Re-thinking human relationships with water is critical for climate change adaptation. Waterfront cities have undertaken a range of initiatives to address sea-level rise and future water deficiency. Shaped like an upside-down umbrella, Tåsinge Plads, a public space in Copenhagen, uses clever landscaping and materials to both manage flood control and increase quality of life. The collaborative designs overcame restraints of traditional engieneering solutions. Would you agree that today’s complicated issues are better served by creative multidisciplinary approaches?
It is well-established that school design affects learning. Now, evidence is emerging that views and surrounding landscapes have big impacts too. The Dirt has a new article about a University of Illinois study that found green views led to better attentional functioning and stress recovery after short breaks from academic activities. For designers, architects and landscape architects, this suggests that designs and retrofits that maximize indoor views of trees and greenery enhance the learning environment and further support academic success.
Since it’s inception in 1999, vertical farming has developed from an experimental concept to a serious business opportunity that could enhance urban sustainability and resilience. Based on a simple concept of growing food where most people live, scientists and entrepreneurs have worked to reduce costs and overcome challenges. As City Metric writes, many issues have been resolved and discussions have moved on to more nuanced challenges. We may be on the verge of a major transformation in how we feed our cities.
At CoT, we’ve previously written about the health benefits of urban greenery, but could beautiful architecture have a similar effect? Researchers from the University of Warwick recently completed a study suggesting an attractive perspective, be it built or natural, has positive health effects. Strikingly, the crowdsourced results showed that photos garnering the best response often focused on built form, rather than nature. High quality citymaking, just what the doctor ordered?
Doctor’s are becoming more aware of the health benefits of urban nature, some are even prescribing time in green spaces for patients. We’ve written about this before, and now, CityLab has compiled a thorough review of the identified mental and physical health benefits resulting from exposure to urban nature. It seems that the future of health care… is green.
The City of Tel Aviv has taken the first steps to create a 60 acre park over a downtown segment of Israel’s busiest highway. The project, which is expected to be financed through increased building rights in the park’s vicinity, aims to breath new life into an area divided by a highway, without affecting mobility. As land prices in urban centres around the world rise, expect more projects like this.