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thisbigcity:

Nature effortlessly adapts to urbanization. So how can cities adapt to nature? 

URBAN BY NATURE - the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam - runs until August 24. Rotterdam’s Kunsthal and Natural History Museum host the main exhibition. 

More information here

Photos by Dimitris Sotiropoulos, Maarten Laupman and Marcello Fantuz.

(via urbnist)

pubhealth:

African American Health Disparities Compared to non-Hispanic Whites
(From Families USA)
African American Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites - See more at: http://familiesusa.org/product/african-american-health-disparities-compared-to-non-hispanic-whites#sthash.rWbSrbQx.dpuf
senjukannon:

dangerbabegang:

thecrustychicano:


GAZA UNDER ATTACK NOW.

192 notes?

important world update:
Gaza + Palestine are under attack by Israel, death toll currently at 27 :(
This has been a long and destructive period between Israel + Palestine. If anyone has any reliable sources to learn more about what’s going on at this current moment, please let me know

Goddammit.
The Guardian: Israel pounds Gaza with air and naval strikes in move against Hamas
Al Jazeera: Israel steps up deadly Gaza Strip offensive; at least 27 dead, 130 wounded
New York Times: Israel and Hamas Trade Attacks as Tension Rises
RTE News: Israel launches major offensive against Hamas
BBC: Israel ‘ready for escalation’ of Gaza conflict

senjukannon:

dangerbabegang:

thecrustychicano:

GAZA UNDER ATTACK NOW.

192 notes?

important world update:

Gaza + Palestine are under attack by Israel, death toll currently at 27 :(

This has been a long and destructive period between Israel + Palestine. If anyone has any reliable sources to learn more about what’s going on at this current moment, please let me know

Goddammit.

(via balanceiseverything)

Not a bad working view #DesignSprint #StartUp #SoMa  (at Wired)

Not a bad working view #DesignSprint #StartUp #SoMa (at Wired)

Stopped by the #GrandLake #FarmersMarket in #LakeMerritt after my morning run. Stocked up on some fresh ingredients for my homemade falafel tonight. #TotesOak (at Grand Lake Farmers Market)

Stopped by the #GrandLake #FarmersMarket in #LakeMerritt after my morning run. Stocked up on some fresh ingredients for my homemade falafel tonight. #TotesOak (at Grand Lake Farmers Market)

Happy #July4th y’all! #TotesOak #LakeMerritt  (at Lake Merritt, Oakland CA)

Happy #July4th y’all! #TotesOak #LakeMerritt (at Lake Merritt, Oakland CA)

postgraphics:

A study out of Cornell University says a dramatic uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma is likely attributable to the state’s hydraulic fracturing wells. See the graphic here.

postgraphics:

A study out of Cornell University says a dramatic uptick in earthquakes in Oklahoma is likely attributable to the state’s hydraulic fracturing wells. See the graphic here.

Haha. Pretty much sums up my frustrations.

Haha. Pretty much sums up my frustrations.

Preliminary renderings are up for Silverstein’s 520 West 41st Street via the project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement, which affirm the building’s status as one of the largest in Manhattan, given it will stand 1,100 feet tall. More impressive is the actual floor-count of approximately 106, which will surpass all other skyscrapers on the island.

The development’s scope is going to be a game-changer for the far West Side, and the massive injection of new retail space — totaling 300,000 square feet, if current plans are approved — would be a catalyst for walkability. The EIS notes that 520 West 41st Street will also include 175,000 square feet for corporate apartments, as well as 1.14 million square feet of residential space — split between 1,400 apartments — for a gross of 1.685 million square feet.

While the height of 520 West 41st Street will be impressive, the most notable aspect of the tower is its sheer size, which also presents a turning point New York development has long needed: as ‘supertall’ technology continues to advance, buildings of 1,000′+ will no longer be restricted to the uber-rich. This means that mass-market towers that cater toall demographics are on the near-horizon, yielding new opportunities for satiating demand, and constructing supply where it is most needed.

Indeed, 520 West 41st Street will have more units than the combined total of every other residential supertall either proposed or under construction in New York City. Even the project’s affordable component — which will total approximately 280 apartments — will have more units than projects like 432 Park Avenue and 217 West 57th Street.

While all-super-luxe skyscrapers are not a bad thing, the scope of Silverstein’s tower proves that 1,000′+ buildings can help solve the affordability crisis.

With approximately 106 levels, the ‘floor-count’ at 520 West 41st Street will be unprecedented amongst residential towers in the United States. The development will also have the most apartments of any building in New York City. Alternate visions for the site presented attractive and forward-thinking possibilities, but the EIS scoping documents push the kind of density and verticality that Manhattan sorely needs.

landscapearchitecturer:

The Agora Tower by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, known for their distinct eco-vision, designed this tower to be placed on the biggest, not to mention last, parcel of land for residential use in Taipei City, Taiwan. The twisting foliage-filled tower allows for a high-density space to exist that will also limit the ecologic footprint of the inhabitants. The aim of this building is to forge a symbiotic relationship between the urban dweller and nature.

parsonsadmission:

Visualizing the fastest mode of transport in major cities by YouAreHereMIT.

parsonsadmission:

Visualizing the fastest mode of transport in major cities by YouAreHereMIT.

dyatica:

Lower income households own fewer automobiles in Oakland, CA.

dyatica:

Lower income households own fewer automobiles in Oakland, CA.

Op-Ed: Oakland Needs Better Housing Policy to Lead Relief of the Bay Area's Housing Crunch

Robert Selna, a land use and real estate attorney, pens a letter to the editor arguing for Oakland to develop specific and aggressive housing development policies.

Selna’s premise: that “Oakland offers the best opportunity in the Bay Area for building much needed housing and for building it right - so that it is affordable to middle- and low-income residents.”

But while there’s some good news about Oakland’s current efforts, there are also some reasons to ask for more from policy makers. “The good news is that the City of Oakland is starting to implement smart-housing policies as development economics are reaching a point where it makes sense for investors, lenders and developers to choose Oakland over other options. Meanwhile, several affordable housing projects developed by nonprofits are under way.”

On the other hand, “so far, only one candidate for mayor in the coming November election - Mayor Jean Quan - has listed housing construction as a top priority. Even so, her plan is so vague as to be meaningless.”

As for recent policy changes, and what’s left to be done, according to Selna: “The city’s newly created area-specific plans (see box) are a great start. They give developers details: where and how high they can build housing, the allowed commercial uses, and architectural design guidelines.”

The article then goes on to list a few suggested modifications of the planning code and permitting process to further encourage development.

We’d be so less fragile
If we’re made from metal
And our hearts from iron
And our minds from steel
if we built an armour
For our tender bodies
Could we love each other
Would we strive to feel? (at Oyster Point Park)

We’d be so less fragile
If we’re made from metal
And our hearts from iron
And our minds from steel
if we built an armour
For our tender bodies
Could we love each other
Would we strive to feel? (at Oyster Point Park)