Build-your-own streetscape app!
Very cool kickstarter project to create the first transit network map in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The buses in Dhaka are independently run, and it can be very difficult to navigate the network for newcomers and long time users alike. Urban Launchpad, the group working on this project, explains why a user friendly transit network is so important to the future of the city:
"Since the alternatives like public transport are often much worse, when a family has enough money, the first thing they do is buy a car. […] This trend of motorisation is already underway in many places that can least afford it (dense megacities of the developing world), bringing with it not just gridlock (see traffic in Bangkok and Jakarta) but also pollution and a city where cars get more preference than people.
In Dhaka, car ownership is at a low 1%, which means now is the critical time to shore up the alternatives and the 5 million plus ridership bus system (one of the largest in the world) is perhaps the best place to start.”
yokahma, japan. by masaaki miyara (on flickr)
Original captions: Outdoor Food Market at Haymarket Square. Public Protest Saved the Square from Incorporation Into an Expressway 05/1973
Archival photos from ‘DOCUMERICA’, a US Environmental Protection Agency program whose aim was to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern”. The program ran from about 1972-1977
The Place Diagram, as developed by the Project for Public Spaces, evaluates the quality of place.
Imagine if highways were rivers. Well, in Seoul, you wouldn’t have to imagine too hard. One of the city’s busiest highways has been transformed into a beautiful river, and it has made the city more liveable in the process.
"Conversions of old city centers into traffic-free shopping and tourists’ malls have frequently been performed according to trite recipes.[…] a process of ‘gentrification’ in which old substance is scenically pepped up, while local societies are hollowed out and superseded.
Contrary to the interpretation of the task, the commission itself developing from a small local competition was not at all typical of AWG, declared freaks for cars as they are. Innichen experiences tourist peaks. In the off-season, the center is deserted, and the locals suffer from a hangover following the seasonal stress. The center’s novel open space development reacts to these seasonal fluctuations. The varied zones are interactive and can easily be modified. “
-pictures and more text from Otto Kapfinger here
-before and after pics from here
12 Steps to a Great Public Space
1. Protection from traffic
2. Protection from crime
3. Protection from the elements
4. A place to walk
5. A place to stop and stand
6. A place to sit
7. Things to see
8. Opportunities for conversations
9. Opportunities for play
11. Opportunities to enjoy good weather
12. Aesthetic quality
— Jan Gehl & Lars Gemzoe