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NEWS-LETTER

by
A Vision of Europe
in collaboration with
CIVICARCH - University of Ferrara

Dédié à tous ceux qui habitent et aiment la Ville Traditionelle.
La Ville Traditionelle du Passé, la Ville Traditionelle du Present, et, surtout, la Ville Traditionelle du Futur.

Dédié à tous ceux qui aiment se promener à travers le réseau de rues et de places qui font de la Ville Traditionelle un lieu unique à partager.
Dédié à tous ceux qui aiment prendre un verre ou bien un cappuccino dans un café à l'interieur d'un contexte urbain.
Dédié à tous ceux qui aiment aller à pied au théâtre ou au cinema, et diner après avec des amis dans un restaurant à côté.
Dédié à tous ceux qui préferent habiter une maison de ville ou bien un immeuble urbain tout en juissant de la richesse de la rue publique et, en même temps, du calme de la cour interieure.
Dédié à tous ceux qui préferent amener à pied leurs enfants à l'école du quartier. A' tous ceux qui préferent faire leurs courses dans les commerces du quartier, soit dans les boutiques soit dans les superettes.
Dédié à tous ceux qui préferent travailler à une distance pietonnière de la maison. Et dédié à tous ceux qui aimerent bien pouvoir faire ça!


URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER est conçue pour offrir des informations sur les événements, les projets, les concours, et les livres sur le monde urbain.


URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER va essayer d'aider la diffusion de la culture urbaine à travers la publication de toutes les experiences qui peuvent renforcer la condition de la Ville Traditionelle en tant que la forme d'habitat la plus seduisante et efficiente.


URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER va chercher à ressembler les citoyes, les promoteurs, les administrateurs publiques et privés, les elus, mais aussi les architectes, les urbanistes, les ingenieurs, et tous les acteurs de la scene urbaine, pour un nouvel effort vers la condivision des informations et des experiences de succès qui peuvent contribuer à la construction d'un environment urbain meilleur.

 

STOP BANLIEUE.

LE CHANGEMENT EST

MAINTENANT VERS L'URBAIN !

 

Dedicated to all those who live and love the Traditional City.
The Traditional City of the Past, the Traditional City of the Present, and, expecially, the Traditional City of the Future.


Dedicated to all those who love strolling through the network of streets and plazas that make the Traditional City a unique place to experience.


Dedicated to all those who love having a drink or a cappuccino in a café within an urban context.
To all those who love going to the theatre or to the cinema by walk, and then having dinner with friends in a nearby restaurant.


Dedicated to all those who prefer living in a townhouse or in an urban condominium, both enjoying the richness of the public street and the calm of the inner courtyard.


Dedicated to all those who prefer taking their kids to school at a walking distance. To all those who choose urban shops, markets or supermarkets.
Dedicated to all those who prefer to work at a walking distance from home, and to all those who would like to do so!


URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER is intended to offer information about events, projects, competitions, books, and exhibition regarding the urban world.

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER will help spreading the urban culture by enlightning the positive experiences that reinforce the status of the Traditional City as the most attractive and efficient form of settlement.

URBANLOVERS NEWSLETTER will try to involve citizens, developers, public officials and administrators, as well as architects, townplanners, engineers, and all the actors in the urban set in a new effort to share information and succesful experiences that contribute to the construction of a better urban environment.

 

STOP SPRAWL:

CHANGE TO URBAN !

 

Wishing You a Very Happy New Year !

 

BONNES

NOUVELLES

.GOOD NEWS.

.AGENCY.

 

S.O.S. PARIS:

Saving the city's heritage and environment


 

S.O.S. Paris was founded in 1973 with the purpose of defending the architectural heritage of the city, preserving the urban environment for its population.

Go to campaigns and current projects.

 

Save the Skyline of Paris !

Mary Campbell Gallagher's call to action to save the skyline of Paris. Recorded on May 28, 2012 in Paris, France.

 


watch this video !

 

How A Giant Mall Parking Lot Turned Into A Park And A Walkable Community

 

2007-2009

 

Instead of paving paradise for a parking lot, this Seattle shopping center is showing how America's suburbs are changing: There are now nearly 400 LEED-certified apartments going up where cars once parked.

Read the full-story !

 

 

2014 Call for New Urban Research Is Now Open for Submissions


This Year's Topics: New Urbanism & Transportation, Urban Design Education Methods.



CNU is proud to launch the 2014 New Urban Research program, an opportunity to share and present your academic work to the New Urbanist community.

Since 2008 at CNU XVI in Austin, CNU has showcased innovative academic papers at the annual Congress. We are now accepting academic papers representing the selected topics for this year:
-New Urbanism & Transportation
-Urban Design Education

 

Norquist spearheaded campaigns for highway removal, better housing policy and walkable communities.


S.John Norquist, the influential and outspoken President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, has announced that he will step down from his position after the 22nd Annual Congress in Buffalo in 2014. Norquist's career at CNU spanned the boom and bust of the housing industry, and he has been critical to maintaining and strengthening the organization. Norquist initiated the establishment of CNU chapters in the US and Canada and has built partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations that have helped CNU grow to over 2500 members.

 

Go to CNU webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

.L'ECHEC
.DU MOIS

.THE FAILURE.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

 

 

 

Detroit and the Bankruptcy
image source: libero.it

The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013. It is the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by debt, estimated to be $18–20 billion.

Detroit is also the largest city by population in the U.S. history to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, more than twice as large as Stockton, California, which filed in 2012.

 

Detroit’s population has declined from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950; recently, the New York Times called the city “home to 700,000 people, as well as to tens of thousands of abandoned buildings, vacant lots and unlit streets.

Image Credit: Jeremiah Robinson/ZUMA Press/Newscom

Image source: heritage.org

"Who's going to pay for the pensions now?"

Source: theliberatortoday.blogspot.it

 

 

 

 

LE FILM

DU MOIS

.THE MOVIE.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

 

Blue Jasmine

 

2013

 

Cast:


Cate Blanchett as Jasmine Francis
Sally Hawkins as Ginger
Alec Baldwin as Hal Francis
Bobby Cannavale as Chili
Andrew Dice Clay as Augie
Louis C.K. as Al
Peter Sarsgaard as Dwight
Alden Ehrenreich as Danny
Michael Stuhlbarg as Dr. Flicker
Max Casella as Eddie
Tammy Blanchard as Jane

 

Directed by Woody Allen

 

Story:
Wealthy socialite wife Jasmine Francis (Cate Blanchett) has lost everything after her businessman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) was caught by the FBI stealing money from investors, so she has moved to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) and a series of men Jasmine deems bad for her. As she adjusts to her new lifestyle, Jasmine reflects back on her past in New York City and what went wrong, particularly with her cheating husband.


 

Watch the trailer !

 

 

 

 

 

VILLES

SANS GRATTECIELS

CITIES WITHOUT.

SKYSCRAPERS.

Olympia

United States, Washington, Thurston

 

http://olympiawa.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LE PROJET

DU MOIS

.THE PROJECT.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, perspective view AVENUE D'ARIANE - PLACE DU MARCHE (Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, perspective view Avenue HERGE - AVENUE D'ARIANE (Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS

The New Urban Block

 

architecture:

Tagliaventi & Associati Architects

tagliaventiassociati ©

 

2013

 

Commune de Chessy, France

Eurodisney Associes SCA Developpement Immobilier

 

for:

RESIDE ETUDES, Paris

 

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, Plan de Masse

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, facade on Avenue HERGE

(Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, section

(Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, view from Avenue HERGE

(Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, view from PLACE DU MARCHE

(Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, 1st and 4th floors plans, (Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

 

 

 

RESIDENCE SENIORS 2013, axonometric view and masterplan (Tagliaventi & Associati Architects)

 

 

 

 

LA CARTE POSTALE

DU MOIS

THE POSTCARD.

OF THE MONTH.

 

THE ARCHITECTURAL GENIUS OF THE MONTH

 

Celebrating Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc
January 27, 1814 - 2014

 

Carcassonne, France

 

 

 

 

 

LE STADE URBAIN

DU MOIS

THE URBAN STADIUM.
OF THE MONTH.

 

PETCO PARK

San Diego, California, U.S.A.


PETCO Park, home of the SAN DIEGO PADRES, opened in downtown San Diego in 2004 and immediately became known as "the world's best ball park in America's finest city".
Offering stunning views of San Diego Bay and the San Diego skyline, a dazzling array of venue options, state-of-the-art amenities, a dedicated event management team, and endless creative possibilities.
PETCO Park is the ultimate setting for an unforgettable event.

 

www.petcoparkevents.com

 

 

 

 

Learn more about ecocompactstadium !

 

 

image source: www.petcoparkevents.com

 

 

 

 

BONJOUR.

TRISTESSE.

 

 

sorry, where is the toilet?

image source: inhabitat.com, © SPA

New toilets in Wellington, New Zealand

 

 

 

 

LA PEINTURE URBAINE

DU MOIS

THE URBAN PAINTING.

OF THE MONTH.

 

Louis Hubbard Grimshaw

 

"Grainger Street,

Newcastleupon Tyne"

 

1902

 

28.7 x 43.8 cm

 

 

 

 

 

LE VIRUS

DU MOIS

.THE VIRUS.

.OF THE MONTH.

 


Space Invaders

 

Helsinki suburbs, Finland

NEW URBANISM CHECK-LIST:
Walkability: 0 | Connectivity: 0 | Mixed-Use & Diversity: 0 | Mixed Housing: 0
Quality Architecture & Urban Design: 0 | Neighborhood Structure: 0 | Density: 0
Smart Transportation: 0 | Sustainability: 0 | Quality of Life: 0

 

 

 

 

LA DÉMOLITION

DU MOIS

.THE DEMOLITION.

.OF THE MONTH.

Demolition of 170 & 200 Sandiefield Road, Gorbals, Glasgow

Sandiefield Road flats demolition, 21-07-13

watch the video

 

 

 

 

LA VITRINE

DU MOIS

.THE SHOP WINDOW.

.OF THE MONTH.

La Rinascente

Grands Magasins

 

Milano, Italy, 2013

Little Sun project

Olafur Eliasson and Frederik Ottesen

image source www.leiweb.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEFS-D'ŒUVRE

DU XXe SIECLE.

.MASTERPIECES OF 20th.

.CENTURY ARCHITECTURE.

 

image source: decoarchitecture.tumblr.com

on the right: www.remarkableohio.org

 

Cincinnati Union Terminal

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati

OH 45203, USA

1933

source: www.greatamericanstations.com

 

"The Cincinnati Union Terminal, one of America’s great Art Deco rail stations, was originally completed in 1933. Its principal architects were Alfred T. Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, with architects Paul Phillippe Cret and Roland Wank brought in as design consultants. However, Cret was largely responsible for the building’s signature style, and is often credited as the building’s architect. Its ten-story, half-domed limestone and glass main entrance hall was the only half dome in the Western Hemisphere and the largest in existence when it was constructed."

 

 

image source: http://www.cincinnativiews.net

 

image source: http://www.myunionterminal.com

 

image source: http://www.everystockphoto.com

 

"Standing one mile north of the center of Cincinnati, the entrance faces east over a quarter-mile plaza on what was once Lincoln Park. An illuminated fountain, cascade, and pool further landscape the entry. The dome is flanked on either side by curving wings, and on either side of the main entry doors Maxfield Keck’s bas reliefs depicting transportation and commerce keep watch.

German artist Winold Reiss designed and created two 22-foot high by 110-foot long color mosaic murals depicting the history of Cincinnati for the entry rotunda interior, two murals for the baggage lobby, two murals for the departing and arriving train boards, 14 smaller murals for the train concourse representing local industries and a large world map mural located at the rear of the concourse. Reiss spent nearly two years completing these murals. The fourteen industry murals were removed during demolition of most of the passenger concourse in 1974 and found a home on display at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The world map is the only mural not preserved."

Cincinnati Union Terminal

 

source: Historic American Buildings Survey. Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Jay8g using CommonsHelper.

 

 

"Construction began in 1928 with considerable site preparation and grading of a portion of the Mill Creek flood plain on which the terminal was to stand, under the auspices of the newly-formed Union Terminal Company. The terminal building itself was begun in 1931 and the station opened on March 31, 1933. The total cost of the project was $41.5 million.

 

image source: http://www.cincymuseum.org

 

image source: fineartamerica.com

image source: http://mariemontohio.wordpress.com

 

imge source: http://www.myshutterspace.com

 

During its heyday as a station, Union Terminal saw 216 trains per day.

While it had a brief revival in the 1940s because of World War II, it began to decline in the 1950s and 1960s. By the first Amtrak train operations in 1971, service was reduced to just two trains a day, the George Washington and the James Whitcomb Riley.

The terminal was abandoned for transportation purposes in 1972 in favor of a much smaller passenger rail station built by Amtrak on the city’s riverfront (now demolished)."

 

[...continue history at: www.greatamericanstations.com ]

 

 

 

 

LA PUBLICITE

DU MOIS

.THE ADVERTISING.

.OF THE MONTH.

"Small is great" ... said VW

COMPACT IS BETTER

said A.V.O.E.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO !

 

 

 

 

 

LE LIVRE

DU MOIS

.THE BOOK.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

Christoph Gielen: Ciphers

 

Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Jovis (April 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3868593187
ISBN-13: 978-3868593181
Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10 x 0.6 inches

 

http://www.christophgielen.com

 

The photographic aerial studies in Ciphers reveal the hidden geometries of sprawl growth that become apparent only when seen from far above the ground. These top-view abstractions show striking parallels between layouts and shapes of otherwise unrelated developments – structures as varied in function as prisons and retirement communities.

 

But all of them clearly demonstrate sprawl as a car dependent phenomenon and as a way of life. These pictures are intended to invoke an era of carefree risk-taking, of “bigger is better,” when investing in home ownership and commercial real estate were still standard practices and neither distance from workplace or city centers nor gasoline prices much mattered in determining the geographic locations of new constructions.

The goal of this work is to connect art with environmental politics and to trigger a discussion about contemporary building trends by looking closely at the ramifications of sprawl – to ask: what is sustainable planning? – particularly at this point in time, when a growing need for new housing is prevalent across the globe.

To further explore these environmental topics within the context of other disciplines, Ciphers was paired with the thoughts of futurist Geoff Manaugh, cultural philosopher Johan Frederik Hartle, urban redevelopment expert Galina Tachieva, and architect Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss.

 

 

 

 

.LE CLIP

.DU MOIS

.THE CLIP.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

 

Cartier - Winter Tale

source: www.cartier.it

 

Celebrating the magic of the holiday season, Cartier is proud to present the fourth installment of the Winter Tale film series. A magical walk through Paris featuring an enchanting baby panther and Cartier pages will take you on a nostalgic journey to the 1920s.
Directed by: Bibo Bergeron.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO

 

 

 

 

.LA CONFERENCE

.DU MOIS

.THE CONFERENCE.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

 

International Seminar

on Urban Form

 

Portugal, 3-6 July 2014

 

http://isuf2014.fe.up.pt

 

The 21st International Seminar on Urban Form, ISUF2014, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto, will take place in Porto, Portugal, from 3 to 6 July 2014.

The theme of the conference is "our common future in urban morphology". It reflects the key role of environment in the debate on the physical form of cities. But it also evokes the need to identify the fundamental issues that should be placed on the agenda of urban morphology for future years. Indeed, "our common future in urban morphology" must involve a careful reflection on what should be our contribution as urban morphologists, how it could be part of wider integrated research on cities, and how this could be applied in day-to-day practice (source: www.intbau.org )

 

 

 

 

.L'EXPOSITION
.DU MOIS

.THE EXHIBITION.

.OF THE MONTH.

 

1925, quand

l'Art Déco

séduit le monde

 

from 2013/10/16 to 2014/2/17.

 

CITE DE L'ARCHITECTURE ET DU PATRIMOINE
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre
75116 PARIS 16

 

video

 

 

 

 

 

.ARTICLES PROPOSÉS

.ET LIENS

.SUGGESTED.

.ARTICLES & LINKS.

 

Henry Hope Reed: 1915-2013 | www.academyofclassicaldesign.org

 

Gray, Green, and Blue: Seattle’s Northgate | http://www.aia.org

 

The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas | http://places.designobserver.com

 

The Design Observer Group | http://places.designobserver.com/

 

Highways to Boulevards Webinar: Spearheading a Successful Campaign | cnu.org/cnu-news

 

Proposal for Urban Regeneration of the Suburb ZEN, Palermo, Italy | http://www.livablecities.org

 

Duany review of Building the New Urbanism | http://bettercities.net

 

ULI Foundation | http://foundation.uli.org

 

Master for Sustainable Transportation | http://www.sustainable-transportation.uw.edu

 

Department of City and Metropoloitan Planning, The University of Utah | http://www.plan.utah.edu

 

The Smart City Event | http://www.smartcityevent.com

 

Project for Transportation Reform Summit 2013 | http://www.cnu.org

 

Behind the Scenes at Seaside | Dhiru Thadani's New Book Looks at the Evolution of Seaside

 

Duchy welcomes planning approval for heart of Nannsledan | http://www.adamarchitecture.com

 

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