Category Archives: Cities

Energy Of The Future: ‘Powering Cities With A Virutual Power Plant’

Residential solar panels and battery backups are becoming more and more popular as efficiency rises and costs sink. This explosion in distributed solar makes a new idea possible: virtual power plants, or a smart network of individual solar panels that can act like a big power plant when electricity is needed most. And as extreme weather threatens many communities, this idea is arriving in the nick of time.

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Top Walking Tour Videos: New Orleans French Quarter ‘Haunted Tour’

Often regarded as the most haunted city in the U.S., New Orleans has a deep history of ghosts, pirates, murder, and mayhem. Join our local expert for a guided walking tour of the infamous French Quarter and its most notorious landmarks to see why it’s been a hotspot for ghost enthusiasts from all over the world.

Video Timestamps: 0:00 Murder and Mayhem in the French Quarter 0:29 Andrew Jackson Hotel 2:27 Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar 5:00 The Palace, aka The Sultan’s House 7:35 Lalaurie Mansion

New Walking Tour Videos: ‘Lisbon, Portugal’ (2020)

We recorded this 4k ultra hd video during our trip to Lisbon, Portugal on July 2020. Located on the westernmost front of Continental Europe, Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens). In 1755 a massive earthquake, and subsequent tidal wave and fire, killed 40,000 and completely destroyed much of the Lisbon lower central districts. Our guided walking tour is about 4.66 miles (7.5 km) long, starts at Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) and covers most attractions and historic sites of Lisbon.

Video Timeline Links: 00:00 – Lisbon, Portugal Walking Tour Intro 01:10 – Commerce Square 11:06 – Santa Justa Lift 16:43 – Carmo Square 17:36 – Carmo Convent 32:22 – Luís de Camões Square 38:08 – Church of Saint Roch 42:19 – Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara 45:37 – Gloria Funicular 51:02 – Restauradores Square 56:26 – Rossio Square 1:01:21 – Square of the Fig Tree (Figueira) 1:05:25 – Fado Vadio Graffiti 1:17:48 – São Jorge Castle 1:24:05 – Portas do Sol Viewpoint 1:27:57 – Santa Luzia Viewpoint 1:37:07 – Lisbon Cathedral 1:38:11 – Santo António Church 1:43:26 – House of Spikes

Travel & Culture Video: ‘Wuhan, China – Epicenter Turned Tourism Hot Spot’

Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus pandemic, had the most tourists of any Chinese city during a public holiday in October. Wuhan is overcoming its pandemic past and benefiting from its hero-city status to become a top travel destination.

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The Future Of Cities: “BiodiverCity” In Malaysia – “Urban Lilypad Islands”

BiodiverCity is conceived as an Urban Mosaic of three diverse islands, and a set of urban design guidelines for mixing programs, addressing pedestrian and mobility networks, building sustainably and harvesting resources. The three islands bring together mixed-use districts, establishing habitat connectivity and supporting edge ecologies in reserves, parks, corridors and urban plazas.

The Channels, BiodiverCity’s first island, is constructed in three complementary phases: in Phase 1, Active Destinations include a wave pool and technology park; in Phase 2, a Civic Heart establishes governance and research institutions in the area; and in Phase 3, a Cultural Coast builds upon the heritage and vibrant creative energy of Penang’s George Town to create a regional and international draw.

As the heart of the district, the Channels’ 500-acre digital park includes spaces for research, development and local business opportunities. The Mangroves, BiodiverCity’s second and central island dedicated to businesses, is organized around a network of sheltered urban wetlands, creating suitable environments for its namesake Mangrove forests—an important natural infrastructure that doubles as effective powerhouses for sequestering more than four times as much carbon as a typical forest.

At the center of the Mangroves, the Bamboo Beacon hosts meetings, conferences and major events—broadcasting the knowledge developed in BiodiverCity out to the world. The buildings in BiodiverCity will be designed to perform efficiently and will to a large extent be constructed by low-carbon materials such as bamboo and Malaysian timber in combination with green concrete, a sustainable alternative comprised of industrial waste and recycled materials. By encouraging green roofs, facades, public and private open spaces, the islands can form a nearly continuous habitat mosaic feeding back into the forests, beaches, riparian zones and estuaries at the island’s edges.

The Laguna, BiodiverCity’s westernmost island, is an oasis for ecological living, organized around a central marina. Eight smaller islands form a miniature archipelago, where floating, stilted and terraced housing takes advantage of the natural setting of Tanjung Gertak Sanggul.

Source by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.

Urban Renewal: “The Brooklyn Bridge Forest” Wins Design Contest (2020)

Brooklyn Bridge Forest reimagines the bridge as an icon of climate action and social equity, improving mobility while respecting the landmark structure. The historic wooden walkway is expanded using planks sustainably sourced from a “partner forest” community in Guatemala that protects a 200,000-acre rainforest. 

A dedicated bike path and reclaimed traffic lane create new space for cyclists and low-carbon transit, while biodiverse “microforests” at either end of the bridge bring nature to New York City and serve as green spaces for underserved communities.

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