Transit organizations in many sprawled cities struggle to provide quality service. To fill the gap, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (GA) partnered with Uber to provide first-last mile connections to improve service and attract new customers. MARTA will also test-run free WiFi on city buses to enhance their services. Read more about their initiatives.
Have you thought about how infectious diseases and urban planning are related? While it’s more common for these health issues to be connected with medical doctors, architects and urban planners can prevent the infectious disease from spreading through simple design changes in housing and urban infrastructure. Read more about how urban planning can play doctor.
While a resurgence in mixed-use development has contributed to more human-scale districts, Färgfabriken‘s Jan Ryden argues in a recent article for Volume, that it often lacks the diversity Jane Jacobs championed, driving up costs and limiting fine grain development. He proposes the re-application of Christopher Alexander’s design language to urbanism. The article critiques large developers but, ironically, this strategy could create new business opportunities for these very companies.
Since the invention of automobile, increasingly car-oriented street networks have encouraged people to drive more, while simultaneously discouraging and, even criminalizing, walking. The result has been growing health issues, car accidents, and environmental problems. In response, city planners are experimenting with different methods to change the trend. Check out a series of bold moves and programs these leading cities are testing for car-free-ideals.
As the lines between our digital and physical lives becomes more blurred, the Internet of Things is moving from idea to reality. Proponents envision complete networks of smart technologies that will help cities to operate more efficiently, improving a range of urban elements including mobility, energy consumption and the management of utilities. But concerns continue to swirl around data ownership and cost. Read the full story.
Historically unprecedented urban growth has led to tremendous technological advancements, but has severely diminished cities’ long-term sustainability. Inspired by similarities between urban systems and the natural environment, architects, urban planners and designers are starting to apply biomimicry to create more ecologically balanced cities. How can a city function more like an ecosystem? Find out more here.
After more than a half century of separation, public health issues have returned to the urbanism discussion. But what is a healthy city? In an illuminating interview with Metropolis Magazine, renowned architect and designer Jan Gehl offers his insight from more than 50 years of studying people and the spaces they love. He has found that sustainability and health are intrinsically related and that the cities that best address these issues are those that look at buildings and life simultaneously. They are also designed for people, rather than cars.