ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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goingurban:

Billboard Homes for the Homeless

Project Gregory is a non profit effort that converts existing billboard structures into affordable housing units. Maintenance costs, skills, and resources are covered through funds raised by the advert space and partner reciprocity.The Republic of Slovakian project utilises the electricity used to keep the billboard lit at night to power the home’s interior.

This project is open source and Project Gregory encourages all cities in all countries to construct new, innovative designs and involve as  many companies as possible to help make a difference.

Second time we’ve featured this, but it’s such an interesting idea. This apartment looks better than mine!

urbangeographies:

BICYCLE CENTER:  Congested São Paulo to open free cyclist hub
Infamous for its traffic congestion, São Paulo has worked for years to improve rapid transit and to prove bike lanes and bike-share kiosks. Now, it will have something more for cyclists: a massive new headquarters for all their needs. 
Nora Lamm reports for Global Site Plans that South America’s largest city begins construction this week on the “Largo Bike” facility.  It will feature bike parking, showers, maintenance and repair along with restrooms and changing stations. Rentals will be available through Bike Sampa, the local bike-share service. Use of the facility will be free to registered users. 
Underscoring the city’s commitment to promoting cleaner transportation, the cycling hub will be open 24-hours-a-day. São Paulo approved the structure, which opens this month, in response to record levels of congestion on its roads, the article says. The city already has an extensive network of bike lanes covering 260 km (162 miles). 
Sources:  Cityscope and Global Site Plans

Bikes are a critical part of planning for reducing congestion. Any plan that leaves them out is not a plan.   High-res

urbangeographies:

BICYCLE CENTER:  Congested São Paulo to open free cyclist hub

Infamous for its traffic congestion, São Paulo has worked for years to improve rapid transit and to prove bike lanes and bike-share kiosks. Now, it will have something more for cyclists: a massive new headquarters for all their needs. 

Nora Lamm reports for Global Site Plans that South America’s largest city begins construction this week on the “Largo Bike” facility.  It will feature bike parking, showers, maintenance and repair along with restrooms and changing stations. Rentals will be available through Bike Sampa, the local bike-share service. Use of the facility will be free to registered users. 

Underscoring the city’s commitment to promoting cleaner transportation, the cycling hub will be open 24-hours-a-day. São Paulo approved the structure, which opens this month, in response to record levels of congestion on its roads, the article says. The city already has an extensive network of bike lanes covering 260 km (162 miles). 

Sources:  Cityscope and Global Site Plans

Bikes are a critical part of planning for reducing congestion. Any plan that leaves them out is not a plan.

papress:

Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available now from PAPress.

Every morning, sanitation workers across Louisville start their day with a regimen of stretching. In the offices of the city’s Public Works department, even those who spend most of their days behind a desk and computer monitor begin their day with the same routine. Stretching is nothing new. But it is an integral part of Louisville’s innovation agenda.

Matthew McClellan on the innovations Louisville is deploying to create a safer workplace for City employees (and yes, it goes further than just stretching!)