Could a grid of giant filters help clean up Delhi’s polluted air?

Dubai-based architecture studio Znera has developed a concept for a network of towers that would absorb smog. Photograph: Znera/World Architecture Festival

 

Thinking big in the fight against smog, architects have designed 100m-high pollution-absorbing towers for India’s capital city

The Indian capital regularly tops lists of the most polluted cities on earth and its residents even refer to the months when a confluence of events – crop burning, no rain, fireworks – leads to low visibility and breathability as “smog season”.

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Stockholm’s revamped ArkDes centre champions design’s role in public life

New exhibition and project space put spotlight on civic activism and emerging voices

Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, ArkDes, has long been overlooked, tucked at the back of Stockholm’s mighty Moderna Museet. Until recently, the centre’s future was uncertain, but its British-born director is now making changes to the building and programme that aim to put it at the forefront of national debates.

The Boxen gallery at the Modern Museet will have displays of radical new design. Photo: Johan Dehlin, courtesy of ArkDes

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Why cities should learn from nature : The case for biomimicry | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

by Lisa Novacek

Shannon Royden

Can cities learn from nature? Shannon Royden-Turner unpacks the principles of biomimicry as a way to effectively and sustainably move cities forward.

“We’re stuck in a paradigm of not even realizing we’re part of nature” states Shannon Royden Turner, director at Actuality (formally know as in/formal south) during an interview in her Cape Town office on Long Street. With over 15 years of experience, Shannon’s works with local & provincial government, community members, community leaders, NGOs and corporate organisations to uncover solutions that consider the interrelationship between complex components of cities.

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These HyperCells Can Move, ‘Think,’ and Build Cities on Their Own

A team of students created an architectural system that can move, shape-shift, and make decisions on what structures to build based on its analysis of local data. The students hope the system will replace current urban planning practices.

A team of students from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London has developed a cellular self-assembly system that can be molded based on necessity and restructured as needed.

These “HyperCells” can form into structures on their own and have the ability to climb, roll, and alter in shape to suit the needs of whatever architectural system they’re used to assemble

 

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Ad-free art on the underground: Düsseldorf’s ‘pure’ new metro line

Geometric shapes, projections of planets, LED walls … Germany’s first art on the underground project is an ambitious collaboration between artists, engineers and architects

Giovanna Dunmall

The U-Bahn station Heinrich-Heine-Allee

It was an unusual project,” says Berlin-based artist Heike Klussmann, a lead designer of the new U-Bahn line, which opens on Saturday in the German city of Düsseldorf. Fifteen years in the making, the Wehrhahn metro line consists of six new stations running east to west beneath the city centre, collaboratively designed by architects, artists and engineers. “Normally the construction part happens first and then the artists are commissioned. Here the architects, artists and engineers worked together from the beginning,” she says.

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La sfida di Singapore per trasformare un’ex linea ferroviaria in un parco

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The UK big data project playing Moneyball to build smarter cities

by Katie Allen

big bang data

The Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House in London. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

When London’s Soho was hit by a cholera outbreak in the summer of 1854 it took a maverick to pinpoint the cause and come up with a way to contain it.

Doctor John Snow rejected the established belief that cholera was airborne and he set out to disprove the miasma – or “bad air” – theory by plotting cases on a map. The physician’s findings proved his theory that the disease was in fact being spread through contaminated water. He traced the outbreak back to a water pump.

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Smart cities nel mondo, i driver principali per il 2016

Internet delle Cose, mobilità sostenibile, autostrade dell’informazione, sharing economy, crowdsourcing: ecco i fattori chiave per lo sviluppo delle città intelligenti durante il prossimo anno secondo IDC. Il 90% delle città globali, nel 2016, farà uso di big data, droni, sensori, servizi M2M e soluzioni IoT.

di Flavio Fabbri

Smart city

Cercare di immaginare cosa potrebbe accadere nel panorama mondiale delle città intelligenti, nei prossimi anni, serve per fornire informazioni utili alle amministrazioni pubbliche, le aziende e le semplici associazioni di cittadini nel processo di innovazione degli ambienti urbani, nel miglioramento della qualità della vita di chi ci abita e nella promozione di nuovi modelli di business rispettosi dell’ambiente e basati su soluzioni di efficienza energetica.

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