A closer look at what has been called “one of the greatest transportation safety field’s greatest success stories.”
Design vs human experience.
Sometimes the city tells you how it wants to be designed. Listen!
ClimateWorks is a San Francisco based foundation whose mission is to support public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity. This infographic about wlkable neighborhoods is part of a document called Planning Cities for People, which was prepared for the Chinese government. The document, which contains 8 research-based recommendations that lead to prosperous, low-carbon urban areas, uses richly illustrated maps and diagrams to present examples of street-grids that promote walking, prioritize bicycle networks, create mixed-use neighborhoods and support high-quality transit.
This is how you do walkability.
The Modernist Project, The Athens Chater
The cynic in me might suggest that this is how cities get planned….
Three groups shared a day of public creativity in which a blind wall gave the inspiration for the construction of a temporary collective place. A residual space is reactivated to give life to new situations, to encourage casual encounters, and to become a starting point for a new view of the city of Rome.
How making London greener could make Londoners happier – interactive map
“London – with all its tarmac, brick and glass – is actually 38.4% open space and ranks as the world’s third greenest major city. Now Daniel Raven-Ellison wants to go further … and make Greater London a national park. His campaign and online petition aims to have the city treated in the same way as parks like the Peak District and the Brecon Beacons, to conserve its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. The maps below plot open space and happiness – and attempt to show how well-being would increase if London’s green space was expanded”
Further evidence that a green city is a happy city.
Zaitunay Bay: Beirut, Lebanon
Zaitunay Bay, located around Beirut Marina, is owned and managed by Beirut Waterfront Development Company, a 50-50 joint venture between Solidere and Stow Development Company. Access to the project is through the seaside promenade to the north, the planned Rafic Hariri Wahat waterside city park to the east, and the Beirut corniche to the south. A 400-space underground public car park was built by Solidere below the corniche.
An innovative tourist attraction designed by Steven Holl (US) and LEFT (US) with Nabil Gholam et al., the project is conceived as an urban beach. Extending the existing Beirut corniche and the new sea promenade, a series of overlapping platforms, reminiscent of sea waves, provide outdoor spaces and public areas for displaying artwork.
Of the two major project components, the Quayside Restaurant Strip with specialty stores has become the city center’s new destination; the Yacht Club building is nearing completion. The Quayside Restaurant Strip, compriing 17 restaurants and five retail outlets, stretches along Beirut Marina, from the site’s western limit to the Yacht Club building on the east. The one-floor construction remains below street level, with the roofs forming a continuation of the corniche. The landscape design for the entry plaza, quayside and corniche sidewalk, create open-air terraces in the form of a ‘stone beach’ over the restaurants and shops.
The Yacht Club accommodates three basement levels; exclusive commercial shops at marina level; a yacht club and 53 state-of-the-art furnished and serviced apartments on the upper three levels, with one, two and three bedrooms.
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)?