FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Urbi-I, a Brazilian urban design collective, created a gallery that showcases the before and after street images from around the world. The gallery essentially tracks the widespread transformation of streets from being automobile centric to being pedestrian friendly. These images are crowd sourced through Google Street view.
The archive is a great way to see the positive changes as pedestrians are given back what is rightfully theirs, in public spaces. We see parking lots being converted to parks and sections of streets being completely set aside for pedestrian movement.
Read the whole piece here.
Published by CityLab.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Cities for People’
Published by Island Press
“First we shape the cities – then they shape us.” This is the premise of Cities for People, authored by Jan Gehl.
The book elaborates on human, as the tool for building cities, where the human scale, psychology and needs should be the basis of design. Gehl cites and elaborates on four issues that need to be addressed, while developing a city, which are, Lively, Safety, Sustainable and Healthy. Through the book he presents the reader with methods and tools from his latest work, used to develop cities.
Jan Gehl is a distinguished architect and Urban Designer with over 5 decades of experience and observations of cities and their intricate workings. And Cities for People is an insightful read for practitioners and lay men alike.
Read the publication here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘Filling Up Cities in Cars: The Future of Driving’
Created by TheMobilityLab
There has always been a need for efficient transportation. And car pooling as a means has been emphasized repeatedly through the decades. In spite of that there doesn’t seem to be a substantial change in our commuting method or our attitude towards shared transport. There are varied reasons for this Inconvenience, reliability, coordination, the effort. Now, with growing technology and platforms that support shared transport, this finally seems possible now.