Browse Topics: Places and Buildings
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.
Protected Intersection Design for Bicycles
While the miles of protected, on-street bike lanes continues to grow, that protection ends at intersections. Nick Falbo adapts Dutch design to extend protection through intersections.
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.
Restructuring the Commercial Strip – A Practical Guide for Planning the Revitalization of Deteriorating Strip Corridors
This USPA Guide is a “How-To” manual for transforming deteriorating, auto-oriented strips to new centers of economic and community vitality
Santa Monica, California held a one day event to help plan improvements using temporary installations along sidewalks and streets.
La Valentina Transit Oriented, Affordable Housing
La Valentina is an affordable, mixed use housing development across the street from a light rail station in Sacramento, CA. Energy and water efficiency are engineered into the building and site design, further boosting the affordability for residents.
Bikeshare: Bixi Montreal
Bixi Montreal (Bixi) Bike Share launched in 2009 with 3000 bicycles and 300 stations, and has since expanded to a fleet of over 5,000 bicycles at more than 300 bike share stations.
Form-Based Codes for Economic Revitalization: Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia
In 2003, Arlington Virginia adopted a form-based code along the Columbia Pike Corridor to revitalize “South Arlington’s Main Street,” and spur economic development with attractive buildings, walkable neighborhoods, and inviting public spaces. The county’s goal was to create redevelopment options that increase economic value continue reading…
Streetmix Street Design App
Streetmix is a computer program that allows users to mix and match street design elements such as sidewalks, planter strips, vehicle and bike lanes and other street dimensions. dreams
The Jordan: Creative Solutions for Affordable Housing TOD, Class A Office Space, and Neighborhood Participation
The Jordan is a 90-unit affordable housing development in Arlington Virginia built through a unique collaborative land swap. The solution was a result of community participation and teamwork between affordable housing advocates, developers, and neighborhood civic associations.
Low Impact Development Road Map
Los Angeles used a board game graphic to explain storm water rules, which took effect in 2012. This map simplified a complex rule by showing, stepwise, how to comply with exemptions and requirements.