From Madison to Chapel Hill, these universities are paving the way to better solutions for making roads safer and less congested for all.
Mobile street art!
Per capita VMT drops for ninth straight year; DOTs taking notice | SSTI.us, 2/24/2014 (via atlurbanist)
Bikes and pizza. Seriously, does life get any better than that?
Product by Doiy Design.
In the old district Barrio del Carmen of Valencia (Spain) children, associations and inhabitants have set up their own community space in a former vacant lot. It’s Solar Corona.
Time to make a change and save some lives.
More Japanese manhole covers (photo credit: Flickr user “s. morita”)
Breakable Flower Boxes by Kingsday
Giant zippers in Japan!
By Jun Kitagawa
Urban water management!
Ý tưởng tuyệt vời cho một tiện ích đô thị.
Now that’s a bench!
The last Monday Motivation piece I will be taking part in. Things are about to get crazy for me and I sadly just won’t have the time to continue with this project. Lots of traveling, client work, and even an internship that will be keeping me busy. It’s been an awesome thing to be a part of and I’m glad you all have enjoyed it just as much as I have!
The violent and tumultuous chain of recent events on Ukraine’s Independence Square in Kiev, shown above, underscores the continuing debates over urban design and public space. While grand squares often serve as cradles of democracy, we should remember that authoritarian forces can also redesign such public spaces to crush grassroots social movements.
Matt Ford’s recent article in The Atlantic on “A Dictator’s Guide to Urban Design” points to the enduring tension between the square as democratic symbol and authoritarian tool: ”the public square [serves] as an epicenter of democratic expression and protest, and the lack of one—or the deliberate manipulation of such a space—as a way for autocrats to squash dissent through urban design.”
Public space matters, not just for everyday urbanism, but for the very heart and soul of democratic societies.
"The Greenhouse" Veritcal Farm in Florida. - Source
The Knight Foundation has funded a “Project for Lean Urbanism,” proposed by Andrés Duany. Set between the approaches of Tactical Urbanism and New Urbanism, Lean Urbanism focuses on revitalizing cities by encouraging people to participate in community-building. In a recent article, Duany explains the concept to be applied to Detroit:“Detroit is now a place where risk-oblivious millennials can get things done. This is too difficult in most places because of regulations, bureaucracy that makes it impossible to bake a cookie for sale without a certified kitchen, an accessible bathroom and constant inspections.”
Will this approach succeed in revitalizing the bankrupt city? What are the pros and cons? Stay tuned…
Creating balanced cities for different mobilities can be hard work. Creating cities that are balanced with nature can be even harder. Here’s some ideas.