New York City is getting a new beach! "The area — 11,000 square feet at low tide — will feature sand, terraced seating, a kayak launch, a spot for fishing, tree-lined walkways and concession stands, all just minutes from Wall Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge."via NYC to build Brooklyn Bridge Beach along East River

New York City is getting a new beach!

"The area — 11,000 square feet at low tide — will feature sand, terraced seating, a kayak launch, a spot for fishing, tree-lined walkways and concession stands, all just minutes from Wall Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge."

via NYC to build Brooklyn Bridge Beach along East River

Street artist Thomas “Dambo” Winther’s Happy City Birds project is upcycling trash into birdhouses for natures little recyclers. 
“Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow.”
(via Artists Takes Trash to New Heights as Habitat for Urban Birds : TreeHugger)

Street artist Thomas “Dambo” Winther’s Happy City Birds project is upcycling trash into birdhouses for natures little recyclers. 

“Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciate this. They eat old food, fruits, berries, and nuts lying about. In that way, they help to clean and distribute seeds around our cities, so new plants can grow.”

(via Artists Takes Trash to New Heights as Habitat for Urban Birds : TreeHugger)

climateadaptation

climateadaptation:

PBS NewsHour coverage of cities and climate change was solid. Have a listen to Calpthorpe discuss how planning and design can help cities prepare for climate impacts.

This week on the NewsHour we have been looking at how the urban heat island effect and climate change turn up the thermostat on U.S. cities, and how places like Chicago are trying to cool off with greener infrastructure.

Peter Calthorpe, urban designer and author of “Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change”, has worked on some of the biggest urban design projects in the United States over the last 20 years, in places including Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and post-hurricane southern Louisiana. He said the best thing cities can do to keep cool is plant trees.

“It’s that simple.” Calthorpe said. “Yeah, you can do white roofs and green roofs … but believe me, it’s that street canopy that makes all the difference.”

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Urban Designer Peter Calthorpe on Making Greener Cities - PBS Newshour

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/10/key-to-a-cool-city-its-in-the-trees.html

Thanks for sharing. Good stuff.

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With millions of rickshaws on the road worldwide (there are over 100 millionmotorized rickshaws in Asia alone), it’s no surprise that they can range from the high-tech hybrids to the more basic pedal-powered types. Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who also designed this intriguing hand-woven, bamboo concept car, undertook the task of redesigning the bicycle rickshaw into something much more refreshing for urban roads.
(via Reinvented Retro-Style Bicycle Rickshaw Gets ‘Round : TreeHugger)

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With millions of rickshaws on the road worldwide (there are over 100 millionmotorized rickshaws in Asia alone), it’s no surprise that they can range from the high-tech hybrids to the more basic pedal-powered types. Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who also designed this intriguing hand-woven, bamboo concept car, undertook the task of redesigning the bicycle rickshaw into something much more refreshing for urban roads.

(via Reinvented Retro-Style Bicycle Rickshaw Gets ‘Round : TreeHugger)

Architecture for Humanity Chicago helps improve food access and eating habits in inner-city areas by buying up an old Chicago Transit Authority bus and retrofitting it into a single-aisle grocery store. Dubbed the Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market, it travels through the Windy City’s “food deserts,” selling fresh produce and offering classes on cooking and nutrition.
See more smart ideas for fixing cities: 12 Innovative Ways to Rethink Our Cities. 

Architecture for Humanity Chicago helps improve food access and eating habits in inner-city areas by buying up an old Chicago Transit Authority bus and retrofitting it into a single-aisle grocery store. Dubbed the Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market, it travels through the Windy City’s “food deserts,” selling fresh produce and offering classes on cooking and nutrition.

See more smart ideas for fixing cities: 12 Innovative Ways to Rethink Our Cities. 

As part of Singapore’s masterplan to develop its Marina Bay area, these towering eighteen ‘Supertrees’ take vertical greenery a step further, integrating over 226,000 plants consisting of over 200 species with a host of other functions, like solar power and solar hot water generation, rainwater collection and acting as ventilation towers for the horticultural conservatories below.Read more and see more pics here: Huge Biomimetic ‘Supertrees’ Taking Root on Singapore’s Waterfront (Video)

As part of Singapore’s masterplan to develop its Marina Bay area, these towering eighteen ‘Supertrees’ take vertical greenery a step further, integrating over 226,000 plants consisting of over 200 species with a host of other functions, like solar power and solar hot water generation, rainwater collection and acting as ventilation towers for the horticultural conservatories below.

Read more and see more pics here: Huge Biomimetic ‘Supertrees’ Taking Root on Singapore’s Waterfront (Video)