Urbanization News June 10

Section 2 of New York City’s High Line opened this week to much celebration.  The first section of the park is loved by New Yorkers and praised by planners as a successful example of converting and preserving unused urban infrastructure. Here is a description from Good:

It looks pretty amazing, succeeding just as the first section did in preserving the best of the High Line’s many incarnations, while creating something totally new. Even more than the first section, this one honors the original rugged pride of the industrial past with exposed tracks and echoes of the days when New York got its frozen turkeys by rail, and sent out oreos to the world in boxcars.

Apple’s New Campus Eliminates Surface Parking, Adds Cars to Traffic So Apple’s new campus is not in located in one of the cities we typically cover at Encountering Urbanization, but it will certainly have an impact on the urban planning in and around Cupertino, California. The City Fix writes about how it will effect parking:

The new campus will occupy 98 acres of land bought from Hewlett Packard Co., in close proximity to the existing Apple campus….In addition to its underground parking lot, the new campus would include a four-story parking structure to accommodate a growing employee base and an ensuing car culture.

This week the book “Living in the Endless City” was  released.  The Wall Street Journal offers a peak at some of the graphics from the book that compares Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Johannesburg, London and Berlin.

Today, 53% of the world’s population lives in cities, up from 10% in 1900. By 2050, that figure is expected to rise to 75%. The new book “Living in the Endless City” (Phaidon), edited by Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic, looks at the challenges cities face as their populations boom.


Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World  The developers of a new Japanese city hope that this will serve as a model city for future projects around the world. If they are able to replicate this model the energy savings of entire towns on centrally control systems could be huge.

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000 homes built to be more energy independent than any other modern town. The project will be built on the site of an old Panasonic manufacturing plant, and with the intense attention given to Japan’s energy future after the Fukushima disaster the eco town couldn’t come at a more apropos time. Read more from InHabitat.

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