The city as furniture. 


The city as furniture. 

(Source: urbanizen, via goingurban)

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Jan Gehls Thesen zur lebenswerten Stadt - Wiener Zeitung Online 

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The city of Wiesbaden was proclaimed the least bike friendly city in all of Germany by the country’s cyclist club. In response, the Wiesbaden-based creative agency Scholz & Volkmer—along with artists Manfred Kraft and Tom Kresin—created a drawing robot called Radwende that would trace the paths of bike riders, creating a map of a more bike-friendly city. Find out more at Fast Company

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Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years 

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In a successful modern city, the car must no longer be king

Our love affair with automobiles has shaped our cities and our lives – but mature metropolises are finally realising that the needs of people are even more important

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The Greatest Urban Experiment Right Now
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Celebration Of Colour - Origami Street Art By Mademoiselle Maurice

As a part of the 2013 Artaq Festival, french artist Mademoiselle Maurice presented three new pieces of paper street art in the city of Angers, France.

The colorful installations were made of 30,000 pieces of origami with the help of local school kids, adults or “leisure centers’” residents. All the folded components were prepared a couple of months before the festival during the weekly workshops organized by Mademoiselle Maurice

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Battery Park City

This little known area of NYC may hold the answer to the age old question of how to keep young people from leaving cities once they have children. I met a close friend and my brother for lunch in the World Financial Center (it turns out they both work in the same building), and I took a walk around Battery Park City.

Now, in my Contemporary Urbanism course at Vassar, we were taught that this place was in general not a good place. Though it sought to extend the urban fabric of NYC, it was contrived, and lacked the urban culture of the rest of the city. 

I had believed this to be true until today. I had gone down there a few times before, but the weather was bad when I went, and it was always on a weekend, therefore the streets were eerily quiet. But yesterday was a beautiful day, and it was also a weekday, and let me tell you, this place was packed with people. Granted, the types of people who were there were generally a very select type of person; generally White or Asian, and generally wealthy, though there were of course exceptions. Keep in mind that this area is essentially a bedroom community for the Financial District, so the population reflects this market reality. But regardless, the area felt vibrant and comfortable.

Interestingly, the public space of Battery Park City was not defensive. If a hobo wanted to, there are many benches and ledges that they could technically fall asleep on. My guess is that Battery Park City is either too far away from the rest of the city to attract many hobos, or there is some kind of private security company that apparently has the right to disband them. I’ll need to do more research.  

But anyways, the important thing is that Battery Park City has somehow created a space in Manhattan that attracts young families, in what is perhaps one of the most difficult places to raise a family. Regardless of your views on gentrification and class issues, cities need these wealthy young families to stay in the city, rather than flee to the suburbs in order to sustain a tax base, because the reality is that without the wealthy, the city will never be able to assist the poor. 

Architecturally, what the area lacks in pilasters and pediments, it more than makes up for in its density and urban life. Battery Park City a rare example of the New Urbanism applied to the urban core, and you know what? It works pretty damn well. I would live there in a heartbeat. 

Now should all of NYC look and feel like Battery Park City? The answer is undoubtedly no, and this is exactly why this place works so well. You can go to the West Village or the Lower East and get drunk, dance up a storm, and cause a ruckus, but at the end of the night you can return to peace and quiet without leaving the city. Now how great is that? 

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Urban Innovation and Change 

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Vancouver gives classy response to London’s anti-homeless spikes

Vancouver’s thought-provoking response to other cities’ anti-homeless architecture: a public bench that doubles as a temporary shelter from rain.

Vancouver’s thought-provoking response to other cities’ anti-homeless architecture: a public bench that doubles as a temporary shelter from rain.

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"The future of art is not artistic, but urban."

Henri Lefebvre - Writings on Cities’. (via sociology-of-space)

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Cooper-Hewitt: Cities for People


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We need a better phrase than "Transit Oriented Development". 

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Read more facts on cycling in the UK right here.


Read more facts on cycling in the UK right here.

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Human data shows how we move in cities.

Human helps people move almost twice as much in six weeks. Every day, people track millions of activities with our app. We visualized 7.5 Million miles of activity in major cities all across the globe to get an insight into Human activity. Walking, running, cycling, and motorized transportation data tell us different stories.

(Source:, via smartercities)

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