Creating walkable cities is tough when we’ve built an infrastructure that discourages walking. But it’s worth it.
Kevin Klinkenberg on the journey we’ve taken to create unwalkable cities.
About as simple as it gets.
Mathew Wood-Hill on the challenges facing future cities.
Good cities require good planning, but when almost everything we know about cities is evolving, how can we create the right environment for planning?
The Garden City is a very British approach to cities, and despite crossing the boundaries into other countries, it’s a concept that has remained largely dormant for decades.
But is it time to reawaken the garden city? And could it solve the housing crisis in the UK (and beyond)?
Yet another reason to live in and design walkable cities
Maybe going for a walk won’t clear your head. It will bring it to life!
Is privatization the answer for cities looking to improve cycling infrastructure?
My first reaction:
The twentieth century? I could pick a better century out of hat, blindfolded, and get a better one!
(Quote from Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart’s Sabrina, 1954. One of my favorite movies.)
Let’s make the twenty-first century better, guys.
Change the question!
The Human Scale by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Excellent film. Worth watching the whole thing!
I’ll take this a step further and say that if you have a significant number of these unsafe streets, you designed the entirety of your urban place wrong. How did we end up with so many of these strange, car-dependent things called “arterial roads” adjacent to homes and businesses? That’s a 20th-century placemaking fail of epic proportions.
Fred Kent, founder of Project for Public Spaces, has a great quote:
“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.”
If you’re interested in hearing from a guy who knows a lot about the origin of sprawling, car-centric places, I recommend heading to Atlanta’s Manuel’s Tavern this Thursday night where author Ben Ross will be speaking.
Above graphic from Strong Towns
New Urbanist Andrés Duany created the rural-to-urban transect as a model of urban planning. The transect defines a series of zones that evolve from sparse rural farmhouses to the dense urban core. Each zone contains a similar transition from the edge to the center of a neighborhood. The transect is an important part of the New Urbanism and Smart Growth movements.
Transect planning can be seen as a contrast to the single land-use pattern favored by modern city zoning and suburban development. In these patterns, large areas are dedicated to a single purpose, such as housing, offices, shopping, and they can only be accessed via major roads. The transect, by contrast, involves mixed-use development and therefore decreases the necessity for long-distance travel by any means.
Very useful. If only it looked so awesome in real life!
Cities from the air