These IBM ads double as benches & shelter from the rain
- Shauna Nep shared in Cities, Design and Smart Cities
IBM believes that city planning and design should have the citizens in mind. IBM’s “People For Smarter Cities” ads double as benches, ramps and shelter from the rain. The project aims to encourage ‘smarter thinking’ when it comes to coming up with solutions for the city. The ads also encourage people to share their ideas on how they can improve their neighborhood.
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These IBM ads double as benches & shelter from the rain

Shauna Nep shared in Cities, Design and Smart Cities

IBM believes that city planning and design should have the citizens in mind. IBM’s “People For Smarter Cities” ads double as benches, ramps and shelter from the rain. The project aims to encourage ‘smarter thinking’ when it comes to coming up with solutions for the city. The ads also encourage people to share their ideas on how they can improve their neighborhood.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective
Be Proactive. There’s much any city can do today. Even without sufficient budget or authorization from ‘senior levels’ of government, every city has a full menu of things that can be carried out immediately, generating positive momentum and goodwill. Business rewards the active entrepreneur, and the public desperately wants active cities. The rewards are great.  
Plan – Plan Right. All cities carry out master plans for their key services, long-term infrastructure needs, and land use planning. Before starting these plans, the end needs to be clear. They are guidance documents, aspirational, and ways to rally supporters and give fair hearing to opponents. But a plan, no matter how good, can never be seen as a finished product. Before starting the plan an agreement is needed that the city is moving forward on this issue: the plan is the vehicle to bring along as many supporters as possible and identify potential potholes and trouble en route. Like a city, good plans are living documents. 
Put First Things First. How many cities have we visited where they are building a new grand City Hall, yet much of the garbage still isn’t being collected or the water isn’t flowing? A city’s priorities should be basic services, professionalism and quality of staff, clear metrics, a reliable ongoing base budget, and nurturing a respectful two-way conversation with its residents. All great buildings need a solid foundation. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

  1. Be Proactive. There’s much any city can do today. Even without sufficient budget or authorization from ‘senior levels’ of government, every city has a full menu of things that can be carried out immediately, generating positive momentum and goodwill. Business rewards the active entrepreneur, and the public desperately wants active cities. The rewards are great. 
     
  2. Plan – Plan Right. All cities carry out master plans for their key services, long-term infrastructure needs, and land use planning. Before starting these plans, the end needs to be clear. They are guidance documents, aspirational, and ways to rally supporters and give fair hearing to opponents. But a plan, no matter how good, can never be seen as a finished product. Before starting the plan an agreement is needed that the city is moving forward on this issue: the plan is the vehicle to bring along as many supporters as possible and identify potential potholes and trouble en route. Like a city, good plans are living documents. 
  3. Put First Things First. How many cities have we visited where they are building a new grand City Hall, yet much of the garbage still isn’t being collected or the water isn’t flowing? A city’s priorities should be basic services, professionalism and quality of staff, clear metrics, a reliable ongoing base budget, and nurturing a respectful two-way conversation with its residents. All great buildings need a solid foundation. 
12 Floating Airports That Turn City Skylines and Rivers into Landing Strips | Gizmodo
Whether sitting atop the Hudson or drifting just above a skyscraper,  these conceptual floating airports put landing strips where they’re  needed most: in the middle of bustling metropoleis. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the best. Be sure to also check out these converted jets and jungle planes.

12 Floating Airports That Turn City Skylines and Rivers into Landing Strips | Gizmodo

Whether sitting atop the Hudson or drifting just above a skyscraper, these conceptual floating airports put landing strips where they’re needed most: in the middle of bustling metropoleis. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 of the best.
Be sure to also check out these converted jets and jungle planes.

Peter Calthorpe on ‘Resilient Cities: Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change’

From the California Academy of Sciences, via Fora TV:

This event is the second part of a two-part discussion featuring Bay Area architect and planner Peter Calthorpe, author of Sustainable Communities and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, discusses the aspects of a livable city.

Click here for part 1 featuring Timothy Beatley, author of Biophilic Cities and Resilient Cities. For more from Calthorpe check out his interview with Grist where he explains ‘Why urbanism is the cheapest, smartest way to fight climate change’.

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Tube City: A sustainable water-purifying city for Delhi

Tube City is a design for a 21 km long tube running over the Yamuna River in the city of Delhi. Conceived by Abhinay Sharma, the tube itself would be a living sustainable city with in-house farms and residential, commercial and office zones. A central metro spine and road network would keep the tube well connected, and the structure could also draw in water from the river for purification and consumption.

(via Ufahari)

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