News Bleeps
13 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by WC Liles/Publisher from green streets
Scoop.it!

Using Smartphones to Improve Walkability

Using Smartphones to Improve Walkability | News Bleeps | Scoop.it

When it comes to walking in the city, our smartphones provide us with pedestrian sat-nav, reviews of the best places to visit and even measure how many calories we’re burning. In fact, recent research suggests that our phones are encouraging us to even explore more places.

 

Now, a new mobile app provides an essential tool for the walkable lifestyle. It enables people to check the walkability of the street they’re standing in, as well as discover new walkable streets in other areas and add their own reviews.

The free app uses over 600,000 street ratings from Walkonomics.com, covering every street in San Francisco, New York and England. But unlike other walkability apps, which only measure how many destinations are within walking distance, the Walkonomics app provides 5-star ratings for 8 different categories of pedestrian-friendliness:

Road safety Easy to cross Pavement/Sidewalk Hilliness Navigation Fear of crime Smart & beautiful Fun & relaxing

 

The Walkonomics mobile app provides a crowdsourcing tool for events, allowing more people to be involved, add reviews and post suggestions. With more cities to be added, the app has the potential to become the new ‘must-have’ app for not only discovering and enjoying walkable streets, but also transforming and making streets more pedestrian-friendly...


Via Jandira Feijó, Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by WC Liles/Publisher from green streets
Scoop.it!

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams | News Bleeps | Scoop.it
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

The exhibition’s title – Grand Reductions – suggests a simple illustration’s power to encapsulate complex ideas. And for that reason the medium has always been suited to the city, an intricate organism that has been re-imagined (with satellite towns! in rural grids! in megaregions!) by generations of architects, planners and idealists.

In the urban context, diagrams can be powerful precisely because they make weighty questions of land use and design digestible in a single sweep of the eye. But as well-known plans, such as Le Corbusier’s, illustrates, they can also seductively oversimplify the problems of cities. These 10 diagrams have been tremendously influential – not always for the good...

 

View all the diagrams as well as their descriptions at the article link...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
Jay C. Estes's curator insight, April 16, 2013 3:41 PM

Fascinating article.  I love planning history.

Rescooped by WC Liles/Publisher from green streets
Scoop.it!

Portland Looking Good! From relic to revolutionary: streetcars revitalize city transit | SmartPlanet

Portland Looking Good! From relic to revolutionary: streetcars revitalize city transit | SmartPlanet | News Bleeps | Scoop.it
More than a half-century after streetcars were abandoned and burned, at least a dozen U.S. cities are working to revive them.

 

The revitalization of Portland, Ore.’s Pearl District, where empty warehouses were replaced with art galleries and abandoned rail yards gave way to multi-family housing, truly began for some when a streetcar line opened there in 2001. As the streetcar shuttled passengers around the once-decrepit neighborhood, it also swept billions of dollars of investments into the revived community.

What’s more, streetcars can protect the environment. “If you have clean electrical energy sources and feed them into the tram system,” said

Patrick Condon, a professor at the University of British Columbia and author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities- “it is greenhouse gas zero.” That combination of smart urban development and eco-friendly transit, he said, means more sustainable cities by 2050. “The real benefit of thinking about trams is not the vehicle itself,” Condon said, “but rather how the whole city works and how you move from place to place in a way that’s elegant, comfortable and greenhouse gas zero.”

 

Read on for details and examples that feature the potential positive benefits of reviving the streetcar- a 'clean alternative to cars'.


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by WC Liles/Publisher from sustainable architecture
Scoop.it!

Site, Context + Renewable Energy at ITER Building Technology Park by Estudio Lunar

Site, Context + Renewable Energy at ITER Building Technology Park by Estudio Lunar | News Bleeps | Scoop.it

Located in Tenerife, one of the most populated islands in Spain, the second prize winning proposal for the ITER Building Technology Park settles in like a crater, relating to its volcanic surroundings.

Estudio Lunar‘s design consists of two elements, the first one contains the program which is situated in the terrain interacting with it; and the second element that is situated over the terrain and only touches it to create the main access in the north protecting the building from the prevalent winds coming from the north-east.

 

The roof of the building offers 2800 m2 for solar panels with the peak conditions. On the underground floors we have the most essential natural energetic systems: natural isolation, solar protection, cross ventilation, and thermic inertia. The underground levels take advantage of all the energy accumulated in the ground as a natural isolation, keeping a stable temperature during all the year without needing any additional energy contribution. The small courtyards system that organizes the program underground offers natural light and cross ventilation to renew the air inside...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by WC Liles/Publisher from visualizing social media
Scoop.it!

How to Use Facebook to Build Your Brand: 4 Great Articles + Infographics

How to Use Facebook to Build Your Brand: 4 Great Articles + Infographics | News Bleeps | Scoop.it

This article shares links to excellent brand-building articles- everything from marketing statistics to how to use Facebook Offers or run web-based contests.

Clearly organized summaries for each link allow you to assess the focus and access the related infographics.

 

Topics covered include:

12 revealing marketing stats about Facebook for business Facebook Offers: pros and cons 5 common mistakes when running online contests How to remove your wall posts from your timeline  


Visit the various links for more information on these relevant social media topics that provide helpful resources for both businesses and individuals...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by WC Liles/Publisher from Designing Interiors
Scoop.it!

Color Guide: How to Work With Red Ocher

Color Guide: How to Work With Red Ocher | News Bleeps | Scoop.it
Ancient, passionate and warm, red ocher is one of the most elemental colors on earth...

Via Jasveen Sahota
more...
No comment yet.