reSITE 2014 TOPICS:
Strategic Planning and the Public Forum
Community Resiliency, City for All
Density and Development
Industrial Past: Innovative Future
reSITE 2014 KEY PARTICIPANTS:
Michael Kimmelman [Chief Architecture Critic • The New York Times • NYC] / Edward Glaeser [Economist Harvard University • Cambridge] / Rem Koolhaas* [OMA • Rotterdam] / Tomas Hudecek [Mayor • Prague] / Eugene Asse* [Moscow School of Architecture • Moscow] / Adam Greenfield* [London School of Economics • London] / Jan Ludvik [Karlin Group • Prague] / Erik Frijters [Fabric • Rotterdam] / Margaret Newman [Chief of Staff for Jannette Sadik-Khan • NYC Transportation] / Tomas Ctibor [City Development Authority • Prague] / Pavel Hnilicka [City Development Authority • Prague] / Michael Brown [CEO • Calgary Municipal Development Authority • Calgary] / Jon Gnarr* [Mayor • Reykjavik] / Marek Dospiva [Penta Investments • Prague] / Henk Ovink [Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan • Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force • Washington D.C.] / Andrey Grinev [Artkartel • Moscow] / Boris Johnson* [Mayor of London]
WHY COME? 500 smart people will also be there!
> The most innovative event about planning, architecture, urban landscape architecture and environmental economics in Central and Eastern Europe
> See the world’s top architects, landscape architects, developers, economists, NGOs and politicians debate livable cities
> Learn about the state-of-the-art in sustainability, planning and landscape architecture
> Enjoy personal meetings and network with other VIPs
> Architects, Engineers, Urbanists, Landscape Architects: see what’s happening abroad and how architecture and planning works in other countries
> Developers & Economists: learn the most progressive ideas and financing models. Meet the politicians, ask them questions in a safe forum > NGOs: be active and enlivened with collaborative and controversial discussions
> Get inspired. reTHINK your city!
Register early and get 15% discount - more on: http://resite.cz/en/
"Of course it is very beneficial for my practice, not only because it is a meeting place of active and creative people who contribute to the planning in Prague, but also colleagues from abroad - and that is priceless experience - especially when there’s quite a number of them"
Pavla Melkova / Director of Urban Detail Section / Prague Institute of Planning and Development / Prague on reSITE conference.
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A new colorful shipping container city, where you can have a coffee, play ping pong, shop or just relax and be inspired, recently sprung up outside of Mexico City. How do you like that?
AGRI-URBAN SPECTRUM: Designed by Stephen’s Planning, this infographic illustrates different sustainable agricultural methods at various points on the rural-urban continuum. As you can see, there are ways for every kind of community to get involved in promoting sustainable food systems:
1. Silviculture/forestry: preserve and manage forests by controlling growth, soil erosion and quality, and various other methods.
2. Aquaculture/fishery: cultivate and harvest marine organisms in controlled environments
3. Agriculture/farm/ranch: harvest crops or raise livestock by traditional methods
4. Viticulture/vineyard: manage vineyards by controlling pests, fertilizing, watering and maintaining vines
5. Organic farming: restrict pesticide use, promote sustainable farming practices. For more information on organics click here
6. Agri-tourism/farm stay: increase awareness about farming practices by encouraging people to visit or stay at the farm
7. Farm stand: a location where farmers sell their own produce
8. Boutique farm: farms that offer other services like bed and breakfasts or unique and special products
9. Backyard animals: own your own sources of livestock, like a goat or a chicken co-op
10. Raised garden bed: home gardening with a planter a few feet of the ground, which can reduce pests and keep crops warmer and away from less than ideal soils
11. Edible landscape: instead of filling a garden with flowers, use vegetables and edible plants to landscape your yard or even in public spaces (e.g., functional fruit trees instead or ornamentals on side walks)
12. Greenhouse: year-round agriculture, despite natural weather occurrences; possibly heavy on energy use and costly to maintain
13. Farmer’s Markets: a central location where farmers in the area can sell their produce to the community
14. Community garden: gardens open to all community members where everyone works to maintain the garden, along with having the benefits of taking home the grown produce
15. Civic/park garden: similar to community gardens but sponsored by the city or governing body
16. Market/street festival: similar to a farmer’s market but extends to all community businesses; allows the community to come together by exposure to individual projects
17. Community-supported agriculture: members of a community purchase share of a farm’s crop, and in return receive fresh produce
18. Green roofs: increasingly popular in cities, adds green vegetation and reduces energy by keeping a building cool in the summer and warm in the winter
19: Living building: perhaps the most sustainable possible architecture, as the building incorporates living vegetation. For more info click here
20. Vertical farm: Planting tiers of crops in highrise buildings; still conceptual, but relevant to conditions of global urbanization. For more information click here
ARE CONVERTED MARKET HALLS MORE THAN JUST FANCY “INS”?
Ferry Building Marketplace located in the Port of San Francisco is one of the most important landmarks of the city. For years this historic waterfront structure sought for a new purpose.
It took 4 years, 3 architecture studios and one contractor - Plant Construction Company for the Ferry Building to finally turn into a market place. The building is now restored into the 660-foot-long nave with new skylights, food halls, restaurants, and retailers featuring the best in local food. Reconstruction became popular between public and professionals - the project itself won 9 architectural prizes.
Ferry Market supports the trend of conversions of the old historical landmarks. The reconstruction is remarkable for its sensitive collaboration between stakeholders employing different architectural studios. The project serves public - in this case establishing a good example of private-public partnership.
This trend however turns out to be more than a local issue and we are happy to point out a similar project in Bratislava, Slovakia, where local NGOs created an alliance and took over historical Market Hall. The building has become a vivid center of cultural life of the city - and the place where all the visitors want to go.
So why we should say yes to “New Old Market Halls”?
They serve public, support local business / production, stimulate cultural life, improve the image of the city, generate revenue - and they force us to look for new models of collaboration.
Cultivating our cities, we need more of these projects.
Author: Milota Sidorova, reSITE
reSITE conference 2013 - we had some of the best experts in the world on urban design, planning, transportation, economy and communication.
reSITE is now heading towards its 3rd year - the next conference will happen 19-20 June 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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"There are two things that are specifically European. Once is the layering of history over the same location. Almost intact and continuous which gives a city tremendous richness.
The other thing that is European is a certain attitude towards change - and that what I think needs to change. The attitude towards change. The idea that each person has a role in making the city better is not just something left to the others, or to government or to developers.
Every person has a role in responsibility and making city better.”
Alexandros Washburn / Chief Urban Designer / New York City during Small Talk - reSITE conference 2013
Mobile Dumpster Pools in New York City, by Macro-Sea. Recognizing that there was a distinct lack of places to swim in New York City, but a great supply of dumpsters, the NYC DOT built the first dumpster pool in Brooklyn in 2009. A junkyard became a country club complete with pools, lounge chairs, and cabanas. Later, a fully mobile, code-compliant pool module was developed for the NYC DOT’s Summer Streets events.