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Urban Lovers
NEWS-LETTER
by

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

2014 / IX

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 !

BONNES..
NOUVELLES
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GOOD NEWS..
AGENCY
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September 2014:
Ferrara Balloons Festival
Hot air balloons ride and ballooning in Ferrara for a bird's-eye view of the historic center of the city, the jewel of the Renaissance and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Thanks to LISTONE MAG for the beautiful photos by Giacomo Brini.
 
Learing from the past. Lesson n.1: The Limit



Ferrara, Italy, Historic Centre and City Walls
Image source: ©listonemag.it, photo by Giacomo Brini
 
Learning from the past. Lesson n.2:  The Urban Core
Walkability, Connectivity, Mixed-Use
Quality Architecture & Urban Design
Neighborhood Structure, Density



Ferrara, Italy, Urban Core of the Historic Centre
Image source: ©listonemag.it, photo by Giacomo Brini
 
Learning from the past. Lesson n.3: The Square, The Green Public Realm



Ferrara, Italy, the Renaissance Square Piazza Ariostea in the Biagio Rossetti's Herculean Addition.
Image source: ©listonemag.it, photo by Giacomo Brini
 
More info for the "Ferrara Balloons Festival", one of the most important festival of balloons in Italy and one of the most prestigious in Europe, available at:
http://www.ferrarafestival.it
Learning from Britain:
THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE
LE DROIT A CHOISIR
on September 18, Scots will choose their future
WHEN will continental EU citizens be given the right to CHOOSE their URBAN ENVIRONMENT ?
le 18 séptembre les habitants de l'Ecosse pourront choisir leur avenir
QUAND les habitants du continent UE auront-ils le droit de CHOISIR leur ENVIRONNEMENT URBAIN ?



https://www.gov.uk/government
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland

A new French revolution
Cities insert high-quality transit systems into old urban and new suburban fabric, largely at the expense of space previously dedicated to automobiles
(source: bettercities.net)


Reims—Historic setting, city center, grassed trackway, and automobiles (image source and credit: bettercities.net)
 
By inserting high-quality transit systems into old urban and new suburban fabrics, largely at the expense of space previously dedicated to automobiles, the new revolutionaries have reversed declining transit use, and have stimulated pedestrian, and bicycle use in French cities.


Orleans—A high performance line transverses an inner city market aesthetically and safely.
 
The Porch Is Making a Comeback

After decades in decline, outdoor rooms are now used for dining, lounging and connecting with neighbors
(The Wall Street Journal)
 
Welcome to Urbanful!



It is a project of Smart Growth America.
We know SGA, the policy wonks that have been working for years, using smart growth strategies to create great neighborhoods, provide a range of housing choices, support thriving businesses, provide more options for how we get around and make it more affordable to live neighborhoods with opportunities and amenities. They like to think of SGA as their more serious older brother. The are the fun side of living in great places. Visit urbanful.org!

L'ECHEC..
DU MOIS..

THE FAILURE..
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London's Gherkin skyscraper enters receivership
 
Gherkin tower enters receivership
 
London’s Gherkin Tower in Receivership on Currency Losses
 
London’s Gherkin Skyscraper Enters Receivership
 
The Gherkin, officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, is owned by German real estate company IVG Immobilien, which has struggled with debt issues in recent years.

LE FILM..
DU MOIS
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THE FILM..
OF THE MONTH..

House of Cards
 
Netflix Original Series HOUSE OF CARDS.
All episodes now streaming only on Netflix. http://www.netflix.com/houseofcards
 
cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly
 
directed by: David Fincher
written by: Beau Willimon

This wicked political drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.
For its first season, House of Cards received nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations, becoming the first original online-only web television series to receive major Emmy nominations.

VILLES..
SANS GRATTECIELS
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CITIES WITHOUT..
SKYSCRAPERS..

Madison
USA, Wisconsin, Dane
 

LE PROJET..
DU MOIS
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THE PROJECT..
OF THE MONTH..


VIEW FROM QUAD. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto

Stayer Center
for Executive Education
Mendoza College of Business
 
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana, 2013
 
ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS

SOUTH TERRACE. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto


CASE STUDY CLASSROOM. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto


MULTIPURPOSE ROOM. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto


GALLERY. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto
VIEW FROM QUAD AT DUSK. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto

The University of Notre Dame campus is a Gothic campus built on Classical planning principles.
The new 63,500-square-foot Stayer Center for Executive Education for the Mendoza College of Business serves as the southern gateway to the campus.
It carries forward the palette established by Ralph Adams Cram in the 1920s with buff brick, gables, cast stone accents, and sloped slate roofs.
 
ALL IMAGES AND INFORMATIONS COURTESY RAMSA.COM


VIEW FROM EDDY STREET. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto

The LEED Silver Stayer Center's "H"-shaped plan defines two landscaped terraces; the south-facing terrace is sized to accommodate graduation ceremonies for their Executive Education Programs.
Entrances on all sides of the building provide convenient connections to the rest of the campus.
The building's primary entrance on the eastern side of the building allows for vehicular drop-off from Eddy Street.
The ground floor houses a pre-function space, multipurpose room, and chapel.
The second floor provides tiered and flat-floor classrooms and breakout rooms for group study and collaboration.
The third floor houses offices for faculty and staff, as well as an executive lounge that provides views north to the iconic gold dome of the University's Main Building (Willoughby J. Edbrooke, 1879).


EXECUTIVE LOUNGE. Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto


VIEW TO THE UNIVERSITY'S MAIN BUILDING.
Photo: Francis Dzikowski / Esto
The Stayer Center is designed to accommodate expansion to the south with a "U"-shaped building that, together with the Stayer Center, will frame a courtyard. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Graham S. Wyatt, Melissa DelVecchio, and Preston Gumberich led the design.
ALL IMAGES AND INFORMATIONS COURTESY RAMSA.COM

LA CARTE POSTALE..
DU MOIS..

THE POSTCARD..
OF THE MONTH..

THE ARCHITECTURAL GENIUS
OF THE MONTH
 
Celebrating Antoni Gaudí y Cornet
(Reus, 1852 – Barcellona, 1926)
 
Greetings from Barcelona

LE STADE URBAIN..
DU MOIS..

THE URBAN STADIUM..
OF THE MONTH..

Lucas Oil Stadium
500 S. Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1117

Lucas Oil Stadium is a state-of-the-art retractable roof, multi-purpose facility seating over 67,000 fans while featuring spectacular views of the downtown Indianapolis skyline. Opened in 2008 as the new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, this facility already boasts an impressive resume having been named the 2009 Sports Facility of the Year by Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and having their Fieldturf surface ranked as the NFL’s best artificial surface in both 2009 and 2010.

The construction manager was Hunt Construction Group, Inc., of Indianapolis, assisted by the local firms of Smoot Construction and Mezzetta Construction. The project was constructed by dozens of trade contractors, mostly from Central Indiana.
The estimated stadium cost was $720 million. It was financed with funds raised jointly by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, with the Indianapolis Colts providing $100 million. Marion County raised taxes for food and beverage sales, auto rental taxes, innkeeper’s taxes and admission taxes for its share of the costs. Meanwhile, a small increase in food and beverage taxes in six surrounding counties and the sale of Colts license plates completes the total.
Completed in August 2008.


The Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority (ISCBA) is the state agency that was responsible for the financing, design and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium (as well as the Indiana Convention Center Phase V expansion). The ISCBA was a group of civic and business leaders appointed by the Governor of Indiana and the Mayor of Indianapolis. The Authority was chaired by David R. Frick. Its Executive Director was John P. Klipsch.
The Stadium was designed by HKS of Dallas, Texas, with significant assistance from local design firms such as A2S04, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Fink Roberts & Petrie, Moore Engineers, and other Indiana design and engineering consultants.



Learn more about ecocompactstadium !




Lucas Oil Products, Inc. secured naming rights from the Colts for the Stadium at a cost of $122 million over 20 years.
The Stadium is operated by the Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County ("CIB").

BONJOUR..
TRISTESSE..

BONJOUR..
TRISTESSE..

 
1925
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brusselization / bruxellisation / verbrusseling__
2014
 
NAZI BOMBING IN 1940 ?
NO
EUROPEAN UNION IN 1960
the neighborhood vandalized to accomodate the offices for the EU
 
Brussels (Belgium) is considered to be the capital of the European Union, having a long history of hosting the institutions of the EUROPEAN UNION within its European Quarter.

LA PEINTURE URBAINE..
DU MOIS
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THE URBAN PAINTING..
OF THE MONTH..

urban landscape of
 
Leonid Afremov
 
(natural oil paint and 100% pure cotton canvas)
 
 
 
Leonid Afremov (born 12 July 1955 in Vitebsk, Belarus) is a Russian–Israeli modern impressionistic artist who works mainly with a palette knife and oils. He developed his own unique technique and style which is unmistakable and cannot be confused with other artists. Afremov is mainly known as being a self-representing artist who promotes and sells his work exclusively over the internet with very little exhibitions and involvement of dealers and galleries.
Before the advancement of online sales and eBay, Afremov was a struggling artist. He was born in Vitebsk, Belarus, and lived there until 1990. Between 1990 and 2002 he lived in Israel, and from 2002 to 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida. Afremov currently resides in the popular resort town Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, near Cancun. He paints mainly landscape, city scenes, seascapes, flowers and portraits. Most of his work is considered very colorful and politically neutral. (image source, info at: afremov.com )

LE VIRUS..
DU MOIS
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THE VIRUS..
OF THE MONTH..



The "Next" virus.
 
More images available at:
image source: www.architectmagazine.com, Credit: Balmori Associates
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..

The demolition of the 25-storey blocks removes two landmarks
that have been prominent on the Dundee skyline
 
since 1971 Dundee, UK

LA VITRINE..
DU MOIS..

THE SHOP WINDOW..
OF THE MONTH..

Beirut Central District
Lebanon
 
beautiful architecture
for a shopping area
with traditional urban retail
including EU brands

CHEFS-D'ŒUVRE..
DU XXe SIECLE..

MASTERPIECES OF 20th..
CENTURY ARCHITECTURE..





In 1893 on the left bank of Desna River five kilometers from Chernihiv was built a wooden building of railway station called "Old Chernihiv". From here began the narrow-gauge railway by route Chernihiv-Kruty. Passengers from railway station were transported to Chernihiv by horse carts. It cost 15-30 kopeykas. For that time the ticket from Chernihiv to Kiev in a first class car cost 7 Russian Empire rubles, the cost of second and third class was much smaller. The average speed of train did not exceed 30 km/h so to get from Chernihiv to Kiev took 6-7 hours.
Railway station "Old Chernihiv" lasted until 1928 when on the western outskirts of Chernihiv was built a new railway station.

Chernigov Railway Station Ukraine
1949 - 1950
 
Visitors of Chernihiv who come to the city by train of Ukrainian Railways could look at majestic building of Chernihiv Railway Station. It was built in 1949 and officially opened in January 1950.
 
From 1946 till 1949 Chernihiv Railway Station was built by German and Hungarian prisoners of war. Architect of the plan of the railway station in Chernihiv is Gennady Granatkin.




In July 1941 the new building of railway station in Chernihiv was destroyed by German bombing. The modern railway station was built on the site of the previous one. The first head of Chernihiv Railway Station was Lydia Tolmacheva. She led it in 1945, built and managed the railway station until 1979. Interesting fact that during 60 years the railway station was led by only five directors and four of them were woman.
In 2003 Chernihiv Railway Station was repainted - instead of red and green
 
(see right image, 1970) it became red and white (more info at : http://www.ukraine-kiev-tour.com)

LA PUBLICITE..
DU MOIS..

THE ADVERTISING..
OF THE MONTH..

COCO MADEMOISELLE



chooses traditional
 
 
with Keira Knightley and Alberto Ammann
directed by Joe Wright

LE LIVRE..
DU MOIS..

THE BOOK..
OF THE MONTH..

Street Design:
The Secret to Great Cities
and Towns
 
December 31, 2013
by John Massengale, Victor Dover
 
Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 31, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1118066707

ISBN-13: 978-1118066706
 
From the Back Cover
:

"This book could change the way people see the streets in their towns and cities. And it could help those towns and cities make streets for people, rather than their cars."

—Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston, South Carolina
 
"This fine book by Massengale and Dover is a treasure map to the long-buried trove of knowledge, skill, and principle needed to build better places for the human project to dwell in."

—From the Afterword by James Howard Kunstler

LE CLIP..
DU MOIS..

THE CLIP..
OF THE MONTH..

Intro to Lean Urbanism
Andrés Duany, CNU Atlanta
 
Lean Urbanism: A Conversation with Andres Duany.
 
March 24, 2014
 

LA CONFERENCE.
DU MOIS..

THE CONFERENCE..
OF THE MONTH..

5! Five Crucial Decades of City Building
 
Telus Theatre, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (map)

6265 Crescent Rd - Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 - Canada
 
The 40th IAHS World Congress will take place in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) from December 16-19, 2014.
It is being organized by ITeCons - Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences, of the University of Coimbra. The broad scope of the International Association for Housing Science (IAHS) series of conferences makes this an excellent place to discuss any issue related to housing science. IAHS 2014 will emphasize energy efficiency and the sustainability in construction.
 
http://www.itecons.uc.pt
 
Secretariat
ITeCons - Institute for Research and Technological Development in Construction Sciences
Rua Pedro Hispano, s/n
 

Pinhal de Marrocos
 

3030-289 Coimbra, Portugal
Telefone: +351 239 79 89 49 - Fax: +351 239 79 89 39

Email: iahs2014@itecons.uc.pt

L'EXPOSITION.
DU MOIS..

THE EXHIBITION..
OF THE MONTH..

Building the Picture:
Architecture in Italian
Renaissance Painting
30 April – 21 September 2014
 
 
Discover how architecture forms the basis of many Italian Renaissance paintings.

ARTICLES PROPOSÉS.
ET LIENS..

SUGGESTED..
ARTICLES & LINKS..

Architecture Here and There | Column: The mathematician vs. the modernists
Here is a review of Nikos Salingaros's book "Anti-Architecture and Deconstructivism": READ

Royal Ontario Museum
by deconstructivist Daniel Libeskind. (e-architect.co.uk)
New Urbanist neighborhood in Chicago
Garden cities and smart cities: the business case for urban regeneration | http://www.theguardian.com
 
The Infrastructure the Next Generation of Cities Will Need | http://www.governing.com
 
Life After Brooklyn Moving Out of Brooklyn Because of High Prices | http://www.nytimes.com
 
The Design Solution for Homelessness

In Los Angeles, An Architectural Approach to Keeping People Off the Streets Is Gaining Notice. | http://nextcity.org
 
Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? | http://www.theguardian.com

Faceless estates. Sprawling suburbs. Soulless financial districts. Discredited elsewhere as fostering the worst kind of urban angst, these are the vogue in China – but change could be afoot

Why Mayors Need a UN-Like Organization of Their Own | http://www.citylab.com
 
More Americans are aging in place. Can towns and cities adapt? | http://www.reuters.com
 
Look at this website: http://urbanful.org
 
Property rights and unchecked growth | http://www.moultrienews.com
 
CALL FOR PAPERS ­ Deadline October 31, 2014

52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference on Achieving Green Healthy Cities

Bristol, UK, J
une 29-July 3, 2015

Co-organizers: Bristol City Council, The Academy of Urbanism, University of the West of England
For more details, please see http://www.livablecities.org
 
The Most And Least Walkable Cities In The U.S.

One of the biggest surprises: there are cities that are more walkable than New York | http://www.fastcoexist.com
 
National Architecture Awards - The Australian Institute of Architects | http://architecture.com.au
 
Why London is the most expensive city to build in - The Economist | Look at the video
 
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