• Byld

    In Byld we have selected, curated and designed photographic images that give impressions or expressions of public values and risks in our daily life, in society as well as in nature. Pixels Pictures can be reduced to pixels with their unique composition colours, thereby retaining or strengthening the original expression or impression. Sometimes it even reduces the picture to it’s core essence. They are designed from photos in our own collection or from formally published photo’s related to news facts or art work. The size is 32 x 32 colour fields, in total 1024 fields. A ‘Pixel’ is downloadable as 4785 x 4785 pixels for a high quality (300 dpi) print of 40 […]

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Citizen King

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In fact every citizen is king of his own living world, this of course within the boundaries – which most societies have commonly agreed on as the playing field or canvas – of the public domain. The kingdom of the citizen can stretch over vast territories, networks, topics and processes, but at the end it is always confined by the borders of the realm. These are often be set and guarded by government, which actually is in principle chosen and indirectly steered by the citizens themselves – at least in democratic societies. The balancing act of freedom, rights and borders is always challenging. The realm of […]

Landscape as Infrastructure

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By Pierre Bélanger, 2017, Routledge As ecology becomes the new engineering, the projection of landscape as infrastructure―the contemporary alignment of the disciplines of landscape architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning― has become pressing. Predominant challenges facing urban regions and territories today―including shifting climates, material flows, and population mobilities, are addressed and strategized here. Responding to the under-performance of master planning and over-exertion of technological systems at the end of twentieth century, this book argues for the strategic design of “infrastructural ecologies,” describing a synthetic landscape of living, biophysical systems that operate as urban infrastructures to shape and direct the future of urban […]

So much government

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Sometimes government can be everywhere and overall present in the life of the ordinary citizen. It can be an overwhelming feeling or even experience for each of us to be secured, guided, advised, steered or looked after. But the imperial blue (Pantone™) of government can sometimes be too present and even dominant – or at least felt this way – and then be narrowing the space of living, of creativity and even of expression. One needs the air to breath. The citizen in terra cotta (Pantone™) can be seen by all overlying governments (from interstate, state, federation, region and municipality) as pawn […]

How we’re growing baby corals to rebuild reefs

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TedTalk by Kristen Marhaver. Kristen Marhaver studies corals, tiny creatures the size of a poppyseed that, over hundreds of slow years, create beautiful, life-sustaining ocean structures hundreds of miles long. As she admits, it’s easy to get sad about the state of coral reefs; they’re in the news lately because of how quickly they’re bleaching, dying and turning to slime. But the good news is that we’re learning more and more about these amazing marine invertebrates — including how to help them (and help them help us). This biologist and TED Senior Fellow offers a glimpse into the wonderful and mysterious […]

The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

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TedTalk by Stewart Brand. Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo … But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.  

The Landscape Urbanism Reader

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Charles Waldheim, Princeton Architectural Press With populations decentralizing and cities sprawling ever outward, twenty-first-century urban planners are challenged by the need to organize not just people but space itself. Hence a new architectural discourse has emerged: landscape urbanism. In The Landscape Urbanism Reader, Charles Waldheim – who is at the forefront of this new movement – has assembled the definitive collection of essays by many of the field’s top practitioners. Fourteen essays written by leading figures across a range of disciplines and from around the world– including James Corner, Linda Pollak, Alan Berger, Pierre Bolanger, Julia Czerniak, and more–capture the origins, the […]

Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis

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The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he’s seeing it happen again, right now.) Didier Sornette (born June 25, 1957 in Paris) is Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He is also a professor of the Swiss Finance Institute, and a professor associated with both the department of Physics and the department of Earth Sciences at ETH […]

Willie Smits: How to restore a Rainforest

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By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. .  

The Landscape Imagination

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The Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010 James Corner, Alison Hirsch, 2014, Princeton Architectural Press. Over the past two decades, James Corner has reinvented the field of landscape architecture. His highly influential writings of the 1990s, included in our bestselling Recovering Landscape, together with a post-millennial series of built projects, such as New York’s celebrated High Line, prove that the best way to address the problems facing our cities is to embrace their industrial past. Collecting Corner’s written scholarship from the early 1990s through 2010, The Landscape Imagination addresses critical issues in landscape architecture and reflects on how his writings have informed the […]

Urban Design and the Real Estate Development Process

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By Steve Tiesdell and David Adams, 2011, Wiley “Urban design enables better places to be created for people and is thus seen in Urban Design in the Real Estate Development Process as a place-making activity, rather than the application of architectural aesthetics. Urban design policy can change the ‘decision environment’ of developers, financiers, designers and other actors in the real estate development process to make them take place-making more seriously. This book reports diverse international experience from Europe and North America on the role and significance of urban design in the real estate development process and explores how higher quality development and […]

City Design

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Jonathan Barnett, 2016 – Routledge.  City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives describes the history and current practice of the four most widely accepted approaches to city design: Modernist city of towers and highways that, beginning in the 1920s, has come to dominate urban development worldwide but is criticized as mechanical and soul-less. Traditional organization of cities as streets and public places, scorned by the modernists, but being revived today for its human scale. Green city design, whose history can be traced back thousands of years in Asia, but is becoming increasingly important everywhere as sustainability and the preservation of the planet […]

Good Government and Coordination

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By Jack Kruf. The painting in the Town Hall of the City (and from Republic) of Siena is called The Allegory of Good and Bad Government. It is a series of three fresco panels painted in the Sala Dei Nove by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in 1338/1339. The series consists of six different scenes: Allegory of Good Government, Allegory of Bad Government, Effects of Bad Government in the City, Effects of Bad Government in the Country, Effects of Good Government in the City and Effects of Good Government in the Country.  The only way to get to the high level of good government seems to be by coordination. Many issues today like climate change, cyber crime, large […]

The City in History

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Lewis Mumford wrote the this National Book Award winning book with the subtitle “Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects”. It was published by Harcourt in 1961. The author argues for a world not in which technology reigns, but rather in which it achieves a balance with nature. His ideal vision is what can be described as an “organic city,” where culture is not usurped by technological innovation but rather thrives with it. . Mumford contrasts these cities with those constructed around wars, tyrants, poverty, etc. However, the book is not an attack on the city, but rather an evaluation of its […]

The Complex Ecosystems of Cities, Where Plants Meet Politics

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Source: Wired. A biologist might, let’s say, a particular species of rabbit, spending years in the field observing a population of them. A botanist might do the same with a specific grass or tree. But ecologists? They study life, too, but in whole systems at once. An ecologist might study the rabbit, the grass, and add in the local wolf population too. That’s because she’s less interested in the behaviors and traits of one species and more interested in how they interact. The fact that environmental and social policies are so intertwined in cities has created some unexpected feedback loops, just […]

Citizens say ‘No’ to Farc Agreement

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In Colombia a peace deal with Farc rebels to end 52 years of war, was rejected by citizens referendum. It seems government had put all the pieces  in place to begin implementation of a deal. President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Timochenko had signed the agreement. This result of the referendum was unexpected and unforeseen. Now beside government also politics need to get involved to get things done, if it ever will be. The conflict is on one about many underlying of citizens and on the other hand the world of economics and business, which got involved in the matter. Like the Brexit […]

Amanda Burden

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More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it’s important. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers […]

Amsterdam Smart City

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Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is a unique partnership between companies, governments, knowledge institutions and the people of Amsterdam. It is a frontrunner in the development of Amsterdam as a Smart City. A Smart City is a city where social and technological infrastructures and solutions facilitate and accelerate sustainable economic growth. This improves the quality of life in the city for everyone. ASC believes in a habitable city where it is pleasant to both live and work. In six years ASC has grown into a platform with over 100 partners, which are involved in more than 90 innovative projects. The Amsterdam Smart […]

Cities Safer by Design

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This pdf booklet is a global reference guide to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development. Over 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes globally, mostly pedestrians, and that number is growing every year. This hands-on guide taps examples from cities worldwide and includes 34 different design elements to improve safety and quality of life. President Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute: The majority of these deaths happen in and around urban areas, disproportionately affecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. The percentage of the world’s residents living in cities is also on the […]