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16 Mar Douglas Farr – Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature



Douglas Farr
Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature
2009 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture
Culture of Green: Nature and the Environment

Date: Nov. 5, 2009
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Location: Ford Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University Campus, Cleveland Ohio

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27 Comments
  • Cash Eddy
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    YOUR SUV MAKES YOU LOOK FAT

  • Richard Allen
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Thank you for this video, it has been a great resource at school.

  • WEE WILLY
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    this is more a case study in public relations, HR management and broadcasting more than anything. Would be quite interested to know the precise register (in hz) and paramterics used for the main speaker

    clearly a case of clever knob twiddling in conjunction with a naturally power savvy personality type (high emotional quotient applied towards claiming the superior position) ,

    who clearly has no qualms about adopting any and all techniques that will go towards making a persuasive case from himself, and whatever he' happens to be peddling.

    Hard sell of soft sell you decide?

  • Paul Schwartz
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Nixon vetoed the Clean Water Act. His veto was overridden by a bi-partisan group in both the US House and US Senate on October 18, 1972. He also impounded billions of dollars in wastewater treatment grants and had to be overturned by the US Supreme Court. Douglass Farr get your history right. It matters and your incorrect telling of it undercuts your scholarship.

  • Dennis M.
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    These are the working ideas and approaches that Pres. Trump can put to use to revitalize America's inner cities. And these projects can be paid for by reviving American manufacturing industries to provide for the needs/demands of both the domestic and the international markets. Cheap energy and innovation/American ingenuity (instead of cheap labor) will in turn be the raw materials that can fuel the revival of US manufacturing prowess.

  • Aant MARK
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    bs

  • Susan Krumdieck
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    "Festooned with evidence that they are green buildings" an aha moment – can I use that?

  • Tim Baxter
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Thank you for Uploading this!
    We are all connected 🙂

  • Shimon Magrill
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Great thought provoking material. Thanks!

  • Carolyn Phinney
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    fabulous…well worth the time.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    New Urbanists hate setbacks. When done correctly there is nothing wrong with set backs. The problem is that setbacks have been taken to an extreme destroying any connection between the building and the street. If setbacks are only 6-8 feet and the facade is maintained, there is no reason why they cannot be used. It also gives a bit of a margin to play with, for instance if a restaurant needs extra outdoor seating space without blocking the sidewalk or if we want a little extra green.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    American leftist elites are enamored with public transportation… but only for the commoners. The elites love public transportation as long as they don´t actually have to use it. Leave that for the riff-raff. Congestion charges, which are so popular among elites, help the well off and politicians by getting people of modest income off the roads and allowing the well to do to not have to fight so much traffic. Thus there is no support for limiting driving based on one´s driver´s license.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Unfortunately we can either have cities optimized for cars or pedestrians. I live in Spain, which is very walkable and pedestrian oriented. It also sucks to drive in.

    However, I believe that we can find a compromise between the two extremes which would be decent for cars and also good for pedestrians with designated pedestrian areas and connected but not dominated by effective highways.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    There is a romance to the living local idea, which is good when done successfully. However, a lot of the living local means reduce options for work, business, shopping, etc. Small towns are generally not thriving because they are local and have less options. Large cities are where the rich generally live because they have more options and are not local in character. Madrid is all high density and not car friendly but commutes on public transportation are easily 1 hour each way.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Banning incandescent bulbs and not been progress and is a classic example of how government mandates can and do go wrong.

    CF bulbs are expensive, do not last any longer under normal use, are incredibly fragile, and are loaded with extremely toxic mercury, which no one knows how to safely dispose of. LED bulbs are great but extraordinarily expensive (more than 20 times an incandescent) and the price has not really come down and may never.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    There are many good ideas in this talk. However, I would caution these architects to go easy on the ultra modern avant-guarde architecture, which so many of them are enthralled with. We are trying to make urban environments inviting and welcoming, and creating the latest ugly, cold, weird and off putting modern building is not the way to do this. I recommend that they stick to proven traditional styles or at least architecture that does not offend.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Many good ideas here. I have a few more comments.
    Destroying perfectly functional items to replace them with "green" items is often less green due to all the resources needed to destroy the old item and replace it with a new energy saving one.

    These ideas to make buildings more intelligent are clever. However, the best way to have sustainability is to reduce our population. But no one wants to talk about it because it is politically incorrect. Instead they want to reduce our quality of life.

  • kaunas888
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    The idea about the solar panels is less that the man cannot afford them, and more that they make no economic sense. The panels would never pay for themselves in their 15-20 year lifespan. And this is the problem with a lot of alternative energy. It is too expensive or unreliable, so the masses will never adopt them while this is true. For alternative energy to be adopted it has to compete.

  • Anna Kumacheva
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Very interesting speech. I am just not sure that it is such a good idea to create more density to provide a better walkability. I would guess that higher percentage of people with higher education might have a similar wishful effect.

  • Archi Russell
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    absolutely riveting and solutionary!

  • Andy Smithers
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    This video shares a lot of ideas and gives that awareness to sustainable urban architecture. Brilliant event!

  • Earth+
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Thank you so much for uploading!!!

  • Earth+
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    At the beginning, I get a bad impression be cause of his Nickson……but I have to say this is a brilliant speech.

  • Katheryne Daradal
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Format based coding is a great concept!

  • plm42
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    Same thing here! 🙂

  • bloorwestreno
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    dry

  • Alexander Marques
    Posted at 08:12h, 16 March

    this guy needs a shower

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