Posts tagged “Future City

Your next door food supply in action

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If you’ve ever wondered what you can do in your local community. Watch this ever inspiring South Bronx teacher Stephen Ritz make a change in his local community.

Who will invent the technologies that we rely on in Smart Cities of the Future?

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IBM is one of many companies investing in technology for Smarter Cities in the Future. Three weeks ago I posted Andy Stanford-Clark’s first of a three part video blog about The Chale Project aiming to make the Isle of Wight UK’s first sustainable region. In the first video blog he talked about using home automation technologies in his home.

Here’s part 2 about monitoring your sustainable house after for example implementing an air source heat pump..


.. and part 3 is about electrical vehicles, storing sustainable energy and federating small smart regions into one big smart grid after which to take over the world!


We’re living in exciting times.. what will our world look like in 5, 10, 20 years time..?

The Future will tell.. Good to know some of us already invest and work hard on making the world a more sustainable place.

Back to basic, Urban Camping

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A refreshing and back to basic way to experience a city is by urban camping, an emerging trend of spending a night or more outdoor in an urban environment. It is a lowbudget and unique way of experiencing a city.

Import.Export Architecture (IEA) is a network of two architects Oscar Rommens and Joris van Reusel from Antwerp, Belgium. They investigated new urban opportunities and they came up with an URBAN CAMPING design. Last weekend it was shown during the design event INSIDE DESIGN in Amsterdam. Read the URBAN CAMPING design principals and watch the impressive installation being set-up here.

An animated epic fresco, from medieval rural to urban in the future

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Babel is an animated epic fresco, which tells the story of two characters, their personal lives against the backdrop of China’s historical progression, from rural to urban. Produced by Studio Hdk Productions based in Paris.

At one point the main character travels by train, the landscape transforms from a medieval rural village setting to where he arrives, in the future.

It was filmed in Shanghai, but most work was done behind the computer, compositing. This epic collage is a must see. You can watch the full length 15 minutes here. Also watch the director Hendrick Dusollier get interviewed in the following video.

The controversy between public or private ownership in a data-driven smart city

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Explosive innovation and adoption of computing, mobile devices, and rich sources of data are changing the cities in which we live, work, and play. A digital landscape overlays our physical world and is expanding to offer ever-richer experiences that complement, and in emerging cases, replace the physical experience.


As the ‘smart city’ model of infrastructure provision and management becomes commonplace engineers, coders, designers, politicians and citizens are faced with many challenges. One main controversy is adressed by questions about “public and private ownership of space, both in the cloud and on the ground.”

The Resurrection of Forest City Cleveland

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Cleveland, Ohio was once the 7th biggest city in the United States, it’s population peaked with 914,808. In 1949 Cleveland was named an All-America City for the first time. The city’s prime geographic location as transportation hub on the Great Lakes has played an important role in its development as a commercial center. Picture below: Holiday Traffic on Euclid Avenue & Huron Road. Cleveland, Ohio. December 1949, PlayhouseSquare Archives.

By the 1960s, the economy slowed, and residents sought new housing in the suburbs. Today the city is dealing with a fast declining population and land is left empty. Comedian Mike Polk, made this funny video about the city of Cleveland today.


The nickname for Cleveland, The Forest City, unveils the river valley was once a heavily forested environment. A group of architects developed a plan to transform the city into a progressive city once again.

The idea is to develop the land so that agriculture and developmental activities go side by side. The land will be used for a variety of things right from agriculture purpose to clean industries to recreation for the inhabitants. Special emphasis has been being given on conservation and recycling of water, so that the water table may never go down in future. Watch this inspiring and clear overview on the planned changes for the resurrection of Cleveland:

Gardens of a Nonexistent Dreamlike Reality

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The High Line, an abandoned elevated rail line on the West Side of Manhattan New York, has not been in use since the 1980s. It was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. In 1999 a community-based-non-profit group called Friends of the High Line, initiated a project to redesign the High Line into a public parc.

Piet Oudolf, a Dutch garden designer, worked on the planting design. His garden designs are like a dreamlike wilderness. The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after trains stopped running. The species of perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees were chosen for their hardiness, sustainability, textural and color variation, with a focus on native species.

It developed quite a following among urban naturalists and seekers after the unusual and novel. It was just this wildness, the sense of wilderness within one of the largest cities on earth, that captured the imaginations of so many.

You can see an inspiring slideshow presentation of the design of the parc by clicking here.

A three minute short about the High Line design:

And watch a video on the history of the High Line narrated by Ethan Hawk.

Below a picture on how the High Line used to look like, before the reconstruction.