Kalvebod Waves in Copenhagen

New public space at the harbour in Copenhagen.

“Kalvebod Brygge is situated opposite the popular Copenhagen summer hang out, Islands Brygge. Kalvebod Brygge has the potential to be Islands Brygge’s more urban counterpart but has, until now, been synonymous with a desolated office address devoid of life and public activities. This new waterfront will be a place for a larger spectrum of public activities. With a close connection to the central train station and Tivoli, Copenhagen’s famous city amusement park, ‘Kalvebod Bølge’, the ‘Kalvebod Waves’ will become a hub, buzzing with activity and providing a chance for the inner city to regain its connection to the harbour.”

For more information: http://jdsa.eu/kal/

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speculation and sprawl

Well even though this blog has been almost forgotten, I thought this article was interesting and somewhat related to the class next week on compact cities:

 

 

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4Cities Movie Series – No. 2

As for the choices, I don’t know if anyone has the Olsen Banden. I do have Inception and Alphaville so I can bring them for Wednesday’s session. Again we start at 5pm, we should try to start asap so try to get your food and drinks beforehand.

 

 

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Popsicles and Urban Planning

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Found a short post on the placeshakers & newsmakers blog about communicating urban planning (or any other discipline not entirely beloved by the general public) ideas. Basically, keep it simple, keep it relevant.

Back in June, I wrote a piece about how, compared to sprawl, smart growth produces places better suited to raising children. The overall takeaway was simple: When kids are able to navigate the world around them, manage conflicts, make decisions, screw up and recover, they’re better off for it. And place is a big contributor to that. Attracting families to life in the city can be a difficult endeavor. But given the stakes, it’s a critical one.

Over the course of the post, I touched on a lot of different things. Vancouver, and the challenges they faced with their own smart growth efforts. Buying happiness,helicopter parenting and fragile, teacup children. The value of independence, and the need to align political and market forces to make things happen. And, oh yeah. Popsicles.

Which idea do you think actually went somewhere?

If you guessed popsicles, consider yourself a winner. That’s because, two months after I resurrected the old idea (and not my own) of the “popsicle test” — the ability of an 8 year old to safely get somewhere to buy a popsicle, then make it home before it melts — as the measure of a good neighborhood, Kaid Benfield used it, along with the notion of good trick-or-treating, for his own exploration on the NRDC Switchboard. As many of you know, Kaid is also a contributor to The Atlantic, and they chose to republish the post a day or two after that.

Once something hits The Atlantic, you make the leap from smart growth geekdom to a broader audience, and that’s when the “popsicle test” caught the attention of Lenore Skenazy, champion of the Free Range Kids advocacy movement, who featured it on her own blog. That transitioned it to an idea less about planning and more about parenting.

Parenting, of course, represents a lot more potentially interested people, which is probably why popsicles, a tiny supporting example from my original post on a much larger topic, was ultimately picked up by Boing Boing, the widely-read “directory of wonderful things” and go-to blog for folks of all stripes.

So why am I rehashing the details? Because they contain a valuable lesson for those of us working in the trenches of smart growth and sustainability. So long as we’re talking to each other — and, admittedly, that’s part of the process — all the secret handshakes of wonky language are accepted. Even preferred, sometimes. But that same language presents a formidable barrier to wider interest and wider interest is where movements really take shape. keep reading at placeshakers.wordpress.com

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Cureghem goes delicatessen

In January we finished an urban analysis report on Cureghem, a neighbourhood in Anderlecht, Brussels. We focused on the future developments of the old slaughterhouse site of Abatan that functions among others as a huge marketplace 3 days a week. From September on a “Boeremet” will be added to this. Twice a month the site that is known for its cheap vegetables and stuff will give place to a more high quality and refined food market as the brand new flyer shows us. I’m curious to see what it will be like.

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Hiding in the city

In this city of Copenhagen, the evidence of beautiful people and fascinating buildings are overwhelming. You feel small, ugly, unimportant and wish to vanish into thin air.

Bodies in urban space by Willi Dorner showed us in Brussels already, how to use the urban architecture and surrounding to disappear. Another form to hide and get fully caught by the urban space is presented by the performer „Liu Bolin“:

http://www.ekfineart.com/html/artistresults.asp?artist=82

http://unurth.com/113325/Liu-Bolin-Hiding-In-The-City

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Come to Barcelona, kick one local out.

Barcelona. Yet another city that takes the liberty of choosing who’s “in”, and who’s “out”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/fast_track/9533632.stm

 

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