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Riding big data wave to smart cities of the future

Riding big data wave to smart cities of the future | smart cities | Scoop.it
THE next wave of big data will create smart cities and transport services capable of offering personalised advice to commuters, an international expert says.

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Complete Streets: Designing to Create Connectivity at our Public Spaces

Complete Streets: Designing to Create Connectivity at our Public Spaces | smart cities | Scoop.it

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

 

There is no better place to start using land more efficiently than with our streets, our most plentiful and visible parts of the urban commons. The recent "complete streets" movement has made a terrific contribution to getting our streets right, by insisting that they be designed so as to accommodate all users.

Connectivity is hugely important to a sustainable street network to encourage walking and shorten driving trips by making destinations more convenient. The pedestrian experience should be safe and enjoyable, and should be so perceived.

 

Other design elements to help turn streets into worthy places are:

Sidewalks with real curbs;On-street parking ;Street trees;Storefronts with elements that shelter pedestrians such as awnings, arcades, and colonnades;Buildings with windows and "other signs of human occupancy such as porches and balconies" for "eyes on the street";Design appropriate to safe motor vehicle speeds.
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Lauren Moss's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:57 AM

Visit the article link for more details and information on the process of creating better public spaces and the elements that make for healthy, safe and vibrant communities.

Nienke Groen's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:09 AM

Nice trend: refitting streets to create connectivity