Call for Abstracts: International Urban Design Conference

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From the 6th International Urban Design Conference (Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Monday 9th — September 11, 2013)

Liveable cities offer a high quality of life, and support the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in them. These cities must be equitable, affordable, accessible, healthy, safe and resilient.

They also must have an attractive built and Urban 2natural environment and provide a diversity of choices and opportunities for people.

This is one of the themes Urban Design Professionals consider in the future development of our cities, and one of the many topics to be discussed at this year’s 6th International Urban Design Conference being held at Sydney Olympic Park in September 2013.

 

For your opportunity to speak at the Conference, to share your knowledge and connect with like-minded professionals, submit your abstract via the conference website here.

Your abstract may address the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability or Efficiency…

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Cities Have a Metabolism

THE DIRT

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The recent John E. Woltz Symposium at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture, asked faculty, students, and eight invited panelists to consider “urban metabolism” as a mix of social and ecological flows, structures, and processes. In his keynote address, Scott Lash, a professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London, introduced urban metabolism as the “life-sustaining, dynamic transformations within and between urban objects and urban forms of life. Being life-sustaining, they allow the city to maintain structures, reproduce, and respond to the environment.” While discussion often centers on the flows of the city, urban metabolism, he emphasized, is about structure, form, and objects. It’s imperative to break from standard thinking in order to understand the “being” of the city. “What is at its core?,” asked Lash. The symposium’s goal was to then examine the role of “quasi-objects,” “world objects,” and “hyper-objects” in our understanding of the urban realm.

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notes on IJburg

the urban geographer

IJburg

IJburg is Amsterdam’s newest neighbourhood.

Though the Netherlands is known for its land reclamation projects, IJburg is built on soil and sand that has been transported and piled up along the Eastern banks of the IJ (pronounced like eye), the major waterway that runs between North and Central Amsterdam and eventually to the North Sea.

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IJburg

As it is the focus of much current development in Amsterdam, IJburg is home to some very experimental (/cutting-edge/progressive) architecture and urban design. A lot of it comes from the schools of urban planning and architecture that are viewed as best practice today: the avoidance of single developers and monotonous housing projects with little architectural variance, and the championing of mixed-use, diverse and walkable settlements — the tenets of contemporary urbanism toward the realization of a “livable city”.

One way these lofty ideals are being achieved is the allowance for people to…

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