Almost everybody knows it: over half the earth’s population now lives in cities. Therefore, there are challenges to tackle in order to reduce their inhabitants’ footprints. WWF has selected 33 of the most sustainable cities all over the world, that are positively changing their lifestyles and providing good solutions. Explore the website, share ideas and vote your favorite city.
Can City is about recycling, the informal economy of waste pickers in Brazil and handiwork. The street cart is a small portable foundry that melt soda cans with used-cooking oil to create objects like useful (silver) chairs. Made by Studio Swine.
Within the frame of Wienwoche 2013, the Austrian performance-collective wastecooking came up with a disruptive and uncommon proposal in opposition to the system of conventional supermarkets. It’s the wastecooking’s free supermarket, a food shop where everything is for free and anyone can enter. Under the motto “food is culture… don’t waste it, cook it”, the shop offered waste-diving tours in the neighbourhoods, a cooking campaign with food salvaged from the rubbish bin, a creative cooking device, tasty waste meals, performances and shelves of food, of course.
The inhabitants of the floating villages in Pursat Province (Cambodia) can now grow their own vegetables in Floating gardens, getting better their diet and consequently the health. All the credit goes to the Australian CoDesign Studio, working with two Cambodian organizations Agile Development Group and Rural Friends for Community Development.
As gentrification threatens to pave the labour identity of La Perseverancia neighbourhood in Bogotà (Colombia), for La Otra Bienal the Spanish Todo por la Praxis proposed an iconic site-specific intervention. It is a three dimensional sign with a slogan borrowed from the working-class movement, an observation tower over the city and a stage for events involving the community.
After three years of silent researches Enabling City has collected all the notes in a new book that continues the former investigations around social initiatives led by citizens. One thing is certain: “the power of place-based creative problem-solving is spreading into the suburbs, small towns, and diverse settlements of the world”.
Once upon a time there was a city named Groningen (The Netherlands), that was planned for car mobility. Then in 1970s a bike revolution started. Interesting video by Streetfilms city administrators should watch.
Inspired by the visionary Buckminster Fuller, Destination 1 is a temporary installation for Artscape in Baltimore (USA), celebrating the oneness of the human race. Designed by the students of the School of Architecture & Planning of Morgan State University under the supervision of Brian Grieb and Brian Stansbury, the structure provides a space for musical performances and improvisational social interaction.
Magic Carpet: Re-envisioning Community Space in Sai Ying Pun is a project led by the professor Hendrik Tieben, coordinating the team of the School of Architecture and the School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is more than an outdoor cinema because it aims at preserving the memory and the past of Sai Ying Pun, an area in the Western part of Hong Kong whìch is undergoing complete renewal. The students were in charge of shooting people’s interviews and creating documentaries to be broadcast in the street.
After this nice video by Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, there will be more green spots in between, happy neighbours, red organic tomatos, seeds&hoes and urban gardeners out there. Easier done than said.