Thanks urbanalysis for sharing this quote!
Do the ducks feel safe? That old classic!
More Friday city fun: local Starbucks data!
Urban coffee culture!
It’s easy to think that London is a pretty green city. But there’s no shortage of urban motorways too, and the air quality is among the worst in Europe.
Images © Bell Phillips
Experiments in Motion
5 creative ways people get around cities
It’s not all planes, trains and automobiles. How about painted buses, cable cars, electric bikes and rickshaws?
The jetpack is sadly absent. When is that going to happen?
Melisa Chávez Moreno on understanding the culture of homelessness in Berlin.
No Surface Without a Seat
Berlin isn’t the warmest of places, so I was continually surprised by the amount of outdoor seating around the city. In some neighborhoods, sidewalk cafes, public benches, beer gardens, or terraces seemed to be at every turn. But what surprised me even more than the sheer amount of seating, was the seemingly ad-hoc, improvised, or innovative nature of many of the options. Anywhere there was a surface or some extra space, you were bound to find a cushion, a folding chair, a crate, or some recycled materials inviting you to sit down and take a break. It wasn’t limited to restaurants and bars either - cushions and chairs could be found on the steps, ledges, sidewalks, and street corners outside of clothing stores, gift shops, and all sorts of other random places.
My visit was in April, presumably the time of year when these chairs and cushions first emerge from winter storage. I’d be curious to take walk through the city in summertime to see them in greater use, and to see if even more sprout up. It must create an impressively vibrant street life.
Photos taken April, 2014
Take a seat!
Shopping! Magical, magical shopping!
Except regeneration by shopping isn’t the fail-safe approach to urban regeneration that a lot of cities would like you to think it is.
These houses, which can be plopped down nearly anywhere—on roofs, in deserts, on riverbanks—offer stylish alternatives to mobile homes for the contemporary nomad. Some can be built up in the course of a day, then broken down again, like giant Legos. And, as we all know by now, such homes are far more eco-friendly than resource-guzzling McMansions.
Prefab is brilliant. More prefab please.
While they do increase congestion, the effect is minimal. The Fast Company article does stress that roads should be selected based on their existing design in order to deal with the realities of car reliant cities. Pushing to hard to make bike lanes work in less pedestrian freindly areas could have detreminal effects. Congestion that slows emergency responsiveness is an example.
While the article is light on content, the headline alone is enough of an eye-grabber to start a conversation about when, where and how fast, bike lanes appear on our roadways.
March’s theme is Hidden and in honor of the theme our Chicago chapter is having Matthew Hoffman speak. You might have heard about his You Are Beautiful Project, a little sticker that started a worldwide phenomenon. Pictured is a double sided entrance piece to the Miller Beach community in Gary, Indiana. Find out more. →
The next generation of recommendation engines will use your location data to suggest music festivals, sporting events, and conferences you will want to attend.