Dameun Kim

Dameun Kim is an urban planner. She aims to connect different aspects of city planning through her interdisciplinary experience in planning and engineering. Her interests in adaptation strategies to climate change and physical planning led her to Vancouver, after her prolonged expedition in three continents.

The Ups & Downs of Drones

Posted by on June 22, 2016

Drones are expected have big impacts on a range of  industries. They present a host of opportunities, but also create new safety challenges. In response, London Police is training eagles to handle this high-tech security headache, another example of the reapplication of ancient technology, while Michigan Tech created a robotic drone catcher. Conversely, the FDA  recently…

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What Would You do with a Magic Wand?

Posted by on June 3, 2016

With the Internet of Things, controlling objects daily is becoming real. Recognizing that most “smart” objects can’t communicate with each other, and often only serve one function, Valentin Heun at MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Lab introduced an app, Reality Editor, aiming to empower users to integrate their smart tools. When you connect dots…

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Blooming Street Lights

Posted by on May 27, 2016

Can thoughtfully designed public art contribute to increasing pedestrian safety and convenience? With advanced technologies, HQ Architects installed an interactive public art installation in Jerusalem’s Valero Square. As part of an effort to revitalize the square, the installation provides weather protection for pedestrians during sunny or rainy days and unique tram alarms…

Mobility for Better Cities

Mobility Planning that Builds Better Cities

Posted by on May 25, 2016

What does the future of transportation in (North) American cities look like? Ecolocalizer tackled this huge question in a recent post. With the average traffic delay per commuter now 42 hours a year, up from 18 hours annually in 1982, the answer to this question is…

Designing a Healthier Office

Posted by on April 29, 2016

It’s become clear that there are numerous ways to create a healthier office. Now, Medibank, Australia’s largest private health insurer has built what might be the world’s healthiest office building. Designed on the principles of a health-based working environment, filled with plants, where employees are encouraged…

Little Human behind the Design Inspiration

Posted by on April 28, 2016

Cities and buildings are made for people and by people. Architects’ interpretation of the human body transfers into their architectural designs. Le Corbusier‘s tall and muscular person created utopian city sketches with large geometrical buildings. Similarly, Theo van Doesburg’s stacked up person looks exactly like many of…

Debates Flare Around Shipping Container Skyscrapers

Posted by on April 26, 2016

As we’ve detailed previously, shipping container skyscrapers  have been envisioned as a solution for affordable housing and rapid construction. However, the idea has also sparked discussions over their feasibility. In a provocative article, Mark Hogan, principal at San Francisco-based firm OpenScope, highlights a number of technical and habitation problems with mass shipping container construction.…

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Injecting New Energy into Architecture Debates

Posted by on April 26, 2016

Bored of traditional architectural debates, a new group based out of London, Turncoats, aims to shake up the establishment provoke real discussions about architecture. Harnessing the free independent journalism approach of Dezeen, Architecture Foundation and Failed Architecture, the “conspirators” want to burst the bubbles around mainstream architectural discussion. No phones,…

Paper Bridges & Satellites

Posted by on April 16, 2016

It is easy to tear a single sheet of paper – and nearly impossible to rip a whole stack of them. Building on this simple observation, researchers at Georgia Tech, the University of Illinois, and the University of Tokyo created structurally engineered plastic tubes inspired by Origami arts. The…

Disruptive Innovation to Rethink Education

Posted by on April 16, 2016

In the digital age, are there better ways for colleges and universities to provide high-quality learning experiences? A restructured college business model that delivers education in a range of ways could enable colleges to lower costs while increasing equality in higher education. An underused college building could become a new public library offering credentialed on-line…

Ecology, Design Patterns & the Self-Building City

Posted by on April 16, 2016

While a resurgence in mixed-use development has contributed to more human-scale districts, Färgfabriken‘s Jan Ryden argues in a recent article for Volume, that it often lacks the diversity Jane Jacobs championed, driving up costs and limiting fine grain development. He proposes the re-application of Christopher Alexander’s design language to urbanism.…

Subscription to Car-Free-Ideals

Posted by on April 16, 2016

Since the invention of the automobile, increasingly car-oriented street networks have encouraged people to drive more, while simultaneously discouraging and, even criminalizing, walking. The result has been growing health issues, car accidents, and environmental problems. In response, city planners are experimenting with different methods to change the trend. Check out a…

Quantifiable Community

Posted by on April 15, 2016

As the lines between our digital and physical lives become more blurred, the Internet of Things is moving from idea to reality. Proponents envision complete networks of smart technologies that will help cities to operate more efficiently, improving a range of urban elements including mobility, energy consumption…

Building Cities like Forests

Posted by on April 15, 2016

Historically unprecedented urban growth has led to tremendous technological advancements but has severely diminished cities’ long-term sustainability. Inspired by similarities between urban systems and the natural environment, architects, urban planners and designers are starting to apply biomimicry to create more ecologically balanced cities. How can a…

Towards Healthier Cities

Posted by on April 15, 2016

After more than a half century of separation, public health issues have returned to the urbanism discussion. But what is a healthy city? In an illuminating interview with Metropolis Magazine, renowned architect and designer Jan Gehl offers his insight from more than 50 years of studying people…

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Smart Garbage Bins in a Smart City

Posted by on April 15, 2016

Improved web access is accompanied by economic and social opportunities. Not everybody in cities can regularly connect to the internet, however. Recognizing that, cities around the world are experimenting with citywide free WiFi access through creative infrastructure retrofits. Could adding solar-powered wireless hotspots to trash and recycling…

The Disruptive Nature of Automated Mobility as a Service

Posted by on April 15, 2016

In response to social, demographic and technological changes, the car industry is working around the clock to develop self-driving cars. As companies like Google and Tesla continue to innovate, automated mobility is poised to become a reality. What socioeconomic changes might accompany the rise of autonomous vehicles?…

Big Data & the Art of Storytelling

Posted by on April 15, 2016

Contemporary urban life is increasingly based on two parallel cities, one physical (visible) and one digital (invisible). As more and more layers overlap, understanding how urban technologies can foster humanity in the invisible city becomes more important. In response, artists, writers and tech developers, like Coney and Pan…

Wifi & Uber – MARTA Announces Two New Initiatives

Posted by on April 15, 2016

Transit organizations in many sprawled cities struggle to provide quality service. To fill the gap, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (GA)  partnered with Uber to provide first-last mile connections to improve service and attract new customers. MARTA will also test-run free WiFi on city buses to enhance their services. Read more…

When Urban Planning Plays Doctor

Posted by on April 15, 2016

Have you thought about how infectious diseases and urban planning are related? A poorly built environment can expose people to toxic pollutants and influences lifestyles that contribute to different health issues. Narrow and overcrowded housing is an ideal space for infectious disease to spread amongst its occupants. While…

Data Collection in the Moscow Metro

Posted by on April 15, 2016

Data creates accumulated traces of human behavior that can be applied to forecast general urban trends to improve the quality of life. As an extension of behavioral data, could biological data on the daily life of individuals be helpful to solve challenging urban problems? How could macro…

Rising Water: Benefit from Change or Suffer from Stagnation

Posted by on April 14, 2016

Re-thinking human relationships with water are critical for climate change adaptation. Waterfront cities have undertaken a range of initiatives to address sea-level rise and future water deficiency. Shaped like an upside-down umbrella, Tåsinge Plads, a public space in Copenhagen, uses clever landscaping and materials to both manage flood control and…

Mapping Melbourne’s Trees

Posted by on April 8, 2016

Urban trees have been shown to provide considerable health and financial benefits, but can be difficult to keep alive and help thrive in grueling city environments. In an exciting engagement effort, the City of Melbourne created a digital map of the city’s 70,000+ trees, to educate its…

Shipping Container Skyscraper

Posted by on April 8, 2016

In the pop-up era, shipping containers are being adapted for a diversity of purposes. But skyscrapers? An Indian architecture firm created a conceptual design that envisions this low-cost, prefab material reaching upwards. The project raises some important construction and social questions, but as Co.Design points out,…

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