Reprogramming the City: Repurposing Urban Objects for New Use

VRMNTR
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"A hopeful anthology of solutions for our hot, crowded planet. Anyone reading Scott Burnham’s essential book will emerge reassured by the transformative power of creativity in the world’s urban centers." - Renée Loth, editor, AchitectureBoston magazine

Reprogramming the City is a global overview of ways existing urban elements are being reimagined and repurposed for new use. 

From billboards in Lima, Peru, repurposed to generate fresh drinking water to bus stops in northern Sweden transformed to boost the mental health of commuters during dark winter months, Reprogramming the City reveals the hidden abilities contained in existing city structures to improve life for urban residents. 

Featuring over 40 examples of innovative and inspiring ways in which urban elements are being reimagined for new use, Reprogramming the City shows the potential of looking at everyday urban objects and asking, "What if id did more than its original function?"

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About the author

Scott Burnham, FRSA, has created and directed initiatives in more than a dozen cities worldwide and curated over 30 exhibitions exploring new ideas for design and urban environments. He has addressed numerous institutions and agencies on resourceful design strategies, including The World Bank, The World Urban Development Congress, and the MIPIM Global Mayor's Think Tank. He is the author of Design Hacking: DIY Innovation, Resourcefulness, Self-Reliance and a contributor to numerous publications. In recognition of his work, Burnham was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce in London in 2009. For more information, visit scottburnham.com

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VRMNTR
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Published on
Nov 6, 2018
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Pages
214
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ISBN
9781945971013
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Language
English
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Genres
Architecture / Adaptive Reuse & Renovation
Architecture / Sustainability & Green Design
Architecture / Urban & Land Use Planning
Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
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Project Report from the year 2015 in the subject Urban and Regional Planning, grade: Good, University of Stuttgart (Master of Infrastructure Planning), course: Case study, language: English, abstract: The County of Ludwigsburg, with the City of Ludwigsburg as its capital, is located at the core of the State of Baden-Württemberg and forms part of the Stuttgart Region. It consists of 39 administrative municipalities with a total population of 516,874 inhabitants as at 2009. It is anticipated that the County will experience additional population growth of approximately 21,400 in the year 2020. This has profound implications for spatial change and reorganization as more land would be required for housing and jobs allocations and other complementary functions. The principal objective of this project is the effective regional planning and sustainable urbanism in the County of Ludwigsburg and it is accomplished in three main phases. Phase one focuses on the formulation of objectives and development of planning guidelines and spatial concept based on data analysis of the existing situation considering issues such as demography, economic and environment among others. The analysis of the existing situation also revealed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the county resulting in the definition of specific objectives, namely: ensuring ecological friendly urban planning; improving non-motorized modes of transport; ensuring the effective and efficient utilization of open spaces and promoting a sense of social cohesion; and promoting compact development. The planning objectives form the basis of the planning guidelines which in turn provide the framework for the allocation of jobs and housing within the county. In the second phase, an elaborate land demand calculation as well as land suitability analysis on the county level were undertaken using some defined benchmarks and indicators based on which the jobs and housing allocation scheme was prepared. In order to ensure spatial harmony and enhance optimal utilization of the limited space, a spatial prioritization of the planned interventions was carried out in line with the spatial concept and planning guidelines. Phase three consists of a set of activities that culminated in the design of a detailed urban master plan together with implementation plan to cater for 5000 inhabitants on one location in a green field. Cumulatively, this urban master plan will provide a comprehensive framework for pursuing the development agenda of the county.
It is a common article of faith that Mozart composed the most beautiful music we can know. But few of us ask why. Why does the beautiful in Mozart stand apart, as though untouched by human hands? At the same time, why does it inspire intimacy rather than distant admiration, love rather than awe? And how does Mozart's music create and sustain its buoyant and ever-renewable effects? In Mozart's Grace, Scott Burnham probes a treasury of passages from many different genres of Mozart's music, listening always for the qualities of Mozartean beauty: beauty held in suspension; beauty placed in motion; beauty as the uncanny threshold of another dimension, whether inwardly profound or outwardly transcendent; and beauty as a time-stopping, weightless suffusion that comes on like an act of grace.

Throughout the book, Burnham engages musical issues such as sonority, texture, line, harmony, dissonance, and timing, and aspects of large-scale form such as thematic returns, retransitions, and endings. Vividly describing a range of musical effects, Burnham connects the ways and means of Mozart's music to other domains of human significance, including expression, intimation, interiority, innocence, melancholy, irony, and renewal. We follow Mozart from grace to grace, and discover what his music can teach us about beauty and its relation to the human spirit. The result is a newly inflected view of our perennial attraction to Mozart's music, presented in a way that will speak to musicians and music lovers alike.

FEW TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS are as impressive as the ability to see our own planet from outer space. The beautiful sphere suspended against the black void of space makes plain the bond that the billions of us on Earth have in common.

This global consciousness inspires space travellers who then provide emotional and spiritual observations. Their views from outer space awaken them to a grand realization that all who share our planet make up a single community. They think this viewpoint will help unite the nations of the world in order to build a peaceful future for the present generation and the ones that follow.

Many poets, philosophers, and writers have criticized the artificial borders that separate people preoccupied with the notion of nationhood. Despite the visions and hopes of astronauts, poets, writers, and visionaries, the reality is that nations are continuously at war with one another, and poverty and hunger prevail in many places throughout the world, including the United States.

So far, no astronaut arriving back on Earth with this new social consciousness has pro- posed to transcend the world's limitations with a world where no national boundaries exist. Each remains loyal to his/her particular nation-state, and doesn’t venture beyond patriotism - "my country, right or wrong" – because doing so may risk their positions.

Most problems we face in the world today are of our own making. We must accept that the future depends upon us. Interventions by mythical or divine characters in white robes descending from the clouds, or by visitors from other worlds, are illusions that cannot solve the problems of our modern world. The future of the world is our responsibility and depends upon decisions we make today. We are our own salvation or damnation. The shape and solutions of the future depend totally on the collective effort of all people working together.


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