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AERIAL FUTURES: Newburgh Enclosures

09:30 - 9 May, 2019
AERIAL FUTURES: Newburgh Enclosures, Background Image - (c) Google Earth
Background Image - (c) Google Earth

Imagining New York Stewart International Airport as a catalyst for urban regeneration

AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension

15:00 - 16 April, 2019
AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension, AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension
AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension

A public event at Harvard GSD examines the lower sky as a site of mobility

Increasing congestion and advances in autonomous technology are set to transform how we move around our cities. Many are now looking to the sky — the third dimension — as an expansive space for new kinds of mobility. Autonomous flying vehicles, such as cargo drones and flying taxis, have the capacity to disrupt how we move goods and passengers around urban space. Responding to these real-world changes, AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension examines Urban Air Mobility (UAM), asking how scalable and on-demand UAM models could reduce road traffic, pollution, accidents and the strain on existing public transport networks. Within these opportunities are also challenges to overcome: noise, community acceptance, safety, cyber security and seamless integration with existing aircraft operations.

The First Complete Street in Sao Paulo has a 92% Approval Rating

12:00 - 26 January, 2019
The First Complete Street in Sao Paulo has a 92% Approval Rating, Rua Joel Carlos Borges, in Sao Paulo. Image: Pedro Mascaro/WRI Brasil
Rua Joel Carlos Borges, in Sao Paulo. Image: Pedro Mascaro/WRI Brasil

The implementation of a Complete Street is something to be celebrated. A Complete Street initiative is a clear indication that a city is striving for urban mobility and seeking a more democratic and safer use of space. Nevertheless, it is vital to measure the impact of these interventions when implementing future actions.

Joel Carlos Borges Street, the first Complete Street in São Paulo, underwent an evaluation two months after it was completed. The study revealed that 92% of its users approved of the project and believed that the changes were beneficial.

AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier

09:00 - 28 September, 2018
AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier, Copyright: The Tab
Copyright: The Tab

A public event will be held to kick off World Space Week at AIA Houston on the evening of Thursday, Oct 4 as part of the AERIAL FUTURES: The Next Frontier think tank taking place in Houston between Oct 4-5, 2018.

Expanding Houston’s reputation as Space City, USA, Ellington Airport’s conversion into the Houston Spaceport will reiterate the city’s role as a front-runner in the space race of the 21st Century. As the most urban-centered commercial spaceport to date – Houston Spaceport is within a 15-minute drive of the central business district – this development will serve as a detonator in

The Netherlands Unveils the World's First Recycled Plastic Bike Lane

06:00 - 23 September, 2018
The Netherlands Unveils the World's First Recycled Plastic Bike Lane, Cortesia de CicloVivo
Cortesia de CicloVivo

When it comes to sustainability, the Netherlands has always been at the forefront. In recent news, Zwolle, one of the country's "greenest cities," implemented the world's first bicycle lane composed of post-consumer waste that would normally be discarded or incinerated. 

To create the material, Zwolle used old, plastic bottles, festival beer cups, cosmetic packaging, and plastic furniture. Still, in the pilot phase, the bike path contains 70% recycled plastic in its 30-meter pathway. Although, the city hopes to create a bike path made entirely of recycled plastic in the future. 

Florian Marquet Proposes Modular Living Spaces with Full Autonomous Mobility

16:00 - 21 August, 2018
Florian Marquet Proposes Modular Living Spaces with Full Autonomous Mobility, the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet
the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet

Florian Marquet, an architect based in Shanghai, recently released a proposal to rethink urban life through autonomous mobile living spaces. Dubbed 'the org’, his project aims to reconsider the housing market's status quo and provide a more balanced model for urban living across ages. The modular system would respond to user needs with a range of programs, from green farming and kitchen units to flexible work areas and sleeping quarters. Made for easy fabrication, the units could be ordered instantly via an app.

the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet + 10

Norman Foster Foundation Urban Mobility Workshop

18:00 - 10 July, 2018
Norman Foster Foundation Urban Mobility Workshop, London in Year 2500 (Grey's Cigarette advertisement, 1920s)
London in Year 2500 (Grey's Cigarette advertisement, 1920s)

The Norman Foster Foundation is awarding scholarships to take part in the upcoming Urban Mobility workshop to be held at the Norman Foster Foundation headquarters in Madrid, Spain, 17–21 September 2018.

Since the end of the nineteenth century, and for most of the twentieth, monorails have captured the imagination and consistently featured in science fiction visions of the urban future. Aside from their Space Age imagery they are relatively inexpensive and quick to install when compared with the cost, time and disruption of making underground tunnels for subway systems. Surprisingly, there are relatively few examples in operation and those that do

AERIAL FUTURES: Constructed Landscapes

14:38 - 3 July, 2018
AERIAL FUTURES: Constructed Landscapes

A public event will be held at the Denver Art Museum on the evening of Thursday, July 19 between 6:00-8:00PM as part of the AERIAL FUTURES: Constructed Landscapes think tank taking place in Denver between July 19-20, 2018.

Transportation infrastructure is transforming Front Range mobility — whether that’s Denver International Airport’s (DEN) global hub status linking citizens to the world, or its pivotal role for intermodal regional connectivity. With focus shifting away from the car, Denver is fast becoming a laboratory for new modes of transportation. Over the last few decades, Denver’s population has increased dramatically, spurring interest in adopting

Call for Papers: TAW 2018 International Scientific Conference

17:01 - 17 January, 2018
Call for Papers: TAW 2018 International Scientific Conference

An integral and substantial component of TAW 2018, the International Scientific Conference aims at exploring contemporary research activities and design tactics that deal with the topic of co-habitation from different perspectives and within different fields of interest, directly or indirectly related to architecture, city, and landscape. Through the observation of different tactics adopted by researchers and professionals, the hope is to identify new research and design trajectories.

Call for Papers: TAW 2018 International Scientific Conference | Co-habitation Tactics I Imagining future spaces in architecture, city and landscape

12:32 - 17 January, 2018
Call for Papers: TAW 2018 International Scientific Conference | Co-habitation Tactics I Imagining future spaces in architecture, city and landscape, POLIS University
POLIS University

The International Scientific Conference aims at exploring contemporary research activities and design tactics that deal with the topic of co-habitation from different perspectives and within different fields of interest, directly or indirectly related to architecture, city, and landscape.

Clearing The Mind: Björk Explains Walking's Benefits For Mental Health And The Creative Process

06:00 - 15 August, 2017
Clearing The Mind: Björk Explains Walking's Benefits For Mental Health And The Creative Process, Bjork in concert in México. Image © A.maldon [Wikipedia], liscenced  CC BY-SA 4.0
Bjork in concert in México. Image © A.maldon [Wikipedia], liscenced CC BY-SA 4.0

Clay Cockrell, a psychotherapist from New York (where there are so many psychotherapists that they could have their own neighborhood) takes her sessions outdoors. These sessions specifically entail walking, in places like Central Park or Battery Park, or wherever else the client prefers to go, as the location of the consultation is totally flexible. Though her method and fees are relatively similar to any other psychotherapist, the one marked difference is the environment in which the doctor-patient interaction takes place. The typical sofa, leather chair, Persian rug and prop library are all replaced with the street´s pavement, gravel or the park where the patient chooses to go.

Walking is much more than covering a certain distance by foot. It is also one of the most basic tools to achieve what is commonly referred to as “clearing the mind.” Walking is a free resource, easily accessible and almost always available, and facilitates the return to a calmer world where the mind can make connections free of interferences with the body, and the body, in turn, can connect with the ground that it walks on and the environment it is surrounded by.

A Triangulated Ramp Made For People With Reduced Mobility In Mind

08:00 - 12 May, 2017
A Triangulated Ramp Made For People With Reduced Mobility In Mind, © Micael Löfgren
© Micael Löfgren

© Micael Löfgren © Micael Löfgren © Micael Löfgren © Micael Löfgren + 27

The geometric design from Lab for Planning and Architecture for the Municipality of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain is a morphological response that conditions Julio Navarro's and Roque Díaz's swimming pools allowing adequate movement of people with reduced mobility.

The project is a path of stairs and ramps with a triangular design that integrates with the surrounding landscape; the materiality and the constructive details are adapted to the different needs and natural conditions of the land. 

The Worlds Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China

16:00 - 12 March, 2017

This month, in the city of Xiamen, China's first elevated cycling path was inaugurated. At nearly 8 kilometers long, the structure is now the world's longest elevated cycling path.

The construction of this exclusive cycling path was promoted by the Xiamen City Government to provide inhabitants with a new sustainable transportation alternative that could significantly reduce vehicular traffic on the city's already congested highways. 

The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities

08:00 - 5 December, 2016
The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities, New York, USA. Image © Flickr User: Jeffrey Zeldman. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
New York, USA. Image © Flickr User: Jeffrey Zeldman. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Over the last few years, the way Americans move around has changed remarkably, especially among young people. Previously the automobile was people’s preferred, if not the only, option. Now they are choosing to walk, bike, or use public transport according to recent studies.

This difference in preferred transportation methods has generated many benefits not only for residents but also for cities, in both economic and social terms. 

URBAN FUTURE Global Conference

08:30 - 9 February, 2016
URBAN FUTURE Global Conference

URBAN FUTURE is a unique networking platform for city changers around the world - for people that provide sustainable change in cities with their ideas and their engagement. At the centre will be an open, critical exchange of experiences and learning in the area of sustainable city development.

In 40 sessions about the four core themes mobility, city planning, communication and resource preservation, the city changers will exchange their thoughts on such varied subjects as bicycle friendliness, regulations for sustainable buildings and digitalisation in cities.

News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory

19:30 - 27 October, 2015
News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory, The Mobile Agora from the "News from Nowhere" exhibition. Image by Urban-Think Tank at ETH Zürich
The Mobile Agora from the "News from Nowhere" exhibition. Image by Urban-Think Tank at ETH Zürich

The Korean artists, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho have teamed up with the design collective, Urban-Think Tank, based at ETH Zürich, to launch the newest version of the ongoing project, “News from Nowhere.” Past versions have appeared in documenta (13) in Kassel and the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2013. The “News from Nowhere: Zürich Laboratory” establishes an interdisciplinary and participatory platform to discuss the urgent social, political and economic issues. Located in the Migros Museum for Gegenwartskunst, the “News from Nowhere” exhibition brings together artists, architects, designers, scientists, and documentarians in order to discuss issues facing contemporary society. 

Before & After: 30 Photos that Prove the Power of Designing with Pedestrians in Mind

16:00 - 4 September, 2015
Before & After: 30 Photos that Prove the Power of Designing with Pedestrians in Mind, Padre Alonso de Ovalle, Santiago, Chile. Image Courtesy of Urb-I
Padre Alonso de Ovalle, Santiago, Chile. Image Courtesy of Urb-I

Providing more public space for pedestrians is one of the main goals of urban renewal projects taking place in cities around the world. 

By planting more trees, implementing more sidewalks and bike paths and establishing new seating areas, it is possible to design more welcoming places with less traffic congestion and that promote sustainable methods of transportation, such as walking or biking. 

With the aim of publicizing urban renewal projects that have made cities more pedestrian friendly, Brazilian group Urb-I launched the “Before/After” project, which compiles before and after photos that show how cities have redistributed their public space.

The project is collaborative so that anyone can use Google Street View, or another similar tool, to raise awareness of the changes taking place in their cities.

Read on to see the transformed spaces. 

VIDEO: Raising the Bar in Desk Design

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

It seems to be part of the architect's daily life: hunching over drawing or model making, uncomfortably crouching to try get that perfect shot through your 1:100 model. Javier Cuñado, designer at Actiu, has tackled these perennial problems with Mobility, a desk that ascends or descends according to your needs. Available in an architect's range of colours - black, white or with an aluminium finish - this stylish desk is an investment your back will thank you for. Learn more in the video above and check out images after the break.