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The Digital Life of Walkable Streets

October 13, 2015 by Adam Davies

It may be hard to believe, but each day we post over 1.8 billion photos to the internet, thats over 20,000 a second! While many of these are likely to be selfies, there must be many millions of photos of everyday streets and urban places. Each of these photographs holds valuable data about the qualities of each street, but because this data is in a visual format it can be hard to analyse and make sense of the huge number of images that are being posted to social media every day. However, in a recent collaboration between Walkonomics and researchers from Yahoo Labs were able to begin to understand what millions of urban street photos can tell us about walkability.[read more]

Measuring Public Space Engagement

October 9, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Capturing the total number of people occupying seating throughout the day gives a quick overview of the space’s daily use patterns. It serves as an initial level of understanding of the effectiveness of the space and answers the basic question if a space is even being used and if so to what extent. Managers of the space can immediately comprehend which areas may need further level of study and/or when and if they need to add additional programming or initiate potential design changes.[read more]

WE TEST: Big Data – Small Actions

October 6, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The WE TEST approach involves the use of data and experimentation to achieve citizen involvement, build the case for pedestrian and public space schemes and fast track implementation.[read more]

New Chicago Compost Ordinance Eases Restrictions for Urban Farmers and Gardeners

The new regulation will allow community gardens in Chicago to compost various types of organic waste, including food scraps such as vegetables and eggshells. Previously, only landscape waste was permitted for compost, such as grass and shrubbery clippings.[read more]

Mumbai Streets Display Equality on Sundays

October 5, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Every day, Mumbai residents are being squeezed out of spaces to walk or cycle by the sheer pressure of cars. Equal Streets is a citizens’ movement that seeks to highlight the fundamental imbalance in Mumbai’s transport planning priorities.[read more]

Why is Cebras por la Vida Important for Bogotá?

October 1, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Designing and building a city thought the eyes of pedestrians’ needs brings dignity and quality to urban life. Cebras por la Vida is an effort to bring back the fun and the seriousness to the process of reclaiming our city[read more]

Each Street Redevelopment Is a Chance for the City

September 30, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Often cities trust in engineers’ or architects’ knowledge to design the public realm. But is it possible to do a good job without walking and experiencing the street?[read more]

Mending Library Repairs Clothes and Connects People on SF's Skid Row

September 30, 2015 by Shareable .

Travel guides generally warn tourists to steer clear of the Tenderloin District, San Francisco's version of skid row. For 14 years, however, Michael Swaine mended clothes for people in the heart of the district. Once a month, he set up his cart, with its antique treadle sewing machine, and got to work repairing pants, tops, jackets, bags, or whatever else a needle and thread could save.[read more]

The Evolution of Streets in Cincinnati’s Neighborhood Cores

September 22, 2015 by Joe Nickol

Cincinnati streets need to adapt again to changing transportation, demographic and employment demands. What does this mean for urban development and the street design that supports it?[read more]

The Invisible Design Features of Cities

September 22, 2015 by CC Huang

To the untrained eye, beautiful skylines, impressive subway systems, and lively public parks characterize great cities. However, there are also a number of invisible design features that characterize the best cities – urban growth boundaries, transit-oriented development, walking and biking pathway density, and small blocks are among the most important of these design features.[read more]

Placemaking the American Backyard

September 18, 2015 by Joe Nickol

The American backyard has become a full-on development strategy in placemaking, real estate development, and establishing new market potential in counter-intuitive locations.[read more]

Uber’s New Wave of Urban Design. Are Cities Ready?

September 14, 2015 by Lisa Nisenson

As transportation network companies expand into shared ride services, they are laying the groundwork for a new kind of transit oriented development based on flexible transportation.[read more]