Bogotá tiene la ventana rota. Hace un tiempo hubo una polémica muy fuerte acerca de la creciente inseguridad en Transmilenio, de la falta de civismo de los usuarios, de los vendedores, los cantantes, limosneros, ladrones, etc.
Todos los días había una noticia nueva, un atraco nuevo, pero al parecer a los medios de comunicación ya se les volvió paisaje el tema, como todo. En un tiempito se nos olvidará la emergencia ecológica en Tumaco. En fin, desde ese entonces yo quería escribir esta entrada y hasta ahora vengo a hacerlo. Ahí tienen lo incumplido que me he vuelto. Qué penononón con todos ustedes. Fuente: rcnradio.com. What If You Didn't Need A Bike Lock, Because The Bike Rack Locked Your Bike For You? After his bike was stolen, product design student Mason Holden started combing Amazon for a better lock.
The problem: It didn't exist. Even the best lock on the market was easily breakable with a few simple tools. The steep costs of living so far apart from each other. Courtesy of Flickr user David Wilson under a Creative Commons license.
In strictly economic terms, sprawl is inefficient. Art – Music – Life. This Startup Wants To Turn Your City Into An Electric Scooter Heaven. The world's cities are rapidly getting larger.
By 2050, more than 70% of the world's population will live in urban areas. Walkability Is Good for You. Ever since Jane Jacobs' classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urbanists have extolled the ideal of the dense, mixed-used, walkable neighborhood, contrasting it with the dull and deadly cul-de-sacs of car-oriented suburbs.
If walkability has long been an “ideal,” a recent slew of studies provide increasingly compelling evidence of the positive effects of walkable neighborhoods on everything from housing values to crime and health, to creativity and more democratic cities. A key research advance has been the development of the Walk Score metric (we have written about it here before), which provides a baseline measure for walkable communities. Www.sostenibilidad.semana.com/tendencias/articulo/cicloruta-inspirada-van-gogh-iluminada-energia-solar/32153. Pintura foto-lumínica, que absorbe la energía solar durante el día, y miles de bombillas LED se unen para crear uno de los paisajes nocturnos más hermosos que se pueden en la actualidad.
Urbanista brasileño Jaime Lerner le aconseja a Bogotá no hacer metro - Bogotá. El famoso arquitecto y urbanista Jaime Lerner, tres veces alcalde de Curitiba y exgobernador del Estado de Paraná, en Brasil, a quien Naciones Unidas le otorgó el Premio Máximo de Medio Ambiente, le sugirió a Bogotá no construir un metro subterráneo, pues señala que ese sistema "es una cosa del pasado".
Nueva York demuestra que las pistas protegidas para bicicletas son un beneficio para todos. La introducción de carriles protegidos para bicicletas en muchas ciudades, por lo general suscita objeciones por parte de los automovilistas que creen que dedicar toda una pista de la calzada a los ciclistas, restringirá el flujo vehicular y sólo aportará más congestión.
Sin embargo, un estudio de las calles de Nueva York en las que se implementaron los primeros carriles protegidos para bicicletas en 2007, ha demostrado recientemente que la realidad es opuesta: al separar los diferentes tipos de tráfico, los automóviles pueden moverse más rápido. Eso es antes incluso de comenzar a discutir los beneficios de seguridad de los carriles protegidos para bicicletas, con el estudio que muestra que el riesgo de lesiones a los ciclistas, los conductores y los peatones, ha disminuido considerablemente en las calles donde se instalaron los carriles protegidos. The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office.
It’s 9:45 on a Monday morning, and Jonathan Marino has just arrived at his tech startup in D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood.
The 30-year-old director of content for Map Story--which aims to be the Wikipedia of interactive maps--greets his two interns with a huge smile, joins them at an open table tucked inside a glass-walled pod, and fires up his laptop. Hunched over their computers, the group looks like any other early-stage startup, with one key distinction--their “office” is merely a meeting area inside Washington, D.C.’s main public library. Home to nearly 784 million printed books, U.S. public libraries aren’t just a place to peruse them in silence anymore. Over the past decade, dozens of reading rooms have been reincarnated as de facto coworking spaces.
Gentrification, Inc. It is Sunday in Brooklyn, the July air oppressive.
You get on the subway, heading for the depths of the borough, someplace no one you know lives--yet. Off the train, phone and maps app in hand, you walk toward the pedestrian underpass of the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, meandering through a mix of residential buildings, bodegas, factories, and abandoned buildings. The Real Scandal In NYC Real Estate? Not Enough Poor Doors. Over the past couple weeks, a media tempest has swirled up, devoted to the notion that there is discrimination against poor people in New York City real estate. Scandalous! The rich and poor residents of a building under construction on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in a high-end development called Riverside South, will have to use separate entrances to their collective home. Outlets ranging from Forbes to Al Jazeera jumped on the story. Living PlanIT and the Development of the 'PlanIT Urban Operating System™: The Geographies of an Innovation.
Portugal – 09 June 2014 Luís Carvalho European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Euricur) & Department of Urban, Port and Transport Economics (RHV b.v.), Erasmus University Rotterdam. The Next Big Thing In Urban Planning? Backyard Cottages. As the days of suburban sprawl give way to those of urban density in U.S. metros--"smart growth," most call it--providing sufficient housing remains a challenge. Decades of planning regulations and highway patterns support single-family homes built far outside a city center.
Even in areas where big residential towers make sense, developing them takes a long time and costs a lot of money. Manhattan wasn't built in a day. Why Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants You To Disagree With Him. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's work day consists of meetings and decisions that affect millions of lives--no big deal to someone who's not a stranger to high-stakes politics. Emanuel is a veteran politician who served in the Clinton White House as one of President Clinton’s senior advisers. Before winning the Chicago mayoral election in 2011, he was President Obama’s White House chief of staff for two years. Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Bob Safian sat down with the mayor and asked him how he makes it all work. How Crowdsourcing And Machine Learning Will Change The Way We Design Cities. In 2011, researchers at the MIT Media Lab debuted Place Pulse, a website that served as a kind of "hot or not" for cities.
Given two Google Street View images culled from a select few cities including New York City and Boston, the site asked users to click on the one that seemed safer, more affluent, or more unique. The result was an empirical way to measure urban aesthetics. Now, that data is being used to predict what parts of cities feel the safest. StreetScore, a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab's Macro Connections and Camera Culture groups, uses an algorithm to create a super high-resolution map of urban perceptions. The algorithmically generated data could one day be used to research the connection between urban perception and crime, as well as informing urban design decisions.
"La gente rica debe acostumbrarse a usar el transp. Vishan Chakrabarti es el director de finca raíz urbana de la Universidad de Columbia, en Estados Unidos. Catalogado experto mundial en planeación de ciudades, con una maestría en arquitectura en la Universidad de California, Berkeley, y otra en Planificación Urbana en el Instituto de Tecnología de Massachusetts (MIT), ha tenido en sus manos algunos de los más importantes proyectos citadinos del mundo. Sí que sabe cómo hacer espacios sostenibles e inteligentes.
The Best Bus Stops In The World Are Hiding In This Tiny Austrian Village. The tiny Austrian village of Krumbach, near the edge of the Alps, sits in an area that is known for architecture--not just traditional castles and fairy tale alpine cottages, but also for cutting-edge, sustainable Passivhaus designs and Bauhaus-inspired buildings. Now it can also take credit for helping reinvent a design that usually gets no attention at all: the bus stop. “Bus stops are the kind of everyday objects that we often pass without noticing, and we've long accepted the way they look,” say organizers from Kultur Krumbach, the association that helped the bus stop project happen. “That gives the seemingly simple task of redesigning these structures possibilities unimaginable opportunities.
Awesome Neon Maps Of City Landmarks. It's difficult to call out the pure beauty of individual buildings when they’re all crammed together. To celebrate the elegant geometry of the world’s finest urban architecture, Israel-born and London-based designer Yoni Alter choose landmarks he admires in 35 cities and distills those landmarks into their basic shapes. He then renders them to scale in delightful, neon illustrations, in a series called Shapes of Cities, which playfully and beautifully simplifies the urban jungles we roam. Alter was inspired to start the ongoing project back in 2012 while walking around London’s Hyde Park. The 15 Most Popular Cities For Riding Your Bike To Work.
Biking to work has grown in popularity so much over the past decade that even the data-crunchers over at the U.S. Census Bureau have started taking notice. Last week, the Bureau released a first-of-its-kind report showing that bike commuting in the U.S. has increased by 60% since 2000, more than any other mode of transportation. That said, the proportion of commuters who bike is still pretty tiny--just 0.6% of the total. This 10-Mile Loop Of Parks Would Protect New York From Rising Water. As sea levels rise along the New York City waterfront, “100-year” storm surges may eventually happen as often as every three years, with more chances of Sandy-like damage if the city doesn’t rebuild its borders.
One redesign under consideration now: Big U, a 10-mile long shield of parks and community spaces that would help protect Manhattan neighborhoods from flooding. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and a network of collaborators over the last 10 months, Big U is one of 10 finalists in the Rebuild by Design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last year. Can't Handle The Steep Hill? Take A Ride On This Bike Elevator. Road deaths: Driving to an early grave. The Economist explains: Why Sweden has so few road deaths. Take A Stroll On New York's New High Line, Coming Soon To Queens. New York City's High Line definitely wasn’t the first abandoned rail line to be turned into a park--one of its inspirations came from the Promenade Plantee, built almost 20 years earlier in Paris.
The East Coast’s Wintry Mess Is The Perfect Weather For A Good Sneckdown. Walking outside in New York City is a basically a terrible, terrible idea this week. This Enormous Moscow Park Used To Be A Four-Lane Highway. Moscow doesn’t have a reputation as a walkable city; the main street leading away from the Kremlin and Red Square is a sprawling eight lane road, and if pedestrians want to cross, they have to walk underground.
But the city is starting to change. Last year, another large highway--this one four lanes wide, running along a river near the city center--was turned into a park. Why The World's Largest Experiment In Free Public Transportation Failed. Watch Mumbai Explode Into A Shiny City Of Skyscrapers. These Are America's 10 Best Bike Lanes. A Simple Math Equation Could Solve Highway Traffic Jams Forever. New York's Love Affair With Citi Bike, Visualized. Friedensreich Hundertwasser. HUNDERTWASSER y sus cinco pieles. Hacia la Otra Arquitectura. A Hurricane-Ready New York Waterfront, Built From Sunken Ships.
Michael Bloomberg And Janette Sadik-Khan On The Future Of Walking, Biking, And Driving. Why Social Sustainability Should Be Part Of Every Business. When You Talk To The Lamppost And It Talks Back: Smart Cities Get Playful. New York City's Bike-Share Hits 100,000 Rides. Four Freedoms Park: Louis Kahn's Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Every park should have its own awesome 170-foot long trampoline. Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape. San Francisco's Makeathon Leads the Way for Hacking the Urban Landscape. Plant Paradise: Artificial Pavilion Extends Dutch City into Lake.