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Brian G. Dowling

Soulful Cities - A 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization - 3 views

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    Soulful Cities is a coalition of innovators, urban designers and social equity pioneers fostering cultural development in newly urbanized areas.
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http://newurbanmechanics.org/ - 0 views

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    New Urban Mechanics is a network of civic innovation offices. Across the network, we explore how new technology, designs and policies can strengthen the partnership between residents and government and significantly improve opportunity and experiences for all.
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Urban3 - 0 views

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    We help communities make better decisions through the understanding of data and design.
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URBN DSGN | In Pursuit of Better Cities. - 0 views

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    URBN DSGN is a collaboration between professionals and community leaders, doers and thinkers, and every day citizens. We function in pursuit of better cities.
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Urban Data Challenge: Zürich | San Francisco | Geneva | Urban Prototyping - 0 views

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    Designers, programmers, data scientists, and artists alike are invited to take up the challenge: merge and compare mobility data sets from three cities-San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich-and draw meaningful insights. Winning projects will showcase the power of open governmental data and facilitate the knowledge exchange between cities. Juried prizes include round-trip airfare to one of the participating cities and funding from Fusepool, the European / Swiss Datapool, for developing the project into an app.
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The Street Plans Collaborative - Better Streets, Better Places. New York Miami - 0 views

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    The Street Plans Collaborative is an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm. We strive to create high-quality public spaces, and believe that the key to reversing the harmfulmn effects of suburban sprawl is to promote compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. We thrive on working with our clients, partners, and other likeminded organizations to improve the quality and function of the built environment. We seek to increase the effectiveness of multi-modal transportation as a means to creating more competitive and sustainable 21st century towns and cities.
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State of Place™ - Urban Imprint - 0 views

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    Urban Imprint demystifies how interactions between the built environment and human activity impact economic, social and ecological value. Working with planning and real estate industry professionals, Urban Imprint then leverages that know-how to develop evidence-based sustainable planning, design, and development solutions.
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World Urban Forum Dialogues - 0 views

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    What is the World Urban Forum? The Forum has become the preeminent conference on all things urban. It brings together government ministers, mayors, diplomats, grassroots women's organizations, youth and slum dwellers groups, planners, engineers and architects, academics, and the private sector as partners working for better cities.
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MIT Senseable City Lab Facebook - 0 views

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    The MIT Senseable City Laboratory aims to investigate and anticipate how digital technologies are changing the way people live and their implications at the urban scale. Director Carlo Ratti founded the Senseable City Lab in 2004 within the City Design and Development group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, as well as in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. The Lab's mission states...See More
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Do great buildings make great cities? « The Melbourne Urbanist - 0 views

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    I like to think that in Melbourne a debate like the Zunz lecture would be couched in different terms. At the very least, the proposition might be something like "great urban design makes great cities" or, preferably, "great urban design makes a better city". They both recognise that it's not individual buildings that make a difference but the overall feel of the city. The latter also acknowledges that the physical environment is only one factor that contributes to making a city great.
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New Community Paradigms [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Cities for People - 1 views

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      In a "cold" economic climate better to make cities better cities than to build icons. 
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      Copenhagen and Melbourne are among cities seen as being highly livable. Most of the work was done in cold economic times.  Creating Public spaces can be the least expensive, quickest, the most visible with the greatest impact for the greatest number of people that a city can do.  Lyon did this in an economic downturn.   
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      Copenhagen had economic issues in 70's and still put money into streets to lift spirits of the community.  
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      "In this City everything will be done to invite people to walk and bicycle as much as possible in the course of their daily doings." Keyword inviting. 
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      5 times more people can move per hour on a bicycle track compared to a lane for cars.  
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      Copenhagen credits bicyclists with saving 90,000 tons of CO2 every year. 
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      'Bicyclists live longer" "Danes who bicycle to work every day reduce the risk of serious diseases 50%"
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      Cities become destination in their own right now merely someplace to do other things like shopping.  
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      Copenhagen Streets: Sidewalks, 2 proper bicycle lands, street trees, 2 lanes for 2 way traffic and a substantial median to facilitate crossing the street. "We do not have to think and act as 1960's traffic engineers for ever - times are changing and traffic engineers are by now much smarter"
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      Sidewalks and bicycle lanes are taken across sidestreets making the city more comfortable and people friendly!
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      Copehagen in its 2009 New Public Life Policy strove to the "WORLD'S FINEST CITY FOR PEOPLE" among the goals having everyone to walk 20% more by 2015!!!
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      Copenhagen is a city where bicycling has become incorporated as an efficient, citywide transportation system.
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      Bicycles are taken straight through the street crossings and the lanes are marked with blue.  Bicycle signals turn green 6 seconds before car signals.
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      In Copenhagen 27% drive a car to get to work, 33% use public transit, 5% walk and 37% ride a bicycle.
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      Between 1994 and 2004 Melbourne City Center saw increases in Pedestrian traffic on weekdays by over 40%, Pedestrian traffic in the evenings by over 100% and stationary activities by over 200 to 300%
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      "Compared to most other mindsets, Vancouver's thinking has been counterintuitive because we rank walking at the top of the list followed by bicycling, transit and goods movement. The auto is last.
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      People are looking for a Lively City, an Attractive City, a Safe City, a Sustainable City and a Healthy City.
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    The closing keynote at the Economist Conferences Event, "Creating tomorrow's liveable cities", presented byProfessor Jan Gehl, founding partner of Gehl Architects,Copenhagen. This video provides a good deal of information on the benefits bicycling and walking have on a livable community when integrated into the community landscape.
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BMW Guggenheim Lab - 1 views

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      A mobile laboratory studying the meaning of place. Related wiki post http://bit.ly/mXED5j 
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    The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to collect, conserve, and study the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships.
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BMW Guggenheim Lab Facebook - 0 views

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      The facebook page for BMW Guggenheim Lab. Warning don't Like this page go to the unannotated page. Related wiki page http://bit.ly/mXED5j
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    Open in New York City through October 16, 2011, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory, which will travel to nine major cities worldwide over six years. The BMW Guggenheim Lab addresses issues confronting urban life through free programs and public participation. Its goal is to experiment, explore new ideas, and ultimately create forward-thinking solutions for urban life.
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Project for Public Spaces Facebook - 0 views

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      Warning don't Like this page go to the unannotated page. Related wiki page http://bit.ly/mXED5j 
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    Facebook for Project for Public Spaces (PPS) a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
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Project for Public Spaces - Placemaking for Communities - 0 views

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      Creating public spaces helps to create community. Related wiki page http://bit.ly/mXED5j
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    Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
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