thisbigcity

thisbigcity:

urbangeographies:

BICYCLE ACTIVISM:  Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To this end, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. The stunt was organized as part of European Mobility Week, an ongoing campaign that explores sustainable urban mobility around Europe.

Source:  Christopher Jobson, ”Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars,” Colossal, 

Simple yet clear. Go by bike!

publicdesignfestival

publicdesignfestival:

The Dutch collective Observatorium is back with a new architectural sculpture on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London (UK), enhancing its urban landscape and historical trait. It’s Newton’s Cottage and during October and November it will host a series of events and activities curated by Moira Lascelles.

Photos by Thierry Bal and Rahil Ahmad _ All rights reserved.

citycollab

citycollab:

Resurfaced: Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 19th - Oct. 25th | Open Thursday - Sunday Every Weekend

The proposed site for Museum Plaza is now a vacant space. Not for long though.

Underutilized spaces like this continue to pose challenges for creating vibrant places and connected communities. The first initiative in the ReSurfaced movement is to take the currently vacant lot behind the facades of 615-621 West Main Street in downtown Louisville, and create a six week long pop-up beer garden, outdoor cafe, and event space beginning on September 19, 2014.

The idea focuses on the city as the ultimate user interface, where the community can not only enjoy a unique event space, but experiment with the city and begin dialog about how we can pre-vitalize the current location as well as the multitude of surface lots and underutilized spaces in Louisville.

This project is the beginning and we will need all the volunteers and creative ideas our community can bring to not only make this location a success, but be the catalyst for future pre-vitalization efforts throughout downtown and beyond.

Launch Site


Our Press Conference with Louisville Mayor, Greg Fischer, was covered by the following media outlets:

We can’t wait to see you at ReSurfaced!

A big thanks to Stephen Kertis and Kertis Creative for the photos and coverage of the event. Check out Resurfaced.org for more info.

humanscalecities
humanscalecities:

Urban Layers is an interactive map created by Morphocode that explores the structure of Manhattan’s urban fabric.

The map lets you navigate through historical fragments of the borough that have been preserved and are currently embedded in its densely built environment. The rigid archipelago of building blocks has been mapped as a succession of structural episodes starting from 1765.

humanscalecities:

Urban Layers is an interactive map created by Morphocode that explores the structure of Manhattan’s urban fabric.

The map lets you navigate through historical fragments of the borough that have been preserved and are currently embedded in its densely built environment. The rigid archipelago of building blocks has been mapped as a succession of structural episodes starting from 1765.