THE INTERTWINE ALLIANCE - Portland OR
A Collaborative Partnership
Access to parks and natural areas close to home and work has become increasingly important to our communities’ health and well being. The Intertwine Alliance is bringing together local agencies and groups to increase investment in The Intertwine. Alliance members are working together on five Alliance Initiatives: acquisition, active transportation, conservation, conservation education and the regional system.
Check out this article about the GOOD Ideas for Cities forum held in Portland on Thursday. ADX approached PNCA Collaborative Design to collaborate on our Marshall High School plan. It turned out pretty awesome. So then we helped present! Looking forward to see what comes of this.
Design thinking, user-centered design, service design, transformation design. These practices are not identical but their origin is similar: a definition of design that extends the profession beyond products. The rise of service economies in the developed world contributed to this movement toward design experiences, services and interactions between users and products. The literature about design thinking and contemporary ideas reveals common elements and themes, many of which are borrowed from product design processes. They include abduction, empathy, interdisciplinary teams, co-creation, iteration through prototyping, preservation of complexity and an evolving brief.
Ice Cube talks about L.A., the Eames, and architecture
Ice Cube drives Inglewood blvd. describing the Los Angeles that he knows. He talks of landmarks like The Forum, Five Torches, Cockatoo Inn, Brolly Hut, and Watts Towers. He refers to the 110 as “Gangsta Highway”. Cube says coming from South Central LA teaches you how to be resourceful.
1 Tree per 61.4 People
If there are 5 million tress in the US, and our population is 307, 006, 550 million then there is one tree per every 61.4 of us!
Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of NASA’s Woods Hole Research Center worked in conjunction with the National Geological Survey and US Forest Service to catalog a mix of data gleaned from space-based radar, satellite sensors, computer models, and old-fashioned tree counting. The map above shows the total amount of woody biomass in the USA. It’s displayed at a 30 meter resolution, where every four pixels constitutes an acre and every ten represents a hectare. In total, Kellendorfer estimates some five million trees reside on US soil (via Gizmodo via Where the Trees Are : Image of the Day).
C1ty By NuMb3r5 - Has a former physicist found a formula for growing better cities? By Michael Anft
Imagine if someone concocted a method for turning cities inside out, so we could view their inner workings—their strengths and shortcomings, how they grow and thrive and die—at an almost cellular level. By analyzing a vast sweep of data, everything from how much money the city’s residents make to the numbers of miles in its sewer lines, this system could tell us just how successful a city has been, where it falls flat, and how it stacks up to other cities of its size. Would we, armed with this killer urban-wonk app, be able to pull off a feat that has eluded generations of urban planners, politicians, and sundry city boosters: turn a troubled municipality back from the brink?