Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The manual’s overall goals are:
These ideas are expanded upon here.
These guides are fun reads as they look towards innovations and successes from cities all around the world, attempting to apply international ideas to their respective city. After all, a good design can work anywhere.
The Street Design Manual can be found via New York City’s DOT.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I had to post this.
This story brings me back to my half-completed thesis project as it takes a look at the built environment and how it affects citizens’ health.
There are healthy lifestyle movements happening in cities all over the world, but no coordinated effort to plan healthy, walkable communities. We are required to take time out of our day to drive to a gym to run in a single place - there is something not very practical with that picture. If a healthy development plan was inherent, this would change the way people interact with cities, benefiting us in the long term, also promoting a more sustainable lifestyle - prompting us to walking to school, to amenities or even having live/work arrangements.
The following illustrates a place starting from the basics, with several neighbourhoods even lacking sidewalks. Poor design and weak policies are promoting sedentary lifestyles keeping neighbourhoods unhealthy and contributing to the rising Body Mass Index (BMI) levels.
These ideas are explored through Utah, but think of your neighbourhood when reading this, especially if you’re the type to drive everywhere.Via The Salt Lake Tribune