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UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition

08:00 - 9 March, 2019
UIA and TSEZ Seek to Revive Niemeyer’s Abandoned Tripoli Site through International Competition, Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)
Courtesy of International Union of Architects (UIA)

As part of Tripoli’s economic revival plan, the International Union of Architects (UIA), in collaboration with the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects (on behalf of the Tripoli Special Economic Zone / TSEZ), the Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR), and the Lebanese Government, have launched an international architecture competition to create a Knowledge and Innovation Center in the northern city of Lebanon.

The proposed site is situated on an empty lot within Oscar Niemeyer’s abandoned Rachid Karami International Fair, a modernist exhibition complex that has yet to see the light of restoration. The objective of the competition is to create a technology and business hub which will foster and promote start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, attracting students, young graduates, local and international companies to Tripoli and the neighboring region.

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Design Your Summer! UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design is Now Accepting Applications

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Design Your Summer! UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design is Now Accepting Applications, © David Schmitz
© David Schmitz

How do designers think? How do they visually communicate complex ideas? What strategies do they employ to make a positive impact on the built environment? How does design change the way people see and experience the world?

Another Historic NYC Building Bites the Dust

10:00 - 24 February, 2019
Another Historic NYC Building Bites the Dust, © Grand Hyatt
© Grand Hyatt

New York City has gained a reputation for its soaring towers thanks to unprecedented engineering technologies and New York’s air-rights policy, which permits developers to acquire neighboring unused airspace and construct large structures without any type of previous public review. But how are these super tall skyscrapers being accommodated? By replacing older existing structures. This out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new pattern comes as no surprise, as the “concrete jungle” is gradually being axed to make room for an even larger jungle.

Michelle Mlati's Afrofuturist Approach To Spatial Planning

07:00 - 15 February, 2019
Michelle Mlati's Afrofuturist Approach To Spatial Planning, Afrofuturist City. Image
Afrofuturist City. Image

With an academic background that includes social sciences, curatorship, and architecture, Michelle Mlati's trajectory is an interesting one; more so for the way her current work dabbles in these areas simultaneously.  

Describing herself as an afrofuturist critical spatial designer, Johannesburg-based Mlati’s practice investigates elements of the city, from sustainability through to social dynamics, architecture to aural and visual cultures.

OK Google, Let’s Talk Cities. All Things Urban London Meetup @ Google

05:00 - 31 January, 2019
OK Google, Let’s Talk Cities. All Things Urban London Meetup @ Google, © All Things Urban
© All Things Urban

All Things Urban London Meetup @ Google will bring together some of the coolest people in town to share their passion for urban innovation. Whether you’re an urban planner or a software engineer, a circular designer or a blockchain economist, join us at this multidisciplinary event to brainstorm the future of cities and urban professions.

To warm you up on this cold winter evening, we asked Michael Tymoff, Google's Mountain View Development Director, to give a remote talk from sunny California. Michael will tell how Google promotes urban innovation and plans to transform North Bayshore, a suburban office park, from a

The Eco-Friendly Floating Cities of the Future

07:30 - 18 January, 2019
The Eco-Friendly Floating Cities of the Future, Courtesy of URBAN POWER for Hvidovre municipality
Courtesy of URBAN POWER for Hvidovre municipality

As the world population grows, designers look to develop the seas. Architecture and planning firm, URBAN POWER strategically designed nine man-made islands off the southern coast of Copenhagen to combat many of the city’s impending challenges. The islets, called Holmene, address demands for tech space, fossil-free energy production, flood barriers, and even public recreation space.

How Urban Planning Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change

07:00 - 17 January, 2019
How Urban Planning Can Help Us Cope With Climate Change, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on earth. Image via Shutterstock
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on earth. Image via Shutterstock

Cities are hotter than surrounding areas because of a climate phenomena that is known as the urban heat island (UHI). While scientists have studied this effect for decades, new information has recently come to light that points to the way we arrange our cities as a key contributor to raised temperatures. The results could help city planners build our future cities better.

Open Call Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing'

15:29 - 17 December, 2018
Open Call Spring School 'Borders are for Crossing'

OPEN CALL - SPRING SCHOOL
‘Borders are for Crossing’
18—25 March, 2019

Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities

08:00 - 2 December, 2018
Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities, © Rodrigo Tagle
© Rodrigo Tagle

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Architecture is powerful, and like nuclear energy, it all depends on how it is used. While it can create uninhabitable municipalities, it can also create safer cities that improve quality of life.

In various examples, urban design has provided a response to deteriorated or abandoned public spaces. It has shown that distribution and lighting are essential, but that it is also necessary to consider who will be using the space and how to make it an environment that generates community.

Call for Submissions - Ground Up Journal Issue 08: HOME

06:12 - 21 November, 2018
Call for Submissions - Ground Up Journal Issue 08: HOME, Ground Up Journal Issue 08: HOME
Ground Up Journal Issue 08: HOME

Ground Up, the journal of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley, Issue 08 seeks entries that address the idea of HOME.

Serious Question: Should We Call Them Slums?

14:00 - 30 September, 2018
Serious Question: Should We Call Them Slums? , Guatemala City "favela" type housing near downtown. Image via Shutterstock
Guatemala City "favela" type housing near downtown. Image via Shutterstock

Slum. Shanty Town. Favela. Ghetto. Barrio Marginal. Bidonville. The list goes on. 

We have the foresight to understand and predict that demand for shelter in urban environments will continue to expand, perhaps indefinitely, but certainly until the highly-cited prediction that by 2050, more than two-thirds of the global population will live in cities. With this reality, is it time to reassess the way in which we talk about different forms of urbanization?

2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries Open

15:42 - 27 September, 2018
2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries Open, 2017 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists (Photo Credits on RBA Website)
2017 Rudy Bruner Award Medalists (Photo Credits on RBA Website)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) celebrates transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design and planning and showcase innovative thinking about American cities. One Gold Medal of $50,000 and four Silver Medals of $10,000 will be awarded. 

How Cities have Rebuilt from the Ashes

09:30 - 18 September, 2018
How Cities have Rebuilt from the Ashes, Image via PXHere
Image via PXHere

Every city has a story. Throughout history, many natural and man-made changes have altered the way cities were originally laid out. For some, the urban form developed as a result of political disputes, religious separations, or class divides. For others, a more mixed approach has allowed for uniquely mixed cultural atmospheres. And while development of cities is typically slow, occasionally cities experience dramatic and immediate changes to the urban fabric - the results of natural disaster, military conflict, or industrial catastrophe.

What happens next - if anything - can reveal a great deal about not just the city itself, but the local culture. Do cities rebuild exactly as they were? Or do they use disaster as an opportunity to reinvent themselves? The following is a roundup of cities that have moved past catastrophe to be reborn from the ashes.

Dresden - Now. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User Ingersoll Licensed Under Public Domain Dresden - Before. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User AndreasPraefcke CC BY 3.0 Berlin Reichstag. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User Fae Licensed Under Public Domain Lisbon. Image Courtesy of PIxabay + 42

Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities

13:22 - 10 September, 2018
Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities, Courtesy of European Cultural Centre
Courtesy of European Cultural Centre

The European Cultural Centre for the Exhibition “Time-Space-Existence” in context of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale is organizing its first conference under the title of: “ Shaping the City : A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities”. It includes all participating architectural schools and universities from across the globe in TSE 2018 along with other international institutions and architecture studios.

Mind the Gap: Minimizing Data Loss Between GIS and BIM

09:30 - 6 August, 2018
Mind the Gap: Minimizing Data Loss Between GIS and BIM, via Wikimedia. ImageDom Luis Bridge / Porto, Portugal
via Wikimedia. ImageDom Luis Bridge / Porto, Portugal

An unfortunate fact of the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry is that, between every stage of the process—from planning and design to construction and operations—critical data is lost.

The reality is, when you move data between phases of, say, the usable lifecycle of a bridge, you end up shuttling that data back and forth between software systems that recognize only their own data sets. The minute you translate that data, you reduce its richness and value. When a project stakeholder needs data from an earlier phase of the process, planners, designers, and engineers often have to manually re-create that information, resulting in unnecessary rework. 

50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know

09:30 - 28 June, 2018
50 Planning Terms & Concepts All Architects Should Know, Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan
Superkilen / Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan

As architects, we often use a niche set of words that are sometimes unnecessarily complex and confusing to our non-architect friends. In 2015 we compiled a list of these, ranging from “typology” to “Blobitecture.” Here we’ve rounded up 50 urban planning terms that might be a bit less familiar but just as important to know.

From weird portmanteaus such as “Boomburb” to cute-sounding acronyms such as "YIMBY", here is a fun A to Z in urban planning language that will make future collaboration easier.

reSITE 2018: ACCOMMODATE

03:00 - 25 May, 2018
reSITE 2018: ACCOMMODATE

Sou FujimotoMichel RojkindJeanne GangAssemble, MINI Living, Airbnb, WeWork/WeLive and OMA’s Reinier de Graaf are among the confirmed speakers at reSITE 2018 ACCOMMODATE, one of Europe’s top annual international forums showcasing top solutions for cities and attended by the region’s top design, business, and civic leaders, happening in Prague.

Open Call: Q City Plan—Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition

11:30 - 10 May, 2018
Open Call: Q City Plan—Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition,  “Q City Plan· Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition", image credited to UED magazine
“Q City Plan· Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition", image credited to UED magazine

“Q City Plan—Qinhuangdao International Student Design Competition" is now calling for entries from all university and college students worldwide who major in the fields such as urban planning, architecture design, landscape design, and artistic design, aiming to provide them a platform to show their talent based on the real built environment of Qinhuangdao as the foundation for their creation and inspiration. We hope to use this event to solicit creative ideas of microscopic renovation in public spaces and to find more possible paths for the regeneration of this famous port city of China in the future.