Browse Topics: Placemaking
Mobility Hubs coordinate land uses, transportation options and street+parking design with special attention to growing options with shared use mobility (bikes, cars, on-demand rides and ride share) and pre-planning for driverless vehicles and evolving technologies. For land uses, mobility hubs emphasize flexible uses, incremental, iterative development and careful attention to sidewalks and curbs. These areas are also ripe for retrofits for resilience and green infrastructure
Outdoor Dining & Sidewalk Cafes
Outdoor cafes and dining extends restaurant seating and enlivens the sidewalk environment. Cities enact rules and policies to balance restaurant activity with the public’s’ interest in public spaces.
Public Space Stewardship Guide
San Francisco CA has issued the Public Space Stewardship Guide: A toolkit for funding, programming and maintenance. Focused on parks and small scale projects, the guide is presented in both pdf and a web-based formats.
Popup Work Spaces
Popup workspaces provide temporary, outdoor workspaces with amenities (electricity, Wi-Fi, and seating) as gathering spaces centered on work.
People St. – pre-permitted public improvements in Los Angeles
People St is a one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials to construct plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals. People St. streamlines the process installing these three types of projects in Los Angeles neighborhoods. People St. represents one of the many tools in Los Angeles’ Great Streets toolbox
Citizens Guide to Density
As the greater Toronto area seeks ways to add density, many concepts of adding a variety of housing units have been difficult to conceptualize and communicate. In response, the planning firm Urban Strategies developed a Citizen’s Guide to Density specific to the Greater Toronto Region.
Top Five Components of a Successful Bike Share System
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) developed an infographic with the most important features to consider when establishing a bike sharing system. The top five components are: (1) Station density, (2) Bikes per resident, (3) Coverage area, (4) Quality Bicycles and (5) Easy-to-use stations. The infographic distills information in their larger Bike Share Planning Guide.
The Idea Garden – Greening Urban Space through Crowdfunding
The Idea Garden in the Wynwood District of Miami brings greenspace to a transforming warehouse district through crowdsourcing and idea sharing.
A Successful Downtown – Lafayette Downtown Action Plan
Through a community wide appraisal, Lafayette Louisiana reaffirmed its strengths and looked to future challenges. In order to attract and keep talent, the town found it needed to add quality housing, connections, and enhance the unique value proposition offered by downtown: convenience, vibrancy and outdoor living rooms.
The Place Race – Bringing Lean & Agile to Community Plans
Kamo New Zealand wanted to update their zoning code. Instead of the typical five month process, they took a page from the Lean StartUp movement to get better, faster results.
New App Helps Users Choose Top Places to Dwell
Looking for a new place to live? Dwellr is a new app designed to help users find their dream city. Created by the Census Bureau, Dwellr applies American Community Survey statistics to match user preferences with neighborhood characteristics, selecting a personalized “Top 25” best places.
Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy
The American Institute of Architects’ Cities as a Lab initiative aims to identify and instrumentalize how design can foster innovation to meet American cities’ changing needs.
Philadelphia Green Streets Design Manual
Philadelphia released a Green Streets Design Manual (Feb 2014) to introduce park-like, functional infrastructure back into the city’s paved landscape. The manual covers a list of suggested practices and the specifications needed to meet multiple goals from myriad agencies that have responsibility over streets.
Innovative Communication for Transportation Master Plan in Singapore
Singapore’s transit agency is using an inventive method for spreading the word about their Land Transport Master Plan 2030 update, the country’s vision for transportation in the next 20 years. The Singapore Land Transport Authority (“LTA”) used friendly, at-a-glimpse visuals to spread the word about the country’s upcoming 2030 transportation initiatives. LTA’s colorful, inclusive, concise comics help Singapore residents understand the transportation challenges the country is facing, and how residents will benefit from LTA’s upcoming initiatives.
James Hunter Park: Dog Park and Community Plaza
Arlington Virginia’s James Hunter Park is more than a dog park. It is a sustainable community gathering place within two blocks of the Clarendon Metro stop. The park serves a large population of dog owners as well as nearby residents and workers. More than 8,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of the park and nearly 15,000 more work in the area.
Bike Share: Capital Bikeshare
Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) includes a fleet of over 2,500 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations across Washington, D.C., Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. As of 2013, CaBi had 22,200 members. CaBi began in 2010, and in 3 years of operation riders took more than 6 million trips.
Bike Share: Citi Bike
Citi Bike includes a fleet of over 6,000 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, with a projected expansion to 10,000 bicycles and 600 stations. As of 2013, Citi Bike had more than 94,000 members. In its first 5 months of operation, riders took more than 5 million Citi Bike trips.
OTR A.D.O.P.T. – Advancing Derelict & Obsolete Properties Through Transfer
OTR A.D.O.P.T. is an innovative program that matches deteriorating historic buildings in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with new owners.
Bike Share: Deco Bike
Deco Bike of Miami Beach provides bike share memberships for residents, and hourly rentals for visitors and tourists. The system includes 1,000 bikes at 85 docking stations, available 24 hours per day. Founded in 2011, Deco Bike riders recorded 3 million rides in the first 3 years of operation.
Bike Share: Hubway
Founded in 2011, Hubway includes a fleet of over 1,000 bicycles at more than 100 bike share stations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA. The system is part of the Alta Bike share group, which includes Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, Australia’s Melbourne Bike Share, Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare, New York City’s Citi Bike, and others. The program was funded by $4.5 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration and local organizations.