impossible-cities

anonymous asked:

Have you heard about the swedish city Kiruna which is about to move two miles from where it is right now? (Although some parts will be kept). Do you think this will be more common in the future? (Depending on the environment)

Kirunas situation is unique because of its small population and reason for moving, as described in The Guardian:

Kiruna’s current location hinges on the reason for its very existence, as well as its potential demise: this particular patch of Lapland – usually bright-white snow and reindeer – is, in fact, home to one of the largest iron ore deposits in the world. After the Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) mining company was established in 1890 and a railway to the area built, the city was founded in 1900. Kiruna grew quickly, and so did the mine.

But now the extent of the mining is threatening the city itself. The expansion of LKAB’s mining activity is leading to ground subsidence that is causing buildings to crack and collapse – and it will only get worse.

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It started with a spark that engulfed

All my pages in flames; your fingertips remained

Still scattered all over the 365th; so

I’ll crush you like a burning firefly but you’ll scorch my palms

Leave abrasions — leave marks on cities impossible to forget 

And I’d taste blood every time I walk. 

So, I’ll pretend that my anger fears my sleep

When I awake, spit sadness to my fist like it was nothing.

I can’t really escape you, can I?

I’ll clench until I’ve felt they’ve left all your words I plead to forget.

I have wept for beginnings. I still do ‘till the end.

‘Till the very end. 

— Before I Leave (An Ode to the New Year)

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Goodbye 2015. 

Biophilic Cities

Bioliphic City

Definition: A green city, with abundant nature and natural systems that are visible and accessible to urbanities. 

If you have ever visited a small town with a bustling community, street vendors and markets- the spirit of the city caring about the environment and the people in it? That is an example of a Bioliphic city. 

The concept of a Biophilic city is much more attainable than we realize. I can’t promote enough the concept of a rooftop garden or “green roof”. They are affordable, extremely helpful to the environment, and saves you money in the long run. It offers cooling and heating properties to the building, and harbors plant and animal life (birds) to integrate the built environment into nature. The next step would be to create a green wall and green at street level. 

When is the last time you have been in a city, looked up, and seen a starry sky like this?

The modern light pollution makes these cities impossible to see nights like these. Cities are now making the effort to stop the excessive lighting by having dark sky ordinances. The International Dark Sky Association does its part in educating and promoting the benefits and beauty of living in an area that respects the night sky. There are communities, parks, and reserves in North America and Europe that promote the lifestyle, and if we took the initiative to make Salt Lake a dark sky city, imagine how incredible our night skies could be. 

This is a screenshot from the International Dark Sky Association website. It only takes a small group of people to get the ball rolling. 

Another group that I know of is Save our Canyons. Carl Fisher came and spoke to my Outdoor Education and Leadership class, telling us about ways we could get involved with the movement. Canyons are being threatened by city projects, and the issue is being swept under the rug. Getting the community involved with projects like this in Utah would help give them a pride for the state, standing up for the beautiful things that they are a part of. 

Overall, to achieve a bioliphic lifestyle, we have to come together as a community and understand the importance of having pride in where we live, and preserving that.