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New Songdo City : U-City

October 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 6 Comments »

New Songdo City, a man-made island being privately developed from the ground up by Gale International and POSCO E&C, is gaining much attention due to its contemporary nature and its willingness to experiment with ubiquitous technology from phase 1 to its completion of phase 5 in 2014. Dubbed ‘the Hong Kong of the 21st century’ or ‘Ubiquitous City’, the South Korean government’s scheme to attract multinational corporations with technology and a ‘Free Economic Zone’ will surely be something to watch.

via WorldChanging | wmmna | NYT

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Real-Time Mobile Landscape

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Digital Derive, by senseable city lab, taps into the social network of the ubiquitous cell phone in Graz, Austria. The density of cellphone calls, origins and destinations of the calls, and position of users are tracked anonymously in real time, visualizing the organism that social networks of communications are any moment.

Thanks, EZCT.

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Urban Nomad Shelter

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mapping, Products, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 7 Comments »

Urban Nomad Shelter, designed by Cameron McNall and Damon Seeley of Electroland, acts as both a “humanitarian act and as a social provocation.” The neon colored inflatable shelters stand as beacons or plot points as they are scattered across a landscape, commodifying and exhibiting those whom are often neglected. [I.D. Magazine 51’s Annual Design Review (Winner, Concept category)]

See also Michael Rakowitz’s paraSITE.

via wmmna


denCity

August 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

denCity.net meshes physical locations in a virtual network of nodes. The project takes its que from the expanding use of cellphone cameras as barcode readers as users not only read existing barcodes, but place custom encoded barcodes into physical locations. These tagged locations are then store in a database allowing users to play with the territorialisation and re-appropriation of public spaces.


Sustainable House of the Future Runs on Spinach

August 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Future, Sustainability, Technology, Urbanism | 21 Comments »

The winning entry to the Cradle to Cradle C2C Home Competition is an incredible single family dwelling by Matthew Coates and Tim Meldrum that goes right to the core fundamentals of the Cradle to Cradle principles. Not only does the building run a photosynthetic and phototropic skin made with spinach protein, but it also produces more energy than a single family’s needs, allowing the excess to be distributed to neighbors. This radical shift, from centralized energy systems today, fosters community interdependence as neighbors benefit from the resources of others.


Lifestraw

August 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Fabrication Tech, Health, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 20 Comments »

Lifestraw is a $2 water filtration device contained in a straw currently under development by Torben Vestergaard Frandsen, Rob Fleuren and Moshe Frommer. The straw is composed of two textile filters and iodine impregnated beads. There are several similar devices on the market like the Frontier™ Emergency Water Filter System , but none as efficient or with profoundly world changing potential as the Lifestraw.

Thanks, Pete.


GAs for Water Systems Optimization

August 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Programming, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Optimatics has conducted over 80 genetic algorithm studies to optimize passage and flow of water through cities, towns and new urban developments world wide. The company returns results in less time and claims 20%-30% savings over simulation-only solutions. [case studies] [article]

via IlliGAL


Manhattan Air Flow Mapping

August 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mapping, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

Urban Dispersion Program‘s 180 “tracer” boxes and 6 vans have been/are tracking air flow patterns of deliberately released harmless gas in NYC to create a computer simulated model in preparation for chemical attacks. [real-time VRML simulation (West Village)] [gallery]

via Wired


Cities, Satellites and Weather

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Health, Mapping, Science, Urbanism | No Comments »



Just how does society’s desire to live in densely populated areas have the potential to change our Earth’s climate? According to a new paper, satellites can help us answer that question.

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Augmented reality brings maps to life

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Mapping, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Researchers Tom Drummond, Gerhard Reitmayr and Ethan Eade, at Cambridge University, UK, developed the system, which augments an ordinary tabletop map with additional information by projecting it onto the map’s surface.[Augmented Maps] [video]

via NS