Co-creating the future of the city of Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Please check our website www.rdamsenieuwe.nl. We are a group of Rotterdam based young entrepreneurial people that co-created a vision of the future of the city of Rotterdam together with the city councel, the mayor and key stakeholders in the city. Now we are translating our vision into action and practical results.

The top 20 urban planning successes of all time

A fascinating post just appeared on the Public Servant Blog:  “The top 20 urban planning successes of all time.”  Written by “L.G.,” the list includes the following:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Billerica Garden Suburb, Massachusetts (“the country’s first garden suburb designed specifically for workers”)
  3. Camden Town, London (“There is no one age group, race, gender or socio-economic group that outnumbers another”)
  4. Chicago Boulevard System
  5. Eugene, Oregon (“plans to be carbon neutral with no waste by 2020”)
  6. Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
  7. Granville Island, Vancouver (“possibly the most successful urban redevelopment ever seen in North America”)
  8. Greensburg Sustainable Comprehensive Plan
  9. High Line
  10. Lijnbaan in Rotterdam (“the first purpose-built pedestrian street”)  
  11. Lower Garden District, New Orleans (“vehicles do not dominate this neighborhood”)
  12. Marimont, Ohio (“charming historic architecture, lush foliage, award-winning schools and friendly, community-minded residents”)
  13. Nine Square Plan, New Haven, Connecticut (“following the principles of ideal cities gleaned from the Bible”)
  14. Ponce Center City, Puerto Rico
  15. Sanibel Island, Florida (“nine major ecological zones”)
  16. South Livermore Valley Specific Plan, California (“3,229 acres under permanent agricultural easement”)
  17. Taos, Pueblo, New Mexico (“Possibly one of the earliest high-rise towns”)
  18. The Law of the Indies (“instructions for site selection and the layout and construction of new towns”)
  19. The Miami Valley (Ohio) Region’s Fair Share Housing Plan of 1970 (“the first ‘fair share’ housing plan in the nation”)
  20. The Plan of Philadelphia (“the first large American city to utilize the grid street pattern, to provide dedicated land exclusively for open green public squares”)
smarterplanet:

Visions of data - New Scientist
As new ways of analysing the world around us are developed, new ways to visualise that information are needed. The recent Eurovis Symposium, held in Berlin, brought together international researchers with new ideas about how to make data easier to interpret and act on.
This map shows a day of shipping traffic near Rotterdam, on the Netherlands coast. Software processes the continuous data ships feed to coastguards to show individual traces of each vessel. Darker traces signifiy slower speeds, and colour coding shows the density of traffic in different areas.  The sea lanes in the area can be clearly seen. Traffic is densest in the bottom right, very close to Rotterdam harbour.

smarterplanet:

Visions of data - New Scientist

As new ways of analysing the world around us are developed, new ways to visualise that information are needed. The recent Eurovis Symposium, held in Berlin, brought together international researchers with new ideas about how to make data easier to interpret and act on.

This map shows a day of shipping traffic near Rotterdam, on the Netherlands coast. Software processes the continuous data ships feed to coastguards to show individual traces of each vessel. Darker traces signifiy slower speeds, and colour coding shows the density of traffic in different areas.

The sea lanes in the area can be clearly seen. Traffic is densest in the bottom right, very close to Rotterdam harbour.