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Urban Homesteading

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Self-sufficiency in the city.

Homesteading is broadly defined as a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. The sustainable, back-to-the-land movement is gaining popularity in urban areas, where applicable rural homesteading elements are being applied to city living. In theory, most people are into the idea of producing everything needed for survival on one's own land. While this isn't realistic for most of......read more

A Sustainable Oasis in the Arabian Desert

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Norman Foster's visionary city rises outside Abu Dhabi.

When esteemed architecture firm Foster + Partners first unveiled its plans for Masdar, “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, it was dismissed by many as gimmicky, a Disneyland-ish attempt at sustainable planning. Well, the first phase of the Masdar development is complete, and the design's technical brilliance is dispelling those early critiques. Blending......read more

Christoph Gielen

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Otherworldly aerial photos of our built environment.

Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of suburban land use patterns provide a revealing perspective on the sprawl that dominates America's built landscape. Shot from a helicopter, the abstract and geometric patterns look almost otherworldly, forcing the viewer to evaluate the artificiality and unsustainability of suburban 'hoods and highway infrastructure. “With these pictures, I am......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-9-10

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Weekly links: Design lessons from the slums, BP's blame game, and sustainable troglodytes.

What can the world's poorest 'hoods teach us about city planning? Lots, according to architects and urban designers Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian. Grist discusses sustainable urban design lessons from the slums. It's a Tree Life: The first offline project from The Cool Hunter will feature tree homes designed by top architects from around the globe. The exhibition is slated to......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

Section 2 of NYC High Line Now Open

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New stretch of urban park opens just in time for summer

The second section of New York City's elevated urban park has officially opened to the public. Built on the disused elevated railroad running through Manhattan, the mile-long High Line is a marvelous example of reclaiming urban space for the greater (and greener) good of the city. The park and walkway, which was designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, runs from......read more

European Cities Curb Drivers

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Traffic planners restrain cars in favor of walking and public transit

While American cities tend to bend over backwards to accommodate vehicle traffic, cities in Europe are going the opposite direction, making planning changes that make it prohibitively annoying and expensive (if not downright illegal) to drive cars in the inner city. NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the traffic-tormenting situation in Europe: Cities including......read more

What Makes a City Sustainable?

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Planners need to acknowledge the history, geography and diversity of cities, says renowned urban thinker

We hear a lot about the "liveability" of cities. The Economist, Monocle, Business Week, all of them have their own an annual index of city liveability. But what about sustainability? What makes a city sustainable? In a recent interview, Harvard Professor Joan Busquets expounds on the idea. The former head planner of Barcelona says that cities are sustainable when natural geographic features......read more

The City 2.0: Winner of the 2012 TED Prize

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Innovation group challenges people to re-imagine the city of the future

More people are living in cities than ever before, and the global urbanization movement is showing no signs of slowing down. By 2008, the number of people living in cities surpassed the amount of people living in rural areas for the first time in history. In terms of sustainability, the inexorable urbanization trend poses both challenges and opportunities for a more eco-friendly......read more

Alex MacLean: Dwelling

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Thought-provoking aerial photos of suburban development in America

The always on-point team at Faith Is Torment reminded us about the work of Alex MacLean [previously], who has flown his own plane over much of the U.S. capturing aerial photos of man-modified landscapes, from agricultural patterns to city grids. Tapping into his background in architecture, MacLean's photo practice explores the relationship between the built and natural environments. For his......read more

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