Posts tagged with 'Public Spaces'
Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil's port has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr.
What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning
The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic symbols of Rio Grande do Sul’s capital, Porto Alegre (“Porto” means port in Portuguese). Porto Alegre is a city full of life and history, and ...
Convenient, wide, and clearly marked, this crosswalk in São Paulo, Brazil encourages walking by design. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
How Rethinking Urban Design Can Create Healthier Communities
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
PeopleSt in Los Angeles is one example of residents using tactical urbanism to reclaim public space and make their streets more human-centered. Photo by LA DOT/Flickr.
Cities by People: Talking Tactical Urbanism with Mike Lydon
For all the buzz that tactical urbanism has received in the past several years, there’s still a lack of public consensus about the movement’s exact meaning, impact, and potential for change. Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia, Principals of Street Plans ...
An icon of Toronto, the city’s streetcar not only provides mobility within the urban core, but also integrates with regional transport to ensure transport access to residents on the periphery, as well. Photo by superherb/Flickr.
What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto’s Transit-Oriented Development
While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. For example, with the extraordinary help of Jane Jacobs and other leaders, Toronto has been able to successfully keep expressways out ...
A group of elderly men and women dance to traditional songs in Lijiang, China, demonstrating how public spaces can be an important facilitator of both physical activity and community building in Chinese cities. Photo by Buster&Bubby/Flickr.
Friday Fun: China’s ‘dancing grannies’ vow to dance on
Walk through any public square or park in most Chinese cities and you’re likely to see—and probably hear—a colorful group of elderly residents dancing and singing to their favorite classical Chinese songs. The dancing grannies, as they are known, have ...
Skyways, like the one pictured here in Hong Kong, can be an integrated, accessible, and safe option for cities in need of more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Photo by See-ming Lee/Flickr.
Friday Fun: Three cities’ pedestrian-friendly skyways, in photos
The rapid increase in car ownership in cities worldwide has brought conflicts between pedestrians and cars to center stage. Complete streets that accommodate all users not just are ideal in design, but have actually been successfully implemented in cities like ...
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