Kansas City, Montreal, London, Singapore, Cape Town and Paris all feature in our new list of six urban projects embracing nature. Which city projects do you think are doing a great job of bringing citizens closer to nature?
How safe are your streets?
Dynamic Connections Map is an interactive project where the public can rate their bicycle routes from safe (green) to unsafe (red) through five simple questions. Although the default location is Berlin, anyone from around the world may participate by zooming the map out and scoring their local area. It’s a great experiment that helps to inform current, and potential cyclists of all riding levels. The information can be used by planners, and councils to understand the community’s interests, and help to improve infrastructure and biking networks.
It took me less than a few minutes to complete. Encourage all your cycling enthusiast buddies to take part. It’d be great to see the world map lit up in colour!
A great project. Share your insights!
- Basic bollards in San Francisco, California
- Public seating in New York, NY
- Half-wheels in Seville, Spain
- Grass and trees in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Parked bikes in Rotterdam, Netherlands
19 beautiful ways to protect bike lanes. via peopleforbikes, 04.10.13.
Nouvelles berges de seine
In a daring gamble, the mayor of Paris recently shut off a major vehicle thoroughfare through the city, the highway along the Seine River.
Xavier Janc, the head of the Berges project at Paris City Hall, says it’s designed to give Parisians what they want: nature, culture and sport. “But most of all we wanted to get rid of this urban highway that marred the historic heart of the city,” Janc says. “We wanted to give the river back to people who love Paris.”
read more: npr, 22.10.13.
IKEA is known for their shrewd reading of consumer behavior, so it makes sense they’re investing in just such a scheme. Strand East is a 6,000-person community the corporation is building on a 27-acre industrial plot adjacent to London’s 2012 Olympic Park. Already under construction, the village will open in 2013.
William Holly Whyte (via imaginingcities)
Even jesus wants narrower streets…
Can’t argue with this!
Downtown 2-Way Street; NACTO’s before and after.
Small moves, big impact.
Shipping container reuse projects are happening in cities all over the world.
Any near you?