A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential impact of driverless cars (aka autonomous vehicles) on our cities and towns. Obviously a hot topic, the vehicles continue to be a trendy item in the press. This, despite that they’re still literally years away from any kind of occasional use for consumers.
The media is awash lately in stories and opinion pieces about driverless cars, or autonomous cars as they’re also called. Whether it’s Google’s experimentation in this area, or traditional car manufacturers, the idea sparks imaginations on all fronts.
How will they work? How do they intermingle with other cars? What will be their [...]
Following up on last week’s post on the GREAT City proposed outside Chengdu, China:
I had the opportunity to speak with Peter Kindel, AIA, ASLA – Director of Urban Design for Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture. Peter and I discussed a number of issues relating to the design, its background, and the pushback that comes [...]
Since Malcom Gladwell penned “The Tipping Point” in 2000, pundits, writers and journalists of all stripes have been obsessed with calling the next “tipping point” in their own particular field. It’s no different in urban planning. For over a decade, New Urbanists and Smart Growth advocates have been claiming we’re at or past [...]
Making the rounds in the last week in the architecture/urban planning world is this unveiling of a prototype new city design in China. Designed by the firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture out of Chicago, the city is a challenging proposition to the current state of urban planning in China. [...]
Xing Ping, China is a small village in southern China, located in the tourist region near Yangshuo. In spite of the tourist trade, Xing Ping is a quiet village with charming streets and a slow pace of life. This particular plaza shows something that is common throughout more of the rural areas of China – [...]
In Part One of this series on park design, I wrote about how well-planned parks fit into a city and a series of neighborhoods, such that they not only present the beauty of nature (albeit designed nature), but also useful active and passive recreational space. And, that their location & integration are keys [...]
I’ve written before that cities are not statistics. In that particular case, I was talking about how we can quantify various aspects of a city or neighborhood, but that those numbers tell us very little about life – the actual experience on the ground, whether people will walk and what kind of economic [...]
That’s what I thought yesterday, while spending a few minutes sitting in Orleans Square. Even with a horrendous piece of urban renewal on half of the square (the Savannah Civic Center), it still resonates as one of many wonderful oases of public space in this charming city.
In the urban planning profession, we talk a lot about the importance of public transit. At any given public presentation or meeting, you’ll hear people talk incessantly about how we need to offer real alternatives to driving, and how all development should make itself either accessible to transit or transit-oriented.