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Urban planner. I travel. I collect case studies. I share. I'm particularly interested in the intersection of the arts and urbanism.

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    This fantastically bright orange cube on the banks of the Saône River in Lyon, France may look like a giant toddler’s toy, but it’s actually an office and cultural center designed to showcase architecture and design and help invigorate the docks of the river. A giant hole cuts through the orthogonal, 5-story building, opening the center up with daylighting, views and natural ventilation. Designed by Paris-based Jakob + Macfarlane, Le Cube Orange is also energy efficient and relies on a water-based geothermal heat pump and photovoltaic panels on the roof.
Quartier Confluence à Lyon 88 le Cube Orange by paspog on Flickr.
Source: Inhabitat

    This fantastically bright orange cube on the banks of the Saône River in Lyon, France may look like a giant toddler’s toy, but it’s actually an office and cultural center designed to showcase architecture and design and help invigorate the docks of the river. A giant hole cuts through the orthogonal, 5-story building, opening the center up with daylighting, views and natural ventilation. Designed by Paris-based Jakob + Macfarlane, Le Cube Orange is also energy efficient and relies on a water-based geothermal heat pump and photovoltaic panels on the roof.

    Quartier Confluence à Lyon 88 le Cube Orange by paspog on Flickr.

    Source: Inhabitat

    — 10 months ago
    #Confluence  #Lyon  #Quartier Confluence  #France  #cube orange  #Jakob+Macfarlane  #urban design.architecture  #orange  #facade  #wall  #screen  #urban design  #architecture  #urban planning  #waterfront  #riverside  #promenade  #city planning  #french  #lyon  #france  #commercial  #real estate  #development  #neighborhood  #eco  #green architecture  #environmental 
    In 1988, the Los Angeles Times Magazine pub­lished a 25-year look ahead to 2013. 

LA Times posted the vintage document online. Have a look to see if any of their predictions have come true.

http://documents.latimes.com/la-2013/

    In 1988, the Los Angeles Times Magazine pub­lished a 25-year look ahead to 2013.

    LA Times posted the vintage document online. Have a look to see if any of their predictions have come true.

    http://documents.latimes.com/la-2013/

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes
    #future  #future cities  #time  #vintage  #21 century  #80s  #eighties  #1980s  #futurism  #futuristic  #living  #life  #predictions  #urban planning  #city planning  #vision  #imagination  #imagine  #illustration  #urbanism  #city  #LA  #Los Angeles  #CA  #California  #cities of tomorrow  #tomorrow  #years  #years ahead  #city of tomorrow 
    Having worked on many projects in China, I’ve made similar observations. China’s cities are often making the same mistakes as America made on the path to superpower status.
Weapons of Mass Urban Destruction - By Peter Calthorpe from Foreign Policy Magazine

    Having worked on many projects in China, I’ve made similar observations. China’s cities are often making the same mistakes as America made on the path to superpower status.

    Weapons of Mass Urban Destruction - By Peter Calthorpe from Foreign Policy Magazine

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #china  #chinese  #growth  #city planning  #urbanism  #urban planning  #cities  #economy 
    The municipality of Chongqing constructs 700,000 units of public housing annually. It will have 430 million square feet by 2016. For comparison, New York with a population of 8 million has 180,000 public housing units.
chongqing housing 39 by owlmanjohnson on Flickr.

    The municipality of Chongqing constructs 700,000 units of public housing annually. It will have 430 million square feet by 2016. For comparison, New York with a population of 8 million has 180,000 public housing units.

    chongqing housing 39 by owlmanjohnson on Flickr.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #chongqing housing  #growth  #china  #chinese  #residential  #building  #construction  #economy  #development  #urban planning  #city  #urbanism  #neighborhood 
    Outside Tianjin, the Chinese and Singaporean governments are building the environmentally friendly city known as Tianjin Eco-City. It is expected to house 350,000 residents.
IMG_1015 Tianjin Eco-city by Jordan Pouille on Flickr.

    Outside Tianjin, the Chinese and Singaporean governments are building the environmentally friendly city known as Tianjin Eco-City. It is expected to house 350,000 residents.

    IMG_1015 Tianjin Eco-city by Jordan Pouille on Flickr.

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #future  #global  #economy  #habitat  #tianjin  #eco-city  #master plan  #urban planning  #city  #model  #china  #growth  #environment  #sustainable  #chinese 
    A residential area including parks, cafes, schools etc is positioned to the northeast area of Stockholm. The masterplan is based on the winning proposal that Tovatt Architects and Planners submitted in 2003. We are presently designing three residential blocks for Svenska bostäder.
The U shaped building and ‘park’ blocks are placed between the areas central park and the small dock area at the northern extremity of the development. The buildings have a range of heights from 4 to 8 floor levels with a playful roofscape. 
Two buildings within the block will be built as ‘passive house’, eg requiring no heating energy other than passive solar heating, and heat generated from lighting and household electrical equipment. This places a high demand on the buildings insulation efficiency.

(via Housing Annedal)

    A residential area including parks, cafes, schools etc is positioned to the northeast area of Stockholm. The masterplan is based on the winning proposal that Tovatt Architects and Planners submitted in 2003. We are presently designing three residential blocks for Svenska bostäder.

    The U shaped building and ‘park’ blocks are placed between the areas central park and the small dock area at the northern extremity of the development. The buildings have a range of heights from 4 to 8 floor levels with a playful roofscape. 

    Two buildings within the block will be built as ‘passive house’, eg requiring no heating energy other than passive solar heating, and heat generated from lighting and household electrical equipment. This places a high demand on the buildings insulation efficiency.

    (via Housing Annedal)

    — 1 year ago with 3 notes
    #tovatt architecture  #annedal  #neighborhood development  #urban design  #green architecture  #sustainability  #housing  #residential  #mixed use  #stockholm  #sweden  #urban planning 
    French artist Armelle Caron explores in her playful series “Everything Tidy,” doing to cities what Ursus Wehrli does to art — deconstructing the familiar grid representations into “tidy” graphic anagrams of famous metropolises.

    French artist Armelle Caron explores in her playful series “Everything Tidy,” doing to cities what Ursus Wehrli does to art — deconstructing the familiar grid representations into “tidy” graphic anagrams of famous metropolises.

    — 1 year ago with 5 notes
    #artist  #city as subject  #city planning  #creativity  #art  #grid  #cities  #plan  #urban planning