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Nice Animation by D+R

If you guys are interested, I’d highly recommend checking out this video by D+R! Attached is an article, as well, discussing a little bit about the success of Liz Diller of D+R.

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Urban Resilience: Creating A Better Tomorrow

From 30,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking that a city has a pulse. On camera, time-lapse photography of the morning in-rush of traffic, followed by the evening exodus, looks like a beating heart. The road networks in and out of cities create constant streams of cars—they are the veins that transfer cars out to its extremities. Zoom out even further, and footage taken over a longer period reveals how the city grows as its borders expand. Its power network simulates the electrical pulses that race around a nervous system.

The further you zoom out, the more closely a city starts to resemble a living organism. But if our cities are living organisms, they are still pretty basic forms of life. They have no brain, and in most cases, no cognitive feedback loop as to what is happening around their organs (regions).

But is all of this about to change? The internet of things, sensors embedded in “intelligent” infrastructure and autonomous vehicles, holds promise of radical progress for the future of our cities. Is the birth of the smart city going to take this amoeba-like organism, struggling for survival at the bottom of a primordial lake, and move it into a sophisticated life form? If our cities are about to evolve from something that simply survives, into thinking, feeling entity that can self-regulate and self-modulate, we need to ask, what characteristics should these smart city “beings” have? What sort of intelligence do we want them to have; and what are the benefits of that? How will we ensure that the best characteristics will establish and grow and the others will be eliminated?Smart CityIt has been suggested that a smart city uses information technologies to:

  • Make more efficient use of physical infrastructure (roads, built environment and other physical assets) through artificial intelligence and data analytics to support a strong and healthy economic, social, cultural development.
  • Engage effectively with local people in local governance and decision by use of open innovation processes and e-participation, improving the collective intelligence of the city’s institutions through e-governance, with emphasis placed on citizen participation and co-design.
  • Learn, adapt and innovate and thereby respond more effectively and promptly to changing circumstances by improving the intelligence of the city.

Due to climate change’s increasing impacts, city leaders and officials will need to identify tactics and strategies to increase urban resiliency and the ability to adapt to changing conditions. Although the vision of a smart/eco-city remains fairly vague, there are several initiatives in progress to improve the quality of being serving as precedents.

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Tianjin Ribbon Park and Waterway Restoration

Tianjin’s Ribbon Park is the first soft-scaped, natural-edged restoration on the Haihe River in China’s arid north. The new 75-acre park (above) restores stormwater retention in order to clean the river, cool the Central Business District and provide refuge for residents and visitors among native plants, trees and walking paths. Ribbon Park is part of a national economic development plan is now attempting a green restoration on China’s vanishing waterways and adjacent polluted tidal flats. Tianjin’s Eco-City, being built by the Sino-Singaporean Development Corp. starting in 2008, is a nearby “new city” planned for 350,000 by 2020. The partially occupied development includes solar power, wind power, EV charging centers and a national smart grid pilot.


Low Carbon Future City / SBA Design

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