities (New York, Tokyo and Mexico City). Today there are 21. The top 600 urban centers generate 60% of global GDP By 2025, the number... Continue Reading
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Spirit of Hope Urban Farm: Filling Food Pantries, Strengthening Communities in Detroit
In the latest issue of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, Kelli B. Kavanaugh profiles one of Detroit‘s urban farms. The Spirit of Hope Urban Farm is located on the grounds of Spirit of Hope church, just two miles from downtown Detroit. It is a great example of what a small farm can do for a community, and provides plenty of lessons for those of us who grow in urban areas. The garden’s founder, Kathleen Devlin, asked the church’s pastor if she could start an urban farm on the church’s grounds which encompass over 12,000 square feet of growing area. He... Continue Reading
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Lessons From The Lorax
The Lorax is a glorious creature, who embodies the environment and acts as the guardian of green. He is the “voice of the trees” and attempts to fight a lonesome battle against the giants of industry, the Once-ler. Overall, his message rings true to the folks here at Urban Times, as we also believe that without action, no solutions can be assembled. Where the story of The Lorax hits the nerve is exactly where we diverge however, Seuss emphasizes the woe and sacrifice attached to the battle of the environment at the time (1970s), whereas we like to think of... Continue Reading
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