Browse Topics: Places and Buildings
UrbanDig Project Omonia – Innovative artistic practices for sustainable urban communities
UrbanDig Projectt supports bottom-up activities and intends to build trust inside the communities by integrating innovative practices in ways that are outside traditional norms but expect to share a common interest in the neighborhood leading to its’ sustainable development.
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
Public Art & Placemaking for Rural Areas Toolkit
The public art and placemaking toolkit provides information for temporary placemaking and public art programs specific to rural areas.
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.
First Mile/Last Mile Guide for Expanding the Reach of Transit
Transit trips (e.g., rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, bus) are comprised not only of the journey on a transit vehicle, but also those trips (1) from origin to the transit stop and (2) from the end station to the ultimate destination. These end trips to/from station areas are often made on foot, by bicycle or car/vanpools. Cities are beginning to improve these first mile/last mile pathways in order to increase the “transit-shed” of riders.
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
“Add a tree to your street” public engagement tool
Project Great Streets printed 4 inch trees on mylar. People can hold up the image on treeless streets to imagine what a street tree may look like. It is like “photoshopping” trees onto the streetscape in real time.
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.
Rackspotter – Crowdsourced Bike Rack Mapping
Arlington County’s Bicycle Program created Rackspotter, an app to identify and map bicycle parking racks. BikeArlington builds on existing partnerships among citizens, businesses and local government to encourage more people to bike more often in Arlington.
Guerrilla Wayfinding – DIY Wayfinding Signs for Pedestrians
Walk [Your City] is a Raleigh N.C. based organization that began posting unsanctioned wayfinding signs for pedestrians. The signs contain three important points: a common destination, the direction and approximate walk time. Walk [Your City] now has online templates so any city can print colorful signs.
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.
Chicago Transit – DIY Transit Information Screen
The Chicago Transit Authority is recruiting private entities to display transit information (Train Tracker and Bus Tracker). Through a web-based slideshow, anyone with a dedicated computer, screen and internet connection can install an information portal for the travelling public.
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.
Strategic Stormwater Solutions for Transit-Oriented Development
When redevelopment occurs in built-out urban communities, stormwater management competes with other site features for limited, valuable space. This publication (42 pages) outlines a new concept for shared, stacked-function green infrastructure (SSGI) to achieve economic, cost and environmental benefits around transit stations.
Quick Urban Fixes in NYC – Rotten Apple Project
The Rotten Apple Project features 23 urban “hacks” to bring fun and utility to New York’s public spaces.
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.