BICYCLE ACTIVISM: Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To this end, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. The stunt was organized as part of European Mobility Week, an ongoing campaign that explores sustainable urban mobility around Europe.
Source: Christopher Jobson, ”Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars,” Colossal, October 14, 2014
Simple yet clear. Go by bike!
City governments are where things get done, says basically any city government employee. So should Mayors rule the world?
"The marketing campaigns for new planned cities utilize the familiar language of eco-urban movements with words like “eco” and “smart” in their descriptions. When we trace the roots of the lingo, we begin to notice the inconsistencies in applying this nuanced—and vintage— terminology so liberally today."
What’s in a name? For cities and sustainable developments, it’s a lot.
The seven myths about new urbanism:
Myth 1: Population growth = urban success
Myth 2: There is only one type of density
Myth 3: Dense cities are elitist
Myth 4: More houses and cars means more opportunity!
Myth 5: Sprawl is good for the environment
Myth 6: Hipsters aren’t people
Myth 7: Dense cities don’t provide opportunities for working class people
Find out why these are wrong in our latest post.
Last month 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city for the annual Burning man festival. Within a few weeks, there were no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash was gone.
So what, if anything, can this teach us about cities?
Seville’s Metropol Parasol transformed a former car park into a museum, market, public square and rooftop walkway.
(And if you’re wondering why things have been a little quiet on the tumblog these last couple of weeks, it’s because I’ve just returned from vacation in Seville! - Joe)