Chicago from the 96th Floor [4608x3456] [OC]
Data showing changes in employment within, culture, media and sport industries - reflecting patterns in gentrification across London.
In the Netherlands, flood prevention is a key part of urban design. But when there isn’t a flood, there’s better use for the water collection infrastructure.
With room for basketball, skate-boarding, or just relaxing, the Watersquare Benthemplein also serves as a collection area for rain water. The square has two smaller basins that collect run-off from a nearby area, including building rooftops. A third, larger basin takes water from a wider area. The Watersquare can take on 450,000 gallons, or about 8,500 bathtubs. Eventually, the water drains into the ground or into a canal close-by.
The area was previously an “austere post-war modernist space” with little for people to do. The locals wanted more facilities, and the bonus of flood protection allowed officials to justify the investment.
Florian Boer, the founder of the De Urbanisten design firm who designed the square, asserts that there is an educational benefit as well. ”When infrastructure becomes invisible, there’s a risk that people don’t see it as a problem. They don’t understand how much money gets spent on these things. We said ‘let’s make it closer to people in some way’,” he says.
The designer’s website: http://www.urbanisten.nl/wp/?portfolio=waterplein-benthemplein
Gentrification transforming face of Oakland.
"The housing market conditions are completely out of control, with no real accountability to the people who are being displaced," said Robbie Clark of Causa Justa. “These stark rent increases, people being forced to move far away and commute longer — these are not signs of healthy communities.
The Causa Justa report emphasized that government and the public need to do more to keep low-income people in their homes so they can enjoy the benefits of gentrification without being displaced. Stricter rent control and anti-foreclosure laws, more affordable housing and greater public input in planning decisions would help, the report said.
"It’s true, I’m beginning to see white people in (deep East Oakland). … The only reason it hasn’t happened sooner is because we have six shootings a day around here," she said. "The question is not whether this change is good or bad. It’s how do we find a balance, and how do we start the conversation?”
read more: sfgate, 09.04.14.
Tallahassee is getting a startup incubator + coworking space. Here’s some thoughts on the kind of work and architectural thought that goes into designing collaborative spaces.
"Just as any aspiring entrepreneur must take time to get into the mindset of their target audience and clientele, architects have to put themselves in the shoes of the people that will occupy the spaces they design. “We won’t be startup gurus or incubator gurus by the end of this single project, but we’re going to have a level of understanding about how startups work and function. Really with every project it’s a new set of learning, new process.”
A new report on metro density says it straight: Quality of life improves in compact cities.
Maps Show Evictions In San Francisco Are Often Near ‘Google Bus’ Stops
“About 69% of “no-fault” housing evictions in San Francisco take place within four blocks of shuttle bus stops for tech employees, according to the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, an online resource created by activists who are opposed to the gentrification of the city by wealthy tech workers.
So-called “Google buses” are controversial in San Francisco because they make it easier for tech employees to live in the city and commute to Silicon Valley. That has driven up rents and real estate prices in the city, forcing out some non-tech workers.”
I’m sitting here at my desk listening to Geographers talk about these shuttles. Oh goodness. We’ll see what the city decides…
Havent seen much of Pittsburgh on here yet!
Despite modest success, most systems have neither increased mass transit commute share nor the vitality of city centers.
Neighborhood volunteers first began cultivating the idea of converting the ruins of the Reading Viaduct into Philadelphia’s own elevated park more than a decade ago. After years of organizing,…