Archive for the ‘Urban Best Practice Area (UBPA)’ Category

Rhône-Alpes region case — Lighting Cities

Monday, February 8th, 2010
The Rhone-Alpes region pavilion in shanghai world expo

The Rhône-Alpes region pavilion

The Rhône-Alpes region of France will stage a 20-minute magnificent light show at its pavilion through the six-month Shanghai World Expo to exhibit its energy-efficient illumination system.

There will be seminars and performances centering on Rhône-Alpes’s lighting technology and art, and that is human-oriented and can help reduce light pollution and relieve eyestrain.

The system will also light up some areas of the Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) which covers 15 hectares.

The case highlights architecturally eco-friendly concept. The pavilion covers an area of 3,123 square meters and uses special bricks that can keep warmth and filter solar radiance.

According to the climate outside, the temperature can be controlled by facilities inside the pavilion automatically.

A rose garden which is covering 670 square meters at the square of the pavilion will showcase blossoming scenery of rose during the fair.

Visitors will also be able to taste authentic French delicacies and even learn French-style cooking at the restaurant in the pavilion, which can accommodate 150 to 200 visitors.

The structure is scheduled to be finished by the end of March.

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London Case — Green House Effective

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
BedZED community in London an artist's rendition of London's Urban Best Practice showcase
BedZED community                                                           London’s Urban Best Practice showcase

In Shanghai World Expo, London will build two houses. They will not need conventional electricity and water supplies but instead make use of the sun, wind, biotic energy and rain water.

The two houses are three stories and are located on the Puxi side of the Expo site, with a total area of 2,500 square meters.

They will have slanted rooftops covered with plants and solar panels.

Eleven windmills on each of the rooftops will bring fresh air into the houses.

Restaurant leftovers will be used for power generation.

Visitors will be able to see the process of how the leftovers are turned into electricity.

In order to decrease the carbon dioxide emissions and realize sustainable development, the Expo site had introduced many methods to make use of natural resources and save energy through solar power, wind effects and Huangpu River water.

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Chicago Case – Sustainable City, Future City

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Chicago Case -- Sustainable City and Future City

Chicago Case -- Sustainable City and Future City

Exhibition Dimension: Sustainable Urbanization

Awards: Nations in Bloom Award, 2003

American Society of Landscape Architects, Omsted Award, 2006


Population: 2,890,000. Metropolitan Area: 8,400,000 Land area: 228 sq. miles. Rainfall: 36 inches per year. Cooling degree days: 940. Heating degree days: 6176. Mayor is elected. City Council consists of 50 Aldermen.

Sustainability as a major goal started in 2000.

Electricity is provided by the investor-owned ComEd. ComEd is a division of Excelon Corporation. Natural gas is provided by Peoples Energy.

Peak load occurs mid-day during the summer.

Chicago is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. While the city does track its greenhouse gas emissions, it does not trade them, preferring to bank or retire them.

Mayor Richard M. Daley’s oft-stated goal is for Chicago to become “the most environmentally friendly city in America.” Encouraging environmental innovation will be beneficial for the health of both the citizens and economy. Conserving natural resources, and encouraging environmentally efficient behavior from citizens and businesses, not only ensures the sustained health of the City but it also makes plain common sense.

In 2005, Chicago released an 80-page Environmental Action Agenda: Building the Sustainable City. The comprehensive and detailed plan is divided into 17 functional areas – Airports to Waste and Recycling.

There are three primary strategies within the agenda:

  1. Conserving, protecting, and restoring natural resources.
  2. Encouraging healthy environmental practices.
  3. Leading by example.

Each functional area has sections for Mission, Accomplishments, Action Agenda for 2005, and Action Agenda for 2010/2020.

Part of this plan is a commitment to “develop ‘life-cycle cost assessment’ tools and data in addition to a first cost analysis method for budgeting.”

Exhibition: Chicago Case will showcase its current and future models through seven themes including water, garbage, food, energy, health, mobiles and commerce.

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