Archive for public space use

Learning from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco

I recently came back from a study trip in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. I visited these cities because they are all dealing with challenges that are top on the list in New Zealand as in many other places – accommodating growth through intensification,…

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Would you like your free comfort / safety / public space extra?

Would you like your free comfort / safety / public space extra?

On Sunday I had a nice walk through Hackney, enjoying the sun and some really nice and pleasant urban surroundings. But I had in mind the collisions and fatalities I had read about (4.092 collisions in the five years to December 2012 resulting in 623…

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Le futur selon BMW

Le futur selon BMW

BMW fête ses 100 ans et montre sa vision pour les 100 prochaines, qui a été relayée avec pas mal d’enthousiasme par les médias technophiles. L’entreprise a travaillé sur un scénario attractif (“a scenario people would engage with”), avec comme idée de base que le…

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Buenos Aires’s traffic addiction: some possible explanations

I have been living in Buenos Aires for 4 months now, and trying to figure out how the city worked, from the transportation point of view (among others!). I won’t pretend that I achieved that, of course, but observing and reading local researchers’ papers brought…

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60 years of car-influenced street design, in the Midwest

Oklahoma University’s Institute for Quality Comunities has carried out a striking before / after analysis of the street design evolution for some cities of the Amerian Midwest, and showed the tremendous impact of the car on the planning. In the interactive examples, the change in…

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Pedestrian infrastructure redesign for the Roca / Perú intersection, Buenos Aires

A few years ago, Buenos Aires began a program of pedestrian infrastructure improvement. Pedestrian priority is being implemented in the very central area (microcentro) – pedestrianisations, 10 km/h limitations, intersection redesigns through “New York type” measures: paint, posts and urban furniture, expanding the pedestrian’s domain…

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Use the street

Use the street

Seen in Buenos Aires: an alternative cultural center organizes a film projection in the street, the wall being used as a screen and the spectators seated on a lane, without any sign of problem or protest. The action is even more interesting as the shown…

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