What should happen to worn out buildings? Should they be refurbished or demolished to make way for a new design? Questions like these often come up in situations of regeneration, such as in Belfast with the redevelopment of University of Ulster.
The University of Ulster is currently situated in Belfast, but there are also campuses in Jordanstown, Coleraine, and Magee, each with different facilities to accommodate different courses. The plan for the regeneration is to enlarge the Belfast Campus, and relocate most of the near Jordanstowns students to this new campus.
Photograph of the Old University of Ulster[...]
In Colombia, since the beginning of the twentieth century, when one spoke about moving to la gran ciudad (“the great city”), one always referred to Bogotá. This process of migration was historically viewed as a last resort: in a country rich in natural resources, moving to the city was considered a treason to the national ideal of rural communities "working for peace."
That concept echoed the American ideal projected by Thomas Jefferson in his famous quote: "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
In the first half of the century 70% of Colombians liv[...]
San Francisco, California is a city that fosters new ideas while maintaining its unique neighborhood culture. While this mentality may seem odd, especially to those who have never been to the City by the Bay, it has also brought beautiful ideas to life. One such example is Proxy, a temporary two-block project that was intended as a space-filler until a more permanent development could occupy the site.Located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood, Proxy hosts numerous vendors, ranging from cafes to retail to a fitness group. Envelope A+D, a creative design firm that looks at new ways of using space and living, designed the site. Most of the businesses [...]
I must admit that like others, I really enjoy the photo coverage done by Jean Cazes. He walks all over the neighborhood of Limoilou, camera in hand, and uses photography to tell us about his changing neighborhood, and everyday things that escape our attention. However, it is not Jean who will be the subject of this article, but rather, his recent photographic experience with the eco-neighborhood of Estimauville’s early stages of development, which made me reflect on the issue.
My first thought: it is sad to see the eco-neighborhood taking shape without any “eco-neighborhood” developing along with it! If[...]
Growing up in Mahtomedi, MN, White Bear Lake had a stronghold in my life. As a child, my nanny would take me there to learn to swim. Growing older, it became the location of my friend’s biking and summer adventures. Although this lake is typically considered one of the deepest, largest, and cleanest in the Twin Cities, over the past decade, the lake has been on a steady decline. And while precipitation has remained consistent over a thirty year period, in November 2012, the White Bear Lake Restoration Association declared that White Bear Lake reached a historic all time low. The lake is now over five feet lower than average, and said to have a quarter of its volume si[...]
The property now encompassing the Benziger Family Winery was once the site of an outrageous experiment to create a cabernet-infused marijuana strain called “Sonoma Coma.” Although the pot production ceased once the property was sold to the Benzigers, the 1970’s vibe of health, harmony, and environmental philosophy continues under its new ownership. The Benziger family’s commitment to biodynamic farming has rocked the world of wine-making, and made Benziger a leader in sustainable agriculture.
Biodynamic farming is an environmentally-holistic approach to agriculture, and operates on the bel[...]
A Place for Sustainable Living hosted Festival of the Commons, a neighborhood place-making block party in the Golden Gate District of Oakland on November 9, 2013. This celebration on about three blocks of closed-off streets, featured multiple on-going projects open for public involvement such as urban garden installations, up-cycling recycled materials into the building of public mud-packed cob bulletin boards and benches and various public art projects to name a few.
Other participatory activities included workshops for Tai Chi, juggling, lasso[...]
In mid-2008, DST Systems planned to construct a rain garden at 18th and Broadway, in the historic Crossroads Art District just south of downtown Kansas City, MO. Partnering with 360 Architecture, the plans evolved to showcase the sustainability of living spaces and green practices, transforming a vacant lot into a self-resourceful and reliant innovative urban community garden complete with solar power, storm water management and recycling systems and engagement of the local community.
Presently, this half acre land feeds around forty people a day, with provisions of redirecting rainwater for [...]
Since the 1960's, the city of Pittsburgh has been one of the largest centers for historic preservation in any city in America. The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation was created in 1964 and has awarded over 500 historic plaques, designated twelve historic districts, and named 90 historic structures for preservation across the city limits. These include everything from tall structures, such as the Cathedral of Learning; to historic bridges crossing the rivers, such as Smithfield Street Bridge; to small houses which are still lived in today. A list of these buildings can be found here. The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation does mor[...]
Parks have always been considered as green spaces for recreational use. Lately, urban planning policies have been expanding their definition by providing significant attention to different types of green spaces across the city - and their functionalities.
“The Rural Park of South Milan," also known as “Parco Sud,” is an example of how diverse a park can be. It was designed with the purpose of preserving, safeguarding, and enhancing the natural and historical heritage from the expansion of the city. The park is a large protected rural area located on the southwest part of the Milan Urban Region. Established in 1990, it is 47,000 h[...]
Last week, Global Site Plan’s The Grid co-hosted a TweetChat with The Green Lane Project about implementing bike infrastructure in cities. Over forty bike-enthusiasts joined us to share their wisdom on the topic. What came about was a fast-paced, hour-long discussion that revealed five major trends within the bicycle advocacy movement.
1) Cities Must Have the Will to Changehttps://twitter.com/GreenLaneProj/statuses/403254418503897088
Cities must show they are serious about becoming bicycle friendly. That commitment to change comes from several areas, as listed in the tweet above. Some of our partici[...]
To reduce Grand Paris to metro and train lines is to forget the demands for integration made by neighborhoods, and also solidarity with our less affluent fellow citizens. It ignores the imperative to conduct urban planning, and it is also an assault against residents. All of this is summarized in a twenty page report given to the President of France by the architect Michel Cantal-Dupart. It is entitled “Vivre un grand Paris,” or “Long Live a Great Paris.”
Michel Cantal-Dupart is alarmed. We are in the process of renouncing our “French genius,” which resides in the art of making cities. Paris, London, and St[...]
“Take good care of the people and the precious life between the buildings,” Gehl’s original message has been little altered after being updated, revised, and translated into 15 languages. First publish[...]
The Netherlands has one of the most unique affordable housing programs in Europe. Affordable housing, which roughly translates to social housing (Sociale Huurwoningen) represents nearly 80% of the Dutch rental housing units. This portion accounts for about 33% of the current total housing stock.
Affordable housing in The Netherlands is considered a right rather than a privilege. Heavy regulations and subsidies have therefore made it virtually open to all Dutch citizens without income-based segregation, as per the 1901 Dutch housing act (Woningwet). This situation has, however, changed recently. In 2010, a European Commission decision re[...]