“What’s at stake here is really rethinking the human as a site of interdependency,” says Judith Butler. She’s speaking near the end of Examined Life, Astra Taylor’s lively, compelling assembly of philosophers, each pondering in his or her way that very question: “What’s at stake here?” Each granted 10 minutes of interview with Taylor; Butler, [...]
Not only plants have a copy made of plastic in the new China I En la nueva China no sólo las plantas tienen una copia de plástico. Beijing, fake flowers, hutongs, Qianmen, artificial plants, China, gentrification, fake architecture. The Only Flower from César Pérez Herranz on Vimeo.
You may have wondered, while watching a Streetfilm or reading a post on Streetsblog, where we got the term “livable streets.” The answer can be found in the work of Donald Appleyard, a scholar who studied the neighborhood environment and the ways planning and design can make life better for city residents. In 1981, Appleyard [...]
In the UK, the non-profit Sustrans is pioneering a community-based method to reclaim streets from high-speed traffic and make neighborhoods safer and more sociable places. Called “DIY Streets,” the program brings neighbors together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. So far, individual streets have benefited [...]
Ever find yourself waiting for the next bus, not knowing when it will arrive? Think it would be great if you could check a subway countdown clock from the sidewalk? Or get arrival times on your phone? Giving transit riders better information can make riding the bus or the train more convenient and appealing. And [...]
In the Spring of 2010, the Design Trust for Public Space sent the independent filmmaker Nandan Rao to the streets, sidewalks, parks, plazas and open spaces of New York City to talk to New Yorkers about what public space means to them. Here’s what they have to say… Public Space Is… from Design Trust for [...]
ZEDZ, the dutch graffiti-writing master, sculptor & artist realized a fine art print that subsequently went spread-painted on a huge bridge in Milan – Italy. The site specific public painting interested more than 1000 m² and was protected by an innovative paint developed in Japan. The artwork got the praise of City Council and citizens [...]
An urban rooftop in New York City has been converted to a farm by a group which wants to show that fresh food can be produced in the most unlikely places. Tara Cleary reports.
Global Report on Human Settlements 2009.
New York: New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation are on a mission to make the Big Apple the “greatest, greenest big city in the world” by ramping up bicycle infrastructure across the city, introducing bus rapid transit to the Bronx, and pedestrianizing Times Square, among other bold transportation initiatives. Los Angeles: For [...]
Brazilian urban planning guru, Jaime Lerner, has cracked the problem of getting a city to run well. His idea – to put people before cars – has vastly improved residents’ quality of life. Lerner has revolutionised transport in his hometown of Curibita, diverting traffic around the centre. Huge pedestrian areas and parks have replaced busy [...]
“How to manage and deal with the increasing tension in urban space? I want to face that issue using the main expression of their specific way of life that is clearly exposed through the official and private signals that are placed on the streets and spaces. These signals are showing what is possible to do [...]
Tony Goldman talking about New York City.
La recuperación del espacio público por parte de la ciudadanía. http://www.euskadinnova.net/es/innovacion-social/videos/ciudades-codigo-abierto/77.aspx
The MIT SENSEable City Lab is doing some groundbreaking work in the exploration of how people interact with their built environment. This is a short look at two of their more recent projects: The Copenhagen Wheel & Trash Track. To learn more about them visit senseable.mit.edu/ Re-Imagining the Future of Cities from Kris Carter on [...]
Curitiba’s Bus Rapid Transit system is one of the most admired public transportation systems on the planet, garnering accolades and spawning spin-off systems in cities like Bogotá and Los Angeles. Curitiba’s six dedicated fast-lane bus lines traverse the city, carrying 36,000 passengers per hour and 2.3 million overall every day. It’s affordable too — a [...]
While Streetfilms was in Copenhagen for the Velo-City 2010 conference, of course we wanted to showcase its biking greatness. But we were also looking to take a different perspective then all the myriad other videos out there. Since there were an abundance of advocates, planners, and city transportation officials attending from the U.S. and Canada, [...]
Congestion pricing has been a huge success in London–reducing traffic and making money for the city. What’s more, it challenges the notion that cities should be designed around cars rather than people. But as we’ll learn in this episode of e2, congestion pricing is the core of a much more sweeping vision that could transform [...]
Portland is a city that successfully implemented a plan for transit-oriented development. Its urban planners made the public domain more appealing and accessible by emphasizing density and pedestrian travel. These transit policies are credited with spurring urban rejuvenation in Portland and many cities, while slowing the postwar dominance of the suburbs.
More than half the world’s population already lives in cities, and that trend is going to continue, putting a high demand on energy and resources. Ursula Eicker, Scientific Director at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, guides us through the key themes that will define the cities of the future in this special Futuris documentary. [...]
How did Britain become an urban nation from it’s rural roots? The industrial revolution has seen our cities swell beyond all recognition.
Cómo consiguieron los holandeses sus carriles bici from Vicente Hernández Herrador on Vimeo.
“The New Urbanists want to have lively centers in the places that they develop, where people run into each other doing errands and that sort of thing. And yet, from what I’ve seen of their plans and the places they have built, they don’t seem to have a sense of the anatomy of these hearts, [...]
Urban Activist Jane Jacbos reads from her seminal text, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Directed by Patrick Bonaldi and produced for Bravo!FACT Canada.