Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bill Gates To Build Smart City

One of Bill Gates' investment firms has spent $80 million to kickstart the development of a brand-new community in the far West Valley.

The large plot of land is about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix off I-10 near Tonopah. The proposed community, made up of close to 25,000 acres of land, is called Belmont. According to Belmont Partners, a real estate investment group based in Arizona, the goal is to turn the land into its own "smart city."

"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners said in a news release.

Ronald Schott, executive emeritus at the Arizona Technology Council, says the land Gates' company purchased is in a good spot, in part due to the proposed I-11 freeway, which would run right through Belmont and connect to Las Vegas.

"Bill Gates is known for innovation and those kind of things and I think he picked the right place. He's coming to Arizona," Schott said.

According to Belmont Partners, 3,800 acres will go towards office, commercial and retail space. Then, 470 acres will be used for public schools. Plus, there's room for 80,000 residential units.

"Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model," said Belmont Properties.

"Finally Arizona's getting recognized for being a place for innovation," added Schott.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Floriade Dialogues


In the four year run-up to Floriade Expo 2022 we will annually organize a Floriade Dialogue, starting in 2018, together with (inter)national knowledge institutions. Here knowledge on the central theme of Floriade ‘Growing Green Cities’ will be shared and exchanged.

Each year one of the four subthemes will be the leading theme for the conference ‘Greening, Feeding, Healthying and Energizing the city’.

For the organization collaboration is sought with renowned Dutch universities such as AMS, WUR, TU-Delft, Aeres University of applied sciences, VU University Amsterdam and Maastricht University. You are more than welcome to contribute and participate in any or all of these upcoming events.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Floriade 2022 Green Embassy

A Green Embassy will be a permanent structure, designed by high-profile architects on behalf of the participant and developed and built by the Dutch Real Estate consortium. During the expo it can be rented by the participant. Afterwards, the Green Embassy will be transformed into houses or used for other purposes. Sustainability is the goal here. Nothing will be wasted.

By choosing a Green Embassy, participants can contribute to a new urban district with a permanent design, created by an architect of their own choice. This design can showcase the participant’s own positioning, vision and green solution(s) for cities of the future. These Green Embassy designs will receive a  huge amount of international attention while forming part of an exhibition in the run-up to the Floriade Expo 2022.

We have developed three variations to choose from, depending on how much influence you would like to have on the design. For all options applies: we will build it, participants will then rent the pavilions and afterwards the designs will be transformed into houses or buildings for other purposes as envisaged in the original design. They will all be part of the new city district.

1. City-design This is the ultimate Green Embassy, with an architect chosen and appointed by the participant. The Dutch Real Estate consortium will take over after the final design. After completion, the participant will rent the pavilion during the expo. With this option there is maximum influence on the design.

2. Co-creation The participant chooses the architect and requests Floriade Expo 2022 to appoint him. This might be beneficial with regards to tender procedures. After the preliminary design, the Dutch Real Estate consortium will take over. After completion, the participant will rent the pavilion during the expo.

3. Plug & Play Five Green Embassies will be developed by Floriade Expo 2022. These will be designed by Dutch high-profile architects appointed by the expo, representing our vision of the Green city of the future. Participants can choose this option and rent the Green Embassy as its pavilion during the expo. With this option there is no influence on the design.

The participant can be a country or a city, or a combination of both. Because of the time needed for the development of a Green Embassy and the limited number of lots, the choice and designs have to be made before mid-2019. After that, the options will be limited.