cities

Why Design Now?: Eco-Laboratory


Why? Vertical farming is a new approach to fresh-food distribution that provides urban centers with healthy food grown within the controlled environment of a multistory building. Eco-Laboratory successfully merges a neighborhood market, dwelling units, a vocational training facility, and a sustainability educational center for the public into a financially viable downtown residential development.
Eco-Laboratory, vertical farm, urban, cities, environment, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Cooper-Hewitt: Cities for People


For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this revolutionary book, Cities for People, Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people.  
smithsonian, cooper-hewitt, National, design, museum, Jan Gehl, cities, Urbanism, Denmark, New York, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Food and Transportation: New Systems Approaches to Transforming Cities Sustainably


By the year 2050, about 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers with much less space and resources available to support the current personal automobile, sprawl, and highway infrastructure-focused transportation paradigm. Speakers Dickson Despommier, Dan Albert and Sue Zielinski will present their visions for the future of cities that include models for vertical farming and transportation alternatives.
transportation, food, smithsonian, cooper-hewitt, sustainability, dickson despommier, dan albert, sue zielinski, seamless transportation, connecting dots, connect dots, cities, trains, cars, vertical farming, black box, newark farm, panel, talk, long, public program

El Nuevo Mundo: The Landscape of Latino L.A.


An exhibition of color photographs taken by Camilo José Vergara documents Latino Los Angeles. Public art is vibrant, front yards are showrooms, and homes are filled with paintings of the mountain vistas and farm animals from immigrants' rural roots. Images of the Virgin of Guadalupe are omnipresent. Taken over the course of more than two decades, these photographs chronicles the development and visual culture of this urban community.
photography, Camilo José Vergara, Los Angeles, exhibitions, Urbanism, cities, latinos

Power Tools


It is time to rethink the significance of design in our urbanizing world. This is one of the many things that I have learned from communities linked to Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Design can be seen as a political tool to support the poor to bridge the divides that exist in cities in the Global South.
Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition, cities, urban, urbanization, Shack/Slum Dwellers International, SDI, Cape Town, South Africa, Philippi, informal, informal settlements, community, government, partnerships

A Tale of Three Peripheries


Rael Feliciano, Kai Liu and Jamila Jad have quite a few things in common. They each live at the rough edges of formal urban settlements.
Global Lives Project, Rael Feliciano, Kai Liu, Jamila Jad, cities, urban, formal settlements, edge, peripheries, neglect, São Paulo, Brazil, Chengdu, China, Shatila, Beirut, Lebanon, video, film, interviews, Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition

India’s Elastic Cities


By 2030, 40% of India's population will be urban-dwellers. That's 590 million people, up from 350 million in 2011, with the combination of internal migration and population growth placing serious stress on urban infrastructure.
cities, India, urban, local, vernacular, informal, economy, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, service, provider, wallah, community, elastic, adapt, adaptable, change

Design Exchanges


Design with the Other 90%: CITIES exhibition opened last week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to large crowds and international press. The exhibition’s location provides a unique opportunity to connect numerous stakeholders, including design professionals, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, academics, those in the public and private sector, and the general public.
Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition, United Nations, global, south, stakeholders, reciprocal, informal, settlements, exchange, population, cities, urban, urbanization

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES


The first exhibition in this series, Design for the Other 90%, sparked an international dialogue about how design could improve the lives of poor and marginalized communities around the world. Professional designers traditionally focused on 10% of the world’s population, but that has dramatically changed in this new millennium.
Design with the Other 90%: Cities, Exhibition, cities, urban, dialogue, international, marginalized, communities, problem solving, collaboration, cross-sector, affordable, solutions, emerging, technology, migration, informat settlements, Global Majority, participatory, local, innovative, knowledge sharing

New York, Sustainable City - Who Knew?


You may be surprised to learn that New York City is one of the most energy-efficient places in the United States, consuming a quarter of the national average in energy consumption and emitting a quarter of the national average of carbon dioxide, according to Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
New York City, NYC, sustainable, energy efficient, Energy efficiency, urban, cities, city, density, hyper-cities, panel