Following the Flow of the People with Crosswalks
Crosswalks in Curitiba, Brasil. Photo from Ads Of the World.
We all know that crosswalks facilitate the safe movement of pedestrians across streets. We should heed them, walk within them and avoid jaywalking. A number of designers are rethinking the traditional concept of the crosswalk in favor of designs that ...
ASLA Live Blogging: Landscape Architecture As a Way to Bring Sustainable Development Policy to China
Jaiding City Center Park.
Live blogging from the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Expo and Design Conference in Washington, D.C., held at the Convention Center on September 10-12. “Shanghai is sinking.” That’s what landscape architect Xiaowei Ma, president and founder of Ager Design ...
Friday Fun: Sketch Your Day on a Bike
GOOD is looking for the best drawing of your day spent only using a bicycle. Original image by Andrew Neher
Our friends over at GOOD have created a “doodle project” asking you to take a break from using any form of motorized transportation for a whole day, hop on your bike, and illustrate in some form or fashion your carbon-free ...
Load-Carrying Bikes Ease the Burden of Delivery
A bike trailer that folds into itself and triples as a courier bag and suitcase. Photo by Carry Freedom.
What are your favorite business and public service ideas that use bikes? We’ve profiled several examples, from mobile schools in the slums of India to FedEx Corp.’s electric tricycle delivery service. There are businesses like MetroPedal Power in Boston, which ...
Obama’s Infrastructure Proposal: A Good Start That Needs Work
Photo by Brave Heart.
The most intriguing piece of President Obama’s new plan to infuse the U.S. economy with jobs – by renewing roads, rail and air travel – is the proposed $50 billion dollar infrastructure bank.  While not a new concept, the creation of ...
Dimming the Lights in Cities to Improve Quality of Life
Lyons, France. Photo by Nuda.org
We often don’t think of how we light our cities, but lighting in urban environments is an important piece of city design and residential safety.  Our relationship with space and each other is largely influenced by light. It provides safety; ...
TheCityFix Picks, September 10: Dubai Metro Turns One, Aussie iPod Zombies, Harnessing Human Heat
U.S. Transportation Secretary is encouraging students to ditch the car and take the school bus. Photo by Doug Wilson
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
ASLA Live Blogging: Making Suburbia Walkable
Mixed-use developments can transform the suburbs into more livable communities. Photo by citta-vita.
Live blogging from the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Expo and Design Conference in Washington, D.C., held at the Convention Center on September 10-12. The ASLA’s annual conference involves, tours, workshops, educational sessions, people trying to sell design-type stuff ...
Cities in Flux: From D.C. to Baltimore
Baltimore cityscape. Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshmaz/
This is part of TheCityFix’s series, “Cities in Flux,” about demographic shifts as a result of development, immigration, migration, politics and the environment. We look at how city planning and transportation policies respond to this movement. Washington and Baltimore experienced ...
Disruptions in London Lead to Alternative Commutes
Sign reads: Tube Strike Monday and Tuesday So Why Not Cycle To Work? Photo Courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveograve
London’s Tube workers, including 10,000 subway drivers, station workers and engineers, are on strike as Transport for London (TfL) prepares to lay off 800 of 19,000 London Underground staff. Most of the cut positions are those of ticket office staff ...